September 4, 2013 Astronomers have found younger and older twins to our sun, giving us a peek at our mother-star's past and future. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser says it's hard not to wonder what kind of life an older solar system might harbor and how similar, or different, it would be from us.
September 4, 2013 President Obama believes he can take military action against Syria "without specific congressional authorization" but said last week that he will seek it anyway. Tom Janssen sees the president as a reluctant warrior, while Pat Bagley thinks there's little chance Congress will oppose a resolution.
September 4, 2013 If you're not a fan of gnawing on the roughly 800 kernels on each ear, what's left to talk about when it comes to corn? Plenty as it turns out — as long as you use a knife to carefully remove the kernels from the cob.
September 3, 2013 Astrophysicist Adam Frank rings in the new school year with a meditation on the choice between kicking it old school with chalk on a blackboard or going new school with the latest classroom technologies.
September 3, 2013 Many claim that the coming implementation of key parts of the Affordable Care Act will hurt working Americans. Joel Pett thinks that's not honest criticism, while John Deering looks at the delays and waivers and wonders what's left.
September 2, 2013 Did the phrase 'Indian Giver' come from a cultural misunderstanding?
September 2, 2013 The economy may be recovering, but jobs are far from plentiful. Joe Heller doesn't doubt Americans' willingness to do almost any job, while Gary Varvel thinks the country's work ethic has taken a wrong turn.
September 1, 2013 Author Ann Kirschner first read Anthony Trollope's Palliser series as a graduate student. Now, returning to it after more than 20 years, she finds her impression of the Victorian tale has transformed along with her life.
September 1, 2013 In remaking herself as a "bad girl," Miley Cyrus caused a big sensation at the Video Music Awards. Chip Bok notes that the ensuing fracas left many Americans confused, while Jimmy Margulies thinks she's inspired others to go much, much further.
August 31, 2013 Robert Irwin's current showing at the Whitney Museum of American Art is astonishing. But why? Alva Noë gives it a good look over and finds that the work is nothing and everything at once.
August 31, 2013 The House of Commons rejected British Prime Minister David Cameron's request to use force against Syria. Dave Granlund wonders how President Obama will cope with the loss of America's most reliable wingman, while Petar Pismestrovic thinks things could change after the U.N. investigation finishes.
August 30, 2013 Senator John McCain and Secretary Of State John Kerry agree that the U.S. should hold Syria accountable for its use of chemical weapons. Steve Sack criticizes McCain for being such an ardent advocate for action, while Jeff Danziger wonders where Kerry's anti-war sentiments have gone.
August 29, 2013 When children have so little experience of nature that they fear butterflies, how should we respond? That's the question anthropologist Barbara J. King asks after reading about a new garden at the Dallas Arboretum focused on educating kids.