From New Scientist, an article on Archimedes and the 2000-year-old computer; and did our cosmos exist before the big bang? Anil Ananthaswamy investigates. From First Principles, an essay on Augustine’s Confessions and Voegelin’s philosophy (and more). What's the difference between a search engine and a browse engine? A look at the top 10 migration issues of 2008. According to new research, a man’s desirability depends on how he achieved his high status. More and more and more and more on A Great Idea at the Time: The Rise, Fall, and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books by Alex Beam. A review of How Jesus Became Christian: The Early Christians and the Transformation of a Jewish Teacher into the Son of God by Barrie Wilson. A review of Adorno and Heidegger: Philosophical Questions. A review of Slackonomics: Generation X in the Age of Creative Destruction by Lisa Chamberlain. From Fronesis, is migration a lever for union renewal? Newspapers can’t keep distributing content for free on Web. The first chapter from The Deaths of Louis XVI: Regicide and the French Political Imagination by Susan Dunn. The Great Mumble: A new generation slouches toward nukes. Robert Carroll plots an escape on foot from the  where we spend our days. Are romantic comedies a hazard to kids' emotional health? (and more)