Today's Five Best Columns
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Nov 20, 2012 6:08PM ET
California Rep. Zoe Lofgren reached out to Redditors for ideas on new Internet legislation. The gesture was surely well intentioned, but as one of our commenters noted, the idea of Reddit writing our laws is a bit terrifying.
Nov 20, 2012 5:56PM ET
Discovered: How to bring a sail boat up to 70 mph; mole-like creature lived 45 million years longer than thought; missing Mexican silver found in old European currency; species languish on shelves for years before being "discovered."
Nov 20, 2012 4:26PM ET
Discovered: A deadly new disease infects two humans; big international investors tell governments to get tough on climate change; drought is here to stay in Iowa; underwater light is dimming, driving fish away.
Nov 20, 2012 1:43PM ET
In a long, revealing interview, Ocean reveals how he came to coming out — and the long road from writing hit singles while making fast-food subs to planning on his own arcade while riding hit record sales. Just don't ask him to label himself as bisexual.
Nov 20, 2012 11:42AM ET
Today in books and publishing: William Lynch is a Nook guy; a sort-of-star-studded shoot; Kurt Vonnegut warns against shacking up with students; Michiko Kakutani writes reviews in verse now.
Nov 20, 2012 9:44AM ET
Michael Specter on Marco Rubio the scientist, Alex Pareene on political memes, David Brooks on the conservative blogosphere, John Nichols on Twinkies, and Katrina vanden Heuvel on the war on drugs.
Nov 19, 2012 8:14PM ET
Discovered: Astronomers hot on the trail of dark matter; bullies make kids act dumb; "olfactory white" smells like everything and nothing; Vikings feasted on poor, cute, innocent seals.
Nov 19, 2012 5:29PM ET
Discovered: BP spill killed fledgling fish; middle-aged monkeys; caves reveal sea-level rise; how many scientists does it take to get to the bottom of the owl's soundless flight?
Nov 19, 2012 4:10PM ET
Who would've thought that a Big Four accounting firm, the CIA, and now The World Bank would be some of the loudest voices calling for action on global warming?
Nov 19, 2012 11:54AM ET
Today in books and publishing: Roth's first and last interview in retirement; Penguin is lending library e-books again; new work by Mo Yan gets an English translation; a whole new kind of (dollar) book vendor.
Nov 19, 2012 9:44AM ET
Matt Katz on Booker vs. Christie, Robert Kagan on Susan Rice, Daniel Akst on paper, Daniel Altman on inequality, and Peter Beinart on Israel.
Nov 16, 2012 7:18PM ET
Discovered: Computers predict the emotions abstract art will provoke; new photographs of Einstein's brain reveal a master mind; kids are smoking too much hookah; old spear found.
Nov 16, 2012 5:30PM ET
Discovered: One in three ocean species remain unknown to science; biofuels could be worse in a spill than oil; robots powered by rat heart cells; katydids have human-like ears below their knees.
Nov 16, 2012 11:55AM ET
Today in books and publishing: Vanity Fair grants publication to unearthed portion of Answered Prayers; Mario Vargas Llosa considers E.L. James; Nora Roberts is a boon for Boonsboro.
Nov 16, 2012 9:39AM ET
Jonathan Freedland on Gaza, Jacey Eckhart on military marriages, Daniel Gross on the payroll tax, Christina Larson on Hu Jintao, and Eugene Robinson on Republicans' listening problem.
Nov 15, 2012 5:27PM ET
Discovered: PBDEs in common household items hinder brain development; 16th century astronomer didn't die from mercury poisoning; brain activity translated into music; belly buttons are swarming with bacteria.
Nov 15, 2012 3:16PM ET
Discovered: Pandas descended from a species in Spain; Ebola could be transmitted through air; how pollutants end up in Antarctica; targeting sea lice in Canadian salmon.
Nov 15, 2012 12:59PM ET
Today in books and publishing: Erdrich and Boo win NBAs; Pulitzer Prize-winner to investigate Scientology; e-reading debate takes a confusing turn; Gillian Flynn has a deal for two new books.
Nov 15, 2012 10:15AM ET
Historians painting Thomas Jefferson as a "kinder, gentler" slaveholder have been heaping criticism on Henry Wiencek, who asserts in a new book that the founding father was a calculating and cruel master. In a response published by Smithsonian, Wiencek fires back.
Nov 15, 2012 10:09AM ET
Ezra Klein on tax reform, Alex Pareene on Republican rebranding, Amy Davidson on military sex scandals, Emer O'Toole on Savita, and Stephen Gandel on Goldman Sachs.
Nov 14, 2012 8:43PM ET
Discovered: Shark evolution unpacked; hormone puts a leash on cheating men; rogue planet discovered; MRSA outbreak reigned in.
Nov 14, 2012 7:12PM ET
Discovered: Urban grasshoppers get loud when looking for a mate; carbon dioxide emissions hit record high; meat is full of PCBs and antibiotics; El Niño on the rise.
Nov 14, 2012 5:51PM ET
Not to be outdone by the moved-up release of a book on former CIA director David Petraeus, Penguin has announced plans to roll out the delayed memoir of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan who Petraeus replaced.
Nov 14, 2012 4:19PM ET
U.S. News has removed George Washington University from its influential college rankings after learning that the school submitted inflated figures. This isn't the first time this year a school got caught sneaking doctored stats past U.S. News' fact-checking operation, but it is the first time one was unranked as a result.
Nov 14, 2012 12:06PM ET
Today in books and publishing: Digital page-turning now belongs to Apple; Roth tells young novelist, "quit while you're ahead"; Google can scan books super fast; R.I.P. Jack Gilbert.
Nov 14, 2012 10:14AM ET
Thomas L. Friedman on Syria, Chuck Thompson on Texas, Vali Nasr on drones, Christopher Dickey on Jordan, and Doyle McManus on Obama's cabinet.
Nov 13, 2012 6:32PM ET
While we all gush over the juicy details of David Petraeus's infidelity, some are expressing concern about what this tells us about online privacy. If it was so easy to get access to Petraeus's Gmail account, what does that mean for the rest of us?, one commenter wonders.
Nov 13, 2012 5:53PM ET
Discovered: Money straight from the mint is more likely to be saved; brains respond well to harmony; shedding light on dark energy; human ancestors started eating grass 3 million years ago.
Nov 13, 2012 4:10PM ET
Discovered: Energy self-sufficiency could be just 18 years away; mutant amphibians spotted in Oregon; cow pee linked to antibiotic resistance; more plants won't curb carbon emissions.
Nov 13, 2012 12:01PM ET
Today in books: Publishing is sort of kind of dead?; the best books of 2012 are already being crowned; Amazon somehow forgot to pay European taxes; Herman Wouk is still at it.