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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.”
  • Do conservatives die sooner than liberals? New study weighs in

    Do conservatives die sooner than liberals? New study weighs in
    If you're dead serious about politics, consider this: A new paper finds that people with conservative ideologies were more likely to die in the study period than their liberal peers. The findings, published by the Journal of Epidemiology & Community...

    Charles Townes, Nobel laureate who helped invent laser that transformed daily life, dies at 99

    Charles H. Townes' inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast. On the tranquil morning of April 26, 1951, Townes scribbled a theory on scrap paper that would lead...

    Charles Townes, the co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics, dies at age 99

    Charles H. Townes, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who helped create the laser that would revolutionize everything from medicine to manufacturing, has died. He was 99. Townes had been in poor health before his death on the way to an Oakland hospital...

    Wednesday's multi-sport college and local roundup: Monticello High linebacker commits to W&M

    COLLEGES: Football recruiting: Monticello linebacker Griffin Davis, the 2014 Jefferson District Player of the Year, committed to attend William and Mary, according to multiple reports. Judicial: Pace University cleared head football coach Andy...