From Wired, Betsy Mason and Greg Miller introduce the Map Lab: A quest to find, explore, and make maps; meet Anthony Robinson, the man who wants to teach the world to make maps; and why do so many people love making maps? Here is a map of places actually discovered by Europeans — the tiny islands that European explorers really did discover. Kohr Principles: Frank Jacobs on how borders can have a profound effect on how you think about your country and its place in the world. Stefany Anne Golberg on a World without Borders: What if boundaries as we know them disappeared? Martin W. Lewis on mapping the terms used for first-order administrative divisions. Here's what Pangea looks like mapped with modern political borders (and more). Paleo by comparison: On the million-year-old map. Josephine Livingstone on mapping the newest old map of the world. Here be blank spaces: Jonathan Crowe on vaguely medieval fantasy maps. From WSJ, what lurks beyond the boundaries: A look at maps through time and what they did, and didn't, show us. Max Fisher on 40 maps that explain the world. Adrian Dudek on putting maths on the map with the four colour theorem. A look at how DigitalGlobe maps can predict the future. Ariel Schwartz on how to turn your data into beautiful 3-D maps. See Google Maps hacked into gorgeous abstract art. David Pescovitz on a simple map design tool from Stamen. Andy Woodruff on six map links that every cartographer has seen a million times.

From the inaugural issue of R/evolutions, far away from solid modernity: An interview with Zygmunt Bauman; exercising freedom: An interview with Judith Butler; join together, demand change and risk: An interview with Guy Standing; and Toby Miller on the children of Reagan’s hippies. From the Center for the Study of the Drone, Dan Gettinger interviews Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin, author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control. Nuke the cat: Damon Lindelof, blockbuster wizard par excellence, explains the inexorable logic of the ever-metastasizing apocalyptic flick. Meet Kim Dvorak, the journalist spreading Michael Hastings conspiracy theories. Gary Day reviews The Problem with Pleasure: Modernism and its Discontents by Laura Frost. Can progressives do big things? Ethan Rome on how Obamacare is the test. Rob Goodman on the comforts of the Apocalypse: Our hunger for crisis is breeding dystopian narcissism. Confessions of an editor: Carlos Lozada reviews How to Write Short by Roy Peter Clark. Who will fight the beauty bias? It’s deep, unconscious, and surprisingly universal and means beautiful people get a much better deal — but righting injustice isn’t easy when no one wants to call themselves plain. Secrets: Heather Smith on Chelsea Manning and the prices of disclosure. Did a hedge fund billionaire just call for mass civil disobedience over climate change? In order to have underdogs, you need to have regular dogs; extroverts, get out there and run. Fetal pain is a lie: Katie McDonough on how phony science took over the abortion debate.

John Morss (Deakin): The International Legal Status of the Vatican/Holy See Complex: A Cyborg Speaks. From Christianity Today, are birth defects really part of God's plan? A history of the Jesus People: An interview with Larry Eskridge. A religious legacy: After decades of focusing on evangelicals, historians are reassessing the legacy of liberal Protestantism. Bre Woligroski reviews See Me Naked: Stories of Sexual Exile in American Christianity by Amy Frykholm. Sexuality is religion’s worst nightmare, because it offers the possibility of personal autonomy. This insane Christian anti-porn movie will make you so grateful you’re a sinner. Is Christianity philosophical? David Lyle Jeffrey reviews Philosophy: A Student's Guide by David K. Naugle. The Francis Revolution is under way — not everyone is pleased. Howard Kainz on the Christian vestiges of post-Christianity. Kenyan lawyer Dola Indidis is on a mission: to get the International Court of Justice at the Hague to overturn the conviction and death sentence of Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago. There's life in those bones: Jason Byassee on why Christians venerate relics. From TNR, Damon on the Pope's Pipe Dream: Francis may want reform, but guess who doesn't. Recovering the Christian tradition: Val J. Peter on self-denial and self-fulfillment. Is non-violence a Christian requirement? Jeff Eagan wonders. Joseph Bottum reviews Saint Augustine of Hippo: An Intellectual Biography by Miles Hollingworth.

