The Week: Most Recent Home Page Posts recent posts.en-usWed, 16 Apr 2014 23:54:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Home Page Posts from THE WEEKWed, 16 Apr 2014 23:54:00 -0400Researchers: Exercise could make your skin look younger</P><p>Researchers have discovered yet another benefit of exercise: It not only helps skin look younger, but may even reverse skin aging in those who begin exercising later in life.</p><p>According to <em>The New York Times</em>, scientists at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, found that mice who were bred to age prematurely became frail and demented and lost their fur when they remained sedentary. Mice that had access to running wheels had an opposite response: They maintained healthy hearts, muscles, brains, and reproductive organs, and their fur never turned gray.</p><p>Researchers then turned to humans. They tested...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaWed, 16 Apr 2014 23:54:00 -0400Missouri mayor says he 'kind of' agrees with beliefs of alleged Kansas shooter</P><p>Frazier Glenn Cross (aka Frazier Glenn Miller), the white supremacist charged with shooting and killing three people at Jewish community sites in Kansas on Sunday, has at least one person willing to go on the record saying good things about him: Daniel Clevenger, the brand new mayor of Marionville, Mo.</p><p>"He was always nice and friendly and respectful of elder people," Clevenger told KSPR, an ABC affiliate. "He respected his elders greatly, as long as they were the same color as him. Very fair and honest and never had a bit of problems out of him." Clevenger later added that he "kind of agreed with...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaWed, 16 Apr 2014 20:01:00 -0400British dog calls police</P><p>Prank calls to the police can lead to criminal charges for humans, but what if the caller is a dog?</p><p>U.K.'s Thames Valley Police received a 999 emergency call followed by heavy breathing, only to discover, as <em>BBC News</em> puts it, "the caller was a canine."</p><p>The culprit was a two-year-old Belgian Malinois, Leighton. According to his owner, Mary Amos-Cole, Leighton has a history of stealing telephones and setting off her home's alarm system. When the police arrived at her home, Leighton was in Amos-Cole's outdoor garden with the phone in his mouth.</p><p>"He's a very naughty dog, but, luckily, we all took...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:06:00 -0400Watch a GOP congressional candidate pretend to shoot down a drone</P><p class="p1">It used to be that shooting a cap and trade bill was enough to get you elected to Congress. How quickly times change.</p><p class="p1">In Montana, Republican House candidate State Sen. Matt Rosendale took the old "shoot the bejeezus out of something representing government run amok" trick to a new level. He shot down a (fictional) government drone.</p><p class="p1"> </p><center><iframe width="600" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></center><p class="p1">"Spying on our citizens &mdash; that's just wrong," is one heck of a tagline. Also wrong though &mdash; and more importantly, illegal &mdash; is the destruction of government drones. Federal law is pretty clear on the matter:</p><p >Whoever willfully... sets fire to...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:21:00 -0400Conservationists are murdering invasive fish to save the Caribbean. It might be backfiring.<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p><p>Read more on this story.</p><p><strong>Listen to more of The Week's mini podcasts:</strong></p><ul><li>Listen to <em>Mad Men</em> creator Matthew Weiner reflect on the show's legacy</li><li>The tragic price of ivory</li><li>How modern capitalism is re-segregating baseball in the 21st century</li></ul><p ><strong><br />*You can also find The Week's mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Swell.*</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/matt-soniak" ><span class="byline">Matt Soniak</span></a>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:07:00 -0400Janet Yellen's 3 questions for the economy<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Today, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen delivered a speech on the economy and monetary policy at the <span class="s2">Economic Club of New York, offering </span>attendees a chance to quiz the first female Fed chair on the state of the economy and what the central bank will do next.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">In late <span class="s2">March</span>, Yellen said the Fed could begin to raise interest rates within six months of ending its quantitative easing program, which has seen the Fed buy billions of dollars worth of bonds and other assets to lower lending costs. However, today Yellen erased any concerns of a specific timetable for raising interest rates, saying policy...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/john-aziz" ><span class="byline">John Aziz</span></a>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:59:00 -0400These stunning travel photos remind us that we're all just amateurs with iPhones<img src="" /></P><p>These days, it's easy to delude ourselves into thinking we're pretty spectacular photographers. With iPhones at the ready and a favorite Instagram filter in mind, our totally unique vision ("Ooh, a sunset!") is realized and instantly posted online for all of our friends to admire.</p><p>Which is why it's refreshing for publications like <em>National Geographic</em> &mdash; whose glossy pages have long been filled with such prominent photographers as Steve McCurry and David Guttenfelder &mdash; to distinguish the talented from the rest of us.</p><p>Every year, the travel magazine invites photographers from around...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:07:00 -0400African-American players are disappearing from baseball</P><p class="p1">Wednesday marked the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier to become baseball's first African-American player. And in the decades that followed, the game became far less white as more and more African-American players followed Robinson's path.</p><p class="p1">Yet now, that trend has begun to reverse, as this chart from Pew shows:</p><center><br /></center><p class="p1">In 1981, the share of black players peaked at 18.7 percent. That number fell all the way to 8.3 percent this year. Meanwhile, baseball's international outreach has resulted in a sharp uptick in the number of foreign-born players from Latin America and Asia...