Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Charles McGrath New York Times May 23, 2018 NEW YORK — Philip Roth, the prolific, protean, and often blackly comic novelist whose creations included David Kepesh, an academic who turns into an exquisitely sensitive 155-pound female breast, and Alexander Portnoy, a teenager so libidinous that he has sex with both his baseball mitt and the family dinner, died on Tuesday. He was 85 and lived in New York and Connecticut. His death was confirmed by Judith Thurman, a close friend. Mr. Roth was the last of the great white males: the triumvirate of writers — Saul Bellow and John Updike were the others — who towered over American letters in the second half of the 20th century. Outliving both and borne aloft by an extraordinary second wind, Mr. Roth wrote more novels than either of them. In 2005 he became only the third living writer (after Bellow and … [Read more...] about Philip Roth, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, dies at 85
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By Tia Ghose, Associate Editor | April 4, 2018 02:16pm ET Credit: Boston Dynamics Let your imagination run wild If you can imagine it, someone, somewhere has tried to weaponize it. Humans have been trying to kill each other for our entire existence as a species, and in that time, we've developed a lot of clever and outright silly ways to accomplish that goal. From lightning bolts to dolphins, here's a list of some of the most outlandish and bizarre military weapons ever dreamed up. Credit: Clayton Filipowicz/U.S. Marines Robot dog While dogs are routinely used in war for tasks like bomb-sniffing, the military has also taken inspiration from Fido to build robots. Enter the "Big Dog," a robotic creature built by the company Boston Dynamics. The large, rough-terrain robot shambles slowly up rocky terrain while carrying heavy loads, and is currently being tested in Afghanistan. The robotic beast sounds like a swarm of bees, and its mincing gait makes it look more like … [Read more...] about The 22 Weirdest Military Weapons
Doris Tyler lay on the examining table as the doctor stuck a long, thin tube into her belly. The doctor pulled back a plunger, and the syringe quickly filled with yellow blobs tinged with pink.“Look at that beautiful fat coming out. Liquid gold!” one of the clinic’s staff exclaimed in a video of the procedure provided to The Washington Post.Hidden in that fat were stem cells with the amazing power to heal, the Stem Cell Center of Georgia had told Tyler. The clinic is one of hundreds that have popped up across the country, many offering treatments for conditions from Parkinson’s disease to autism to multiple sclerosis.Federal regulators have not approved any of their treatments, and critics call such clinics modern-day snake-oil salesmen. But on that day in 2016, Tyler trusted the clinic to extract stem cells from her fat and inject them into her eyes, where she was told they could halt or even cure the macular degeneration threatening her sight.Five days after … [Read more...] about Miracle cures or modern quackery? Stem cell clinics multiply, with heartbreaking results for some patients.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Shelley Murphy Globe Staff April 29, 2018 The first person to call 911 warned that a driver was “all over the road” during morning rush hour, her head bobbing up and down as if, the caller said, she was on drugs.The second caller told a police dispatcher, moments later, that the same driver had slammed into his car, then screamed at him as if the fault were his. He, too, warned that she looked “out of it.” Yet when Trooper Daniel Hanafin arrived at the crash scene on Route 3 in Burlington that morning last August, he observed no signs of impairment and let the driver, Lynn DeWolfe, 51, a twice-convicted drunk driver with a long record of violations and a breath-test device installed in her car, drive away. Advertisement Nineteen minutes later, DeWolfe struck another car, according to police, triggering a second crash that killed … [Read more...] about ‘The fact that she could have been stopped that morning is heartbreaking’
We live in an age where there’s an app for everything, with nearly any product or service just a few taps away. But there are exceptions, such as finding a good attorney when the need arises. And even if you are resourceful enough to find one, how do you know if they’re any good or how much it’s going to cost?Hiring a lawyer for estate planning, immigration, or more unpleasant scenarios like personal injury and divorce is stressful enough. There’s finally an iPhone app that brings on-demand sanity to legal services, and even makes them easy to purchase.Who you gonna call?Since 2006, Seattle-based Avvo has offered web-based legal services and detailed information for 97 percent of lawyers practicing in the United States. Last fall, the company launched a free iPhone app that offers 15 minutes of real-time advice from a lawyer for only $39—no hidden fees or subscriptions required—and has since expanded to a veritable buffet of on-demand legal … [Read more...] about Avvo review: On-demand legal advice for the iPhone generation