Stijn Claessens, M. Ayhan Kose, Luc Laeven, and Fabian Valencia (IMF): Understanding Financial Crises: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Responses. Mathijs A. Van Dijk (Erasmus): The Social Costs of Financial Crises. Marion Fourcade (UC-Berkeley), Philippe Steiner (Sorbonne), and Wolfgang Streeck and Cornelia Woll (Max Planck): Moral Categories in the Financial Crisis. Roger A. Shiner (UBC): Corporations and the Presumption of Innocence. How many rotting apples do hedges hide? High-profile prosecutions only hint at the crime and ethical misbehavior rampant in America’s most rewarding high-finance suites. From Vanity Fair, did Goldman Sachs overstep in criminally charging its ex-programmer? Michael Lewis investigates. Lewis Bassett interviews Brett Scott, author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money. Our response to the 2008 financial crisis wasn't great, but it wasn't that bad either. From, Jon Moen reviews History and Financial Crises: Lessons from the 20th Century; and Kris James Mitchener reviews Ben Bernanke’s The Federal Reserve and the Financial Crisis. Greg Palast on the confidential memo at the heart of the global financial crisis. Those who follow developments in the derivatives market, and particularly in its sub-section, the options market, may be aware of the concept of Smirkness. Howard Davies reviews A World without Wall Street? by Francois Morin. Suzanne McGee on why an intern’s death won’t change Wall St. culture.

Mark Shirk (Maryland): Consequences of Combating Transnational Violence: The Golden Age of Piracy and the Creation of an Atlantic World. Neil Irwin on how Wall Street stopped worrying and learned to love global turmoil: Syria in flames, emerging markets crashing, a debt ceiling debate nearing — this is why financial markets are doing just fine, anyway. There's a new guideline for helping chemical-weapons victims in Syria — and it's brutal. Fruzsina Eordogh on how BuzzFeed is taking trolling to a new level by pandering to right-wing nuts. Caroline O’Donovan on the difference between a tablespoon and an ocean: Academic blog The Monkey Cage finds a home at The Washington Post. Why would anyone use nerve gas when the world loathes its existence? Joe Pappalardo on three reasons it probably makes sense to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Middle East explained in one excellent “Letter to the Editor”. Max Fisher on the one map that shows why Syria is so complicated. Brian Beutler on the right’s black crime obsession: Conservative media's total fixation on black-on-black and black-on-white crime isn't going to end — here's why. Why do we pathologize gender nonconformity? Shaunacy Ferro on what Chelsea Manning's gender dysphoria reveals about the limits of psychiatric diagnoses. Meet 115, the newest element on the Periodic Table. Researchers take on crucial question: Are haters gonna hate?

Timothy J. Demy, Demetri Economos, and Jeffrey M. Shaw (NWC): Historical and Social Constructs of Technology: Contexts and Value for the Contemporary World. Hugo Chesshire (Brock): The Death of the Internet: Online Freedom and the Problem of Technology. Joel Mokyr on why technopessimism is bunk. The machine of a new soul: Computers will help people to understand brains better — and understanding brains will help people to build better computers. Do our brains pay a price for GPS? Leon Neyfakh on how a useful technology interferes with our “mental mapping” — and what to do about it. At the Draper University of Heroes, tech dreamers are taught to don capes and believe in Silicon Valley’s most idealized version of itself. Noam Cohen on the Internet’s verbal contrarian: The writer Evgeny Morozov has quickly become the most prominent critic of the utopian promises coming from Silicon Valley. Sam Biddle’s job at Valleywag is to note just how self-absorbed the tech industry in Silicon Valley and San Francisco (and occasionally New York) can be. Mr Geek goes to Washington: America’s tech tycoons are seeking to “hack” politics. John Judis on the GOP plan to crush Silicon Valley: What will become of Steve Jobs’s angel? Matthew Yglesias on why the Justice Department was absolutely right to go after Microsoft in the 1990s. Nicholas Thompson on why Steve Ballmer failed (and more). Nicholas Carson on the Truth about Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography.

The West Indies cricket team has achieved world-class status — could a united Caribbean Olympic team ever be a possibility? Ian McDonald argues the case. A look at how East German ice skater Katarina Witt went from celebrity to persona non grata almost overnight (and more). Who was the greatest athlete of all time? Shaun White's versatility, Bo Jackson's phenomenal speed, Geronimo's nimbleness, and more. Dan Shaughnessy on why Vin Scully is simply the best broadcaster of all time. The surveillance state comes to the ballpark: A film critic ponders baseball's instant-replay cameras. Spending billions of dollars for TV rights and becoming partners with universities desperate for exposure, ESPN has emerged as a sport’s puppet-master and kingmaker (and more and more). Derek Thompson on the global dominance of ESPN: Why hasn’t anybody figured out how to beat "The Worldwide Leader in Sports"? (and more) Following the decision to pull out of a partnership with PBS' Frontline on a film about concussions in the NFL, ESPN execs are fielding questions about Disney's role in the split (and more by David Zirin). Don’t let the hype fool you: the best place to watch the U.S. Open and many other sports these days is from your couch. To help the environment, watch sports at your neighborhood bar. Ode on a Sports Bar: No one really talks about loving sports bars — very few of us actually do, and yet they're where we go, and something like home.

