Nation / World

‘Babbler’ Birds Could Hold Key To Language

Monday, July 6, 2015

Move over, parrots. There’s another bird with some impressive “language” skills: the chestnut-crowned babbler. Scientists studying the social birds have discovered that they can rearrange meaningless sounds in their calls to form different, meaningful messages. The findings, described in the journal PLOS Biology, may shed light on how the features of human language came to be. “Our results indicate that the capacity to rearrange meaningless sounds in order to create …

‘Rock Warehouse’

Monday, July 6, 2015

Menlo Park, Calif. — Hidden behind drab doors in a valley that celebrates all that is new, bright and beautiful is a scientific treasure: proof of what the Earth is made of, how it became what it is — and where it might be going. This is the U.S. Geological Survey’s cavernous “rock …

‘Rectify’ Returns for Third Season of a Murder’s Aftermath

Monday, July 6, 2015

New York — Abigail Spencer remembers being about to shoot a scene for last season’s Rectify. It was set in a hospital room as Daniel, played by series star Aden Young, came out of the coma from his brutal beat-down. At bedside was his devoted sister Amantha, played by Spencer. Cameras were ready to roll. “Then Aden whispers to me, ‘I don’t know …

Online Shoppers Browse More, Buy Less

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Washington — It’s only getting harder for retailers to close the deal with online shoppers. A new report has found that customers are leaving retailers’ websites more frequently without buying anything and, when they do open their wallets, they are spending less on average per order. The findings …

Study: Google’s Search Favors Its Own Products

Sunday, July 5, 2015

When you go to Google for anything, be it a weather report or a phone number or an explanation of string theory, you assume that the top results will always be the very best. Those are, at least, the only ones you click: Studies suggest it’s a rare, …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for July 5-11

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Don’t Miss Shark Week — It’s time once again to sink our teeth into television’s longest-running summer event. Now in its 28th year, this fin-tastic celebration of the mysterious creatures of the deep will feature 19 hours of original programming — the most ever. It all kicks off …

White Buffalo Sings Songs for the Downtrodden

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Los Angeles — The voice inside him whirls, lapping and rising, hitting the air like a fist. He stops. “I’m screaming too much.” He starts again. Stops. Curses. He takes a breath and closes his eyes. The microphone …

On Fashion: Donna Karan, Fashion’s Greatest Champion of Women, Steps Down

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Donna Karan is leaving women on their own — to fend for themselves in a fashion industry that all too often does not have their best interest at heart. Seventh Avenue’s greatest advocate for professional women announced Tuesday …

Wheel Nice Work

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hershey, Pa. — Eugene Toner stomped on the foot-operated ignition. The engine sputtered and coughed, but wouldn’t catch. Uh oh. Here at The Elegance, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of antique automobiles, the exquisitely restored town …

Report: Millennials Shun Workplace Charity

Sunday, July 5, 2015

We know that millennials are different. They’re not working the same way as their parents. They aren’t marrying in the same way. And they aren’t motivated by work to give to charity or volunteer. But that doesn’t mean they’re more selfish than their parents, according to a new …

Miss Manners: Dress Code Quandary: Are Flip-Flops Shoes?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: In a restaurant where there is a sign that states “No shirt, no shoes, no service,” why are people allowed in to eat wearing sandals or flip-flops? You know, the flip-flops that we used to wear when we went to the swimming pool. I see …

To Your Good Health: How Does One Get Cellulitis?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: What is cellulitis, and how does one get it? I live in a retirement facility, and two ladies at my dining table have it. It seems to be very painful and difficult to heal. Should I take any precautions? — R.G. Answer: Cellulitis is an …

Essay: Why We Should Keep Reading ‘Gone With The Wind’

Sunday, July 5, 2015

As the few places that still fly the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia begin, at long last, to strike those colors, it’s understandable that other symbols of Confederate sympathies seem increasingly marginal. “If the Confederate flag is finally going to be consigned to museums as …