March 5, 2006 |
Scientists are ramping up the search for extraterrestrial life with a powerful array of new telescopes and a refined sense of where to look within the vast expanses of the universe. At the annual conference of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science last month, a panel of experts discussed the key components of life and what it might mean to find them within our solar system -- or beyond.
July 30, 1989 |
Behind the Caribbean's sandy beaches, palm trees and fruity rum drinks is a festival waiting to happen. A festival, Caribbean style, is part street party, part masquerade and part jam session. Travelers to Trinidad know that a Caribbean festival is not a spectator sport. Unlike an American parade, where people line the sidewalks watching the bands march and majorettes twirl, audience participation is part and parcel of Caribbean festivals.
October 30, 2011 |
Assessing Chris Holmes' place in popular music often results in cinematic comparisons. "He has a Zelig-like ability to insert himself into any event that matters," explains Greg Kot, music critic for the Chicago Tribune. "He's Forrest Gump for all these little subcultures," notes Brian Liesegang, former member of alt-rock hitmakers Filter and Nine Inch Nails and Holmes' current partner in the band Ashtar Command. Holmes agrees. "I've lived my life on the sidelines of all this stuff that's happening" he says.
October 15, 1989 |
After 17 years of silence, I have decided to come forward and report that in the spring of 1972 I saw an unidentified flying object over Moscow. After recent events at a park in the city of Voronezh, as reported last week by Tass, I am a little hurt that at the time I saw them, the aliens did not come out for a stroll and left no debris. For this there are two possible explanations: Aliens felt no urge to set their feet in the mud of the Chertanovo area of Moscow, where I lived.
December 6, 1999 |
Campaign Madness: Last week's Republican presidential debate could have been a ratings blockbuster, but the moderators blew their chance to liven things up. For example, instead of asking Sen. John McCain only once about his alleged explosive temper, they should have kept asking him about it--on every single question--until he finally flipped out and punched someone. And they should have given George W. Bush another pop quiz on foreign leaders like the one he recently flunked.
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May 7, 2011 |
Software engineer Colby Gutierrez-Kraybill sat alone in an observatory in this volcanic valley near Mt. Shasta, staring out a picture window at storm clouds gathering over the world's largest instrument to search for extraterrestrial intelligence. He had reason to look forlorn, surrounded by empty bookshelves, unmarked chalkboards and rows of tables where scientists from around the world once argued over the best direction to aim 42 radio telescopes designed to act as an enormous ear capable of scanning more than a million stars over 10 billion radio frequencies.
October 4, 1992 |
In the world of publishing, there seems to be something for everyone. There are magazines about ghost towns and guns, chain saws and rare coins. Now comes "Unicus, The Magazine for Earthbound Extraterrestrials," a Manhattan Beach-based publication put out by Irene Chen, a onetime free-lance graphic designer and art director who quit her job to launch this unusual venture. And exactly what are "earthbound extraterrestrials?" "There's actually a double meaning to that phrase," Chen said.
March 5, 1989 |
UFO mania is sweeping this Central American nation, sending thousands of people each night out into the cold, dark mountains hoping for a glimpse of extraterrestrials. Hundreds of night sightings by upstanding citizens, not thought to be psychotic or prone to heavy drinking, have captured the imagination of the country of 8.7 million people. Each day, local papers report sightings by doctors, lawyers, students and even government officials.
September 11, 1988 |
I picked up Stephen Wright's second novel, "M31: A Family Romance," with the trepidation of one who cares not in the least for science fiction and who at the same time feels that he has been exposed to more "novels" about the anomie of the American family than there are available case histories to draw from. I need not have worried on either score. "M31" is a novel of original and wide ambitions, largely achieved. As it turns out, the book's title is more than apt.