Connectivity and Productivity: The Web Giveth, the Web Taketh Away - December 25, 2007 12:01 AM
While software engineers look to online games for new ways to organize the workplace, the Internet’s myriad routes to procrastination can still sap productivity.
‘Lady in Red’ Singer to Perform in Iran - December 22, 2007 10:35 AM
Chris De Burgh will be the first Western artist to perform in Iran since 1979, a fact that recalls other musicians’ visits to authoritarian countries. How will the mullahs adapt to British soft rock?
Recent Deaths Raise Questions about Safety of Tasers - November 24, 2007 10:20 AM
Two separate incidents involving police Tasers arouse concerns about the potential misuse of this increasingly common weapon.
Inmates Jailed for Crack Cocaine Possession May Get Early Release - November 19, 2007 09:23 AM
The federal government body ensuring fair judicial sentencing pushes to have new, more lenient sentences related to crack cocaine applied retroactively. Supporters of the move say that the past laws were racist; opponents protest that drug dealers are being let off too lightly.
Rising Food Prices Foreshadow Global Shortages - November 07, 2007 03:36 PM
In response to the increasing expense of staple foodstuffs, developing countries resort to price restrictions and import regulations. As oil prices rise, can modern farming practices be sustained?
‘Potentially Devastating’ Asteroid Approaching Earth for 2036 - October 15, 2007 10:42 AM
Astronomers differ as to the chances of Asteroid Apophis hitting our planet; a Russian scientist argues that civilization can be confident of survival if it does.
Londoners Mistake Thai Dish for Terror Weapon - October 09, 2007 01:37 PM
Reports of “noxious” fumes close down a district in London, England, but investigators trace the suspect smell to an innocuous restaurant kitchen; the line between caution and hysteria can be a thin one.
Reprieve Fleeting in Consensual Teenage Sex Case - June 18, 2007 11:16 AM
A ruling that overturned a 10-year sentence for Genarlow Wilson, who had oral sex with a 15-year-old 2 years his junior, is blocked within hours by Georgia’s top prosecutor.
U.S. Air Travelers in TB Alert - May 30, 2007 04:42 PM
An American citizen infected with a rare form of tuberculosis puts passengers at risk on two transatlantic flights. Health officials advise tests for passengers and crew.
Attack Ads Strike Dating Agency - May 14, 2007 02:44 PM
eHarmony cries foul as a rival's commercials advertise that the agency rejected one million lonely hearts. Almost a third of those applicants were married, protests eHarmony.
Gay Revelations Force Out BP Head - May 01, 2007 02:15 PM
BP CEO John Browne resigns in response to a ruling from the highest U.K. legal authority that he cannot prevent a British newspaper from publishing details of his private life.
State Department Official Linked to Washington Madam Resigns - April 30, 2007 01:42 PM
The head of U.S. foreign aid programs steps down; more high-profile revelations are expected to follow as reputed “DC madam” Deborah Jeane Palfrey releases client list to the press.
Computer Tycoon Descends from Space - April 21, 2007 02:18 PM
Software billionaire Charles Simonyi completes his mission to the International Space Station, a small step in the history of space tourism.
Childless Women No Less Happy - April 14, 2007 04:16 PM
A report by U.S. social researchers finds that having children does not substantially improve a woman’s psychological well-being later in life.
Houdini Set to Escape Grave - April 02, 2007 01:57 PM
A move to exhume the remains of the escapologist legend, led by authors of a new biography, causes outrage among his descendants. Investigators suspect murder.
China and India Face Vast Gender Imbalances - March 19, 2007 12:39 PM
The number of baby girls born in China and India is falling. China expects that by 2020 there will be 30 million more Chinese men than women in the country.