From Symmetry, a look at ten things you may not know about the Higgs boson. What happened before the Big Bang? Ross Andersen on the new philosophy of cosmology. Cosmologists try to explain a universe springing from nothing. Fields apart: A review of The Infinity Puzzle: Physics on the Fringe by Margaret Wertheim (and more). Bryan Gaensler takes a whirlwind tour of the fastest objects in the universe. Physics has taught us to be very cautious about our naive certainties (“that’s the way it is!”), everyday intuitions (“it must be that way!”), and commonsensical rejections (“that’s impossible!”), so when physicists come up with incredible results, what should we believe? From planets to universes: A lecture given by Martin Rees at Stephen Hawking's 70th birthday symposium (and part 2). Philip Plait on a superbly informative beginner’s guide to the galaxy. How do you show everything that has ever happened? A visualisation from the Chronozoom project takes the biggest of big data — the universe itself — and makes it manageable. A box of universe: Watch the cosmos evolve in a cube one billion light-years wide.

A new issue of the Journal of Applied Hermeneutics is out. From the latest issue of the International Journal of Conflict and Violence, a special section on youth and violence, including Josjah Kunkeler (Utrecht) and Krijn Peters (Swansea): “The Boys Are Coming to Town”: Youth, Armed Conflict and Urban Violence in Developing Countries. Once we model the connectome — the million 
billion points of contact between neurons in 
the brain — we’ll glimpse the anatomy of the mind. A review of Tejano Empire: Life on the South Texas Ranchos by Andres Tijerina. Is conservatism in crisis?: An interview with Charles Moore: “Capitalism should not be run by capitalists”. George Morelli on Christian belief and the medical establishment (and part 2). Urban-development legends: Mario Polese on how grand theories do little to revive cities. Obama to Cities — Drop Dead: An article on the life and death of a Great American Urban Policy. No parties, No banners: Gianpaolo Baiocchi and Ernesto Ganuza on the Spanish experiment with direct democracy. We're All the 1 Percent: The U.S. middle class is still incredibly wealthy by international standards.

From The Chronicle, can Wikipedia shut down universities? Wikipedia wants academics to write content, and students to fact-check articles for academic credit. Somedays Wikipedia looks like the most extravagant love letter to the humanist project, other days like the biggest ragbag of unsorted intellectual capital. Why not use this vast, untapped ocean of advertising capital to make Wikipedia a reliable, definitive, an everlastingly free resource? Wikipedia didn’t kill Encyclopedia Britannica — Windows did. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales on the end of Britannica's print version. Former Britannica editor Robert McHenry on the move that's been in the works for over two decades. Britannica is experiencing a "sales boom" after the announcement that they would cease publication of their printed editions. Representing a peak of colonial optimism before the slaughter of war, the 1910/11 edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica has acquired an almost mythic quality among collectors. Why we should celebrate the end of the Britannica’s print edition. David Bell on what we’ve lost with the demise of print encyclopedias. Joseph Bottum on the end of reference. Britannica embraces new strategy with an iPhone and iPad app.

A new issue of Our Planet is out. Burns H. Weston (Iowa): The Theoretical Foundations of Intergenerational Ecological Justice: An Overview. From Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, a special issue on global climate change and non-violent civil disobedience. From Breakthrough Journal, love your monsters: Bruno Latour on to the question of technology to protect the planet from ecological crisis; and planet of no return: A forum on the Anthropocene, including a lead essay by Erle Ellis and responses. Carbon Copy: Timothy Noah on the best way to fix the deficit — and the environment. Paranoia you better believe: A review of The Global Warming Deception: How a Secret Elite Plans to Bankrupt America and Steal Your Freedom by Grant R. Jeffrey. How engineering the human body could combat climate change: From drugs to help you avoid eating meat to genetically engineered cat-like eyes to reduce the need for lighting, a wild interview about changes humans could make to themselves to battle climate change. Can bioengineers make human beings more sustainable? Nature already tried that, and look how it turned out.

A new issue of Disputatio is out. From Peace and Conflict Review, Doug Contri (BOP): Empathy and Barriers to Altruism. The new face of Transdniester: Yevgeny Shevchuk, the territory’s new “president”, promises domestic reform and open borders. Six degrees of aggregation: How The Huffington Post ate the Internet. When you think of Uncle Sam, you probably think of the poster, which smacks of an invented political marketing gimmick, right? But Uncle Sam was a real person. Just over a century ago, neither Oxford nor Cambridge offered degrees in English literature, but Scotland has been studying the subject since the 18th century, largely thanks to one man, Hugh Blair. “Greed is the beginning of everything”: Czech economist Tomas Sedlacek discusses morality in the current crisis and why he believes an economic policy that only pursues growth will always lead to debt. An interview with Ben Casnocha, co-author The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career on the end of the labor mentality and how short-term risk can yield explosive rewards.

