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Tuesday, February 28, 2006


The Dark Side Of China's Rise

Chian's economic boom has dazzled investors and captivated the world. But beyond the new high-rises and churning factories lie rampant corruption, vast waste, and an elite with little interest in making things better. Forget political reform. China's future will be decay, not democracy.

Tech & Science

A Thrill Ride To 'The Other Side Of Infinity'

Video game technology adn Einstein's work on relativity may at first seem as unlikely a couple as Oscar and Felix. But to Andrew J.S. Hamilton, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Colorado, they are perfect together.

I'm n The Side Of Medical Science And That Entails Animal Experiments

It is time to stick some human headsabove parapets.


Mind Your P's And F's

How Pilipinos became Filipinos in the Philippines.


The Bone Game

Monday, February 27, 2006

Tech & Science

The Trouble With The Turning Test

Of course, the failure to pass the Turning Test is an empirical fact, which could in principle be reveresed tomorrow; what counts more heavily is that it is becoming clear to more and more observers that even if it were to be realized, its success would not signify what Turning and his followers assumed: even giving plausible answers to an interrogator's questions does not prove the presence of active intelligence in the device thorugh which the answers are channeled.


On Bigfoot's Trail

Loren Coleman chases legendary beasts, from the Loch Ness Monster to the Abominable Snowman to Bigfoot, that science has never been able to verify but that make even skeptics wonder: What if?

Is Freedom Just Another Word For Many Things To Buy?

To govern well, both at home and abroad, Americans would be wise to listen to how freedom rings in different cultural contexts.

Sunday, February 26, 2006


What Drives A New York Cabbie? The Stories.


Getting Over Happiness

Psychologist Steven Hayes says the American obsession with feeling good is preventing us from living good — and that living life to the fullest means a lot of pain.

Thought For Thinkers

Scientists have some remarkable new advice for anyone who is struggling to make a difficult decision: Stop thinking about it.

Saturday, February 25, 2006


After Turkey And Potatoes, A Trip To N.Y. Is A Piece Of Cake

Their holiday travel plans went against common sense — and worked perfectly.

Bedroom Blogger, 16, Takes On Animal Rights Protesters

Backed by top scientists, teenager who dropped out of school leads Oxford lab tests fightback.

Amid Revelry, Evidence Of City's Cruel Transformation

I was struck by the sight of people, hanging out in the street, in a dry zone by the river on one of those days. Then the people were gone, and the city was empty.

Friday, February 24, 2006


Campaigning For Human Rights, And Fishing For Souls

In South Korea, the issue of human rights in the North has been spearheaded by conservative Christians whose aim is to take their faith to the northern half of the divided peninsula.

Tech & Science

A Supernova Spectacle Begins

A star in a galaxy not so far away, at least in cosmic terms, is exploding.


Eating For Credit

Schools should not just serve food; they should teach it in an interactive, hands-on way, as an academic subject.

To Keep Twins In Same Class, Parents Seek Legislators' Help

Parents of twins and triplets are challenging longstanding and, they say, outmoded educational practices that often require their children to be separated in classrooms, in part to foster their independence.

The Animal In You

This is why it took the lawmakers of Washington — a very conventional breed of men and women — 117 years to ban a practice that has no political support.

The Seekers

The birth and life of the '9-11 Truth movement.'

Tons Of Trouble

Saving Puget Sound's endangered orcas won't be eas. Beyond toxins, harassment, and global warming, they face developer lawsuits and possibly those infamous Snake River dams.

Thursday, February 23, 2006


French Leave

Bohemian yet bourgeois, Paris is a city of contradictions. No wonder American artists have always been dazzled by it.

A Book For People Who Love Numbers

Richard Sutch and Susan Carter don't expect anybody to take their new book to the beach. For starters, it weighs 29 pounds.

Madison Avenue Is Still Seeking Its Olympic Star

For Madison Avenue, the face of the United States that has emerged from these Games is an unattractive sell of bad manners and poor sports.

On Buying Wines Of A Certain Age — At A Certain Age

My lengthy romance with wine was not over. There would be other vintages, young and sprightly, full-bodied and generous. But to know that Chateau Cheval Blanc would one day go on without me was, briefly but infinitely, depressing.

Table Manners

A tale of long waits, cellphone yakkers, no-reservations policies, bar stool hogs, and other dining pet peeves.

Ripples In A Finger Bowl

That's when the scolding began. Because I, veteran of hundreds of New York dinner parties (it only feels like thousands) did not recognize a finger bowl.

Wherefore The Doube-Double?

A family feud has left In-N-Out Burger, that iconic Wesern enterprise, at a crossroads. Will it still be ours if its bright yellow arrow points east?

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Wanna Buy A Port?

Only in the United States is the corporation answerable only to its shareholders — not to its employees, its host communities, its home nation.

The Memo

How an internal effort to ban the abuse and torture of detainees was thwarted.


Libraries Begin Uncertain New Chapter

With internet companeis becoming more involved in digitising content, what role does the public library have in today's web-driven society?

