November 7, 2012 Scientists are charged with pushing back the boundaries of ignorance, with exploring nature's unanswered questions. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says the system that allocates funding for research can also limit the range of questions asked by the scientific community.
November 7, 2012 Despite the selfless and sometimes heroic efforts of poll workers and volunteers, many Americans waited in long lines to vote on Tuesday. Mike Luckovich wonders why we haven't come up with a better way, while Nick Anderson thinks there was only one real loser in the whole process.
November 7, 2012 At 12:55 am this morning, Mitt Romney conceded the election to President Obama, ending the 2012 campaign. J.D. Crowe thinks the President is right where he belongs, while John Cole considers that having an understanding uncle helps.
November 7, 2012 The cult favorite 1965 novel Dune was a classic of sci-fi literature. But author Leigh Bardugo says that when she was 12, Dune wasn't just an escape — it changed her world. Has a book ever opened your eyes to an alternate reality? Tell us in the comments.
November 6, 2012 If politics erode how the nation values science then the interests being served can't possibly be our own. Commentator Adam Frank outlines advocates the return of science to the heart of our debates on policy.
November 6, 2012 No one can argue with Daryl Cagle that this is going to be a close election, while Arend Van Dam recommends a ballot initiative we can all endorse. After you vote, listen to NPR's special coverage of Election Night 2012 with all the latest results on your local NPR station.
November 5, 2012 What does one vote matter, your vote? Clearly the election is not going to turn on your individual action. So where does the motivation come from to get up out of your chair and head to the polling station? Commentator Tania Lombrozo digs into the psychology of our decision to vote, or not.
November 5, 2012 Two gifted cartoonists, two different styles and two very different points of view. Mike Lester and Jen Sorensen present their arguments — you decide.
November 5, 2012 The great Sanskrit epic The Birth of Kumara details the heavenly lovemaking of Shiva and Parvati. Author Aatish Taseer tells how reading the fifth-century epic connected him to classical India. What work of literature brought you closer to home? Tell us in the comments.
November 5, 2012 This pre-election Political Junkie column focuses on all presidential swing states and key races for House and Senate.
November 4, 2012 Responding to a published profile of girls ages 12 and 10 who run long distances, commentator Barbara J. King considers the costs and benefits to children of intense participation in athletics. In an age when childhood obesity is a serious issue, can we help our kids find a right balance?
November 4, 2012 Hurricane Sandy presented pitfalls for Mitt Romney and President Obama. Malcom Mayes sees a president a little too eager about the storm, while Signe Wilkinson thinks Romney is eager to have the federal government do too little.
November 3, 2012 In light of new details about the U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi, will some people still argue the incident symbolizes the Obama administration's duplicity, or that Republicans are exploiting the deaths in Libya for political gain? Adam Zyglis and Eric Allie have taken their stands.