Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.
The Ukraine crisis has reopened old questions about Germany's relationship to the rest of the West, as Germany drifts away from the United States and gravitates toward Russia and China.
Winston Churchill steered Britain through its darkest hours during World War II. He was one of the 20th century's greatest orators, and the speeches that he painstakingly composed, rehearsed, and delivered inspired courage in an entire nation. Churchill's output was prolific; his complete speeches alone contain over 5 million words.
"Uplifting and motivating"
A new study finds that bilingual people make efficient decisions on word choices, neural exercise that may protect the aging brain.
U.S. and European officials need to understand how Russia really thinks about foreign policy. To resolve the Ukraine crisis and prevent similar ones from occurring in the future, they need to get better at putting themselves in Moscow's shoes.
Neuroscience has demonstrated that meditation has tangible and significant benefits for both body and mind.
Conventional wisdom in the West blames the Ukraine crisis on Russian aggression. But this account is wrong: Washington and its European allies actually share most of the responsibility, having spent decades pushing east into Russia's natural sphere of interest.
Despite all the grim predictions, the European Union is not on the verge of collapse. Quite the contrary: If European leaders act with resolve and persistence, the union could experience a rebirth.
Russian leaders often claim the United States reneged on a promise not to expand NATO after the Cold War. They aren't lying: Although Washington never put a pledge in writing, U.S. officials worked hard to convince Moscow that NATO wouldn't move east. And in international politics, informal commitments count.
World politics is entering a new phase, in which the great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of international conflict will be cultural.
The Russian millennials who will inherit Vladimir Putin's political system won't upend it. Drawing on hours of conversations with Russia's future leaders, Ellen Mickewicz explains why they will uphold the status quo.
Western pundits and nostalgic Muslim thinkers alike have built up a narrative of the caliphate as an enduring institution, central to Islam and Islamic thought between the seventh and 20th centuries. In fact, the caliphate is a political or religious idea whose relevance has waxed and waned according to circumstance.
ISIS' army has attracted a stream of Western volunteers, but there is no reason to panic about their return home. Some may come back as terrorists, but the danger has been exaggerated, and the United States and the EU know how to handle such problems.
Recent surveys conducted in Syria reveal that Islamist fighters are surprisingly supportive of democracy. Here's why.
The editorial staff of The New York Times creates a digest for fax, email, and electronic delivery to destinations all over the world.
One of NPR's most popular programs, Car Talk lets listeners (2.3 million of them) call in with their car woes while the hosts dish out their wit and know-how. At the end of each hour, 2 of 2 things are guaranteed to happen: you'll learn something about your motor vehicle and you'll have a belly laugh.
Reflecting on John Paul II's greatness, drawing on first-hand interviews to paint an intimate portrait of the new Pope, and boldly assessing the Church's current condition, God's Choice is an invaluable book for anyone seeking to understand the Catholic future and the larger human future the Church will help to shape.
"Leave out the politics"
Two recent books about Soviet history help answer questions raised by the ongoing crisis in Ukraine: What is wrong with Russia and why, despite two decades of optimistic predictions that it was on track to become a "normal" country, has it never become one?
Instead of trying to predict "Black Swan" events such as coups or crises, forecasters should look at how political systems handle disorder. The best indicator of a country's future trajectory is not a lengthy past stability, but recent moderate volatility.
"Good short story"
Compared with the most sophisticated weapons systems in use today, tunnels have withstood the test of time. There's no way to know how long drones or lasers or anti-missile defense systems will last, but as long as there is warfare, tunnels will almost certainly be part of the fight.
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"Mother May I", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "The Unravelling", by Jon Lee Anderson; "Brother from Another Mother", by Zadie Smith; "Last Girl in Larchmont", by Emily Nussbaum.
Turn to Science News for the latest coverage of biology, astronomy, the physical sciences, behavioral sciences, math and computers, chemistry, and earth science. This 75-year-old publication is known for its sharp writing and up-to-date coverage of the latest scientific research. Since its debut in 1922, Science News has been committed to providing reports on scientific and technical developments that the layman would find interesting and easy to digest.
"No More Late Nights", by Emily Nussbaum; "The Shape of Things to Come", by Ian Parker; "Wizards of Sound", by Alex Ross; "No Pain, No Gain", by Anthony Lane.
Record-setting droughts are in the forecast for the central and southwestern United States, a new study comparing past and predicted drought conditions shows.
During 2010, 4.8 million to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic seeped into the ocean, researchers estimate in the Feb. 13 Science.
Long before factories, electricity and cars, humans found ways to besmirch blue skies.
Scientists shouldn't tinker with Earth's climate - at least not yet, two new analyses conclude.
A drop in certain fats and acids in the blood may reveal whether a person is critically sleep deprived, scientists report online February 9 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. When people and rats skimp on slumber, two compounds involved in metabolism become depleted.
By injecting the amino acid glutamine that's been tagged with a tracer compound into patients with brain cancer, scientists have devised a technique that might enable doctors to spot growth of such tumors with high accuracy.
Networks of brain regions that are active when the brain is at rest - not thinking about anything in particular - differ between healthy people and those with Parkinson's or Alzheimer's diseases, a new study finds.