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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.”
  • George Clooney's wife to lecture on human rights at Columbia

    George Clooney's wife is joining the faculty of Columbia University as a visiting lecturer. Columbia announced Friday lawyer Amal Clooney will lecture on human rights this spring. She also will serve as a senior fellow with its law school's Human...

    Urban sprawl is reducing June gloom in coastal Southern California

    Urban sprawl is reducing June gloom in coastal Southern California
    In a meteorological twist, heat rising off urban sprawl is driving a trend toward fewer annual summer invasions of dense overcast known as June gloom in coastal Southern California areas, a new climate study says. The study led by bioclimatologist A....

    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...

    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...