A brief reflection on our surprising ignorance, past and present, about the underwater world.
Six in 10 Americans believe the nation is more fragmented that it was during Vietnam, Watergate, and the Great Depression. Happy Fourth of July.
The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute polled 2,000 people on the degree to which the nation is united or divided.
Our annual American Values Survey finds that the country is badly polarized -- and the blame falls squarely on our political leaders.
A world-famous cellist lobbies to change the way we think about STEM.
The MSNBC host says that his business is the broadcast analogue to the New York Times op-ed page.
An idealistic plan for the future of tv journalism -- and a skeptic who swears it will never work.
Everyone wants to take a turn as the former president. Even Bush's former brain.
And other lessons from entrepreneur gurus Steve and Jean Case
The divide between the two countries, as seen from low-Earth orbit
Witness nature's closest thing to an invisibility cloak
According to this young activist, educating one girl can change everything.
Yikes. Islamabad's former ambassador to the United States has a provocative frame for a nuanced analysis of his home country.
Hint: it can involve ... theme weeks.
The GOP strategist says he tried to signal to the Romney campaign that it should change course, but they didn't follow his lead.
Michael Gerson argues that "an element of the party has set out to positively alienate the Hispanic community."
The Kentucky Senator was the surprising focus of an Aspen Ideas Festival panel on the future of the Republican Party.
You know you want to be caught in Katie Couric's gaze.
Let's capture the best of Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, Alexander Graham Bell and more.
Answering some of the biggest questions about our universe requires us to be a little bit self-centered.
Now is not the time to retrench, says Michèle Flournoy.
She's talking about tablets, smart phones, iPods -- anything that is backlit. The light can significantly diminish your ability to sleep.
For some, intense work should eventually give way to introspection. Other people should just chill out immediately.
The source of a famous chunk of precious metal, the temporary home of a notorious criminal, and the object of a great Jim Carrey reference
Everyone has an obligation to give back, but a one-size-fits-all program could never be implemented justly.
Hunting for big ideas in the Roaring Fork Valley
Cassandra Willyard's smart advice for technical writers (or anyone, for that matter)
Mastering the three-minute game saw improved skills in unexpected places, from poker to planking.
The pleasures and challenges of capturing -- accurately -- technology's impact on our lives
Has there ever been a moment in American life when the humanities were less cherished? Yes. That would be 1985.
The relationship between health and body weight is not as straightforward as the American Medical Association might have us believe.
A start-up called AtFAB sends customers the files for its designs, which can then be built at a local maker shop.
The Wait We Carry: Using Data Visualization to Capture America's Failure to Take Care of Its Veterans
Some 600,000 veterans have seen their disability-benefit claims founder unanswered for more than 125 days.
Does caffeine "cramp creativity"? It shouldn't. More likely the opposite, if you do it right.
For decades, reviewers and readers have eagerly compared works of fiction about young people to J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic—which is more apt in some cases than in others.
Here's what protests in Turkey and Brazil have in common.
It may be less far-fetched than you think, at least according to a new crop of activists who are trying to turn back the Republican tide in America's reddest region.
Inside the messy art (and questionable science) of predicting stars at Google, the NFL, and the NBA
It's not clear why, but it may be because women tend to have more flexible work arrangements.
Despite the massive increase in hype, 3D printing's growth rate has hardly changed in recent years.
What I learned about the so-called "masculinity crisis" as I transitioned from female to male
A debate has erupted over whether reading fiction makes human beings more moral. But what if its real value consists in something even more fundamental?
An entrepreneur and long-time neuroscience hobbyist attempts to merge his two loves.
Aiming for a tobacco-free society is myopic. Embrace the safer alternative.
In the 17th century, "innovators" didn't get accolades. They got their ears cut off.
About one-fourth of all incarcerated people on Earth is in the U.S. That constitutes a public health problem.
Simple changes can make recovery more restful, and better overall.
A new analysis suggests we may have. Here's why you should still be skeptical.
We need a real debate on how much privacy we're ready to sacrifice in exchange for security.
In Latin America, "American" means anyone from the American continent. U.S. citizens claiming the word are considered gauche or imperialist. So what's the solution?