December 5, 2013 |
The Carolina Panthers have won eight in a row, and Sunday are headed to New Orleans for their most daunting challenge of the season. For the 9-3 Panthers, the objective is to thrive in the chaos and noise of the Superdome against a seasoned 9-3 Saints team that's 6-0 in that building. It's in these times that the Panthers lean on All-Pro receiver Steve Smith, who is at his best under pressure, as he was last month when he repeatedly upstaged New England corner Aqib Talib in a 24-20 victory over the Patriots.
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December 3, 2013 |
Scientists sounded alarms Tuesday with a pair of studies challenging the idea that climate change is occurring gradually over the century and that its worst effects can be avoided by keeping emissions below a critical threshold. A National Research Council report says the planet is warming so quickly that the world should expect abrupt and unpredictable consequences in a matter of years or a few decades. Among the changes already underway are the sudden decline in Arctic sea ice and climbing extinction rates, the report found.
November 24, 2013 |
Back in the 1980s, when I lived in Nairobi, foreign residents had a simple way of obtaining Kenyan shillings. They'd write a check in, say, U.S. dollars on their U.S. bank accounts to the Indian man who owned the ice cream store down the block. He'd pay over shillings at the current black market rate. Then he'd mail the check to his brother in Toronto, who would deposit it in the merchant's name in a Canadian bank account. Presto! The expatriates got shillings to spend locally, and the shop owner spirited his profits out of the country for conversion to a hard currency, secure for his retirement.
November 12, 2013 |
NASA has released an amazing image of Saturn and its ghostly rings flanked by three of its fellow planets - Earth, Mars and Venus. The picture, nearly four months in the making, was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft when Saturn was backlighted by the sun. That made it possible for Cassini's cameras to look toward the center of the solar system without damaging its cameras. The portrait above is a mosaic of 141 wide-angle images taken by Cassini over a span of a little more than four hours.
November 7, 2013 |
How far can “12 Years a Slave” go at the box office? Look no further than this weekend, when Steve McQueen's acclaimed drama faces another key test as it expands into its broadest national release so far. Last weekend, the story about a free black man sold into slavery in 1841 generated the second-best per-screen average of any film in theaters, with average receipts of $11,688, topped only by the debut of “Dallas Buyers Club,” which had...
November 3, 2013 |
The airline industry has been packing more passengers into smaller seats over the last few years, and now one of the world's largest jet manufacturers is calling for an end to the crush. Airline seats with less legroom and thinner seat back cushions have been part of a growing trend in an industry trying to increase profits by fitting more passengers into each jetliner. The squeeze has prompted an outcry from fliers, particularly big and tall travelers. Now, French-based Airbus is calling on the industry to adopt a comfortable standard, at least for the seat width.
November 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - As drug dealers go, Lori Ann Newhouse was strictly small time. A high school dropout from a little Iowa town, Newhouse had three sons, a low-paying job as a telemarketer and a relentless methamphetamine habit. On St. Patrick's Day in 2011, Newhouse bought cold tablets used to make meth and traded them to a lab for a gram of the highly addictive drug. Federal agents, it turned out, were watching. Newhouse's bust landed her in the federal system in northern Iowa, where drug sentences have been among the harshest in the nation.
October 31, 2013 |
An unabashed love letter to all things motorcycle, the documentary "Why We Ride" will surely warm the souls of bike enthusiasts while prompting many nonriders to join the fold. It could in fact be one of the best movies-as-sales-tools to speed down the pike in some time. Director Bryan H. Carroll, with an invaluable assist from cinematographers Andrew Waruszewski and Douglas Cheney, takes an all-embracing look at motorbiking (including a nice bit of history on the subject) enhanced by testimony from a wide array of its enthusiasts - men and women, young and old, able and disabled, hobbyists and record-holders.
October 30, 2013 |
It's a wide, wide, wide, wide world these days, and your iPhone is partly to blame. Panoramic pictures have been popular since at least the 19 th century, when painters labored for months over massive images (like this Gettysburg scene) and photographers used swiveling lenses atop a tripod to capture group photos. (Some still do, as this timeline attests.) Wide-screen movies took the trend further. By 1963, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" was being released in Ultra Panavision with an aspect ratio of 2.76 to 1 -- an image almost three times wider than high.
October 30, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Even as Twitter prepares for a hotly anticipated initial public offering, its co-founder Jack Dorsey already is about to debut a second act. His start-up Square, one of the fastest-growing young companies by revenue and one of the most buzzed about in high-tech, has taken what is widely seen as a step toward its own IPO. On Wednesday, the mobile payment service announced that former Goldman Sachs Chief Financial Officer David...