Doug Smith

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The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Middle Class

In 1973, Ron and Loretta Martin and their three sons moved into the yellow-brick Colonial across the street from my childhood home, on Detroit’s west side. My father greeted them warmly, despite the fact that most of our neighbors saw them as blockbusters, part of a nefarious conspiracy by …

Ryan Braun’s Inconvenient Truth

Major League Baseball suspended Ryan Braun for the rest of the 2013 season, crossing the league’s most wanted PED user off its target list and …

The Physics of High-Speed Trains

On Wednesday evening, a train travelling from Madrid to Ferrol, in northwestern Spain, derailed just as it was about to enter the Santiago de Compostela station. At least seventy-eight people were killed, and dozens were injured. Video of the accident shows the train entering the curve at what …

10 Great Drinks for 10 Great Men

<b>When the bar menu raises some red flags,</b> every man needs that one drink to fall back on, a dependable stalwart that'll take off the edge without any surprises. For certain gents, it's a classic like a martini or manhattan, while others take their spirits neat. Perhaps you drink beer. (Domestic or …

Humans tame light, stop it from moving for a full minute

Beams of light are usually speeding along at around 186,000 miles per second, but for one minute, researchers in Germany brought some to a screeching halt. Using a crystal frozen to temperatures below negative 450 degrees Fahrenheit, a research team managed to hold light in place for a full minute …

Young, single and nearby

THE older generation never gets it. Anthony Weiner, a candidate for mayor of New York, admitted this week to having sent yet more lewd snaps of …

Touch: Where Microsoft Went Wrong

Microsoft had a pretty bad week. The software giant announced disastrous earnings, which prompted its stock to tank more than 11 percent the next day. One reason for the bad quarter was the $900 million charge it took against “Surface RT” inventory adjustments, but even without this writedown, its …

Not Even Silicon Valley Escapes History

A revolution began here. And this is what is left over.<p>The precise center of Silicon Valley when it was the most important manufacturing region on Earth is now home to Super Space Self Storage.<p>I was able to map this location thanks to Richard E. Schmieder, who drove 6,000 miles around Silicon …