Sadiq Al-Ali (York): Why Do Youth Become Involved in Gangs? From TPM, Dylan Scott on the all-important Obamacare marketing funding gap; and what good is a conservative fever dream if no one can make a buck off it, right? Behold the “impeachment store” that sells all things impeachment. From the Paris Review Daily, Casey N. Cep on the Last Bookstore. What is it like to be a Nagel? Steve Neumann wonders. Matt Taibbi on Obama's new education proposal: Change, or changed subject? Here is the latest Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings. Amanda Marcotte on how the wave of abortion restrictions is leading to a wave of clinic closures (and more on free abortions on demand without apology, and more). Plagiarism or coincidence? Writer Daniel Flynn and the Wall Street Journal square off. From TNR, Jonathan Cohn on how the Washington Post prints Tea Party talking points (and more); and so, society is going to hell, no one values anything that isn't material, and fighting a giant war over gay marriage is a loser because our problems run much, much, deeper. Patrick Howell O'Neill on 5 reasons you should be reading the CIA's online magazine, Studies in Intelligence. Ronald Bailey on seven surprising truths about the world: A lot of the bad news you think you know is wrong. Does one dare to drink a smoothie, if one has one or more teeth? A recent investigation bears on that question.

David A. Lake and David Lindsey (UCSD): Moral Foundations and Individual-Level Foreign Policy Preferences. Seung-Whan Choi (UIC) and Patrick James (USC): Why Does the U.S. Intervene Abroad? Democracy, Human Rights Violations, and Terrorism. From The Monkey Cage, do military interventions reduce killings of civilians in civil wars? Erica Chenoweth investigates (and more); and why are chemical weapons a red line? Erik Voeten wants to know. The poison gas war on the Syrian people: Hans Hoyng and Christoph Reuter on Assad's cold calculation. Norm Geras on justifying military intervention in Syria. Matthew Yglesias on how military strikes are an extremely expensive way to help foreigners (and a response). Syria crisis: Janan Ganesh and Peggy Hollinger on the cases for and against intervention. George Packer on two minds on Syria. Alex Kane on 4 of the most awful arguments for attacking Syria made so far (and more). From TNR, the “let's not even try” foreign policy: James Mann on how Barack Obama's choice on Syria will define his presidency (and more); Nora Caplan-Bricker on six liberals' best Syria advice for Obama; and John Judis on why the best reason to intervene in Syria isn't to help the rebels. Shane Harris and Matthew M. Aid on how CIA files prove America helped Saddam as he gassed Iran (and Isaac Chotiner on why “we're hypocrites!” is irrelevant to the Syria debate). Arsenal of hypocrisy: No matter where you look in the world, American words don't match American deeds. How the world is responding to a possible strike on Syria.

Santosh Anagol (Penn), Alvin Etang, and Dean S. Karlan (Yale): Continued Existence of Cows Disproves Central Tenets of Capitalism? From Foreign Affairs, Ruchir Sharma on the rise of the rest of India: In Indian politics, caste and religion still matter, but in many states, economic competence now matters more — things look bad in New Delhi, but the capital is not the whole of India. Partha Dasgupta on getting India wrong: Critics and supporters of the country’s economic liberalisation make the same error — they forget about pollution and population. Raghuram Rajan is India’s new central banker — God help him. Made Outside India: As growth slows and reforms falter, economic activity is shifting out of India. If India's really booming, why is the rupee crashing? How India got its funk: India’s economy is in its tightest spot since 1991 — now, as then, the answer is to be bold (and more). What happened to India's economic miracle? Subcontinental drift: A slowing economy, an exploding submarine, corruption scandals — what's happened to India? India’s Dongria Kondh tribe has overwhelmingly rejected plans by notorious British mining giant Vedanta Resources for an open-pit bauxite mine in their sacred Niyamgiri Hills, in an unprecedented triumph for tribal rights. The “Proud Not Primitive” campaigns challenges the prevailing view in India that tribal peoples are “backwards” and “primitive”. Exploiting tragedy: Shiladitya Verma on dark tourism.