From New Scientist, extreme universe: Eight cosmic record-breakers. From Science News, a special issue on cosmic questions, answers pending. An interview with Leonard Mlodinow on the beginning of the universe (and more on Stephen Hawking). The universe is expanding at 73.8 +/- 2.4 km/sec/megaparsec — so there. Did the universe begin as a simple 1-D line, and what would life be like in one dimension? Cosmos at least 250x bigger than visible universe, according to a study. Martin Bojowald on his book Once Before Time: A Whole Story of the Universe. A review of The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World by Edward Dolnick (and more). Roll Over Copernicus: It turns out we are the center of the universe. Physicist Samuel Ting is trying to unlock the deepest mysteries of the universe. Research finds Big Bang evidence may disappear in 1 trillion years. A review of How Old is the Universe? by David A. Weintraub (and more). Hey physics, get real: The trippiness of physics used to be attractive — now it seems decadent and escapist. A review of From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time by Sean Carroll. Garrett Lisi responds to criticism of his proposed unified theory of physics. An eruption in space-time: A flash of nearly 13 billion year-old light reveals how the universe has distributed ever more intricate elements throughout its history. Charles Seife reviews The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene. News from Fermilab suggests a new subatomic particle. It is the Holy Grail for physicists the world over and now they think they might finally have found it. God particle may not exist if no evidence found before 2013. 52 years and $750 million prove Einstein was right: Data in the Gravity Probe B project has confirmed some of the weirdest predictions of Einstein’s general relativity theory. Could Einstein's Theory of Relativity be a few mathematical equations away from being disproved? 13-year old Jacob Barnett thinks so.

A new issue of Wag's Revue is out. David Schleicher (George Mason): I Would, But I Need the Eggs: Why Neither Exit Nor Voice Substantially Limits Big City Corruption. Fans of the Baffler style in American politics, rejoice: Thomas Frank has selected the bold critic, editor, and fellow history Ph.D. John Summers to head a revamped Baffler. The President’s Crack Team: We do not hear much about the Navy Seals, and with good reason. "A superhero has nothing on these guys": A guide to the media's Navy SEALs porn. Can it be bad to be too clean? Kathleen Barnes talks about the hygiene hypothesis, which raises the possibility that our modern sterile environment may contribute to conditions such as asthma and eczema. Elizabeth Rubin on our strange dance with Pakistan. Online wedding registries: Are they crass, thoughtful, or both? Inevitable Conclusion: A review of The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death. From Pew Research Center, a special report: "Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology". Yes, you can own sunlight: J. Gabriel Boylan on the curious story of modern property law. Routledge, the respected academic publishing house, has published a book review that is a depressing tour de force of contemporary highbrow leftist anti-Semitism. In praise of distraction: Why you should be allowed to surf the Web at work. An interview with Jonathan Franklin, author of 33 Men: Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners. John Piper says God has mixed emotions on Osama bin Laden's death. There, I fixed it: 10 hilariously bad home DIY projects (and more). The joy of e-reading: It’s a shame some libraries are closing, but this is not the end of civilisation — quite the opposite. What made the AK-47 so popular?

Robert J. Shiller and Virginia M. Shiller (Yale): Economists as Worldly Philosophers. From Poroi, Deirdre McCloskey and John Lyne talk about laissez faire capitalism and the free market. Barefoot Economics: It's time for economists to start getting dirty. Beyond free trade: Meet the heterodox economists challenging globalism. Making an impact: Here are 8 accomplished African-American economists. Where are the female economics bloggers? From Imprimis, William McGurn, a vice president at News Corporation, on the not so dismal science: humanitarians v. economists. The secret life of economists: Conflicts of interest throughout the Dismal Science are more common than you know. John Case on the con job of libertarian "economics". Great economist, greater humanitarian: Jack Calfee’s scholarship was an instrument of human improvement to combat ignorance and error, reduce pain and suffering, and to discover arrangements that would allow people to live more satisfying and productive lives. The Matchmaker: Harvard economist Alvin Roth stopped just studying the world and began trying to fix it. A review of The Anti-Keynesian Tradition by Robert Leeson. Benjamin Wallace-Wells on Paul Krugman’s lonely crusade for liberalism. Brad DeLong on economics in crisis (and more by Krugman). Dismal science redeemed: A review of Redeeming Economics: Rediscovering the Missing Element by John D. Mueller (and part 2). From the Distributist Review, John Medaille on capitalism as an unnatural system. Institutional economics is a branch of "critical theory" which, when focused on examination, analysis and critique of society and culture, draws concepts and data from across the entire range of social sciences and humanities. Why economists stubbornly stick to their guns: Lessons have been learnt from the financial crisis, but the lesson most people have learnt is that they were right all along.