| Dec 24, 2013
| 2:43 PM
"So the last shall be first, and the first last." This quote from the King James Bible is my response to Scientific American's Top 10 stories of 2013. Their tenth-ranked story about the BRAIN initiative is my top story for the year.
I refer to Brain...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 11:47 AM
"Can you recommend a book?" is a frequent question in my line of work, and I plan to recommend "The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You" to the next person who asks me.
Authors Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 2:41 PM
A foundation controlled by Stephan Schmidheiny, the billionaire global environmentalist whose 1996 honorary degree from Yale University is under protest, donated money to Yale at least three times in the mid-1990s, documents show.
Those donations —...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 9:25 AM
A delicate, droll masterwork, writer-director Spike Jonze's "Her" sticks its neck out, all the way out, asserting that what the world needs now and evermore is love, sweet love. Preferably between humans, but you can't have everything all the time.
| Dec 21, 2013
Opening on Christmas day, along with "Grudge Match" and a few other films with which it has nothing in common, writer-director Spike Jonze's "Her" is the most beguiling and imaginative picture of 2013, the one I'd miss the most if it hadn't been made....
| Mar 1, 2014
How can a novel feel so suspenseful yet its plot seem so beside the point? How can a work of fiction be so slender yet so broad in scope? Only a great talent like Yiyun Li could perform this magic.
The story seems straightforward. Four adolescents...
| Oct 4, 2013
Ordinarily we don't look for restaurants that have a side of fright on the menu, but October has become a 31-day celebration of all things that go bump in the night.
From theme parks to extravagant home parties, Halloween is much more than trick-or-...
| Oct 31, 2013
Black Lincoln SUVs and Town Cars lined up outside the Harris Theater on Tuesday as men in gray suits filled the seats inside.
That visually describes Invest for Kids, a $1,000-per-ticket annual charity event in which a flood of Chicago finance guys...
| Jul 6, 2011
| 3:41 PM
LONDON - There is going to be a big to-do here on July 27, marking one year to go before the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.
But the really big show in London this month is Thursday night's world premiere of the final Harry Potter movie.
| Oct 30, 2013
| 3:08 PM
The early morning sun clawed at my blinds like a screaming victim of premature burial, casting bloody fingernails of light wherever it could find a gap.
One of my favorite interactive features has been our local version of San Jose State's annual...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 10:41 AM
We're moved into prime day-trip weather, when cooler temperatures brighten the prospect of strolling historic streets, and none are more historic than St. Augustine's.
I've always loved historian Michael Gannon's quip that by the time the Pilgrims...