Where can I find no-nonsense, scientific analysis of important issues, practical advice, and forecasts for the future?
I love reading analysis of current events, especially in technology, business, economics, and politics. I am especially interested in information that is practical for my life: predictions for the future, advice on what is important to do/learn about, and so on. But I am getting sick of all the hype and uninformed speculation. Even in "intelligent" publications like the New York Times, most analysis articles seem to be for the purpose of entertainment: they reflect the whim of the writer, not the results of years of research. So instead of reading an article written by a top journalist, I would want to read an article written by a top academic/industry expert. (Or an article that summarizes the opinions of the top academic/industry experts.)
Here's a perfect example: Let's say I want to understand the implications of Microsoft's bid for Yahoo. Instead of reading analysis in Wired, the New York Times, or Slashdot, I would want to read the following Gartner article
. However, I want this kind of thing for all fields, not just technology. For example, I would want to know:
-What are the most important developments in different areas of science, business, and technology, and what are the projections for the future?
-What do the top 100 academic experts think about issues like global warming, gun control, economic policy, and so on?
-What information do I need to know to be more productive and successful in my day-to-day life? (E.g. as a consumer, technology user, investor, citizen.) How are people or organizations trying to fool/trick me? (cf. "Influence" book linked to below)
-What are the most surprising or counter-intuitive facts I'm probably not aware of? (Freakonomics-type stuff)
-Projections for future political events, like: "Who is more electable: Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama?" (Justified by poll data, statistical analysis broken down by who is projected to win the swing states, etc.)
I'm looking for information that is presented rigorously and if possible justified quantitatively, yet in a concise and accessible form, it to be accessible for people who aren't specialists in this field.
Now, here are some examples of sources of information that at least partly fit my description:
Economist Intelligence Unit
The Wall Street Journal
Influence: The Hidden Psychology of Persuasion
Hive Mind, what sources of information can you think of?