Meet the Science Cheerleader: Darlene Cavalier Is Fired Up for Physics (And Biology. And Chemistry ...)
Cheerleaders, who are basically just bundles of muscle fiber and energy in short skirts, get little respect as athletes. As intellectuals? Forget it. But Darlene Cavalier is banking on that very stereotype of the flighty, popular cheerleader to help make Americans more comfortable with core scientific concepts.
Last month supersmart science writer Russ Juskalian wrote a piece about the science and psychology of hold music. I am fascinated by this topic. Once, I spent 20 minutes on hold with an upscale salon that played pretty decent peppy bebop tunes—punctuated every five minutes by an irritating prerecorded message thanking me for waiting.
The Meaning of Matthew: Judy Shepard on Her New Memoir, Her Son's Lasting Legacy, and Moving Forward While Looking Back
What is the meaning of Matthew? At a time when the gay community is struggling to secure the right to marry, Matthew Shepard, the Wyoming student who died after being violently beaten because he was gay, may seem like an emblem from days long past.
Kate Harding almost got me fired. The week I started at NEWSWEEK, I read an advanced copy of Lessons From the Fat-o-Sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body.
by Kate Dailey and Sarah Kliff Yesterday, Barney Frank's takedown of a young woman comparing health-care reform to Nazi policy was heralded by reform advocates as long-overdue counterstrike against an increasingly absurd campaign of misinformation.
Michelle Obama wore shorts to visit the Grand Canyon. Have you heard? Everyone is up in arms—if by "everyone" you mean no one, or rather a large, shadow-y group of no ones.
The new cast of Dancing With the Stars was announced today, and more than half of the female contestants are women who have had public weight gains or losses in their career.
Consider the noble condom: it shows up (when invited), does its job, and does it well (98 percent of the time, unless we somehow manage to mess it up, in which case it still works more than eight out of 10 times).
The September issue of Harper's Bazaar (on stands Aug. 18) features several iconic models baring naked faces. Kristen McMenamy, Shalom Harlow, Cindy Crawford, Tatian Patitz, Amber Valetta, Helena Christiansen, Nadia Auerman, and Claudia Schiffer all went before the camera without any cosmetic help─and since they're models, they all look freaking gorgeous. (The superb lighting and semigrainy black-and-white footage seems to take care of whatever flaws genetics missed.) Any time...
"Let me win. And If I can't win, let me be brave in the attempt." ─Special Olympics oath Eunice Kennedy Shriver died today at 88, after a long and very full life.
I'll be back on The Takeaway tomorrow, discussing texting and dating─as well as the other pros and cons of dating in a technology-saturated world. I'll be joined by Steve Calechman, the author of the Boston Globe article that started this whole to-do, and we'll finally get the in-person grudge match for which everyone's been clamoring.
Last week was not a good week for Tyler.Tyler, a 24-year-old from South Carolina, writes the blog 344pounds.com, which documents his progress as he tries to lose weight.
Lew Daly's impassioned editorial on the need for more paid family leave in the U.S. elicited a strong reaction from readers. The commenters are split between those who think more time to spend with an ailing family member or newborn baby is an essential part of building a strong society, and those who think Americans need to plan better for their own medical needs, whether expected or not, and not rely on the government. (In between these two sides, of course, are those who think blame should...
Just as I suspected, my time on The Takeaway this morning discussing the impact of reality TV on teenagers had me sounding very much like an old-fashioned school marm.
Guess who was thinking of running a Q&A on organ sales Wednesday, only to decide that it wasn't newsy enough? I'll give you a hint: her giant head is smirking at you in the upper-left-hand corner of the screen right now.
This Week in NEWSWEEK: Ted Kennedy and Others Explore the Drama, Intrigue, and Passions of Health Care
NEWSWEEK's health-care coverage has been amazing this past week, both online and in the magazine. And for those of us who are more interested in petty manners of dating etiquette than one of the most important political and social issues of our time, reading the assorted NEWSWEEK articles has been a great way to quickly feel like a health-care expert.
MCA, a.k.a. Adam Yauch, will need surgery and radiation to attack the cancer, which is located in his parotid gland and lymph node. The good news: Yauch says the cancer is localized, and that treatments won't affect his voice.
This weekend, I made a cameo appearance in The Boston Globe Magazine's "Coupling" column. Written by the very funny Steve Calechman, the article examines the modern dilemma of texting while dating.
Editor's Note: Since posting this article on Friday, Watson played some more fantastic golf, coming from behind to finish the Open tied for first with Stuart Cink, a 36-year old America.
The Food and Drug administration yesterday approved a new advancement in reproductive health. Starting next month, women 17 and over can purchase Plan B One-Step, a one-dose version of the emergency contraception. (Women under 17 can access the medication only with a prescription).
As Holly mentioned over in The Gaggle, President Obama has selected Dr. Regina Benjamin, founder and CEO of the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic in Bayou La Batre, Ala., as his pick for surgeon general.
by Kate Dailey and Rebecca Shabad After four days of speculation, the Nashville police department confirmed on Wednesday what many people had already assumed: Steve McNair was shot and killed by his girlfriend, Sahel Kazemi, who then turned the gun on herself.