Life & Times

In this April 14, 2015 photo provided by the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Charles Y. Liu, left, a neurosurgeon at the University of Southern California, laughs with patient Erik Sorto in Pasadena, Calif. Liu led a team of doctors that implanted tiny chips into Sorto's brain in 2013 to allow him to control a robotic arm using his thoughts. It's the latest attempt at creating mind-controlled prosthetics to help disabled people gain more independence. (Lance Hayashida/Caltech via AP)

Paralyzed Man Uses Thoughts to Control Robotic Arm

Monday, May 25, 2015

Los Angeles — A man paralyzed by gunshot more than a decade ago can shake hands, drink beer and play “rock, paper, scissors” by controlling …

Eat Your Weedies: A Yard’s Bounty Can Fill a Salad Bowl

Monday, May 25, 2015

In the early 1960s, Euell Gibbons wrote Stalking the Wild Asparagus and introduced millions of North Americans to the virtues of harvesting wild foods. Since …

Dogs Left Wolf Pack Earlier Than Thought

Monday, May 25, 2015

A new analysis of ancient wolf DNA has shed light on the murky early history of man’s best friend, suggesting that dogs split from wolves …

Dogs Keep Farmers on the Farm

Sunday, May 24, 2015

DeKalb County, Mo. — As Alda Owen messes with cattle, Sweet Baby Jo plops down right in the middle of things. On her belly, ears up, wide-eyed and ready to spring. “She don’t like ’em getting too close …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for May 24-30

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Don’t Miss Aquarius — It’s the dawning of a new age for David Duchovny ( The X-Files ), who returns to network television in this gripping, 13-episode slice of “historical fiction.” He plays an L.A. detective searching for a missing girl in 1967 — a probe that leads …

To Your Good Health: Balancing Medicine’s Side Effects and Benefits

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 60-year-old male in good health, and I play tennis and swim several days a week. I have suffered from neuralgia for the past three years, but I have it under control with medication: 800 mg of carbamazepine and 25 mg of amitriptyline …

Breathtaking and High Tech

Sunday, May 24, 2015

New York — From the top of One World Trade Center, the nation’s tallest building, it really does seem as if you can “see forever.” Those two words are the motto of the center’s new observatory that opens …

Miss Manners: ‘Happy Memorial Day’ Doesn’t Quite Fit the Bill

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: I am a veteran with 23 years of service, and I’m uncomfortable with the traditional “Happy Memorial Day” greeting that the news and entertainment media have foisted upon the public. However, I do not know what is actually acceptable to use in its place. Are …

Night Crew Keeps U.S. Icon in Capitol Shape

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Washington — It’s 2 a.m. and the only noise in the Senate’s vast Kennedy Caucus Room is the soft wipe of a duster on marble. A lone figure with a spray bottle is busy in the wee-hours hush, …

From Sensors to LED Lights, Newest Alcohol Packaging Goes High-Tech

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The message-in-a-bottle routine is going Wi-Fi. And that means pretty soon you’ll have your very own mini Times Square at the bar, right on the bottle. “Everyone likes to see their name in lights,” said Brandon Laidlaw, president …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Vive la Difference

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hint and Explanation: Win Material Not everyone will agree with the notion that women’s brains are wired differently, as recently put forth by English grandmaster Nigel Short. But even were it true, does this mean, as he says, that they are, therefore, not capable of playing chess as …

Your Place: Avoid ‘Green Guilt’ Trip

Sunday, May 24, 2015

I hope I am not being too personal, but do you recycle? If not, are you experiencing “green guilt”? You knew someone would come up with a syndrome for people who want to recycle but forget to or don’t have the time, correct? In this case, it’s experienced …

‘Harvey Girls’ Honored For Role in U.S. History

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Santa Fe, n.m. — New Mexico recognized the legacy of the Harvey Girls on Saturday, the thousands of women credited with helping transform the West by taking waitressing jobs along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway line. Gov. Susana Martinez and the mayors of Santa Fe and …