| Aug 1, 2014
| 7:29 PM
There is war in Europe. I'm not using the historic present tense to evoke August 1914. I'm talking about August 2014. What is happening in eastern Ukraine is war — “ambiguous war” as a British parliamentary committee calls it, rather...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 10:02 AM
Your Midweek Madness supplier confesses ignorance of Shakira. Please forgive.
The first awareness of this global sensation came a couple days ago with the accidental discovery of a cover made of one of Shakira's mega-hits, "Hips Don't Lie," sung by an a...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 1:46 PM
The secret to schizophrenia, psychiatry’s most abiding mystery, may lie in the DNA associated with the body’s immune system, according to a genome-wide study published online Tuesday.
The analysis of variations in nearly 150,000 DNA...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 5:51 PM
Laura's Law has been an option for counties in California since 2003, but only in recent weeks have three of the most populous ones — Los Angeles, Orange and San Francisco — voted to implement it. The law — like another one in New York,...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 9:19 AM
I was on my way to a meeting on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley years ago when a man hawking the socialist Workers Vanguard newspaper stopped me. The headline screamed, "Open Admissions!" In other words, the prestigious University...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The Great Recession that began in late 2007 resulted in about 12,940 suicides in North America and Europe -- and many of them could have been prevented, researchers said Wednesday.
As far back as 1897, French sociologist Emile Durkheim observed the link...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 10:39 AM
Some chefs spend a good amount of time in the kitchen making sure your dish looks beautiful before it reaches the table. And, according to science, it's not just about the aesthetics.
A new study by the Crossmodal Research Library at the University...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 2:30 PM
This month has brought ample evidence of the power of sleep to affect us in both positive and negative ways, and demonstrated why we need to start treating sleep as the vital health, safety and social issue that it is. I've been evangelizing about the...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 1:30 PM
Cooking isn’t rocket science, but maybe designing cookware is. A professor of engineering at Oxford University has designed a new saucepan that he says heats up faster and uses 40% less energy than conventional saucepans.
The “Flare Pan&...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 2:30 AM
DEAR JOYCE: My daughter and son are in high school and it will soon be time for them to anticipate their future careers. What are some of tomorrow's good jobs and which ones are likely to hit the dustbin? -- P.H.
As technology continues to fire away at...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 10:52 AM
From Oxford's quads to Harvard Yard and many a steel and glass palace of higher education in between, exams are giving way to holidays. As students consider life after graduation, universities are facing questions about their own future. The higher-...