March 8, 1987 |
Two new AIDS viruses discovered in West Africa in 1985 appear to be variants of the same virus, according to AIDS researchers at a medical meeting in San Francisco last week. But the French and American scientists who discovered the viruses still do not agree on whether these variants pose significant health threats. One virus, LAV-II, was isolated by a team led by Dr. Luc Montagnier of the Pasteur Institute in Paris; the other, HTLV-IV, was discovered by Dr.
October 23, 2011 |
1Q84 A Novel Haruki Murakami, translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel Alfred A. Knopf: 926 pp., $30.50 Here's an unorthodox suggestion: Try to read Haruki Murakami's "1Q84" in as close to a single sitting as you can. It won't be easy - the novel clocks in at 926 pages and is often densely allusive, if readable throughout. Still, there's something about the book that requires the deep immersion, the otherworldly sense of connection/disconnection, that only an extended plunge allows.
March 19, 2006
Your March 15 editorial on mad cow (an inflammatory term for bovine spongiform encephalopathy) indicates a complete lack of familiarity with bovines. Cows are not people. They eat live rodents, their own afterbirth and will consume an entire miscarried fetus. Calling feeding practices "gruesome" is ignorant. Feeding practices should be modified because they don't work, or if they cause problems, not because some city reporter who doesn't know a cow from a combine has an opinion on the acceptability of the practice.
September 25, 1999
I have no doubt that once there was a day when Keith Jackson spoke a variant of modern English that some of us enjoyed. But who at ABC is so dense that he fails to grasp: That day is gone! How many more times do I have to hear this dinosaur say the "big uglies have hunkered down?" Why do I have to listen to Jackson confuse the 43 with the 37 and call the quarterback a "young un?" After 30 years of this quaint idiocy, haven't I suffered enough? Yeah, I know he's a nice old guy and I wish him no harm, but he can't talk sense.
August 19, 2012 |
Because 200 mph is useless if you can't get some bugs in your hair, McLaren introduced to the world a convertible version of its already excellent MP4-12C supercar this weekend at Pebble Beach. Dubbed the 12C Spider, the car has a retractable hardtop that folds away in a scant 17 seconds and at speeds up to 19 mph. The car'Ã?Â?s power remains the same, with 616 horsepower coming from a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, routing power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox.
August 24, 2009 |
The hurt of social rejection or exclusion is emotional. But there must be a reason why we so often experience it -- and talk about it -- as if it were a physical pain. One feels "burned" by a partner's infidelity, "wounded" by a friend's harsh words, "heartache" when spurned by a lover. It turns out, there is a good reason we use such terms: The same circuits in the brain that are responsible for processing physical pain are also called into play when one feels the sting of social rejection.