October 10, 2012
A dinosaur the size of a house cat that's described as a cross between "a bird, a vampire and a porcupine" has been identified in a piece of rock from South Africa. University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno said in an interview with the Reuters news agency that he discovered the small herbivore (that means it ate plants) in 1983. Sereno, whose work involves mapping the dinosaur family tree, said he found the fossil while doing research. He got distracted, he said, and never wrote about the...
June 25, 2012 |
DEAR AMY: My 20-something daughter has a chronic illness that makes her feel miserable all day. Her dad and I recently bought a small house that we are renting to her (which she pays for out of her meager disability money) to allow her to be more independent. When she moved in, she requested that we respect that this is now her house and that we not invite people over without her express consent for two reasons: She wants control over her own environment, and she often feels too sick to interact.
March 2, 2012 |
He sat at the conference table next to Frederick Douglass as they tried to convince President Abraham Lincoln that African Americans should be allowed to fight for their own freedom. He served five terms in Congress. He ran a newspaper and helped found a state Republican Party. But first, he had to win his freedom. To do that, he conceived a plan that struck a blow against the Confederacy so significant that he was heralded across the nation. Carrying out his mission required bravery,...
February 16, 2012 |
What is a "small house" in today's homebuilding arena? How do you know whether small is right for you? How can clever design make a small house feel like a big house? These questions were raised during a panel discussion called "Designing to Maximize Space in the Smaller House" at last week's International Builders Show in Orlando, an annual event that showcases the latest and greatest in trends and new products. After the excesses of the McMansion era, when houses ballooned out to 4,000 square feet and more...
September 7, 2011 |
Never work with children or animals, the old showbiz saying goes. As a keeper at the National Zoo's Small Mammal House, Dell Guglielmodoes both. On top of educating kids about the zoo's collection, Guglielmo — along with the other 30 keepers and volunteers at the house — helps keep the 75 meerkats, naked mole rats, elephant shrews, sloths, monkeys and other animals fed, healthy and happy. Caring for them often means using household objects in new ways. A dog toy becomes a feeder for an...
August 12, 2011 |
DEAR AMY: My 19-year-old college-student son lives in an apartment 30 minutes away. He is in a great field and will have no problems finding work after college; it's unlikely he will ever live in his bedroom again for more than a three-day visit. We get along well. The problem is that I got tired of his bedroom color (a bright, "preschool" color he chose at age 9) and painted the walls a more reserved, adult shade. His room is within sight of the public rooms of our small house.