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Story of the modern Bonnie and Clyde

Aug 3, 2013

Story of the modern Bonnie and Clyde

Like all the best fabled morality tales this one begins in a walk-in wardrobe. The wardrobe belongs to Paris Hilton and the interlopers into that strange fantasy land are a pair of bored high school dropouts who have wandered here in search of adventure ...

'Wind farms are not the answer to our problems'

Jul 5, 2013

'Wind farms are not the answer to our problems'

Why do you think scientists and politicians have been slow and reluctant to confront population growth? It might be useful to first distinguish between growth and behavior. The problem is less the current number of us in itself (yet) but more the way the ...

Jimbo's memoir mirrors his alpha-male tennis career

Jun 16, 2013

Jimbo's memoir mirrors his alpha-male tennis career

Like most great tennis players of the million-dollar era, the career of Jimmy Connors began prenatally. As with Andy Murray, his Grand Slam gene was passed down the maternal line. THE OUTSIDER: My Autobiography, by Jimmy Connors. Bantam, 2013, 400 pp., $28.99 (hardcover) Connors’ ...

Neocriminology: identifying a murderer's brain

May 18, 2013

Neocriminology: identifying a murderer's brain

In 1987, Adrian Raine, who describes himself as a neurocriminologist, moved from Britain to America. His emigration was prompted by two things. The first was a sense of banging his head against a wall. Raine, who grew up in England, and is now a ...

Thom Yorke: 'If I can't enjoy this now, when do I start?'

Mar 9, 2013

Thom Yorke: 'If I can't enjoy this now, when do I start?'

You don't necessarily associate Thom Yorke with fun. Radiohead's frontman and principal songwriter has tended to have different kinds of adjectives attached to him in his two decades in the music pages: "intense," "tortured" and "angst-ridden," or "impassioned," "essential" and "important."

I still haven't found what I'm looking for ...

Jan 25, 2013

I still haven't found what I'm looking for ...

Thinking about Google over the last week, I have fallen into the typically procrastinatory habit of every so often typing the words “what is” or “what” or “wha” into the Google search box at the top right of my computer screen. Those prompts are ...

Why spider's silk is becoming man's best friend

Jan 19, 2013

Why spider's silk is becoming man's best friend

Up on the roof of professor Fritz Vollrath’s lab in the zoology department at Oxford University, there is a makeshift greenhouse in which he nurtures his favorite golden orb web spiders. Walking into the greenhouse is a little like finding yourself inside one of ...