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  • News of the Weird: Norway's Battle Against Chaos

    News of the Weird: Norway's Battle Against Chaos
    Norwegian public television (NRK), which introduced the now-legendary continuous, live log-burning show (12 hours long, with “color commentary” on the historical and cultural importance of fire), scheduled a new program for this week in its appeal to serenity (labeled “Slow TV”). On Nov. 1, NRK was to televise live, for five hours, an attempt to break the world record for producing a sweater, from shearing the sheep to spinning the wool and knitting the garment (current record: 4:51, by Australians). (In addition to the log, NRK viewers have been treated to live cams on a salmon-fishing boat and, for five days, on a cruise ship.) Said an NRK journalist, “You would think it's boring television, but we have quite good ratings for these programs.”
  • Filmmaker visits Boca to discuss PBS cancer series that premieres March 30

    Filmmaker visits Boca to discuss PBS cancer series that premieres March 30
    In medicine, the Big C — as in cancer — is poised to overtake heart disease as America's No. 1 killer. A new documentary series, however, tells of a more encouraging C-word: Cure. Barak Goodman, director of a PBS series based on the Pulitzer...

    Is Syria conflict a case study for climate change?

    Is Syria conflict a case study for climate change?
    Science just served up a double coupon for the argumentative: A new study suggests that climate change is driving a Middle East conflict that brought the Islamic State to prominence. Climate change contributed to the severity of a record-setting drought...

    Eric Garcetti's Mayor's Fund lets companies give big

    Eric Garcetti's Mayor's Fund lets companies give big
    When Eric Garcetti won the 2013 mayoral election, he did so without the financial backing of Psomas, a Los Angeles-based engineering firm with offices throughout the Southwest. As a company that held contracts worth more than $100,000 with the city,...

    When states win lawsuits, where does the money go?

    WASHINGTON Connecticut soon will get $36 million of a $1.37 billion legal settlement with Standard & Poor's, resolving allegations that the credit ratings agency misled investors in rating mortgage-backed securities in the lead-up to the 2008 financial...