Bird Flu Fears Coop Up London's Famous Ravens

The fear of bird flu has done what Luftwaffe bombings, blizzards, assassinations and abdications could not, forcing the Tower of London's ravens to be moved inside in isolation for their own safety and to hedge Britain's bets on the future of the crown.



The Box

Birds of Anguish

Night Run

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


The Long Road Back

If, as it has been said, jazz is a performer's art, not a compsoer's, so, too, is the rebuilding of New Orleans.


A First-Time Oscar Host In Search Of That Fine Line

Mr Stewart has, at least for one night, signed on to lead the stablishment's ultimate talent show, transforming himself from class clown to head of the class, and from Hollywood outsider to A-list insider.

Lost In Translation

Great films, bad box office. In the era of globalization, why can't foreign movies catch a break?


My Father's Tears

Monday, February 20, 2006


War Of The Words

The conflict between the world's biggest censor and an array of journalists, bloggers and dissidents has just taken a remarkable turn.


The Lady Vanishes — Yet Again

Buzz-worthy female roles are suddenly in short supply. Chalk it up to a cultural shift, or maybe an unfair fight.

Who You Callin' Ungrammatical?

Whom is disappearing from the English language, usage writers have been saying for more than a century — but it isn't gone yet.

Prize Pupil

Wanda Hill has helped hundreds of minority students get into expensive boarding schools. Now all she wants is to see one of her last proteges — a boy who was abused and denied an education — graduate.

The Story Of O's

It's not what marketers can imagine their product doing, but what consumers apparently believe.

Time For The Last Post

As with any revolution, we must ask whether we are being sold a naked emperor. Is blogging really an information revolution?

Sunday, February 19, 2006


A Spectator's Role For China's Muslims

With 1.3 billion people, China is so huge and Muslims constitute such a tiny minority that most Muslims intuitively learn to keep quiet.


Leisure Overload? Nothing Doing.

The downside to more downtime is the hard work it takes to use it up.

Area Code, Sweet Area Code

Like a rear-windshield decal or an old college T-shirt, a cellphone number has become as much a part of an identity as a Social Security number.

Saturday, February 18, 2006


I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do

The economic case for polygamy.



We drive a lot. We don't go anywhere in particular; we just drive. Or so it seems. To tell the real truth, Victor does the driving. I sit in the passenger seat and watch the white line on the side of the road.

Friday, February 17, 2006


Mr. Fix-It

"I started having questions, like, Should I use the world 'seemingly'? I was reading Congo by Michael Crichton. I wondered, Did Crichton use 'seemingly'?"

For Many, Olympic Quests Come To Crashing End

A new use has emerged for the Olympic flag: Shielding the fractured bodies of world-class athletes as rescuers cart them to ambulances and Medivac choppers from their frozen fields of dreams.

Turn Off The Heat — How Japan Made Energy Saving An Art Form

With opinion polls showing that more than three-quarters of Japanese people view energy conservation as a personal responsibility, many are willing to pay.

Thursday, February 16, 2006


First Thing First: Have Breakfast

While the coffee-and-doughnut breakfast has its place, and nutritionists admit it's better than nothing, a full breakfast sets the tone for the day.

Confessions Of A Sleep Eater

My name is Gary, and I eat White Castle cheeseburgers while snoring.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Call Me Digital

Technology is reshaping literary scholarship on Herman Melville through recovering of his lost annotations.

Attention Avid Shoppers: A High-End Complex Opens Its Doors

The event has drawn everyone from tourists to the fashion-obsessed, and on this crisp, sunny Saturday morning, the line outside stretches down the long block.


Descent - After Apollinaire

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Tech & Science

The Scientific Rules For The Game Of Love

A short list of scientific rules for the game of love is emerging.


The Kiss Of Life

Since it's Valentine's Day, let's dwell for a moment on the profoundly bizarre activity of kissing. Is there a mroe expressive gesture in the human repertoire?

A Rose By Any Other Color...

And I love you.

Tinly Snokum-Bear Wuvs Her Ginormous Huggy Waffle For Always And Ever. XXX

I'm not saying it's a bad thing to be in love, or even to be romantic. But why do we need to be told how to do it?

The Oldest Line In The World

It is as tiny as the sleekest mobile phones that fit in the palm of the hand, but its message is anything but modern. A small tablet in a special display this month in th eIstanbul Museum of the Ancient Orient is thought to be the oldest love poem ever found, the words of a lover from more than 4,000 years ago.

On The Mater Of Size

How long is the average penis? As a Valentine's Day gift, I shall solve the mystery.

The Objects Of Our Affection

From preppy perfume to Portuguese love songs, six writers share the Valentine's Day goodies that really get their hearts racing.

Monday, February 13, 2006


You Hate Me, You Really Hate Me

When I began visiting book clubs after my first novel was published, I found that my experiences were not the estrogen-suffused love fests I'd envisioned.

A Bed Of Roses

He was a combat soldier in Iraq. She was a divorced mom in California. They flirted, fell in love, committed... and then they met in the flesh.

