The Return of Doctor Who

The Doctor returns on Saturday. Doctor Who? Yes. Oh. Why, that would be Peter Capaldi, the latest actor to play the science fiction character Doctor Who. He is apparently loved by nerds, muggles and regular folk alike as he and his companions “travel

Patrick Stewart leads the Ice Bucket Challenge

I was doing just fine ignoring the ice bucket trend, until actor Patrick Stewart wowed the world with his response to the challenge and made me look.  It seems silly, but it turns out that silly — here, asking people to dump

Time capsule: Frankie Laine

Frankie Laine had been one of the most successful of the big-voiced balladeers who emerged in North America in the late 1940s and 1950s. But as Arts columnist Brian Brennan reveals in his new time capsule piece, Laine first made his name

Global Warming hiatus due – surprise! – to Atlantic Ocean

New research published today in the journal Science suggests, surprisingly, that the answer to the biggest climate change mystery of the past decade or so may be found in the deep Atlantic Ocean, and not as suspected in the Pacific. Noted Science: Why did

Does deep Atlantic heating account for global warming hiatus?

By Richard Allan, University of Reading, The ConversationAugust 21, 2014 There seem to have been a dozen or so explanations for why the Earth’s surface has warmed at a slower rate over the past 15 years compared to earlier decades. This is perhaps not

Will Islamic State zealots bring U.S. and Iran together?

Relations between Iran and the United States have been ice cold since 1979. The terrorist attack of 9/11 could have been one opportunity for  a thawing, but “among the plethora of murderously stupid things former United States President George W. Bush did

From Marathon Dancing to Pop Stardom: Frankie Laine

BRIAN BRENNAN: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS August, 2014  In his heyday, singer Frankie Laine was all over the radio, on records and in jukeboxes, and on the soundtracks of movies and television shows. But when he did an interview with me at age 63 in

James Foley, Journalist

James Foley, American teacher-turned-journalist, was abducted in Syria in November, 2012. He reportedly died this week after extremists dressed him up in an orange suit like the ones Americans put on prisoners at Guantánamo, and a man with a British accent cut off

Western security concerns fund Ebola drugs

The World Health Organization said Tuesday the current outbreak of Ebola, which has to date killed an estimated 1,200 people in West Africa, is confirmed only in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, and “at present, no cases have been confirmed anywhere else in the