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Space tourists and researchers race to the ignorosphere and beyond!

Space tourists and researchers race to the ignorosphere and beyond!

With NASA’s last shuttle mission coming to a close, we reach the finish line of the space race which began between Russia and the U.S. in the Cold War. But don’t fret too long, because the next space race is already taking off. As NASA relinquishes its grip on human space exploration, other companies are [...]

Health care panel recommends full coverage of contraception

Health care panel recommends full coverage of contraception

The new health care law bars insurers from charging for “preventive health services,” which the nonpartisan, nongovernmental Institute of Medicine yesterday defined to include the full list of FDA-approved contraceptives. Supporters of the recommendations—including obstetricians, gynecologists, pediatricians, public health experts and Democratic women in Congress—hailed the recommendations as the first-ever federal guidelines for women’s health; [...]

Parents to kids: Go the F**k to Sleep – but don’t effin cuss!

Parents to kids: Go the F**k to Sleep – but don’t effin cuss!

Adam Mansbach’s satirical children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep is causing quite a deal of controversy among parents. Some find the book an appropriately hilarious and even healing take on the nightly bedtime saga, while others believe it’s unnecessarily verbally abusive. The book is definitely intended for adults – so it’s unlikely that even [...]

Raising a chimp as a human: the wild story & monkey business of Project Nim

Raising a chimp as a human: the wild story & monkey business of Project Nim

Imagine if we could "free" a chimpanzee’s mind through a communicative vehicle. This is the goal that Columbia university researchers set out to achieve in the mid-1970’s. How? By raising a 2-week-old chimp like a human child, by a human mother, in a house of seven children. Because chimpanzees lack the vocal apparatus to speak, [...]

Anna Deavere Smith’s show Let Me Down Easy comes to Los Angeles

Anna Deavere Smith’s show Let Me Down Easy comes to Los Angeles

Actress Anna Deavere Smith is perhaps best known for her starring role on Showtime's "Nurse Jackie." Or for playing the national security advisor on NBC's "The West Wing." Movie buffs will recognize Smith from films like Rachel Getting Married, RENT, and The American President. But theater lovers mostly know her as an award-winning playwright and [...]

The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father

The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father

Since Barack Obama took the presidency in 2008, there have been countless books written about his life, speeches, and religious values, but few have thoroughly examined one of the former senator’s closest family members: Barack Hussein Obama, his father. Now Boston Globe reporter Sally H. Jacobs has shed new light on this brilliant and yet [...]

Books vs. movies: does Hollywood ruin novels?

Books vs. movies: does Hollywood ruin novels?

This weekend, the eighth installment of the Harry Potter film franchise opens for its eager fan base. In the case of J.K. Rowling’s series, her best-selling books have translated into equally big box office successes. Lucky that. Often a beloved novel adapted for the screen provokes passionate pans. Readers feel let down when a tale [...]

Countdown to CAR-MAGGEDON begins!

Countdown to CAR-MAGGEDON begins!

‘Twas the night before the closure, and all through the streets, not a vehicle was stirring, not even a Jeep”…. This evening, freeway ramps on the 405 will gradually close as the 53-hour stint of construction on the Mulholland Bridge begins. Everyone is bracing for the surface street congestion and general frustration soon to ripple [...]

Child-free zones

Child-free zones

Malaysia Airlines plans to ban babies from traveling first class on its Airbus A380 super jumbo jet and children under 6 are being banned from a restaurant in Pennsylvania. What gives? In the case of the airlines, its CEO Tengku Azmil said that passengers who spend a lot of money for first-class seats are often [...]

Making city roads a driver’s nightmare

Making city roads a driver’s nightmare

Inching along surface streets in bumper-to-bumper traffic can be hellish, but imagine driving in a city with structures and regulations specifically designed to torture car users—with large portions of blocked road, fees for traveling in congested areas, popular biking programs authorized to hog car lanes, closely spaced red lights, and reduced parking. Oh, the horror! [...]