December 8, 2013 |
Predictions of a paperless society have been bandied about for close to half a century, driven by an unbridled faith that technology would eliminate the need for something as old-fashioned as record-keeping on pulverized cellulose. There is no denying, of course, that seismic changes have taken place or that they are everywhere apparent. Technological changes have certainly taken a toll on the pulp and paper industries, especially in the production of newsprint, which has been particularly hard hit. Between 2000 and 2010, as newspapers lost readers of their print editions, some 120 paper mills were closed in the United States and Canada, with a loss of 240,000 jobs, or about a third of the paper industry's workforce.
November 29, 2013 |
The publishing house Elsevier no doubt hoped to put a major embarrassment behind itself Thursday by retracting one of the most controversial papers of recent times. Instead, it has created further contention over peer-review practices in the for-profit scientific publishing world. The paper , by French researcher Gilles-Eric Seralini and his colleagues, created an instant uproar when it appeared in Elsevier's journal Food and Chemical Toxicology last year. The paper's explosive finding was that laboratory rats fed for up to two years on genetically modified corn of a type widely used in the United States developed huge, grotesque tumors.
November 29, 2013 |
A new Kickstarter project called PowerUp 3.0 turns paper airplanes into smartphone-controlled flying machines. PowerUp 3.0 is a small electronic module that works by attaching onto a paper airplane that users fold themselves. A small box at the front of the module stores the gadget's battery and also keeps in contact with users' smartphones. Meanwhile, at the back of the toy there is a propeller and rudder that make the device go in whatever direction a user wants. "PowerUp 3.0 turns your embarrassing paper plane into a lean, mean flying machine," says a video for the project, claims to be the world's first ever smartphone controlled paper airplane.
November 28, 2013 |
In Oregon, a state envied for its high tech, sign-ups under the new federal healthcare law have been anything but. About 400 newly hired workers in Salem are processing paper applications by the thousands for health insurance under President Obama's law. They review each 19-page application, calculate eligibility for tax subsidies, and then mail back a packet of each consumer's options - which the customers must mail back to complete the sign-up process....
November 22, 2013 |
Court documents unsealed Friday say that a Massachusetts teenager charged with raping and killing his math teacher planned the attack, bringing a box cutter, a mask, gloves and multiple changes of clothing to school. Colleen Ritzer, 24, a popular math teacher at Danvers High School, was found dead in woods near the school on Oct. 23, shocking the small northeastern Massachusetts town. The killing generated even more shock when a student became the main suspect. Philip Chism, 14, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery.
November 19, 2013 |
There will be no shortage of events marking Tuesday's 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, but one of the most surprising ones will take place hundreds of miles from where Abraham Lincoln delivered his historic and mercifully brief speech: at Cornell University in New York. The university in Ithaca, N.Y., possesses one of only five known original copies of Lincoln's address. To honor the anniversary of the day Lincoln gave the speech in Gettysburg, Pa., Cornell has put its rarely seen copy on display through Saturday.
November 18, 2013 |
The owner of the Riverside Press-Enterprise is threatening legal action against publishing entrepreneur Aaron Kushner if he fails to make good on his offer to purchase the newspaper. The $27.25-million deal had been set to close Friday. But the Press-Enterprise's owner, A.H. Belo Corp., said Monday that the transaction was still pending and that it will consider taking the matter to court to ensure that the deal is completed. "A.H. Belo and the Press-Enterprise Company are pursuing multiple options to promptly consummate the disposition," the company said in a statement.
November 11, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Ray McClure was lucky enough not only to get hired as one of Twitter's first employees but to get some stock. When he left Twitter in 2007 after one year, McClure cashed out a bit at a time by selling his shares privately. He opened an art gallery with his wife. He bought a house in San Francisco, sold it several years later for a tidy profit, then bought another. And he hasn't had to work, spending the last year at home caring for his 18-month-old daughter. "It changed my life in a very positive way," McClure, 35, said.
November 6, 2013 |
A deal to sell the Riverside Press-Enterprise to the owner of the Orange County Register may be in jeopardy less than a month after it was announced. On Oct. 10, Aaron Kushner, owner of the Register, said he would buy the Inland Empire's largest newspaper for $27.25 million, adding it to his fast-growing stable of Southern California dailies. But a filing by A.H. Belo Corp., the Press-Enterprise's current owner, casts doubts on the deal. Originally slated to close Oct. 15, the sale has been extended to Nov. 15, according to the Monday filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
November 5, 2013 |
The Boston Red Sox sure are a classy organization. Either that or they sure know how to rub a championship in the face of the team they just beat in the World Series. Red Sox ownership took out a full-page ad in Tuesday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch, thanking the city for its hospitality during the series and honoring the Cardinals and their fans. Boston-area fans got to read a similar letter in a full-page Boston Globe ad last winter from the Chicago Blackhawks, who defeated the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final.