October 22, 2012 By some counts of human history, the number of humans on Earth may have skidded so sharply that we were down to just 1,000 reproductive adults. And a supervolcano might have been to blame.
October 22, 2012 The hero of The Dice Man decides to live his life by chance; murder, adultery and an escape from a mental hospital ensue. Novelist Sheila Heti explains how at age 13 she also began living by the die. Has a book ever changed the way you live your life? Tell us in the comments.
October 22, 2012 Both Mitt Romney and President Obama come to this evening's foreign policy debate with questions about their capabilities. J.D. Crowe challenges the president on the killings in Benghazi, while Signe Wilkinson questions the depth of Mitt Romney's understanding of the Syrian war.
October 21, 2012 Mitt Romney and President Obama are focusing on women voters. But Mike Luckovich and Nate Beeler think the candidates are in the dumps when women focus on them.
October 20, 2012 If President Obama and Mitt Romney's were trees, what kind would they be? We consulted an arborist to find out. But why stop there? We talked to an architect, a pastry chef, a wine expert and a comic-strip writer for some more unconventional ways to think about the candidates.
October 20, 2012 The Center for Responsive Politics says that 942 superPACs have raised more than $403 million during this election season. A beguiling pitch aimed at people eager to contribute to a political campaign can also have some of the makings of a classic con.
October 20, 2012 Newsweek will abandon its print edition in December. Luojie saw the writing near the wall when the magazine sold for one dollar (plus its debt) in 2010, while Nate Beeler thinks almost no one will notice.
October 19, 2012 The debate after the debate has yet to come to a conclusion. Pat Bagley and Steve Kelley each add their two cents.
October 18, 2012 New research suggests that big-game hunting was part of our past for 2 million years. But according to commentator Barbara J. King, our history as meat-eaters can't explain why we find some animals delectable, like chickens and pigs, and eating others out of the question.
October 18, 2012 Will Mitt Romney's "binders full of women" remark during the second presidential debate hurt his campaign? Aislin is one of many who think the statement certainly won't help, while Joe Heller puts it in historical context.
October 17, 2012 Argentine author César Aira's newest novel, The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira, is the story of a doctor's quest for miracle cures for imagined illnesses — and to defeat his wicked archnemesis, the sinister Dr. Actyn. Reviewer Pablo Medina says it's worth a read.
October 17, 2012 This year's Nobel Prize in physics celebrates amazing experiments that have the potential to elucidate some of Nature's deepest secrets. They also and have the potential to lead us down the path to a world transformed by revolutionary quantum applications.
October 17, 2012 In the age of the Internet, data is everywhere — the question is how to use it. Author Doug Lemov recommends three books about the power of information. What is your favorite number-crunching book? Tell us in the comments.