Today's Five Best Columns
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Jan 29, 2013 6:55PM ET
Discovered: Physicians who see too many patients are more prone to slip up; gay men are gayer than straight guys; taking trays out of cafeterias reduces waste; new criteria for 'habitable' planets.
Jan 29, 2013 6:03PM ET
With a new documentary and biography about the creator of The Catcher in the Rye on the way, we could be learning a lot more about the intensely private author. Here's what we still don't know, and what we might discover next.
Jan 29, 2013 11:38AM ET
After (semi) apologizing to Nate Silver for doubting his spot-on statistical insights into the 2012 presidential election, Joe Scarborough's gut instinct is now telling him to go after another guy who knows his data: Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.
Jan 29, 2013 9:50AM ET
Bill Richardson on immigration reform, Michael Tomasky on Republican efforts to attract minority voters, Andrew Ross Sorkin on the next head of the SEC, Jeffrey Toobin on activist judges, and Tim Padgett on Brazil's nightclub fire.
Jan 28, 2013 7:15PM ET
Discovered: Erectile dysfunction meds and green tea team up to fight cancer; cell phone towers are responsible for many bird deaths; look at this tractor beam in action; shooting your belly full of botox won't make you skinny.
Jan 28, 2013 6:35PM ET
On the same day that the September 11th high-jackers returned to court, word came that the office responsible for closing the prison has itself been closed, adding another entry to the long list of scuttled attempts to shut down the detention facility.
Jan 28, 2013 3:04PM ET
The sleek new revamped Myspace has no problem paying major labels for the right to stream their music. But indie labels aren't seeing any of that kickback, and they're furious about it.
Jan 28, 2013 12:16PM ET
Readers who loyally buy print books from hundreds of Barnes & Noble stores may soon have to settle for the Nook. According to a top executive, as much as a third of their stores will be closed over the next 10 years.
Jan 28, 2013 9:45AM ET
Bob Woodward on why Obama chose Hagel, Paul Krugman on so-called takers, William Lloyd George on Eritrea's teetering dictatorship, Gordon Chang on Chinese air, and Albert Hunt on Republicans' electoral vote shuffle.
Jan 25, 2013 5:44PM ET
Discovered: Omega-3s make cow dairy more nutritious; protons are just a tiny bit smaller than we thought, and that has huge implications; HIV's ancient origins; ADHD medicine is putting more people in the emergency room.
Jan 25, 2013 4:43PM ET
Electrolytes aren't the only thing quenching your thirst when you drink Gatorade. An ingredient patented for use as a flame retardant has been in the formula until now, as PepsiCo Inc. plans to phase out the substance from Gatorade... while keeping it in other products.
Jan 25, 2013 2:28PM ET
Somehow, a dolphin has ended up trapped in Brooklyn's heavily polluted Gowanus Canal. The world watches with bated breath (and cruel Twitter jokes) while authorities attempt to rescue it — if the dolphin can't wiggle its way out first.
Jan 25, 2013 12:19PM ET
President Obama violated the Constitution by filling three National Labor Relations Board seats in the midst of a Senate recess, according to a court ruling issued today. "Told you so," says every conservative on Twitter.
Jan 25, 2013 11:25AM ET
Dexter Filkins on women in combat, Ron Fournier on Obama's great liberal expectations, Malcolm Potts on fighting terrorism through education, Jonathan Weil on Caterpillar's missing millions, and Jim Yong Kim on climate change.
Jan 25, 2013 10:32AM ET
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, The Stone Roses, and Phoenix have been confirmed as this year's official Coachella headliners. And judging from online reaction, there are already a lot of ways to whine about this year's lineup.
Jan 24, 2013 6:04PM ET
Te'o continues to maintain that he was duped into believing his fake girlfriend was real all along. But one commenter wants to know — if he's so easily fooled, how could he possibly be passing college-level courses?
Jan 24, 2013 5:55PM ET
Discovered: Carbo-loading is why we have cute dogs; dung beetles follow the stars; research to resume on H5N1 avian flu; look at this newly discovered Brazilian bird before it goes extinct.
Jan 24, 2013 4:01PM ET
Brooklyn art student Thomas Calabrese was just trying to do his homework, but music bloggers desperate for a scoop were quick to believe that his faux Vampire Weekend album cover was the real deal.
Jan 24, 2013 2:34PM ET
President Obama will be confronted with the first big policy decision of his second term where environmentalists and business interests are at odds: the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Despite promising to act on climate change in his inaugural address, all signs point to the controversial project going forward.
Jan 24, 2013 12:03PM ET
Could the library of the future replace bookshelves with petri dishes? New research into the possibility of storing information in DNA has already preserved words by Shakespeare and Martin Luther King in genetic material.
Jan 24, 2013 9:37AM ET
Margaret Carlson on Hillary Clinton's Benghazi testimony, Susan Crawford on speeding up America's Internet, Alex Pareene on electoral vote rejiggering, E.J. Dionne on Obama's Reaganisms, and Amy Davidson on child-abuse victims.
Jan 23, 2013 6:49PM ET
Discovered: The predictable race and political affiliation of "reverse racism" victims; car crashes are more deadly for the morbidly obese; ADHD on the rise in high-income minority communities; plain labeling could cut smoking rates.
Jan 23, 2013 6:08PM ET
Today federal authorities charged three men with building and disseminating a virus that crippled NASA computers and brought in tens of millions of dollars for cybercriminals. The new court documents detail the inner workings of Eastern Europe's cybercrime market.
Jan 23, 2013 2:26PM ET
The vague idea guiding this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, sounds a lot like another vague idea forwarded in Davos-hating Nassim Taleb's book Antifragile.
Jan 23, 2013 12:08PM ET
The state of Florida has a bounty out on invasive pythons, luring amateur snake killers into the Everglades for a month-long hunt. Hilarious, right? Not to those who say it encourages cruelty and does little to solve conservation problems.
Jan 23, 2013 9:32AM ET
Jill and Scott Kelley on privacy and Petraeus, Mark Bittman on Coke's obesity awareness ads, Simon Jenkins on Prince Harry's Afghanistan story, Sarah Chayes on Benghazi and bureaucrats, and Aaron David Miller on Israel's election results.
Jan 22, 2013 6:19PM ET
Discovered: It's not quite an invisibility cloak, but it's a start; men are more likely to commit scientific fraud; multitasking causes more mistakes; Davos looks for "X factors" of the future.
Jan 22, 2013 12:16PM ET
When Harvard geneticist George Church sat down for a casual interview with a German magazine, he wasn't trying to send out the message, "Mad Scientist Seeks Lady To Give Birth To Neanderthal Monster."
Jan 22, 2013 9:38AM ET
Andrew Ross Sorkin on the myths of Davos, Elizabeth Economy on polluted Chinese water, John Cassidy on Obama's liberal agenda, Ruth Margalit on Israel's left, and William Pesek on Lew's strong dollar.
Jan 21, 2013 6:19PM ET
Discovered: Some of our DNA is four-stranded, and that's not a good thing; the brain's selfishness center; men who can't smell don't have much sex; hearing loss foreshadows mental decline.