| Oct 17, 2013
| 4:25 PM
How to enumerate the myriad wonders and delights of “Totem,” now taking its viewers on a dazzling trek from the primordial to the cosmic?
For starters, there’s Cirque du Soleil’s signature yellow-and-blue Grand Chapiteau,...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Thursday was a true dog day afternoon, as scientists announced they had — perhaps — finally solved the riddle of the origin of domesticated dogs.
As my colleague Monte Morin reported: “Dogs evolved from a now extinct species of...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 11:26 AM
When it comes to evolutionary debates, this one is a major dogfight.
Since the time of Charles Darwin, scientists have argued over the origin of domesticated dogs, speculating wildly about how, when and where a toothy, flesh-eating beast was first...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 8:31 AM
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:
The Greeks, if you recollect your Homer, were much...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 3:35 PM
I was delighted by the recent discovery of a mysterious rock on Mars that looks like a jelly doughnut and caused a brief scientific sensation. To see that much excitement brought to bear on any rock made the geo-educator in me feel pleased.
| Dec 13, 2013
| 3:50 PM
As winter break approaches, giving students a needed rest after a pressure-filled fall, I'll bet that a lot of kids are hoping Santa stuffs some chill pills into their parents' Christmas stockings.
Whether Mom and Dad would be willing to take the...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 6:09 PM
Never mind the selfish gene – the cellular family history of the oldest living species of flowering plants is marked by enough sex and gluttony to earn a place in Shakespeare’s folio.
The powerhouse organelles inside cells of Amborella...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 2:24 PM
Denise Gillman did not like science as a child.
"Science and math were a mystery to me," she says. "I couldn't connect to it."
But today Gillman routinely deals with science — even though she's a college professor in the theater department....
| Jan 21, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The supposed decline of the United States. The impending crisis of the European Union this year when it becomes 30 states, while Britain contemplates leaving and making it 29. It confronts promised referenda on continuing EU membership and Scottish...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 10:30 AM
With a charming, flawed heroine straight out of Jane Austen, a Dickensian rags-to-riches story and thwarted romances that hark back to the Brontės, Elizabeth Gilbert has taken cues from the greatest 19th century writers for her big 19th century-style...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 8:18 AM
"If you hold the door for someone and they don't say, 'Thank you,' that person deserves to be in hell," Chuck Palahniuk rails — in the most mild-mannered way possible.
"It also ticks me off when someone pushes the button on the elevator more...