US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz: A Cabinet star is born
He is just 5 feet 7, and with his black athletic socks pulled up high and his baggy blue shorts hanging down low, that leaves only a couple of inches of exposed kneecap between them. Also, he has .. Those skills come in handy as Moniz works to ...
July 22, 2015
The Road to Heaven: Val Brelinski's The Girl Who Slept with God
Raise your hand if you've ever thought that no family could possibly be stranger than yours. If asked the same question, Jory Quanbeck, the heroine of Val Brelinski's sparkling debut novel, The Girl Who Slept with God, would undoubtedly raise both hands....
August 4, 2015
Queen Elizabeth's Corgis: A History
She bought prize specimens from farmers and persuaded the Kennel Club to recognize two kinds of corgis as different breeds—Pembrokes (the kind of corgi that the Queen has bred) and Cardigans (which tend to be larger, longer, and darker). She co ...
July 10, 2015
Hemingway in Cuba
Some Cubans who ran the place for "Papa" still live and work there, caring for the grounds and the sprawling villa and pointing out to visitors the pool where "Papa" swam, the big bedroom where he wrote, and the tall white tower where he would sit to ...
July 21, 2015
The Trouble With Recording Joy
Meanwhile, the question his thoughts were obsessively worrying over was of the girl in her low-necked yellow dress with a navy top on beneath it, the girl who had looked unabashedly into his eyes when he walked by, expression adamant, and what Davis ...
July 13, 2015
Maps, Whitman, and Margo: Paper Towns by John Green
Out of the blue one night just weeks before graduation, Margo climbs in Q's bedroom window and they set off on an epic night dishing out Margo-style revenge. By dawn, Q is hoping their rekindled friendship is permanent. Then Margo disappears. She's ...
July 19, 2015
Veterans Hotline Tries to Survive Without Pentagon Funds
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — In a row of beige cubicles in a suburban office park, a hulking former Army sergeant hunched over his phone next to a photo taken in Afghanistan, a few days before he was hurt by a roadside bomb. “Look, man, sometimes you're dealt a ...
July 4, 2015
On the shore of Havana's back harbor a stubborn hulk rests in drydock and erodes with time. Its engine and expensive fishing tackle are gone. "No one else should sail the Pilar, " says Mary Hemingway. She had hoped to have it towed to sea and sunk off the port of Cojimar, deep into the fishing hole where a strike came at last to the old man "who fished alone in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. " The Cuban government's red tape prevented that, so the Pilar now decays in the Caribbean sun. Ten miles from Havana, in the village of San Francisco de Paula, is Hemingway's longtime home away from home. The plantation he called Finca Vigia (Lookout Farm), with its big limestone villa and thirteen acres of banana trees, tropical shrubs, and casual gardens, stands much as he and his wife left it in 1960 when he came home to the States for the last... Some Cubans who ran the place for "Papa" still live and work there, caring for the grounds and the sprawling villa and pointing out to visitors the pool where "Papa" swam, the big bedroom where he wrote, and the tall white tower where he would sit... Who in my generation was not moved by Hemingway the writer and fascinated by Hemingway the maker of his own legend. Walking home alone in the rain. Loving and drinking and fishing out of Key West and Havana.
Good luck finding one high school or middle school that is not adorned with a student-made poster in its hallways about one of Green's books. Teachers love John Green, too, and often use his educational videos in their classrooms. Paper Towns was the third book Green wrote (before TFIOS ), and excitement is running high for the summer 2015 film release of the book's movie adaptation, starring Nat Wolff as Quentin and Cara Delevingne as Margo Roth Spiegelman. This coming-of-age journey revolves around the vivacious Margo Roth Spiegelman, who is absent from most of the novel. Margo and Quentin ("Q") are childhood friends and neighbors who went their separate ways before high school, and straight-laced and dorky-but-loveable Q still pines after unpredictable Margo. Out of the blue one night just weeks before graduation, Margo climbs in Q's bedroom window and they set off on an epic night dishing out Margo-style revenge. For the bulk of the book we follow Q as he desperately tries to piece together clues that Margo's left to help discover her whereabouts. What they find, you'll need to discover for yourself (and it's unclear whether the movie ends the same way as the book). Green does a great job of showing how Q is in love with his perception of Margo, and has to come to terms with.
In terms of inventions we owe to World War II, such as nuclear power or the jet engine, a group of phrases developed in the boiler room of Harvard’s Memorial Hall as part of an effort to test military communication systems is probably one of the... The phrases, called “Harvard sentences,” are phonetically balanced, in that they contain the full range of sounds used in everyday speech, making them perfect to test how we hear in loud places or over long distances. Just as the phrase “The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over A Lazy Dog” is used in typing class because it contains every letter in the alphabet, the Harvard Sentences are used to test audio because they contain a full range of sounds you’d hear in typical... Pisoni is familiar with the Harvard sentences and uses them in his own research. "If you want to know how well someone can understand speech, you give them a list of Harvard Sentences and typically they just say them back to you. Real-life Verizon engineers use a machine playing Harvard sentences on a loop to test their quality of their network, and not a guy with glasses asking “Can you hear me now,” ad infinitum. After World War II, some of the same scientists from that basement lab who explored how the military might hear better in loud spaces, used the Harvard sentences to develop devices for returning soldiers with hearing loss.
Chinese fans ecstatic about Ning's win
Chinese sports fans woke up Friday to an exciting news that swimming world championships debutante Ning Zetao grabbed the gold of the blue-ribbon men's 100m freestyle ... Ning, who already has a large legion of fans thanks to his good looks and politeness ...
August 6, 2015
America at Large: Seedy underbelly of Ohio State band’s ‘culture’ exposed
All of the above then explains the outrage when the Wall Street Journal broke the story that ... If they were not out on the field in front of 105,000 crazy fans in black (OK, navy blue) wool uniforms, they do not deserve to see this.”
August 5, 2015
The Man Who Found the Titanic Is Not Done Yet
showing them the way with a large upturned palm and holding the hands of the ladies as they climb from the pier to the deck, gestures he has performed hundreds of times for hundreds of his supporters. He wears a matching navy-blue cap. No name, no rank.
August 3, 2015
Owner expands, plans new restaurant for Plainfield's Opera House Block
Owner Bill Habiger is expanding the Opera House Block, known to more recent generations as the Clock Tower building ... and pointing to a space now marked by beams. One large wall painted blue with geese figures reflects a later use of the auditorium ...
August 4, 2015
Meaningful Cadet Training Means Funding Modern Ships
Arriving at a station, you would pick up the key attached to the wall, insert the key into the clock and turn it so as to impact a ... That’s because the vessel will then necessarily entail a deep draft, blue water hull, at a time when the U.S. merchant ...
August 3, 2015
Designing a student’s bedroom to work as a guest room later
“It has hints of navy blue, light turquoise, chartreuse, and spring green,” Crestin says. “We based the scheme for the entire room around it.” 1. There wasn’t a wall long enough to accommodate one large dresser, so two smaller dressers from ...
August 2, 2015
Feature: As U.S. moves to allow women in combat, researchers help set the bar
She's already failed at one attempt to clear the wall. Now the clock is ticking: She has 2 minutes to make ... By January 2016, each branch of the military—the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines—must open up its combat specialties to females or ask ...
July 30, 2015