For the 10th consecutive December, the magazine has chosen to look back on the past year through a distinctive prism: ideas. Our digest of short entries refracts the light beam of human inspiration, breaking it up into its constituent colors — innovations and insights from a spectrum of fields, including economics, biology, engineering, medicine, literature, sports, music and, of course, raw-meat clothing. Happy thinking! The 10th Annual Year in Ideas - Interactive Feature
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"How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people -- first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving... "I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves -- this critical basis I call the ideal of a pigsty. The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.
January 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM ESTNew Steps to Strengthen the Nation’s Energy InfrastructureToday, President Obama signed a memorandum establishing the federal government’s first Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) process, fulfilling an important commitment from his Climate Action Plan and ensuring that federal energy policies continue to meet the nation’s economic, environmental, and security goals. Over the next four years, the QER will provide a comprehensive review of these policies in the context of a changing energy landscape. January 8, 2014 at 5:18 PM ESTObama Administration Extends International Space Station until at Least 2024As more than 30 heads of space agencies from around the world prepare to gather in Washington January 9-10 for an unprecedented summit on the future of space exploration, we are pleased to announce that the Obama Administration has approved an extension of the International Space Station (ISS) until at least 2024. Office of Science and Technology Policy
Innovative India water plant opens in Madras 30 July 2010Last updated at 11:26 ET By Swaminathan Natarajan BBC Tamil The plant could provide a template for solving India's water problems A desalination plant which begins operating in Madras on Saturday will provide some of the cheapest drinking water in India, backers say.