Why Your DNA Isn't Your Destiny (Science)

The new field of epigenetics is showing how your environment and your choices can influence your genetic code — and that of your kids

How You Can Change Your Genes

Dr. Lars Olov Bygren's research helps explain how a father's diet might affect certain traits he passes to his son


What Health Care Reform Means for the States (The Well / Nation)

As the battle enters its final stage in Washington, a rebellion is taking shape in the states, which are alarmed about the new financial burdens they will face in a revamped system



Postcard from Inland Empire (Postcard)

As buyers re-enter Southern California's submerged property market, real estate investors are snapping up the best deals. In the land of foreclosures, cash is king

Yemen: The Most Fragile Ally (World)

Yemen is becoming an increasingly important base for terrorist attacks. Can it be helped? Not easily — the place is in crisis

South Africa's New Slave Trade and the Campaign to Stop It (The Well / World)

In South Africa, host of this year's World Cup, thousands of women and girls are held as modern-day slaves. E. Benjamin Skinner takes a rare look inside the underworld of sex trafficking--and one man's campaign to stop it


After Eat, Pray, Love: Fret, Mull, Marry (Books)

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, has a new memoir, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage, that takes her reluctantly to the altar

Eat, Pray, Love Author Elizabeth Gilbert (Books)

After nearly swearing off marriage, the best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love took three years to explore the real meaning of an evolving institution before committing to it

The Awards Race Begins (Movies)

The film critics have had their say. How will their favorites fare at the Golden Globes and the Oscars?


Workouts for Your Brain (Life / Health)

Cognitive fitness is a hot concept, but can fancy software stave off dementia?

A Look at the Nook (Life / Techland)

Barnes & Noble's new e-reader finally gives Amazon's Kindle some serious competition


10 Questions for Jason Reitman (10 Questions)

The Juno director is earning Oscar buzz with his latest, Up in the Air. Jason Reitman will now take your questions


The Skimmer

Book Review: Notes from the Cracked Ceiling by Anne E. Kornblut