Aging: To Treat, Or Not To Treat?
David Gems | American Scientist | 13 June 2011
"It is possible to slow aging in laboratory animals. In fact, it is easy."
So addressing the ethical dilemmas raised by "decelerated aging" is no
longer a distant philosophical problem. It is a pressing scientific issue
Lessons From Late-Night Walmart
John Balz | Nudges | 12 June 2011
At midnight on the first day of each month, Wal-Marts are full of shoppers
spending a new month's quota of food stamps. So why not make benefit
payments weekly, rather than monthly, to discourage bingeing and encourage
The Last Of The Scholar Warriors
Christopher Hitchens | Slate | 13 June 2011
On Paddy Leigh Fermor. Until recently "he was still able to drink anybody
senseless, still capable of hiking the wildest parts of Greece, still
producing the most limpidly written accounts of his solitary, scholarly
After The One-Hit Wonder
Jeff May | WSJ | 13 June 2011
From magnetic poetry to Baby On Board signs, there's often a lone star
fuelling the success of smash hit products. But when sales fall, what
happens to these forgotten heroes of business? One success rarely leads to a
The Midas Touch
Lewis Lapham | TomDispatch | 12 June 2011
Discursive essay, ostensibly about American eating habits, but really about
Lewis Lapham's own eating habits, and none the worse for that. Interesting
throughout. Who knew that one-fifth of American meals were eaten in cars?
The Unsung Heroes Of Biscuit Embossing
Nicola | ediblegeography | 13 June 2011
Have you ever noticed the intricate designs on biscuits such as the Oreo or
Custard Cream? "Cookies are designed as consciously as buildings, and
sometimes better." And those patterns have a culinary purpose too
Yana van der Meulen Rodgers on Economics for Teenagers
Economics need not be dry or didactic. Here’s a suggested reading list of
novels with economic themes to appeal to young teenagers
What are the most influential art books? Is cow dung art? How political was
Picasso? What's the correct etiquette for a gallery opening? All this
answered and more
@akbarzamir RT @prospect_uk: Sell Descartes, buy
Book of the Day
The House on Garibaldi Street by Isser Harel
Guy Walters says: "The former head of Mossad describes the discovery of
Adolf Eichmann’s whereabouts and the detail of his audacious kidnap"
Video of the Day
To quote Jason Kottke: "My mouth dropped open about 5 seconds into the demo"
Quote of the Day
Costica Bradatan, on Socrates
"Socrates may have never written a book, but he crafted one of the most
famous endings of all time: his own"