Eric Peters: 2018 Volvo V60 Polestar new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Volvo V60 Polestar new car review

By Eric Peters Volvo’s got something pretty much no one else has – a high-performance compact wagon. It’s the Polestar version of the V60 wagon, 367 horsepower and all. You may not have heard of Polestar. It is to Volvo what M is to BMW and AMG is to Mercedes-Benz. It means speed. And it’s smart […]

Eric Peters: The best kept secret

Eric Peters: The best kept secret

By Eric Peters The best-kept secret about new cars is how little you have to spend to get a luxurious car. The car industry doesn’t want you to know this, of course – so it has shifted the definition of luxury in order to get you to spend luxury car money. The definition of luxurious used to mean […]

Eric Peters: Not a four wheeled-indenture

Eric Peters: Not a four wheeled-indenture

By Eric Peters The more I work on the ’72 Beetle – aka Sexual Chocolate, the car I am helping my teenage protege learn to work on – the more I realize why most teenagers have lost interest in cars. It’s the money, mostly. The Beetle is not just easy to work on, it is […]

Fred J. Eckert: ‘A Pope and a President’ book review

Fred J. Eckert: ‘A Pope and a President’ book review

Someone picking up this book about the collapse of what Ronald Reagan so fittingly dubbed an “evil empire” might wonder about its subtitle: “The Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century.” Extraordinary? Absolutely. It was indeed such an astonishing change that right up until it was happening few would have believed it possible. But untold? […]

Aram Bakshian Jr.: ‘A Thirst for Empire’ book review

Aram Bakshian Jr.: ‘A Thirst for Empire’ book review

There’s nothing new about globalism. Ocean and desert trade routes brought the silk and spices of the east to ancient Rome. Hellenistic culture – admittedly at sword point – reached as far as the Indian subcontinent thanks to Alexander the Great’s endless lust for new lands to conquer. To this day in villages in Nuristan, […]

Bob Garver: “Insidious: The Lost Key” movie review

Bob Garver: “Insidious: The Lost Key” movie review

By Bob Garver “Insidious” is one of those horror franchises that likes to jump around a lot in its timeline. “The Last Key” takes place second out of the four films. The story follows paranormal problem-solver Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) and her techies Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson) as they investigate yet another […]

Tinseltown trouble: Hollywood despairs over 2017 box office decline

Tinseltown trouble: Hollywood despairs over 2017 box office decline

CHARLOTTE, N.C., January 8, 2018: Certain times of the year are especially good for going to the movies: Just before a major holiday (particularly Thanksgiving and Christmas); during Academy Award season (when the allegedly best films of the year hope to make it really big); and during the summer when outer space, superhero and adventure […]

Alzheimer’s drug turns back clock in powerhouse of cell

Alzheimer’s drug turns back clock in powerhouse of cell

From Science Daily The experimental drug J147 is something of a modern elixir of life; it’s been shown to treat Alzheimer’s disease and reverse aging in mice and is almost ready for clinical trials in humans. Now, Salk scientists have solved the puzzle of what, exactly, J147 does. In a paper published January 7, 2018, […]

Saturn’s moon Titan sports Earth-like features

Saturn’s moon Titan sports Earth-like features

From Science Daily Using the now-complete Cassini data set, Cornell astronomers have created a new global topographic map of Saturn’s moon Titan that has opened new windows into understanding its liquid flows and terrain. Two new papers, published Dec. 2 in Geophysical Review Letters, describe the map and discoveries arising from it. Creating the map took […]

Amtrak closes iconic Grand Canyon stop

Amtrak closes iconic Grand Canyon stop

From Travel Pulse Williams Junction is officially closed. The gateway to the Grand Canyon for many train travelers, Amtrak has closed its popular station, forcing those heading to the national park via Amtrak to now take a shuttle service from Flagstaff, Arizona, about 30 miles away. According to a report in AZ Central, the burden of the shuttle service—operated by the […]

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