October 7, 2012 In the 17th century, an Irish bishop famously concluded that the universe was created on October 23, 4004 BC. Scientists know that our universe, and our Earth, are much more ancient than that. Not everyone agrees, even in the year 2012.
October 7, 2012 While there were surprises in the first presidential debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama, neither Nick Anderson nor Dave Fitzsimmons saw anything new.
October 6, 2012 In a CNN Snap Poll, two-thirds of respondents believed that Mitt Romney won the first of three presidential debates. But was the debate lost more than it was won? Mike Luckovich and J.D. Crowe show their scorecards.
October 5, 2012 Should kids have cell phones? Cell phones are a powerful technology that have come, very quickly, to assume a very large place in our psychic lives. Should we protect our kids from this?
October 5, 2012 Pennsylvania's voter ID law has been partially enjoined; poll workers can ask for identification, but voters can cast their ballots even if they don't have one. Signe Wilkinson questions the clarity of the ruling, while John Cole sees the decision as a signature defeat for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.
October 5, 2012 Ken Rensink was 19 when he was disabled in a car accident. After 15 years out of the workforce, he decided to devote himself to teaching special education. He's now been at it for more than a decade. "I'm trying to help create folks who will not get rolled by life," he says.
October 4, 2012 Is being gay different from being homosexual? If gayness is cultural, what does that mean as more gays assimilate into the mainstream? Commentator Barbara J. King casts an anthropologist's eye on author David Halperin's ideas about what it means to be gay.
October 4, 2012 Who won last night's debate? Some claim you can't trust the polls because they're biased in President Obama's favor. While Rob Tornoe and Steve Kelley differ on the charge, they both agree on blaming the messengers.
October 3, 2012 President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney go head-to-head for the first time. (You can listen to the debate on your local npr station.) According to Lisa Benson and Clay Bennett, each candidate has a stuffing problem.
October 3, 2012 In 1543 Copernicus moved the Earth from the center of the cosmos to a less exalted position. In 1924 Hubble did it again, moving our galaxy from the center of the universe to its place in the crowd. Are we on the verge of realizing our universe also is just one among many?
October 3, 2012 From Earth, lifeless Mars can seem like a serene and boring planet. However, scientists noticed some little black dots in a satellite image of the Martian sand that may hint at an exciting, explosive geography.
October 3, 2012 Since the 1961 publication of the Third International Dictionary, people have debated the merits of dictionaries that describe language as it is and those that explain how it should be. Today the debate continues, but it doesn't hold the same cultural significance as before, writes Geoff Nunberg.
October 3, 2012 Tonight's presidential debate will be aimed at the small number of voters who are still undecided. They have been mocked as "low information voters" and attacked by partisans on the right and left. Why are the undecided still uncertain? Kirk Walters and Dave Fitzsimmons differ on who's to blame.
October 3, 2012 Only two groups of people really matter in any game: the players and the officials. That's the lesson the NFL inadvertently taught football fans in the past four weeks, says Frank Deford. At many stadiums, the regular officials were greeted with loud ovations after their lockout ended.