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15 Things You Might Not Know About Mystery Science Theater 3000

While the rest of America was slipping into a turkey coma on Thanksgiving Day in 1988, Minneapolis area residents lucky enough to get clear reception …

An 'Autopsy' Of Detroit Finds Resilience In A Struggling City

For some, Detroit may be a symbol of urban decay; but to Charlie LeDuff, it's home. LeDuff, a veteran print and TV journalist who spent 12 years at <i>The</i> <i>New York Times</i>, where he shared a Pulitzer Prize in 2001, returned home to the city after the birth of his daughter left him and his wife — also a …

Days With John And Yoko: A Writer Remembers

As the European editor of <i>Rolling Stone</i>, Jonathan Cott spent his time interviewing legendary musicians like Mick Jagger and Pete Townshend. But in 1968, he finally got the opportunity to meet his hero, John Lennon. Cott was nervous.<p>"He said, 'There's nothing to be nervous about,'" Cott recalls. …

How The Food Industry Manipulates Taste Buds With 'Salt Sugar Fat'

Dealing Coke to customers called "heavy users." Selling to teens in an attempt to hook them for life. Scientifically tweaking ratios of salt, sugar and fat to optimize consumer bliss.<p>In his new book, <i>Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us</i>, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss goes …

Book News: Hippies Were Dirty And Liked Music By Satanists, Louisiana Textbook Claims

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>An American history textbook used by some schools in Louisiana's voucher system has caused a bit of a stir over passages describing 1960s counterculture. <i>America</i><i>: Land I Love</i> teaches eighth graders that during the '60s, …

Messing with time

It's hardly surprising that I've become very aware of time and how we measure it since beginning work at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. What has …

Why Not Apologizing Makes You Feel Better

To err is human.<p>So is refusing to apologize for those errors.<p>From toddlers and talk show hosts to preteens and presidents, we all know people who have done stupid, silly and evil things, then squared their jaws and told the world they've done nothing wrong.<p>Parents, educators and even public …

Gripping Science Tales Need Not Be Science Fiction

When does a story about science become science fiction? Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss and theoretical physicist Brian Greene discuss how to spin a yarn about string theory or the Big Bang, without hyping the science. And novelist Ian McEwan, whose books touch on neurosurgery and quantum field theory, …