You've moved into a new office and need to decorate. Or your dorm room, plastered with those Che Guevara posters, could use a more personal touch. Go shopping for a "designer toy." These collectible figurines, inspired by the imaginative toys sold in Tokyo vending machines, are created by Gen-X artists and designers in limited editions.
This week, 2,632 pooches and their stylists will descend on Madison Square Garden for the 128th Westminster dog show. Before you turn on the tube, get acquainted with the top dogs. "The hottest dog in the country right now is a Norfolk terrier named Coco," says David Frei, director of communications for the Westminster Kennel Club.
If you're feeling a post-holiday letdown, don't despair. This week marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Monkey, a.k.a. 4702. Here's how to celebrate, whether your roots are in Beijing or Baltimore.Watch: Head to your local Chinatown to see the lion and dragon dancers.
The last remote and pristine forest on our distressed and overcrowded earth" is how Greenpeace describes the Amazon River Valley. For decades now, this romantic view of the Amazon, as a vestige of the once free land corrupted by the arrival of Europeans in the 15th century, has persisted in the popular imagination.
In 1885 German philosopher Hermann Ebbinghaus showed that two thirds of what we learn vanishes from our brains within an hour. That disheartening "forgetting curve" is the reason we paper our computer screens with Post-it notes, mumble mental shopping lists like mantras and consult our PDAs at every opportunity.
As of last week, the respiratory illness SARS had infected 2,890 people worldwide and killed 116. But despite the disease's onslaught, health officials emphasize that 96 percent of victims recover fully and that there is no hard evidence of airborne or blood-borne transmission. "We are overisolating, overdiagnosing and probably overdoing the whole effort to achieve containment," says Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Wearing a hard hat and face shield, Stan Vicich stands beneath a 50-foot eucalyptus tree on a volcanic island off the coast of Australia. His arms outstretched, he's waiting for a grunting, silver-haired koala named Delma to shin far enough down the tree trunk to be grabbed and thrust into a burlap sack.
Marc Steuben is hooked on electronic books. "I love the e-reading experience," says the 37-year-old programmer from Boulder, Colorado. "I like the search functionality, I like that I can resize text to make it bigger and I like the fact that it's backlit, so I can read at night without the lights on." He feels no different about his e-book, he says, than another reader might feel about a well-worn copy of "The Catcher in the Rye." "People say there's something sensual about books that they love.