Tesla claims new battery is world-changing

To hear the company chief tell it, Tesla’s new battery will change the world. Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk announced the release, at an event live-streamed online, of a new Tesla battery design he described as “like a beautiful sculpture on

Canada’s Queen of Suspense: L.R. (Bunny) Wright

  BRIAN BRENNAN: BRIEF ENCOUNTERSMay 2015 Mourning was widespread for mystery writer Bunny Wright when she died of breast cancer at age 61 in February 2001. Fellow writers penned personal tributes that were published in newspapers across Canada. Her two daughters, who

Earthquake postpones Nepal’s bright dawn

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs April 30, 2015 Mother Nature has devastated Nepal just as the country was beginning to dig itself out from two decades of havoc unleashed by tectonic rifts in its human society. The earthquake that struck a week ago has

Matters of Media

What’s new in media matters: Charlie Hebdo; the state of American media; attacks on the press; and Jon Stewart’s next mission. The illustrations of Muhammad, which sparked such incendiary controversy by Muslims whose faith prohibits images of their prophet, may have run

Nepal: Facts, Opinions, and an unforgettable video

Nepal’s Predictable Agony. By Deborah Jones The massive earthquake that shattered Nepal on April 25, 20115, came as no surprise to anyone. The country sits atop one of the world’s most seismically dangerous places. There have been countless warnings about Nepal’s rickety

New on Facts and Opinions

  New on F&O this week: VERBATIM: The prescriptive Happiness Report. By Michael Sasges The recently released World Happiness Report 2015 both describes and prescribes. The people of Togo and Burundi and Syria and Benin and Rwanda are the unhappiest people in the

VERBATIM: The prescriptive Happiness Report

The recently released World Happiness Report 2015 both describes and prescribes. The people of Togo and Burundi and Syria and Benin and Rwanda are the unhappiest people in the world, and the people of Switzerland and Iceland and Denmark and Norway and

Television Comedy for Intelligent Viewers: Bob Newhart

BRIAN BRENNAN: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS April, 2015     “I last played here 18 years ago,” Bob Newhart told the reporters at a Toronto press conference in 1978 when he announced his return to stand-up comedy. “I think the act went over well because, as

Eritreans take perils of the Mediterranean over torment at home

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs  April 24, 2015   “If the world had any sense,” began my friend and fellow Africa correspondent Remer Tyson as we hunkered down behind a thick wall in Mogadishu to avoid the stray bullets whistling overhead in the early

Our Pale Blue Dot

  “There is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves” — Carl Sagan. Happy Earth Day.

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