Liberal economist Barbara Bergmann opposes the basic income for all the reasons libertarian economist Charles Murray supports it. Instead of replacing public assistance with a minimum income, she would prefer beefing up existing social welfare programs to be more like Sweden, which has universal childcare. Continue reading
England’s Sir John Gurdon and Dr. Shinya Yamanaka from Japan share the 2012 Nobel Prize in medicine for work on stem cells, revealing that mature cells can be reverted into primitive cells. Ray Suarez talks to Harvard Stem Cell Institute’s Dr. David Scadden, who explains the implications and applications for stem cell medicine. Continue reading
Norway is the healthiest country in the world to be a mother, according to a new report released by the international non-profit Save the Children. The worst: West Africa’s Niger. Gwen Ifill and Save the Children President Carolyn Miles discuss what countries are best and worst at creating healthy children and mothers. Continue reading
Editor’s Note | Aug. 17, 2011: The middle pie represents the income distribution of Sweden. For more, see ‘Building a Better America–One Wealth Quintile at a Time‘ by Dan Ariely and Michael I. Norton. The correct answer was ‘Freedonia’ (an … Continue reading
A political party in Sweden seeking a 90 percent reduction in immigration won seats in Parliament for the first time, denying the ruling center-right coalition a majority and raising questions about anti-Muslim sentiment in the country. Continue reading
“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” the third novel in Stieg Larsson’s bestselling “Millennium” trilogy, hit U.S. bookstores Tuesday. The crime novels, published originally in Sweden, center around investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, a tattooed and pierced computer hacker with a photographic memory.