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Surgeon struggles to save boy's life in L.A.'s shooting season

Surgeon races to save a life in L.A.'s shooting season<p>A trauma surgeon and the staff at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center struggle to save a youth with a bullet in his torso.<p>By Thomas Curwen<p>Photography and video by Barbara Davidson<p>F<p>rom the entry wound — the size of a nickel — Dr. Brant Putnam guesses that …

What's Tylenol Doing to Our Minds?

The same pathways that help with physical pain seem to moderate existential distress.<p>A scene from David Lynch's <i>Rabbits</i><p>The active drug in Tylenol, acetaminophen, is one of the best medications we have for helping people in pain. It's also one of the most commonly overdosed substances in the world, …

Dolphins Have Longest Memories in Animal Kingdom

Marine mammals can remember their friends after 20 years apart, study says.<p><b>Sorry, elephants: Dolphins have taken the top spot for best memory, at least for now.</b><p>New experiments show that bottlenose dolphins can remember whistles of other dolphins they'd lived with after 20 years of separation. Each …

Sight & Style: Get the Look from the 1967 Crime Film Le Samouraï

<b>Jean-Pierre Melville's 1967 crime classic Le Samouraï</b> is a master class in studied cool, and it's no accident that its most enduring quality is its style. This is a film built, after all, around the idea of precision: Everything from its gunmetal color scheme to its meticulous composition shows the …

Probes confirm Earth acts like a giant particle accelerator

Over 50 years post-discovery, the Van Allen belts yield their secret.<p>The narrative of the first few things put in orbit generally focuses on the …

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Possible explanation for radio bursts: Meet the “blitzar”

When an overweight neutron star slows down enough to collapse into a black hole.<p>Yesterday, we brought word of a new kind of mysterious astronomic …

Chvrches Plan Tour Surrounding New Album

<i>Photo by Christina Kernohan</i><p>Right after making their U.S. TV debut on "Fallon" last night, Chvrches have announced an extension of their tour. The Glasgow electro-pop upstarts will release their debut album <i>The Bones of What You Believe</i> on September 24 in the U.S. and September 23 in Europe. They'll …

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Ornamental Hermits of Eccentric Modern England

Charles P. Weaver suggests, in his book <i>Hermits in English Literature</i>, that the demise of eremitism in England after King Henry VIII's suppression of …

An Exploding Star, a Grain of Sand, and an Origin Story

Humans have created some pretty ingenious myths to explain the world around us: the sun and the moon chase each other across the sky because of an ancient disagreement or lustful encounter; a strangely shaped Hawaiian mountain called Nounou is a sleeping giant; the ostrich’s long neck is the result …

Study: Doctors' Word Choice Affects End-of-Life Decisions

People were 20 percent more likely to choose DNR if it was phrased as "allowing natural death;" 25 percent if they were told it's what most other people choose.<p>Alessandro Vernet/Flickr<p><b>PROBLEM:</b> "I think that's the most urgent issue facing America today, is people getting medical interventions that, …

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Schulz: Why I Despise The Great Gatsby

<b>The best advice I ever got</b> about reading came from the critic and scholar Louis Menand. Back in 2005, I spent six months in Boston and, for the fun …

Draft No. 4

Replacing the words in boxes.<p>Block. It puts some writers down for months. It puts some writers down for life. A not always brief or minor form of it mutes all writers from the outset of every day. “Dear Joel . . .” This is just a random sample from letters written to former students in response to …

Greetings From California

MINI-COMPOSER | akalogue

by Karl Bartos and Masayuki Akamatsu<p>Karl Bartos (electronic musician, ex-KW, co-composer of songs like The Robots, The Model, Computer World,…) and …

Six novelists on their favourite second artform

The divine counsels decided, once upon a time, that influence is bad and that too much agency is the enemy of invention. Harold Bloom can't be blamed …

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Paris Review - Orhan Pamuk, The Art of Fiction No. 187

Interviewed by Ángel Gurrí­a-Quintana<p>Issue 175, Fall/Winter 2005<p>Pamuk in 1996.<p>Orhan Pamuk was born in 1952 in Istanbul, where he continues to live. His family had made a fortune in railroad construction during the early days of the Turkish Republic and Pamuk attended Robert College, where the …

SimCity’s Evil Twin

The Museum of Modern Art’s inclusion of fourteen video games in their new “Applied Design” exhibition is a worthy, forward-thinking gesture, but as an exhibit it doesn’t quite work. To make any sense at all, games need to be not just played but played seriously, with a sweaty, childish abandon …

Connecting Science and Art

Segment Guests<p>Cormac McCarthy<p>Cormac McCarthy is author of <i>The Road</i> (Knopf, 2006) and <i>All the Pretty Horses</i> (Knopf, 1992). He is based in Santa Fe, New …