Earlier this week we published an interview Sharon Begley conducted with noted climate-change scientist James Hansen about his new book, Storms of My Grandchildren; the upcoming climate-change summit in Copenhagen; and the challenges presented to our ecosystem in the face of mounting evidence about the dangers of CO2 emissions.
Today on Public Radio International's morning show, The Takeaway, host John Hockenberry, Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley, and I discussed how to avoid family fights during Thanksgiving.
This week, the United States Preventive Services Task Force revised their guidelines for breast cancer screening based on a comprehensive review of evidence published in the most recent issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Have a fever, a sore throat, and flulike symptoms? It could be H1N1, as 46 states now report widespread H1N1 infection, and the president has declared the virus a national emergency.
During Good Hair Week, a series of blog articles devoted to issues of hair, culture, politics, and science, we asked writer Allison Samuels to contribute a guest blog posting.
Sex Is Not the Problem: What David Letterman and Steve Phillips Demonstrate About Women in the Workplace
The recent revelation of a summertime affair gone wrong between ESPN's Baseball Tonight analyst Steve Phillips and a 22-year-old production assistant seemed like just another postscript of a year plagued by sex scandals. Now it's been reported that Phillips has been fired for his office affair. "His ability to be an effective representative for ESPN has been significantly and irreparably damaged," said a spokesman for the network. Phillips is apparently set to enter a "treatment facility"...
Who was the biggest loser after last night's decisive Game 5 of the National League Championship Series? Not the Dodgers, who had to fly back to L.A. after losing the series to the 2008 world champion Philadelphia Phillies.
We're midway through day five of Balloongate, with reports that the Heene family, who allegedly tricked most of America into watching a Mylar balloon for two hours during the middle of a work day, may face felony and misdemeanor charges sometime next week.
Attention, Canadian readers: tonight I'll be on The Agenda With Steve Paikin at 8 p.m. tonight to talk about obesity. Remember how I was going to blog about Kate Harding's post on Jezebel?
Today, Oprah Winfrey spent her entire show speaking with participants from the A&E's reality program Hoarders. Hoarders profiles families who's homes have been overcome by clutter, and brings in professional organizers to try and help clear a literal and metaphorical path through all the accumulated crap.
Did bad hair ruin your mood? Your job interview? Your wedding? When you look back on the photos, is the hair as bad as you imagined? Can you recall an instance when having good hair really made a difference? We want to hear how hair affects your life—and whether you've taken big steps to prevent bad hair. Submit your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org or via our Tumblr page.
This Friday, the Chris Rock movie Good Hair opens in select cities. Rock made the film, a documentary about the extremely complicated relationship black women have with their hair, after his two daughters asked him why they didn't have good hair: in other words, the soft, straight, blonde hair we see shaken at us on shampoo commercials.
Sharon Begley Predicts the Nobel Prize Laureates: Blackburn, Greider, and Szostak Win for Telomeres Research
This morning at 5:30 ET, the Nobel Prize winners in medicine were announced in Stockholm (where it was a much more reasonable 11:30 a.m.). In an article last week for Newsweek.com, Sharon Begley wrote about experts who are handicapping the race by selecting "citation laureates." David Pendlebury of Thomson Reuters measured how often scientists' work was cited by others and, based on that, created a list of Nobel frontrunners.
October is breast-cancer-awareness month, and already the country is awash in various shades of pink. But some groups have taken a more direct approach to promoting breast-cancer awareness: namely, by making us all aware of breasts.
Now that you've had time to read Jessica Bennett's fascinating piece on women's sexual motivations, we want to hear your stories. Do you think that sex is something that should be done only when you're in love—except for that one time you wanted to get back at your ex?
On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration began enforcing a ban on flavored-cigarette sales in the U.S. The ban, part of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, puts the kibosh on selling, importing, distributing, or manufacturing any flavored cigarette (save for menthol), meaning you can smoke 'em if you got 'em, but getting them is going to be difficult.
Ok, Gleeks: we need to clear something up about last night's episode (everyone else may want to jump ahead a few paragraphs). The most preposterous thing in last night's episode of Glee, Fox's new hit musidey (comical?
While regaining the ability to walk may not be the first priority for those with a spinal-cord injury (SCI), recent advances in research indicate that reversing paralysis—at least when it comes to getting out of the wheelchair—may be closer than ever before.
This week in NEWSWEEK, writer Laurie Garrett has a gripping account of being sick with swine flu. Not only is Garrett a flu expert, having written The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance (Penguin 1995) and a Newsweek cover story on the H1N1 epidemic, she's a senior fellow on the Council for Foreign Relations and has been following H1N1 from the start.
Kim Clijsters made short work of opponent Caroline Wozniacki to take the U.S. Open women's singles title tonight. But a victory for Clijsters─who returned to tennis with low expectations after she took a two-year break to have a baby─will not be what most people remember about this Open.
A few weeks ago we ran a series called "The Fat Wars" that looked at the way we talk about obesity in this country, and whether our current methods of fighting the war on fat were working.
Last week, thousands of Facebook users updated their status to reflect their support for health-care reform. As Jenny Hontz reported at the time, small gestures like this can make a big difference not only by reminding progressive politicians that the Facebook Generation—the same group of organized, plugged-in citizens who helped elect Obama—are still a force, but also by countering the loud, angry town halls in a more tech-savvy way.