Life & Times

In a big eruption, Yellowstone would eject 1,000 times as much material as the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. Illustrates YELLOWSTONE (category a), by Joel Achenbach (c) 2015, The Washington Post. Moved Thursday, April 23, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: “Windows Into the Earth,” Robert B. Smith and Lee J. Siegel.)

The Giant Volcano Is Alive

Monday, April 27, 2015

Yellowstone National Park is the home of one of the world’s largest volcanoes, one that is quiescent for the moment but is capable of erupting …

Fish Use Acute Hearing Sensors to Go With the Flow

Monday, April 27, 2015

There are times when fish appear telepathic. Consider the uncanny way a school of bait fish moves as one to avoid a predator, or the …

Iraqi Boy’s Dream of Becoming Dancer Defied Threats, Borders

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Amman, Jordan — As a boy in pre-war Baghdad, Adil Faraj dreamed of becoming a dancer, inspired by a Michael Jackson performance he watched on …

Still Commanding ‘Respect’

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Aretha Franklin is riding on the freeway, or maybe it’s just I-70, on her way home to Detroit from Washington, D.C. She was in the nation’s capital to play for the president at the White House, but that’s …

Brian Wilson Reunites With Al Jardine

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New York — While Brian Wilson doesn’t plan to officially reunite with the surviving members of the Beach Boys, having an old friend sing on a new record certainly provided a comfort zone. Former bandmate Al Jardine, who …

For the Love of Books, Go to Tumblr

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To express her love to Judy Blume, a 1970s tween would have had to write a letter. These days, a young reader enchanted by YA books — by, say, author Rainbow Rowell — can make nail art that matches a book cover and share it on Tumblr, where …

How to Protect Your Pup From the Canine Flu Epidemic

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Los Angeles — An outbreak of canine flu has sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest, killing a handful and stirring concern among animal lovers nationwide that the highly contagious virus will sideline their pets. Experts blame the epidemic on a strain called H3N2 that is seen …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: A Fateful Meeting

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hint and Explanation: Exploit Queen-on-Queen In 1954, an American chess team suffered its second of three brutal postwar defeats at the hands of a group of Soviet players. The score was 20-12. Clearly, a powerful and unprecedented force had emerged in international chess. Watching thoughtfully from the audience …

Miss Manners: Random Acts of Kindness Do Not Include Unsigned Cards

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: My very dear aunt has a hobby of making homemade greeting cards that she sends to some of her friends and family. The cards are usually very nice, but she doesn’t really make enough of them to make selling them online very worthwhile. She sends …

When Science, Faith Clash

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sierra Leone, Kono District Inside his mud-walled house, the witch doctor cast his curse. Here, in the remote Dorma Village of Sierra Leone, where some of the poorest people in the world spend most of their day struggling …

Making a Cultural Connection

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lebanon — Communication can be essential to overcoming cultural gaps that might hinder medical care, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Dr. Roshani Patel has discovered. That was particularly true in the case of a woman who emigrated from the Congo to the U.S. with her husband several years ago. The …

To Your Good Health: Weakened Immune System Comes With Vaccine Rules

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My rheumatologist wants me to start Arava for my newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis. I have refused to start this medicine because the information sheet states to avoid contact with people who have recently received the oral polio vaccine. My 6-month-old grandson will be receiving his …

Turin Shroud Back on Display for the Faithful

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Turin, Italy (ap)— Turin’s archbishop says interest in the Shroud of Turin is so keen that many pilgrims who already saw the burial cloth that some believe covered Jesus are returning to see the linen again. The 14-foot cloth will be displayed through June 24. Pope Francis will …