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Diana Nyad abandons attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida

Diana Nyad abandons attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida

Diana Nyad after being pulled from the water on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. Credit: Christi Barli After 41 hours, 45 minutes, and multiple jellyfish stings, 62-year-old long distance swimmer Diana Nyad’s attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida has come to an end. Nyad faced lightning, wind, hypothermia and other challenges on her fourth attempt [...]

Harry Shearer can’t take a hint

Harry Shearer can’t take a hint

Actor and comedian Harry Shearer Credit: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images Harry Shearer, who made a name for himself in “Spinal Tap” and “The Simpsons,” is lending his many talents to a new album. “Can’t Take a Hint” is a collection of Shearer’s musical comedy sketches, the likes of which appear on his podcast “Le Show.” Whereas [...]

Why are former MLB players dying earlier than their NFL counterparts?

Why are former MLB players dying earlier than their NFL counterparts?

Pat Burrell #5 of the San Francisco Giants uses smokeless tobacco during warm ups prior to playing the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on March 31, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images When it comes to the effects of athletics on lifespans, most would expect physical sports like [...]

The science of flip-flopping

The science of flip-flopping

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images What causes Mitt Romney, Barack Obama and you or me to change our minds? Let’s assume that our political leaders aren’t just looking to pick up votes or campaign cash when they change positions on an issue. What causes a person with [...]

Marijuana advocates file suit against city of Los Angeles

Marijuana advocates file suit against city of Los Angeles

Anthony Wooley is the manager of MCCG, a medical marijuana dispensary near the intersection of Broadway and 54th Street. Credit: José Martinez/OnCentral The Patient Care Alliance sued the City of Los Angeles today to block the ban of marijuana dispensaries within the city limits, scheduled for September 6. Last month, the L.A. City Council voted [...]

Author, filmmaker Peter Navarro on documentary Death By China

Author, filmmaker Peter Navarro on documentary Death By China

Ever since the financial crisis of 2008, the economy has been on the forefront of every American’s mind. With the election ratcheting up and November drawing ever closer, it’s getting even more pronounced. And when one considers the economy, it’s impossible not to consider the influence China has had on the United States. Since 2001, [...]

Do we brag more because of social media?

Do we brag more because of social media?

A close-up view of the homepage of the microblogging website Twitter on June 1, 2011 in London, England. Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images Why does it always seem like all of your Facebook friends are doing something more interesting than you are? Social networking was supposed to allow us to stay connected to our loved us, [...]

The certain death of the daily deal

The certain death of the daily deal

The Groupon logo is displayed on the company’s website. Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images Daily deals seem to be on their way out. Their demise is heralded by the recent fiscal failings of Groupon, the site that sells discounted package deals for anything from spa trips to burgers to reading glasses. Critics of Groupon have been [...]

What will a guilty sentence look like for Pussy Riot, and what’s so important about them, anyway?

What will a guilty sentence look like for Pussy Riot, and what’s so important about them, anyway?

Credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images Back in February, the European press was calling Pussy Riot, an all-female Russian punk band, “the latest symbol of young Russian discontent.” If that’s the case, then the anti-Putin youth of Russia now consider themselves on trial. Pussy Riot functions as a collective, with a rotating cast of characters who [...]

A media manipulator tells all

A media manipulator tells all

“Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator” Credit: By Ryan Holiday How much of what you read online is true? We all know that most blogs and websites aren’t the most reliable news sources. Students are endlessly urged to be discriminating when doing research online. Everyone is prepared to be skeptical of Wikipedia, [...]