The inaugural issue of the Journal of Democratic Socialism is out, on the state of socialism in the 21st century. Paul Blackledge (Leeds Metropolitan): Marxism, Nihilism, and the Problem of Ethical Politics Today. From Infoshop, an article on anarchist theory — use it or lose it. All of anarchism in your backpack: An Anarchist FAQ. From the International Journal of Inclusive Democracy, Panos Drakos on anarchists and the alternative of inclusive democracy. From International Socialism, a review of Anarchism: A Marxist Criticism by John Molyneux; and a review of Social Structure and Forms of Consciousness, Volume 1: The Social Determination of Method and Volume 2: The Dialectic of Structure and History by Istvan Meszaros (and more). Nouriel Roubini says Marx is right, but gets him (and capitalism) wrong. Immanuel Wallerstein on the World Left after 2011. Was the rise of Stalin inevitable? The belief that dictatorship of some kind is the inevitable outcome of any attempt at radical change is one of the main barriers to people’s engagement with socialist ideas today. Do social democratic parties have a future?

A new issue of Policy Options is out. A new issue of Inroads is out. A new issue of 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies is out. Governor General David Johnston possesses impeccable credentials and old-fashioned charm — plus he is the government’s secret weapon in restoring the power of the monarchy. Last May, Jack Layton led the NDP to the greatest victory in party history; now that he’s gone, will the party be able to maintain its momentum? Sorry, an Order of Canada for Alberta's Ralph Klein is not appropriate. Is Canada becoming a jingoistic petro-state? Magazines' newsstand slide smaller in Canada but that may be good news for U.S. publishers. From Ryerson Review of Journalism, a special section on covering the Canadian North. Unlawful Separation: What’s a Freeman-on-the-Land? Randy Fred thought that life after residential school would be drinking, watching TV and dying — instead, he became the "greatest blind Indian publisher in the world". What's the most Canadian dish? An interview with Dorothy Duncan, author of Canadians at Table: A Culinary History of Canada. Rise of the ethnic aisle: The rise of mainstream ethnic food in grocery stores says a lot about the country.

Jesse Graham (USC) and Brian Nosek and Jonathan Haidt (Virginia): The Moral Stereotypes of Liberals and Conservatives: Exaggeration of Differences Across the Political Divide. An interview with Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). The Villain: The left hates him, the right hates him even more, but Ben Bernanke saved the economy — and has navigated masterfully through the most trying of times. The empirical sociology of critique: An interview with Luc Boltanski. The evolution of death: Scientists remain surprisingly conflicted about what it means to die — and it has big implications for us all. Why did Obama’s bipartisanship fail? Jonathan Chait investigates. When engineering fails: Henry Petrosky explains our cultural fascination with design disasters — and what the recession means for our safety. Fake orgasms and the Tea Party, or just another political science convention: James Warren on what academia can teach us about politics.

From Free Inquiry, Frank L. Pasquale (Trinity): The Social Science of Secularity; and Tom Flynn (CSH): Who Are These Doubters Anyway? A Look Back at the Demographics of Unbelief; Alan Charles Kors (Penn): The Enlightenment, Naturalism, and the Secularization of Values; Greta Christina on why atheism demands social justice; and a look at why seculars don’t sing. An atheist hero is something to be: An interview with Matthew Chapman, the director of the The Ledge, a thriller featuring Hollywood's first openly atheist hero. Among the Nonbelievers: Atheist activists in Orlando talk separation of church and state, sick kids, and Evil God (and part 2). Can terrestrial religion survive intact in a universe in which innumerable planets orbit other suns? Yes, life without God can be bleak; atheism is about facing up to that. Does it matter whether God exists? The philosopher John Gray has recently been arguing that belief in God should have little or nothing to do with religion. Do atheists need a moral theory to be moral realists? An interview with Penn Jillette on atheism, libertarianism, and why he’d give a random stranger the keys to a Ferrari.

From Labor Notes, Mischa Gaus on how bankruptcy has returned as a tool to crack unions; and can labor organize the unemployed? Jenny Brown wonders. Jared Bernstein on the case for full employment. The boast that American workers are naturally superior to other workers and would therefore “win” in any fair competition is problematic at best and at worst a pander to our national delusion of exceptionalism. 40-hour work week: One hundred fifty years of research proves that shorter work hours actually raise productivity and profits and overtime destroys them — so why do we still do this? A review of Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike That Changed America by Joseph A. McCartin. Terminal sickness: Phillip Longman and Lina Khan on how a thirty-year-old policy of deregulation is slowly killing America's airline system — and taking down Cincinnati, Memphis, and St. Louis with it. How the rich took over airport security: Security checks were one of America's most democratic places — until rich passengers got their own speedy lines.