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:05:00 -0400Norway's big new reality show has celebrities plan their own funerals</P><p>You may have never heard of the Norwegian television network NRK, but you may be familiar with some of the channel's wacky programs, one of which is <em>National Knitting Evening</em>, a nine-hour show that simply shows people sewing. (It was one of the channel's highest-rated shows last year.) So, capitalizing on the niche popularity of its offbeat programming, NRK execs produced an equally strange reality show called <em>The Coffin</em>, in which celebrities plan their own funerals.</p><p>The show's producer describes <em>The Coffin</em> as a "feel-good program about death," since nothing is happier than watching a dramatization...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Jordan ValinskyWed, 16 Apr 2014 14:50:00 -040012 recipes to make for Easter<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Easter is a time to celebrate many things: resurrection, the coming of spring, and the love of family and friends. It is also a time to celebrate the fact that ham is delicious and that candy is perfectly acceptable to eat for breakfast, as long as it's shaped like a rabbit or a chick. Whether you're feting Easter with a blow-out buffet or a quiet brunch at home, make the menu one for the books.</p><p>P.S. Coconut cream pie is the perfect way to smooth over tensions after an especially competitive Easter egg hunt.</p><p>Saffron and Cardamom Lemonade Concentrate by Saee Khandekar</p><p><br /></p><p><br /><br /></p><p> </p><p>Pickled Asparagus...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine LambWed, 16 Apr 2014 14:40:00 -0400Lorde finally met the man who inspired 'Royals'</P><p class="p1">George Brett used to play baseball for the Royals. Pop star Lorde has a song called "Royals<em>.</em>" Coincidence? Actually, no: The singer says a vintage photo of Brett inspired her ubiquitous single.</p><p class="p1">Well, on Tuesday Lorde and her onetime muse finally met in Las Vegas:</p><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>And now you're Royal. @lordemusic meets @Royals icon George Brett.</p>&mdash; MLB (@MLB) April 16, 2014</blockquote></center><p class="p1">No word yet if Lorde plans to meet Derek Jeter with another song about undeserved entitlement, called "Yankees."</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:26:00 -0400Here's scientific proof the government favors the rich</P><p class="p1">We all know Lincoln's famous words about America's government being "of the people, by the people, for a tiny subsection of the richest of the richest of the rich among those people." All right, so Lincoln had a more inclusive vision of how Washington works than that. But according to a new research paper from Princeton and Northwestern professors that will be published in <em>Perspectives on Politics</em>, the government really does cater to the nation's wealthiest.</p><p class="p1">To arrive at that conclusion, the researchers analyzed nearly 1,800 federal policies enacted between 1981 and 2002, comparing the effect...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:10:00 -0400Joe Biden's first Instagram post is better than yours</P><p>Vice President Joe Biden joined Instagram this afternoon, and his first post wasn't the usual "brunching with my girls" photo. Rather, it's a picture of his fancy Ray-Bans, with the veep himself out of focus in the background. Biden joined the photo-sharing app ahead of his trip to Pennsylvania, where he's debuting a new job-training program. <em>--Jordan Valinsky</em></p><center><iframe width="400" height="400" src="" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe></center> <a href="">More</a>By Jordan ValinskyWed, 16 Apr 2014 13:55:00 -0400David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson toy with X-Files fans on Twitter</P><p class="p1"><em>X-Files</em> fans, dust off your old fan fiction: The chemistry between Mulder and Scully is hotter than ever. Yesterday (and seemingly apropos of nothing), Gillian Anderson tweeted at her former <em>X-Files</em> costar:</p><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hi David. @davidduchovny</p>&mdash; Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) April 15, 2014</blockquote></center><p class="p1">It wasn't long before Duchovny replied, and a passionate, public exchange quickly developed:</p><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hi @GillianA why did you keep twitter a secret from me all these years ? I'm here and I heart scully ;) What's up?</p>&mdash; David Duchovny (@davidduchovny) April 15, 2014</blockquote></center><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>And I heart Mulder all the way...</p></blockquote></center> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:30:00 -0400Samsung approved its snarky anti-Apple ads two days after Steve Jobs' death</P><p><em>Apple Insider</em> dug up an interesting piece in the ongoing patent infringement lawsuit that's happening between Apple and Samsung. According to court documents, Samsung approved a snarky Apple attack ad, which poked fun at its customers for waiting in long lines to buy the new iPhone, just two days after Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs died.</p><p>Samsung was worried that Jobs' death in 2011 would overshadow its impending launch of the Galaxy S II. So, it reneged on its stance of not publicly attacking Apple to run that now-infamous anti-iPhone ad campaign. Emails between Samsung Vice President of U.S....</p> <a href="">More</a>By Jordan ValinskyWed, 16 Apr 2014 13:25:00 -0400Joe Biden's old Cadillac is for sale on Craigslist for $15,000</P><p class="p1">Affable gaffe machine and Vice President Joe Biden is just a regular dude. He poses for photo ops while giving back rubs to bikers, and can charm a room of lawmakers like a septuagenarian Fonz. And until he became VP, Biden owned a slick Cadillac STS.</p><p class="p1">The car was passed on to new ownership when Biden headed to the White House, and now it's primed to change hands yet again. As the <em>Delaware News Journal</em> notes, Biden's old whip, which he owned from 2005-2008, is posted on Craigslist. The owner, Jeff Finkle, tells the <em>News Journal</em> he only recently discovered the car's famous former driver after noticing...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:46:00 -0400