The final act in the Shakespearean drama of cycling great Lance Armstrong is about to begin, with the airing this week of his admission to who else but Oprah Winfrey--the celebrity confessor--that he indeed took performance enhancing drugs during his professional career.
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One of the great Stephen Sondheim's few missteps--1981's Merrily We Roll Along--boldly uses a time structure that goes backwards, starting with the present and progressing (or regressing) back to the roots of the relationships.
I always found that device deeply annoying, requiring way too much brai ... More >>
Each week, Death by Science sends out an all-points bulletin for the latest science and technology news, tracks it down and beats a confession out of it. This week, we dive into the seedy world of phone hacking. Beware, it is a process so treacherous, so disgusting and so complex that you may ... More >>
viaNewspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch and his friends just won't stop defending their master. Days after a Wall Street Journal editorial ran in defense News Corporation's handling of the UK hacking scandal, the Times of London comes today with the above political cartoon: "I've had a bellyful ... More >>
The New York Times had a big, important meeting today at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, in which the people in charge talked about how the business side is going. For most everyone that reads the paper, the discussion is boring beyond belief. ("The improvement in p ... More >>
Deadline Hollywood reports this morning on Russell Crowe at Cannes - whose turn in soon-to-be gigantic summer blockbuster Robin Hood is apparently a thing - giving a press conference at the French film festival. And in this press conference, Crowe offered up some trenchant, Robin Hood-esque m ... More >>
Good riddance to an ill-fated plane.
The Airbus A320 jetliner that lost a battle with birds and then a life-or-death battle with hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger in last year's "Miracle on the Hudson" is finally headed for the auction block and then the scrap heap.
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The New York Times' financial troubles have been widely reported, especially by the fun-loving guys and gals at the New York Post, who avail a "Pinch-o-Meter" to track the degree of woefulness suffered by the paper and its publisher. But the Times had a rare piece of decent news today: they got conc ... More >>
A new study shows that the more choice we have, the more likely we are to opt for unhealthy foods. Fries or salad? Er, what do you think?
Michelle Obama has incurred the wrath of Big Agriculture by aligning herself with the locavore movement. The Mid-America CropLife Association (MACA) wrote ... More >>
Using ascorbic acid, glucose, citric acid and 4-O-a-glucopyranosyl-D-sorbitol, the Michelin-starred French chef Pierre Gagnaire has created what he calls "the world's first entirely synthetic gourmet dish," a recipe comprised entirely of chemical compounds.
We all know that maintaini ... More >>