Family travel five:
In time, we’ll be on the road again, in search of compelling outdoor playgrounds in which to explore and enjoy nature’s finest. Here are five destinations to consider:———1. Flagstaff, Ariz.Just 80 miles from the Grand Canyon and close to seven other parks and monuments, this college town offers a long list of options for family travelers. At 7,000 feet, you’ll enjoy hiking and biking amid Ponderosa Pines, comfortable in the cool mountain air. Tap into the history that combines the nostalgia of Route 66, the historic “Mother Road” that bisects the town, as well as the rich legacy of the Old Wes...
Movie novels are still around, and they aren't all trash — just ask the Chicagoans who wrote them
CHICAGO — Recently, during C2E2 at McCormick Place, the Random House imprint Del Rey, which publishes Lucasfilm-licensed “Star Wars” books, made an unusual choice and offered the novelization of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” three weeks early. And so, visitors to the Chicago comic con bought up hundreds of copies, within a few hours.Then, hours after that, though the movie version of “Rise of Skywalker” was months old, it began trending again across social media: Excerpts from the book were posted, and though everyone had seen the film and knew the story and long ago decided if they loved...
Will Bunch: Will a coronavirus mirage of clean air, water inspire climate action — or make things worse?
OK, let’s be clear about one thing: Dolphins aren’t actually frolicking in the canals of a deserted Venice, a city on lockdown like the rest of Italy because of the global pandemic. But — as is sometimes the case — those misleading or faked viral tweets are an exaggerated version of something that is true, and also compelling: The shutdown of scores of tourist-packed gondolas has cleaned the murky waters of the ancient city to the point where fish are now visible.And that’s not the only remarkable vision — practically a mirage, really — as the coronavirus crisis shutters the developed world’s ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti on life in Italy amid coronavirus, the role music plays
CHICAGO — The last time Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti conducted a concert, Feb. 23 in Orchestra Hall, few of us realized that the music was about to stop.By March 12, Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered a halt to large gatherings in the wake of the deadly coronavirus, shutting down large Chicago venues such as Symphony Center. A few days later, Pritzker expanded the moratorium to bars and restaurants, meaning that live music went silent across Illinois.After Muti’s last CSO concert, in which he performed Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5 and Nicolas Bacri’s “Ophelia’s Tears,...
Astronaut Christina Koch hopes to inspire others to reach for the stars
DETROIT — Astronaut Christina Koch spent almost 11 months aboard the International Space Station, and seeing the distant beauty of the Great Lakes from her outer perch changed her view of humanity.“ … I’ll never forget the first time it kind of came into focus over the horizon and realizing you see the Great Lakes all together and then suddenly realizing … there’s like Lake Michigan, there’s the mitten … . It’s a really incredible feeling.”The Michigan native has been back on Earth for about six weeks after 328 days in space, the longest single spaceflight by a woman.Her status as one of few w...
The Detroit News
22 TV shows to binge on as you wait out the coronavirus
Due to unprecedented events taking place in the United States and around the world, a lot of us may be finding ourselves staying home more than usual these days. And we’ll be needing things to watch — not just movies, which kill maybe two hours or so, but multiseason TV shows in which we can get happily lost. In between washing our hands and monitoring the latest public health news, here’s 22 binge-worthy TV shows available for streaming.“TUCA & BERTIE” (available on Netflix)This unjustly canceled Netflix series about a friendship between anxious perfectionist song thrush Bertie (voiced by Ali...
The Seattle Times
NASA's moon rocket launch is delayed another year after billions in cost overruns, audit finds
ORLANDO, Fla. — This won’t be SLS’ year.NASA’s heavy-lift rocket, designed to be the most powerful of all time to return astronauts to the moon, was supposed to fly on its first mission in November after years of delays and cost overruns under a program known as Artemis.But a NASA Office of the Inspector General audit released Tuesday found the program is still struggling to stay on track, even after cash infusions and increased pressure to get boots on the moon by 2024 — a major goal of President Donald Trump. The report is the latest in a string of audits by the inspector general that has co...
SpaceX launches the last of its original cargo capsules
ORLANDO, Fla. — The spacecraft that started NASA’s relationship with SpaceX took off from the Space Coast for the last time late Friday night, signaling the end of the first generation of commercial missions to space.SpaceX’s Dragon 1 began supplying the space station in 2012 after the conclusion of the space shuttle program in 2011. It was the first commercial craft to dock at the station, the first to carry live mice to the orbiting laboratory and the first to fly a reused booster for a government mission.After Friday’s flight — SpaceX’s 20th in its first contract with NASA — Dragon 1 will b...
Ford's secret weapon has a passion for batteries and came from NASA
The little boy who grew up at 3931 Hubert Ave. in Los Angeles never thought he’d wind up living in Detroit — and never dreamed he would want to stay.Blame his passion for batteries.That’s right, batteries.It’s one thing to dash across town to CVS to pick up a tube of Crest toothpaste. It’s another story to travel all the way to Jupiter. But the technology can be the same.And it’s designed by a guy named Bob Taenaka (pronounced Tie-eh-NAH-ka).He’s the man, whether it’s powering the Galileo space probe at Jupiter or engineering the power source behind the Mustang Mach-E, F-150 hybrid pickup and ...
Detroit Free Press
Solution for a scourge? University of Minnesota scientist is progressing with carp-killer tool.
MINNEAPOLIS — Sam Erickson followed his love of science to outer space one summer during an internship at NASA. He came away fascinated by seeing into deep space by interpreting interaction between matter and infrared radiation.Now a full-fledged researcher at the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences, the 25-year-old Alaska native is immersed in something far more earthly: killing carp. His fast-moving genetic engineering project is drawing attention from around the country as a potential tool to stop the spread of invasive carp.“I want to make a special fish,” Erickson sai...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)