The Same Sex Scene: A Serosorting Story

Dating within HIV positive or negative population has reduced the HIV infection rate in San Francisco. It also allows for an intimacy previously missing.

What's So Hot About 50?

Sex and the boomer is not booming.

Sunday, February 12, 2006


Eats Shoots, Leaves And Much of Zoos' Budgets

The real stickerr shock comes from the annual fees that Zoo Atlanta must pay the Chinese government, $2 million a year, essentially to rent a pair of giant pandas.

Saturday, February 11, 2006


The Coffee Trail

now, local businessmen and hacienda owners — who for the last decade have made the region a vibrant tourism destination for colombia's middle class — are trying to lure visitors from abroad by touting the beauty of its rolling hills, venerable coffee farms and row after row of shimmering coffee bushes.

Friday, February 10, 2006


Performance Anxiety

What's great sex when everybody's having great sex?

For Your Type, Keep Typing

Vegetarians, pet fanciers, truckers, Buddhists and goths — to name a few — are looking for love in all the specialized places, as niche dating websites multiply.

Can You Fear Me Now?

The cell phone goes frm annoying to evil.

When Good Comedians Go Bad

Remember when Steve Martin, Albert Brooks and Woody Allen were funny? What on earth happened to our favorite funnymen?

Thursday, February 9, 2006


Sweet Surrender

From San Diego to Sonoma, artisan chocolatiers are coming into their own. L.A.? That's where the mavericks are.

Chocolate That Flashes Its Passport

So it has come to this. Chocolate, a comfortable world that for many people exists between the downscale joy of a Kit Kat bar and the exhilaration of a well-made ganache, now requires a sommelier.

Valentine's Day Poetry

Love isn't always pretty.

He Says Lingerie, I Say Underwear

Forced to live in an era when underwear has become outewear, thanks to the legacy of Madonna, I teeter on the brink of Valentine's Day — the official kickoff date of my annual underwear upgrade season — and wonder: Is there anything out there that would satisfy everyone in my marriage?

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Tech & Science

Should We Swallow This?

Yoghurt that helps digestion. Spreads that lower cholesterol. Milk that makes you brainy. Can so-called functional foods really work?


Stranger Things Happen

Crater Lake

Tuesday, February 7, 2006


Your Taboo, Not Mine

You can respect a religion without honoring its taboos. I eat pork, and I'm not anti-Semite. As a Catholic, I don't expect atheists to genuflect before an altar. If violating a taboo is necessary to illustrate a political point, then the call is an easy one. Freedom means learning to deal with being offended.


Don't Believe The Hype. We're Still No. 1

What the doomsayers don't say: America is a marvel of creativity.


A Shingawa Monkey

Monday, February 6, 2006


A Legacy Of Joy To The Last Note

"Your father is Martin Feinstein and you spend your time at basketball games? Don't you understnd who he is?"

Credit Card Sharks

Many consumers might still be better off owing a loan shark money than a credit card company. Here are seven ruthless practices that credit card issuers engage in and loan sharks don't.

Looking For The Lie

The liar stereotype exists in just about every culture, and its persistence "would be less puzzling if we had more reason to image that it was true." What is true, instead, is that there are as many ways to lie as there are liars; there's no such thing as a dead giveaway.

Sunday, February 5, 2006


Guy Walks Into A Bar

Call me a hard-liner or party pooper, but I say 21 means 21. No more babies in bars.

Saturday, February 4, 2006


Russia Inc.

Russia today is not the same country it was only six years ago, when Vladimir Putin became president. Back then, the country was unsettled, tumultuous and improverished, but it was free. Today Russia is richer — and not free.


Penn Jillette

The magician-comedian-writer's secrets revealed!

Friday, February 3, 2006


Radio Free Nepal

An S.F. organization is providing radios and radio programming that just may save lives a world away.

Tech & Science

Discovery's Creation

A Seattle think tank launched the modern intelligent-design movement with a simple memo. The idea has evolved into a media sensation. And the cause has mutated beyond rational control.

War Of The Worlds

Maybe the best way for science and religion to coexist is independently — each providing powerful answers to distinct sets of questions, neither expected to fully accomodate the other. Maybe the differences betweent he two are simply irreconcilable.


Will Boys Be Boys?

Why the gender lens may not shed light on the latest educational crisis.

Thursday, February 2, 2006


From The Wave, The Shortcut

Wednesday, February 1, 2006


Effort To Save Maine Salmon Is Losing Ground

Five years after the federal government declared Atlantic salmon endangered in Maine, the fish continue to vanish despite a rescue effort that so far has cost taxpayers at least $20 million, and scientists are fearful that they are witnessing an extinction unfold.

Under A Big Umbrella, But What Else Do They Share?

Every so often, the British like to ask themselves what it is that makes them British. And just as often, they seem to conclude that if you need to ask, you cannot really know.

The Romance Of Business Travel And Other Myths

Who needs industry statistics about airplane orders and hotel occupancy rates when the beleaguered business people who are sitting in the planes and sleeping in the hotels are testing another kind of boundary: the limits of humiliation, weirdness, fear and revulsion?


No Flights Until Morning

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