| Jan 30, 2015
| 3:51 PM
Even with powerful top-notch binoculars, it’s not easy singling out the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher from other subspecies of a family of birds known collectively as Empidonax.
Expert bird watchers say positive identification of the drab birds...
| Jan 19, 2015
| 1:33 PM
Neil deGrasse Tyson is that rarity: a scientist who has become, in recent years, virtually a household name. The host of "Cosmos" on TV last year and the director of New York's Hayden Planetarium, he'll be appearing Jan. 27 at the Auditorium Theatre, a...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 2:30 AM
Social media is agog over George Clooney's tribute to his wife, Amal, at last weekend's Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood. Women, especially, are swooning in their tweets and Facebook postings.
Said Clooney, "Listen, it's humbling to find somebody to...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 1:01 PM
The fourth season of "Girls" premieres on Sunday, but HBO has already renewed the series for a fifth season.
According to multiple reports, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo made the announcement before the audience assembled at the American...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 1:10 PM
"Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," otherwise known as "Night at the Museum 3," rates as more determinedly heartfelt than the first and not as witty as the second (and best). Also, no Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart in jodhpurs this time around....
| Dec 8, 2014
| 6:45 PM
In 2004, a team of scientists in my research lab, then at the University of North Carolina, used DNA sequencing to show that at least 60% of fish sold as red snapper in markets across the U.S. were mislabeled and were other species. The seafood industry...
| Dec 25, 2014
It's Christmas Day. The presents are opened and dinner is done. What next?
Head to the movies, of course.
Christmas Day is one of the biggest days of the year for going to the movies. No wonder so many biggies open on Christmas and just before.
| Dec 11, 2014
| 11:37 AM
Chicago architect Jeanne Gang and her firm, Studio Gang Architects, have been selected to design a major expansion of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
The six-story, $325 million addition, which has yet to be designed and which...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 4:30 AM
The first time 20th Century Fox offered Shawn Levy the job of directing "Night at the Museum," he passed. And the second time. And the third. And the fourth. And the fifth.
Levy had directed the 2003 family comedy "Cheaper by the Dozen" for Fox, and...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 2:54 PM
In rocky outcroppings near a cornfield in northern China, paleontologists have unearthed three species of squirrel-like mammals that lived at the same time as the dinosaurs.
Remarkably complete skeletons of the three new species -- Shenshou lui,...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Is it possible?
Is it possible there is something everyone in your gang will enjoy this holiday season, no matter what their ages -- even the I-don't-want-to-go-anywhere-with-you teens? Even better, you're guaranteed not to bust the holiday gift budget...