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Sep 28, 2012 5:29PM ET
Discovered: The smoking maggot; closing the 405 freeway in Los Angeles reduced pollution; measuring the edge of a black hole; benzodiazepines connected with dementia.
Sep 28, 2012 11:17AM ET
Today in books and publishing: 1Q84 author wants everyone to simmer down; a reading list for inmates; John Travolta didn't libel author; Apple owes Chinese encyclopedia.
Sep 27, 2012 6:17PM ET
Discovered: Republican women have more "feminine" features; some evidence for Mars' watery past; element 113 is synthesized; how the brightest stellar event ever recorded happened.
Sep 27, 2012 11:56AM ET
Everybody's got an opinion about J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. With the embargo on reviews now lifted, the book is drawing wildly polarized responses.
Sep 27, 2012 11:18AM ET
Today in books and publishing: Woman cuffed for late library returns; get to know Indian-American fiction; Samuel L. Jackson curses for Obama; did Chabon get Oakland right?
Sep 26, 2012 8:00PM ET
The states allows school officials to spank teenagers of the opposite gender, apparently. On top of that insane fact, one commenter noted that the spanking policy has a huge flaw.
Sep 26, 2012 6:09PM ET
Discovered: Scientists control feeble worm brains with lasers; the earth shook for six days after April's Indian Ocean quake; a view into deep space; vampire squids are gross.
Sep 26, 2012 11:15AM ET
Today in books and publishing: Morrissey springs into action at The Strand; publishers hound authors who took the money and ran; libraries and publishers can't agree on e-books.
Sep 25, 2012 7:29PM ET
Discovered: Pediatricians warn of trampoline's dangers; a treatment for progeria; virus touted as cure for pimples; research universities in financial straits.
Sep 25, 2012 6:44PM ET
Today, Richard Lawson sent Lindsay Lohan off to sea as a Newfoundland fisherwoman. One of our commenters imagined giving Lindsay a fictional nautical chic makeover.
Sep 25, 2012 11:52AM ET
Today in books and publishing: New Jersey book columnist discovers the Internet; lesbian pulp novelist Tereska Torrès dies; Schwarzenegger, Olympia Snowe, and a Scientology insider tell all.
Sep 24, 2012 7:13PM ET
In celebration of National Punctuation Day, one of our commenters noted James Joyce's playful use of the colon in a line from Ulysses.
Sep 24, 2012 7:00PM ET
Discovered: Korean eunuchs outlived endowed peers; uncertainty lingers about Omega-3 pills; sexism in science; sustained thought kills cooperation.
Sep 24, 2012 6:16PM ET
The kiddie tablet wars aren't child's play. In a lawsuit filed today, the makers of the Nabi accuse Toys 'R' Us of sabotaging their product only to copy it for their own Tabeo device.
Sep 24, 2012 11:53AM ET
Today in books and publishing: Rowling's old neighbors insist they aren't snobs; Naomi Wolf's Vagina turns off feminists; Teju Cole on Insta-photography; happy International Book Week!
Sep 21, 2012 6:48PM ET
Discovered: the Orion Nebula doesn't have that many stars; naked mole-rats are ugly because of evolution; recapping the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony; doctors wary of drug company findings.
Sep 21, 2012 5:28PM ET
Rebecca Greenfield noted the widespread scorn for apps that automatically share articles users read on social media sites. One of our commenters explained this frustration pithily.
Sep 21, 2012 4:49PM ET
Did you hear that Monica Lewinsky is getting an eight-figure book deal for her juicy tell-all? We'd take that with a grain of salt.
Sep 21, 2012 4:29PM ET
Demonizing Chris Brown while giving white abusers a pass plays into ugly racial stereotypes, say the activists plastering John Lennon albums and Michael Fassbender DVDs with warning stickers.
Sep 21, 2012 11:11AM ET
Today in books and publishing: Emma Thompson hurls Michel Houellebecq across the room; Books-A-Million exec says he was wrongly fired; out-of-print books are an untapped e-goldmine.
Sep 20, 2012 7:01PM ET
Discovered: FedEx and UPS won't ship research animals anymore; marijuana may slow aggressive cancer; smoking doesn't come cheap in New York; why rats binge on M&Ms.
Sep 20, 2012 11:04AM ET
Today in books and publishing: Veteran Knopf editor Ashbel Green dies; meet the movers in Brooklyn's book scene; how Norwegian publishing works.
Sep 19, 2012 7:55PM ET
When activists plastered Chris Brown albums with the warning "This Man Beats Women," the Internet (rightfully) cheered. But now that John Lennon albums are also getting stickered, online response seems conflicted.
Sep 19, 2012 7:45PM ET
Discovered: mothers' uteruses transferred to daughters; arsenic found in rice products; Hispanics in U.S. say they're American; evolution observed in bacteria.
Sep 19, 2012 11:35AM ET
Today in books and publishing: Apple and publishers settle in Europe; Marco Roth irritates Dwight Garner; movie moguls announce e-books venture; Wikipedia e-books.
Sep 18, 2012 7:07PM ET
When a 1700-year-old document mentioning Jesus' "wife" is unearthed, how do our heathen commenters respond? Not with shock, but with snark.
Sep 18, 2012 6:09PM ET
Discovered: BPA causes concern; thin people often less healthy than fat peers; Neandertals accessorized with feathers; baby boys shouldn't be given pacifiers.
Sep 18, 2012 3:34PM ET
Prominent German Pirate Party board member Julia Schramm has a vision for a utopian Internet: a "huge library" where "the knowledge and stories of all people are united, collected and archived" free of charge and free of "disgusting" intellectual property. It would have just one notable omission: Schramm's own book, Click Me: Confessions of an Internet Exhibitionist.
Sep 18, 2012 11:52AM ET
Today in books and publishing: sock-puppeting is going to have a huge 2014; books as "branding devices"; Fifty Shades-esque author becomes an instant millionaire; stay granted in Google suit.
Sep 17, 2012 7:18PM ET
Malaysia is trying to help parents spot homosexuality in their children. One sure sign? V-neck shirts. The news reminded one commenter of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's insistence that Iran has no homosexuals.