| Jun 6, 2012
| 8:25 PM
Sir Andrew Huxley, the British researcher who shared the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries of how nerve impulses are transmitted through cells, died May 30. He was 94.
His death was announced by the University of Cambridge'...
| Nov 24, 2012
| 8:08 AM
It has been a fallow interval at the blog because of some hectic days at the paragraph factory, domestic exigencies, and the like, but I am back today to advocate, in my small way, sanity.
Immediately after the late election, the outbreaks of...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Spider webs combine a strength and elasticity unmatched by anything we humans can make. They don't trigger much of an immune response in us and are "insoluble in water, two facts that the classical Greeks exploited when they used cobwebs to patch bleeding...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 12:02 PM
Here's evolution for you: Jane Austen may be set to replace Charles Darwin on the British £10 note.
That's according to the retiring governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King, who has said that the author of "Pride and Prejudice" is "quietly...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 2:07 PM
Barnes & Noble is getting out of the color tablet business (mostly). It announced Tuesday that it will cease production of its color Nook tablets -- although it plans to allow third parties to produce them, under pending licensing deals.
Could this be a...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 7:23 AM
Eight years ago, a New York journalist named Peter Braunstein, then 41, forced his way into the apartment of a 34-year-old Manhattan woman by pretending to be a firefighter. He proceeded to drug the woman, a former colleague, and sexually assault her...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 9:17 AM
The head of Turkey’s biggest publishing house is a 32-year-old, Istanbul-raised, Boston-educated sociologist with a smart nose for business and the good sense to steer clear of politics — until now.
Can Oz runs the publishing house Can...
| Jan 26, 2013
| 1:53 AM
I’m over in London on bidness, but bidness has taken so little time that mostly I’ve just been wandering around the city during the day going to museums and whatnot. I love London museums because they’re all free (or they have “...
| Feb 19, 2013
Can our facial expressions affect our mood and have an impact on those around us? According to Dr. Eric Finzi, author of the book "The Face of Emotion," they certainly can.
Finzi, a dermatological surgeon who spent nearly two decades researching...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 12:23 PM
Lookingglass Theatre Company announced its 2013-14 season on Tuesday, including world premieres set in far-flung locations and a play having to do with Charles Darwin. The Chicago company's 26th season, under artistic director Andrew White, will include:...
| Apr 28, 2013
This month has been one big hazmat spill. An Elvis impersonator from Mississippi was arrested and later released after letters containing the deadly poison ricin were mailed to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a judge. On the other side of the...