December 4, 2012 There are two paths forward and only one of them embraces the reality of science, its methods and its ethics.
December 4, 2012 "The President" is a 3,200-year-old giant sequoia that clocks in at 247 feet tall and counting. And contrary to most living things we can think of, giant sequoias grow faster later in life than earlier in life.
December 4, 2012 After the U.N. voted to give Palestinians "observer state status," Israel announced plans to expand settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Patrick Chappatte doesn't see the U.N. recognition as helpful to the peace process, while Emad Hajjaj has the same opinion of Israel's building plans.
December 3, 2012 Commentator Tania Lombrozo takes on fiction and the question of whether it can change the world with some whimsical reflections on Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior, a novel about climate change.
December 3, 2012 Philip Roth recently announced that he had written his last novel. Author Matthew Specktor explains why Sabbath's Theater, released in 1995, is not only Roth's most disgusting novel but also his best. Do you have a favorite book that breaks all the rules? Tell us in the comments.
December 3, 2012 Which should come first, ending the "Bush" tax cuts for the wealthy or cutting spending? R.J. Matson and Steve Kelley try to find comedy in the manners of avoiding the fiscal cliff.
December 2, 2012 Senate Democrats are considering altering filibuster rules to make it harder for Republicans to impede legislation. Jeff Danziger does not have high regard for how Republicans have used the parliamentary maneuver, while R.J. Matson wonders if the Democrats are really willing to make a change.
December 1, 2012 This week's Powerball jackpot captivated the nation. Gary Varvel saw a better chance of winning the half-billion dollar prize than avoiding the fiscal cliff, while Clay Bennett acknowledged the harsh reality that only two lucky ticket-buyers can ignore.
November 30, 2012 Astrophysicist Adam Frank doesn't usually read self-help books, but something about Walker Percy's existential optimism in Lost In The Cosmos actually changed his outlook on life. Do you have a favorite self-help book? Tell us in the comments below.
November 30, 2012 Will machines over take us, as futurists and writers of science fiction like to think? Not to worry, says commentator Alva Noë. They already have. We are the singularity.
November 30, 2012 Of the revenue increases and program cuts that have been suggested during fiscal cliff negotiations, Jimmy Margulies thinks going after the mortgage interest deduction is a fairy tale, while Chip Bok argues you can't even get started at looking to Medicare for savings.