Jeffrey Kluger in Time on the 50-year anniversary of John Glenn's historic Mercury flight Five decades ago this month, Glenn ushered in a new era of space exploration with his orbital flight. "The Mercury astronauts never much cared for the term space capsule," Kluger writes. "There was a passivity about it, and test pilots aren't passive people. A bathysphere is a capsule; a sarcophagus is a capsule. A spacecraft is a vehicle, thank you very much, and it ought to be described that way."
Bill Keller in The New York Times on the anomaly of WikiLeaks Keller, who collaborated with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says the secret-spilling website's ascendance has not ushered in a new era of transparency and information-sharing. "The idea that this was the opening of a floodgate has proved exactly wrong," he writes. "In the immediate aftermath of the breach, several news organizations (including this one) considered creating secure online drop-boxes for would-be leakers, imagining that new digital Deep Throats would arise. But it now seems clear that the WikiLeaks breach was one of a kind — and that even lesser leaks are harder than ever to come by."