March 14, 2013 |
Join us for a live video chat with Hugh Howey , author of the sensational dystopia "Wool. " First self-published as an e-book -- as a single short story, even -- "Wool" gained its own momentum and is now a 528-page print book published this month by Simon & Schuster. Yes, Howey wrote a little bit more after the initial short story was finished. "Wool" is a dystopia in which a community lives in a 100-story tube, connected by a narrow spiral staircase at its center.
February 9, 2013
If you're joining in on Lonely Hearts Clubs this Valentine's Day, the physical feelings of a broken heart may be familiar. "The idea that people experience pain after rejection may be more than just a metaphor," said Ethan Kross, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Michigan who has studied the merger of physical and psychological manifestations after such loss. In his 2011 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Kross found that the areas of the brain that are activated when someone experiences physical pain are the same areas that are affected by emotional loss or heartbreak.
February 1, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS — There's no more sudden a superstar than San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. A few months ago, he was all but anonymous. Now, he can't walk through a hotel lobby without 49ers fans spotting him and making a beeline for him. It doesn't help matters this week that there's a movie-screen-sized photo of him throwing a pass directly opposite the front desk of the team's hotel on Canal Street. "I've watched him go from us going to Wal-Mart or gas stations with no one noticing us, to we can't get out of the car, or we have to pull off at the red light because people are following us," said his roommate in the Bay Area, Ricardo Lockette, a practice-squad receiver for the 49ers.
December 10, 2012 |
Robert Griffin III might start for the Redskins this Sunday against the Browns in Cleveland. The dual-threat rookie quarterback for Washington has a mild sprain of the lateral collateral ligament, which is on the outside of the knee, after his leg was whiplashed quite violently when he was hit by Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata after a 13-yard scramble late in the game Sunday. “When I looked at it on film, I thought it would be worse than it was,” Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said during his news conference Monday.
November 28, 2012 |
UCLA may have a shot at stopping Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor in the Pac-12 Conference title game Friday. But Kulabafi, that hip guy with the dark glasses and leopard print sweater, could be a handful. Taylor, you see, can come at you out of multiple offensive sets - and with multiple personalities. There is the running back with tree-trunk legs who is 36 yards from setting Stanford's career rushing record. He is a soft-spoken Texan, a senior who is majoring in science, technology and society.
November 8, 2012 |
Once on a flight to Warsaw in the 1990s, when the Polish airline LOT was still trying to get the hang of market economy, I requested a vegetarian meal. For the first course, I was served the same salad of iceberg lettuce and thousand-island dressing as everyone around me. But my hot entrée, I discovered as I peeled away the foil, was another helping of that salad zapped in the microwave. It took a minute or two for the Pole sitting next to me to stop laughing and wipe his tears away, but he then described how fabulous Polish vegetarian cooking could be. He suggested several dishes I try once I landed and told me where to find them.