| Jan 24, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Oscar nominations were announced this morning; 6 out of 10 best picture nominees were adapted from books, including "The Descendants," "Moneyball," and "The Help."...
| Jun 16, 2012
| 4:39 PM
Focus Forward is a series of three-minute documentaries that shed a light on innovative individuals who are shaping the world through acts or inventions. The program boasts a roster of 30 international filmmakers and since its inception in September, nine...
| Mar 27, 2012
Larry Stevenson, a Venice Beach lifeguard who helped popularize skateboarding in the early 1960s by marketing his Makaha boards to riders eager to essentially surf on land, has died. He was 81.
Stevenson, who had Parkinson's disease, died Sunday at Santa...
| Mar 25, 2012
For generations of industry research executives, AT&T's Bell Telephone Laboratories served as an inspiration: a warren of youthful scientists and engineers assigned to go where their intellects took them, not especially concerned about serving the...
| Jan 13, 2012
In 1978, Byron Donzis walked into a Houston hospital looking for Dan Pastorini, the Houston Oilers' prized quarterback who was laid up with three broken ribs from a recent game. Donzis was wearing a trench coat and carrying a large bag. He was accompanied...
| Dec 14, 2012
N. Joseph Woodland, a co-inventor of the system of thick and thin lines that became the ubiquitous bar code labeling nearly every product regulated by commerce, has died. He was 91.
Woodland died Sunday at his home in Edgewater, N.J., from the effects...
| Oct 20, 2012
| 4:28 PM
Stanford Ovshinsky was not a household name like Thomas Edison or Albert Einstein, but he was often compared to them, for good reason.
He invented the nickel-metal hydride battery, which has powered high-tech items such as cellphones, laptop computers...
| Aug 23, 2012
WASHINGTON — Scientists who helped pioneer BioWatch, the government's system for detecting a biological attack on the U.S., knew from the start that it was prone to false alarms, records show.
Between 2003, when the nationwide network of air...
| Aug 26, 2012
Henry Holt: 230 pp., $26
The most evocative passage in Paul Auster's "Winter Journal" comes early in the book. "Yes, you drink too much and you smoke too much, you have lost teeth...
| May 23, 2012
Eugene Polley, inventor of the first wireless channel changer, a precursor to the remote control that surfers use to navigate the 500-plus channels offered by modern television, has died. He was 96.
Polley died of natural causes Sunday at a hospital in...
| Jun 24, 2012
Laurent Binet, translated from the French by Sam Taylor
Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 336 pp., $26
Laurent Binet tackles the story of a Nazi and the two Czechoslovakian war heroes who set out to...