| May 9, 2007
I'VE never gone so fast on a motorcycle. My top speed: 163 mph.
Actually, my top speed wasn't really mine. It was AMA racer Chris Ulrich's. I was just hitching a ride at the tail end of a track day to see what the 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000 can do in a pro'...
| Mar 21, 2010
So Much for That
Harper: 438 pp., $25.99
Toward the end of her gleefully mutinous new novel, "So Much for That," Lionel Shriver reveals the provenance of her beleaguered protagonist's name, Shep Knacker. In bygone England, a...
| Aug 30, 2009
The Strangest Man
The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac,
Mystic of the Atom
Basic Books: 540 pp., $29.95
It's hard to imagine a more formidable subject for a biographer. Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (1902-84) was a pioneer of quantum theory in...
| Oct 11, 2009
Richard Dawkins, best known as the author of "The Selfish Gene" (1976) and "The God Delusion" (2006), is at the Atheist Alliance International Convention in Burbank to discuss his new book, "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution" (Free...
| Apr 16, 2008
Even if you don't care about saving the environment, at least think about saving the beer! Global warming's rise in heat may effect the ability to produce your favorite brew. No word on the effects it might have for bathtub gin though.
| May 14, 2010
| 1:01 PM
Stephen Hawking, the brilliant physicist – I know he's brilliant, because I read his "A Brief History of Time" book and the five percent of it that I understood was terrific – says we should be afraid of close encounters with E.T.
| Apr 13, 2008
Michelangelo L. Mangano, a respected particle physicist who helped discover the top quark in 1995, now spends most days trying to convince people that his new machine won't destroy the world.
"If it were just crackpots, we could wave them away," the...
| Jun 17, 2009
| 3:49 PM
SANTA ANA - A mother of two, accused of running California's most exclusive escort service, plans to plead guilty in federal court to money laundering and transporting someone across state lines for prostitution, her lawyer says.
The investigation into...
| Aug 9, 2008
In a packed lecture hall at Columbia University in 1958—or so the story goes—eminent physicist Wolfgang Pauli was presenting a radical new theory. In the audience was Niels Bohr, another eminent physicist, who, at lecture's end, stood up and...
| Jan 23, 2008
| 11:30 AM
Entrepreneur Richard Branson today unveiled a model of the spaceship he hopes will be the first to take paying passengers into space on a regular basis next year.
Branson, whose Virgin Galactic is one of several commercial enterprises vying...
| Jul 30, 2009
| 4:24 PM
by Mark Silva and updated President Barack Obama, attempting to spotlight several "agents of change,'' today announced that he will bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor, on a cast of living and deceased figures...