Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908) Claude Lévi-Strauss—not to be confused with jeans manufacturer Levi Strauss—was a French anthropologist and leading exponent of structuralism, an anthropological theory that holds that cultures, like languages, can be viewed as systems of signs and analyzed in terms of the structural relations among their elements. Borrowing heavily from contemporary linguistics, his theory was a major departure from earlier "functionalist" theories. Why was Lévi-Strauss investigated by the FBI? Discuss
James Agee (1909) Agee was an American novelist, screenwriter, journalist, poet, and film critic who wrote for several magazines, including Fortune, Time, and The Nation. His first major book, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a commentary on the lives of Southern tenant farmers in the 1930s with accompanying photographs by Walker Evans, was a commercial flop at the time of its original publication but has won high praise over the years. Which book earned Agee a posthumous Pulitzer Prize?
Norbert Wiener (1894) A child prodigy, Wiener graduated college at age 14 and earned his PhD at 18. Several years later, he joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he became a professor of mathematics. He made significant contributions to a number of areas in the field, but he is best known for his theory of cybernetics—the comparative study of control and communication in humans and machines. In an article titled "A Scientist Rebels," Wiener urged his fellow scientists to do what?
Eliza Coupe Is Engaged to Darin Olien! If there were ever a time to count her blessings, today would be the day!
Eliza Coupe, star of the freshman USA comedy Benched, got engaged to Darin Olien on Thanksgiving. She shared an...
Watchmakers Wound Up about Watch Face Downloads Many of those who have traded their traditional wristwatch for a smartwatch still want the look of an old-fashioned timepiece, and several websites now offer downloads of virtual faces. But the rise of downloadable watch faces has led many watch manufacturers to begin to crack down on the virtual copies of their designs. According to recent reports, several high-profile watch manufacturers recently sent legal notices to watch face download sites requesting that their designs be removed. Discuss
Google's New Project: A Steady Spoon Among Google's latest attempts at innovation is a spoon that allows people with essential tremors and Parkinson's disease to eat without spilling. The project was begun by a small startup that was acquired by Google earlier this year. Equipped with sensors that detect shaking, the spoon uses algorithms to keep it steady, reducing shaking by an average of 76 percent, according to the results of clinical trials. Doctors say the device has allowed some patients to eat independently who otherwise would have to be fed.
US Makes Calorie Counts Mandatory on Menus Calling obesity a "national epidemic," the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new rules this week that will require chain restaurants and vending machine operators to post calorie counts on their menus. The mandate is intended to extend the 1990 Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, which established requirements for nutritional labeling on most packaged food items. Under the new rules, some menu items will be exempt, including seasonal offerings, daily specials, and condiments. Restaurants will be given one year to satisfy the new requirements, and vending machine operators will be given two years.