From Scientific American, between a rock and a hard place: When we are in a pinch, surprising factors can affect our moral judgments. An article on the Antikythera Mechanism: Discovering how Greeks computed in 100 BC (and more). From Miller-McCune, meet the next business guru: Aristotle. From The New Yorker, Jonah Lehrer on The Eureka Hunt: Why do good ideas come to us when they do? The Traffic Guru: An unassuming Dutch traffic engineer showed that streets without signs can be safer than roads cluttered with arrows, painted lines, and lights — are we ready to believe him? An interview with Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) (and an excerpt). The government is spending $1 trillion a year to get you to drive more. When the world's best chefs want something that defies the laws of physics, they come to one man: Dave Arnold, the DIY guru of high-tech cooking. Eggs, egos and economics: Gary Day chews over our fascination with foul-mouthed chefs and diet pedants and wonders if their ubiquitous TV presence is a symbol of social harmony. An interview with Chris Fair, author of Cuisines of the Axis of Evil and Other Irritating States: A Dinner Party Approach to International Relations. A review of Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol by Iain Gately (and a review of Kinsley Amis' How's Your Glass at Bookforum).
Three years ago, an undercover agent in Maryland spied on activists — Scott McLemee finds her description in a sociologist’s article from 1974. Mother Jones unmasks a gun lobby mole, Mary McFate. From The Liberal, as an authority against authoritarianism, liberalism is undergoing a renaissance in Iran, and reflecting back to the West its radical roots, argues Danny Postel. Is killing liberals a hate crime? Only in a few states. A review of Aubrey de Grey’s Ending Aging. Wrapping up a year-long overhaul, Christopher Hitchens gets his locks freshly sculpted. A review of The Same Man: George Orwell & Evelyn Waugh in Love and War by David Lebedoff. The New York Times goes inside Professor Obama’s classroom, where teaching law and testing ideas, Obama stood slightly apart; and Obama takes his own law exams: How did he do? A review of Obamanomics by John R. Talbott. Clinton, Gore, Kerry, Obama, all flip-floppers! Why the GOP narrative always works. Jack Shafer on why nothing the press throws at Obama sticks. For years, Republicans have out-played Democrats, particularly on media strategy; this year Democrats have the upper hand. Can progressives can make issues like economic justice and cultural diversity sound like traditional American values? From Intercollegiate Review, an article on conservative critics of modernity: Can they turn back the clock?
From TNR, a look at the demographic inversion that's caused the American city to become the suburbs. An article on demographics and political destiny. From Mental Floss, Linda Rodriguez on our scandalous vice presidents. Johann Hari on the hard cash that wins the vice presidency. Web sites such as MySpace and Eventful are branching out to appeal to a new and quickly expanding constituency: political supporters. Bachelor party: Should great men of genius stay single? They were once just casual acquaintances, now they're our wanna-be best buds — so who calls the shots when it comes to you and your favorite brand? Here's the story of Spencer Elden, the little baby floating towards a dollar bill on the cover of Nirvana's 1991 album, Nevermind. From The New York Review of Magazines, a review of Missbehave, a review of Uptown, a review of Mortuary Management, a review of Giant, a review of Jane's Defence Weekly, a review of Maisonneuve, and a review of Plenty. From The Independent, how Vice magazine became the new teen bible. A look at what mainstream publishers don't want you to know about door-to-door magazine sales. From Scientific American, an article on using causality to solve the puzzle of quantum spacetime; and using faith to explain anomalies in physics: Can emergence break the spell of reductionism and put spirituality back into nature?