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  • Esa-Pekka Salonen receiving honorary degree at USC

     
    Esa-Pekka Salonen has returned to Los Angeles -- but just for a few days. The Finnish conductor and former music director of the L.A. Philharmonic is receiving an honorary doctorate at Friday's commencement ceremony at the University of Southern...
  • PEN launches online book group with Lispector

     
    On July 6, PEN American Center launches its first online book club. The center -- and its friends and fans -- will read Clarice Lispector's "The Hour of the Star," the edition from New Directions Publishing. The book was originally......
  • Elephants' newly discovered fear of bees could help prevent run-ins with African farmers

     
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Eek, a bee! Lore has it that elephants are afraid of mice, but scientists have now discovered that elephants are truly afraid of bees -- and that the pachyderms even sound an alarm when they encounter......
  • New research suggests chimpanzees mourn their dead much like humans do

     
    Some chimpanzees seem to grieve similarly to humans in the face of a fellow chimp’s death, two new studies have found, appearing to comfort the dying, experience trauma after death and have trouble letting go. The research, published Monday in......
  • Chimpanzees mourn their dead like humans do, research finds

    Chimpanzees mourn their dead like humans do, research finds
    Some chimpanzees seem to grieve similarly to humans in the face of a fellow chimp's death, two new studies have found, appearing to comfort the dying, experience trauma after death and have trouble letting go. The research, published Monday in the...
  • American art collectors ripe for study

    American art collectors ripe for study
    Henry Clay Frick, J. Pierpont Morgan, Louisine and Henry O. Havemeyer in New York; J. Paul Getty, Norton Simon, Arabella and Henry E. Huntington in Los Angeles; Andrew W. Mellon in Washington, D.C.; Claribel and Etta Cone in Baltimore. Big names in the...
  • Deborah Harkness' 'A Discovery of Witches' started with airport bookstores

    Deborah Harkness' 'A Discovery of Witches' started with airport bookstores
    Sometimes inspiration comes in the unlikeliest places. While vacationing in Puerto Vallarta in fall 2008, USC professor Deborah Harkness, a historian of science, was consumed with the upcoming bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth, but the rest of the...
  • Book Review: 'Where Good Ideas Come From' by Steven Johnson

    Book Review: 'Where Good Ideas Come From' by Steven Johnson
    Where Good Ideas Come From The Natural History of Innovation Steven Johnson Riverhead: 326 pp., $26.95 Steven Johnson's "Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation" is misnamed. Natural history was pioneered by 18th century...
  • BMI: Don't like your number? Read this

    Hey, what is your BMI? If that's a number you'd rather not share -- if, in fact, you can't help thinking there must be something wrong with the BMI calculator -- I feel your pain. And although I can't fix the calculator, I can tell you there's a growing...
  • Book review: 'O.K.: The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word' by Allan Metcalf.

    Book review: 'O.K.: The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word' by Allan Metcalf.
    O.K. The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word Allan Metcalf Oxford University Press: 211 pp., $18.95 Is there another word as supple as "OK"? Those two letters, side by side, separated (or not) by periods — they answer so many...
  • Lessons of America's Civil War

    Lessons of America's Civil War
    Can anything new be said about the American Civil War? Though the causes and campaigns have all been examined by ranks of historians, many books are coming this spring for the 150th anniversary of the war's start on April 12, 1861, when Confederate...