Martin Rubin: ‘A Cole Porter Companion’ book review

Martin Rubin: ‘A Cole Porter Companion’ book review

A COLE PORTER COMPANION Edited by Don M. Randel, Matthew Shaftel and Susan Forscher Weiss University of Illinois Press, $95, 372 pages, $34.95, paper It’s just plain irresistible to talk about the great American composer and lyricist Cole Porter without resorting to his own trio of adjectives – “delightful, delicious, de-lovely” – in describing his […]

Bob Garver: “Suicide Squad” movie review

Bob Garver: “Suicide Squad” movie review

By Bob Garver Simply put, “Suicide Squad” was my most anticipated movie of 2016. I’m a big fan of Batman, but I’m a bigger fan of his rogues gallery – his collection of colorful recurring villains. “Suicide Squad” brings us not one, not two, but three of those characters. We’ve got The Joker, one of […]

Scientists solve one of anthropology’s most famous hoaxes

Scientists solve one of anthropology’s most famous hoaxes

In 1912, palaeontologist Arthur Smith Woodward and the amateur antiquarian Charles Dawson made a stunning announcement: they claimed they discovered a missing link in human evolution, a humanlike skull with an apelike mandible. The thing is… it was a human skull with an orangutan mandible. Dubbed the Piltdown Man, the skeleton was one of the […]

Delayed by Delta? You can ask for more than you think

Delayed by Delta? You can ask for more than you think

  WASHINGTON — Delta Air Lines, hobbled by a two-day service meltdown, has been offering passengers delayed three hours or more travel vouchers, flight change fee waivers and hotel rooms when available. But passengers whose trips are disrupted by delayed or canceled flights should know all their options. According to Delta’s 51-page conditions of carriage, […]

Corinna Lothar: ‘The Noise of Time’ book review

Corinna Lothar: ‘The Noise of Time’ book review

THE NOISE OF TIME By Julian Barnes Alfred A. Knopf, $25.05, 197 pages In his remarkable new novel, Julian Barnes tells the story of the Russian composer, Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich, and how the “noise of time” surrounding his life, be it the adulation, humiliation, prestige and dishonor heaped upon him, or the pressure of “Power” […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Buick Cascada new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Buick Cascada new car review

Eric Peters Impractical convertibles seem to do ok. The practical ones not so much. Ask Toyota. Or Chrysler. Or Volvo. Or VW. The Camry Solara, 200 convertible and C70 withered away for lack of interest, like unwanted timeshares – notwithstanding back seats that were both present and adult-usable as well as trunks large enough to […]

‘Suicide Squad’s’ $135.1 million opening is the largest August debut ever

‘Suicide Squad’s’ $135.1 million opening is the largest August debut ever

  LOS ANGELES — Deadshot and his bad-guy gang hit the target this weekend as “Suicide Squad” notched an estimated $135.1 million in the U.S. for the largest August opening in history. Together with $132 million from 57 overseas markets — including $14 million in the United Kingdom and $11 million in Olympics-gripped Brazil — […]

Tiny drones win over Army grunts. Big bots? Not so much

Tiny drones win over Army grunts. Big bots? Not so much

A soldier holds a PD-100 mini-drone during the PACMAN-I experiment in Hawaii. Tiny drones, no bigger than your palm, were the big stars of an Army experiment in Hawaii, participants told Breaking Defense. Larger ground robots, however, struggled in the jungle. Staff Sergeant James Roe told me he was “blown away” by the PD-100 Black […]

A history of computer science, from punch cards to virtual reality

A history of computer science, from punch cards to virtual reality

Do you know what the infrastructure of the future is? It’s not roads or rockets, it’s information. Everything from medicine to city planning to education will be based on data, which means we’ll become increasingly reliant on computers to make sense of it all – as if computers weren’t prevalent enough. But just because they’re […]

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