It’s never too early to wonder

Jamal Munshi (Sonoma State): A Method for Comparing Chess Openings. Laura Rosenbury (WUSTL): Marital Status and Privilege. Linda C. McClain (BU): The Other Marriage Equality Problem. Raphael (Rafi) Bitton (Tel Aviv): The Legitimacy of Spying Among Nations. Ian Delairre (Boston College): On “Constituent Power beyond the State: An Emerging Debate in International Political Theory”: The Foundation of a New Field and the Crisis of Democratic Legitimation. Where is the humanities' Neil DeGrasse Tyson? Adam Weinstein wants to know. Living life by the book: Leo Robson on why reading isn't always good for you. The despicable rise of conservative pranksters: Kembrew McLeod on race-baiting and conspiracy theories in the age of Obama. What does the future of the universe hold? The collision of our galaxy with the Andromeda galaxy is billions of years away, but it’s never too early to wonder what will happen. What if the universe is really against us? Tom Jokinen wonders. George Lois on the evolution of the modern magazine cover. Benoit Denizet-Lewis on the scientific quest to prove bisexuality exists: How a new breed of activists is using science to show — once and for all — that someone can be truly attracted to both a man and a woman. Behind the scenes at a rehearsal for Armageddon: Popular Mechanics presents the most detailed description of an ICBM test launch you'll ever read. The Obamacare train did not wreck: Jonathan Chait on what the Obamacare wars tell us about our skewed politics.