May 9, 2015 |
In the midst of all the crime-fighting superheroes, time-traveling aliens, and walking dead who will populate the 15th annual Wizard World Comic Con this weekend, Burt Reynolds may seem somewhat out of place. But if remaining an icon for more than four decades armed with nothing more than a lady-killing smirk, a machismo-emitting mustache, and a death-defying Trans Am isn't a superpower worthy of Wizard World, then what is? The Convention Center will be filled for the next three days with appearances by a host of pop-culture celebrities, from actors to comic book artists and writers to professional wrestlers to rock stars.
July 20, 2013 |
ATLANTA - If you're 65 and living in Hawaii, here's some good news: Odds are you'll live another 21 years. And for all but five of those years, you'll likely be in pretty good health. Hawaii tops the charts in the government's first state-by-state look at how long Americans age 65 can expect to live, on average, and how many of the remaining years will be healthy ones. Retirement-age Mississippians fared worst, with about 171/2 more years remaining and nearly seven of them in poorer health.
May 12, 2013 |
You, hear me! Give this fire to that old man. Pull the black worm off the bark and give it to the mother. And no spitting in the ashes! It's an odd little speech. But if it were spoken clearly to a band of hunter-gatherers in the Caucasus 15,000 years ago, there's a good chance the listeners would know what you were saying. That's because all of the nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in the four sentences are words that have descended largely unchanged from a language that died out as the glaciers were retreating at the end of the last Ice Age. The traditional view is that words can't survive for more than 8,000 to 9,000 years.
February 15, 2013 |
In a job in which instability is often a defining feature, Ted Williams clearly has bucked the trend with the Eagles. From Ray Rhodes to Andy Reid and now Chip Kelly, Williams is working for his third Eagles head coach, a record 19th season with the team as an assistant coach. Things are coming full circle for the 69-year-old Williams. He began his career as the Eagles tight ends coach. After two seasons, he switched to coaching running backs, a job he held for the last 16 years.
September 17, 2012 |
Scientists have been hard-pressed to explain why menopause happens so early in humans - there's no obvious evolutionary advantage to having your reproductive system shut down decades before the rest of your body. Most other long-lived animals keep reproducing until the end. Female turtles can lay fertile eggs at 100. Our primate relatives, too, keep bearing young until they are near death. Now, scientists are finding clues to our unusual life pattern in killer whales - one of the few other species in which females get decades of so-called postreproductive life.
August 30, 2012 |
IN A LONG-AWAITED study, underfed monkeys didn't have longer life spans, raising doubts that severe calorie restriction could result in extended lives for most animals and possibly humans. In research going back more than 75 years, a sharp reduction in caloric intake has been associated with increased longevity. The initial work was done with mice and rats but was later corroborated in other laboratory subjects such as fruit flies and worms, raising hopes that it would apply to humans.
February 17, 2012 |
ZOE STRAUSS is known as Philadelphia's pre-eminent street photographer, complete with a show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that runs through April 22. But she's also a major Bruce Springsteen fan. In fact, on March 4, Strauss will discuss the influence of Springsteen's music on her own work and life at the museum. The connection between Strauss and Springsteen makes sense. Both (especially early Springsteen) champion the working class, shining a light on communities that are not in the forefront of the American conscience.
January 6, 2012 |
CAMBRIDGE, England - British scientist Stephen Hawking has decoded some of the most puzzling mysteries of the universe, but he has left one mystery unsolved: how he has managed to survive so long with such a crippling disease. The physicist and cosmologist was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease when he was a 21-year-old student at Cambridge University. Most people die within a few years of the diagnosis, called motor neurone disease in the United Kingdom. On Sunday, Hawking will turn 70. "I don't know of anyone who's survived this long," said Ammar al-Chalabi, director of the Motor Neurone Disease Care and Research Centre at King's College London.
September 18, 2011 |
Odds are growing that you'll live past 85. But will your money last that long? What if you make it to 100? With life spans lengthening, those nearing retirement may want to consider financial protection against the possibility of outliving their cash. It is now increasingly available in the form of longevity insurance, which usually involves giving a sum of money to an insurer when you are in your 60s in exchange for monthly payments that start at 80 or 85 and continue for the rest of your life.
June 24, 2011
Cherry Hill officials announced Thursday that the township had reached a deal with its police union after almost 18 months of negotiations. Under the four-year contract, police will contribute 1.5 percent of their salaries toward health care and will forgo longevity raises. They will receive annual cost-of-living increases averaging 1.6 percent. - James Osborne