| Oct 31, 2014
| 2:22 PM
The thorny and unresolved question of whether life itself can be patented may come again before the U.S. Supreme Court, if it accepts a motion filed Friday by Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog. (H/T to David Jensen's California Stem Cell Report.)
| Mar 7, 2013
Finally! Scientific research backs up my perennial gripe about the soul-killing, society-destroying effects of online comments. A study published last month on the website of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (which does not allow comments)...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 4:18 PM
In 2007, Keith John Sampson, a middle-age student working his way through Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis as a janitor, was declared guilty of racial harassment. Without granting Sampson a hearing, the university administration —...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Graham Elliot was an aspiring young cook in the late '90s carrying steaks to a party of 20 in the Charlie Trotter's Studio Kitchen when the restaurant's brilliant, mercurial owner stopped him in the hallway and grabbed one of the pieces of meat.
| May 28, 2013
| 11:19 PM
Citizens of Chicago, food-TV obsessives, our long nightmare is over:
Meet Catherine De Orio.
She's Italian. She's in her mid-30s. She lives in the West Loop. She's married to a lawyer. She has no food allergies. She has a throaty, confiding voice. Her...
| May 14, 2014
| 2:30 AM
A coalition of organized veterinary medicine and pet industry representatives formed Partners for Healthy Pets in 2011 to increase the health of pets by simply encouraging regular checkups. According to this consumer advertising campaign, preventive...
| Jun 30, 2014
Sociologist Alice Goffman is a 5-foot-2-inch white woman who grew up in privilege in Philadelphia's historic and affluent neighborhood of Center City.
But over the course of six years — during part of her time as an undergraduate at the University...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 10:10 AM
Wives with more education than their husbands no longer have a higher risk for divorce. Yippee! But, wait, they used to?
For couples married between 1950 and 1979, if a wife had a higher level of education than her husband, their marriage was one-...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 9:18 AM
When the news of death arrives, it does so in the icy ways. A phone call. An e-mail.
If the deceased person was famous (Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall only moments ago), perhaps there come interruptions of regularly scheduled radio or television...
| Oct 20, 2009
Medications to limit damage from a stroke by dissolving blood clots must be given within three hours of the event, according to standard guidelines. But a study published today suggests that the window of opportunity may extend to 4.5 hours.......
| Nov 30, 2009
With the holidays upon us, no doubt some people will be considering fitness video games for gifts, because they've been touted by some health experts as a good way for people to get some exercise without leaving their living rooms.......