Jared A. Goldstein (Roger Williams): Can Popular Constitutionalism Survive the Tea Party Movement? From The American Spectator, is America in decline? A symposium; and a review of The Decline and Fall of the American Republic by Bruce Ackerman. New polling data shows strong American support for the UN. Don't shrug this atlas, the Real State of America Atlas, that is — yes, charts can be beach reading. Jefferson’s Mistake: A review of The Constitutional Origins of the American Revolution by Jack P. Greene. A review of The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture by David Mamet (and more and more). Gavis McInnes on the 12-step plan to restore American machismo. Invasion of the bodybuidlers: Macho men are back with a vengeance — and they’re making the USA feel good again. From TNR, Christine Stansell reviews Before Roe v. Wade: Voices that Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling, ed. by Linda Greenhouse and Reva B. Siegel; America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril and Liberation by Elaine Tyler May; and Ourselves Unborn: A History of the Fetus in Modern America by Sara Dubow. Ken Burns' "Civil War": How the documentary changed the way we think about the war. When did greed become the core engine of American greatness? A review of Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America by Richard White. A review of The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties by David K. Shipler. The American middle class, concludes a new study from the ad industry's top trade journal, has essentially become irrelevant — in a deeply unequal America, if you don't make $200,000, you don't matter. A review of America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation by Andrew Goldfield.

I. Bennett Capers (Hofstra): Real Rape Too. David F. Larcker and Brian Tayan (Stanford): Seven Myths of Corporate Governance. Martin Lewis on our maps of the 18th century — and theirs (and more). From Design Observer, Martin Hogue on a short history of the campsite. Is existence inevitable? We are self-aware stardust. How wise is the crowd, really? A study suggests that all it takes is a whiff of social influence (the knowledge of how others are acting) for the wisdom to evaporate — and for crowds to become even less wise than individual decision makers. Traveling to a distant land, and wondering where you’ll get the news in your new spot? Newspaper Map is a great place to start. In a world where jobs aren't certain, it's tempting to never call it a day — but at a certain point, it must pay to go home. John S. Wilkins on the evolution of common sense. The global financial crisis of 2007-2009 heralded the start of a sixth major wave of innovation — resource efficiency, according to Dr James Bradfield Moody, author of The Sixth Wave. Between cellphones, Google Earth, and jumbo jets, it seems there's nowhere in the world left to explore, but travel books still have something to tell us.

From TED, Sean Carroll on distant time and the hint of a multiverse. Are many worlds and the multiverse the same idea? (and more) Quantum Theory: What evidence do we have for the mysterious collapse of the wavefunction? The way of the abstract: An excerpt from Giovanni Vignale's The Beautiful Invisible: Creativity, imagination, and theoretical physics. A review of Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 by Michio Kaku (and more and more and more). Deep underground, giant experiments are detecting something very odd — could this be the first real hint of dark matter? Life at the Large Hadron Collider: The work of an international team of particle physicists is pushing back the frontiers of our knowledge, at the rate of 800 million gambles a second. A review of For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time — A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics by Walter H. G. Lewin and Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe by Roger Penrose. David Weintraub on how old is the universe. Michio Kaku on the paradox of multiple Goldilocks zones or "did the universe know we were coming?" The Man Behind the Curtain: Physics is not always the seamless subject that it pretends to be. Could our universe be a fake? From The New Individualist, a review of The Logical Leap: Induction in Physics by David Harriman (and more and more). A look at four ways scientists are trying to figure out dark matter and dark energy. A pair of NASA spacecraft on a decades-long journey in deep space have found a "big surprise": Giant magnetic bubbles churning near the outer edges of our solar system. Does the universe contain a mysterious force pulling entities towards malevolence?