March 16, 2014 |
1 Virginia (28-6, ACC champion) vs. 16 Coastal Carolina (21-12, Big South champion) Virginia must prove it deserves a No. 1 seed, even after beating Duke in the ACC tournament Sunday. Winning big over the Chanticleers would be a good start. 8 Memphis (23-9, at-large) vs. 9 George Washington (24-8, at-large) Memphis has been inconsistent this season and now faces a George Washington team that has won five of its last seven games. 5 Cincinnati (27-6, at-large)
March 8, 2014 |
"It's time to get going again. " With these words, host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson kicks off the new documentary series, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. " Premiering on Fox, the National Geographic Channel and eight other affiliated networks Sunday night, it is a follow-up to "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," the groundbreaking and hugely popular 1980 PBS series hosted by astronomer Carl Sagan. Tyson, strolling along the scenic California coastal cliffs of Monterey - just as Sagan did in the opening minutes of the original - is talking about bringing the franchise to a new generation, but with a command that can also be interpreted as a mission statement.
February 27, 2014
Re "Budget proposals target Pentagon," Feb. 25 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's attempt to contain military spending will create a serious fuss. Members of Congress will try to protect their districts' industries. Hawks will rage over an increased risk of attack. But will anyone point out that, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, in 2012 the United States (population 318 million) accounted for 39% of the entire globe's military spending. China, the next highest spender (population 1.3 billion)
February 24, 2014 |
Humphry Slocombe has created three funky new ice cream flavors for Virgin America fliers, but only one will make the cut for first-class service. Passengers and fans have until Friday to tweet their favorite -- #ButterByMoodlight (buttery with a blueberry glaze), #RedHotBanana (real Red Hot candies mashed into it) or #CoconutBlondAmbition (vanilla marshmallow fluff meets lemon sorbet). (If you don't recognize this hipster ice cream maker, it's the one that uses Bourbon and cornflakes in its Secret Breakfast flavor.)
February 21, 2014 |
Millions of people are unhappy that Russia's Adelina Sotnikova beat out South Korea's Yuna Kim for a gold medal in Olympic women's figure skating. I'm not sure I am. The reason for that is tied up in the fact that figure skating -- for all its balletic grace and beauty -- is a sport. I'll be honest: I don't remember much about Sotnikova's free skate at the Sochi Olympics, except that she gave a hammy wave to the judges near the end of her routine. Yes, her long program was jam-packed with jumps, and it was entertaining to watch her unique spins.
February 21, 2014 |
Despite the sunshine and the palm trees, the mountains and the beaches, California residents are not the happiest people in America. In a new Gallup-Healthways poll that ranks well-being by state, California doesn't even make it into the top 10. People from North Dakota had the highest-well being in the country with an overall well-being index score of 70.4 out of a possible 100. Their neighbors in South Dakota came in second place with a...