Here's a fabulously well-written article on childbirth in the US:
The Most Scientific Birth Is Often the Least Technological Birth
In the most breathtaking analogy of the
Stanley Fish has a great discussion of the role of faith and trust in religion and science over in the NYT blogs. Section one: Citing Chapter and Verse: Which Scripture Is the Right One? and two: Evidence in Science and Religion, Part Two.
And finally, a webcomic of the week: