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5:01pm

Sat August 3, 2013
Movie Interviews

Robert Klein And The Golden Age Of Comedy

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 5:29 pm

Robert Klein
International Film Circuit

When Robert Klein was a busboy in the Catskills, he saw the best Jewish comedians of the day. From Rodney Dangerfield and Mel Brooks, to comedy in its modern form, Klein was there to see the evolution of what makes us laugh. It made him the perfect person to narrate the documentary that opened this week in New York City, When Comedy Went to School. It's a look back at how many famous comedians got their start by spending their summers in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York.

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4:36pm

Sat August 3, 2013
Music

The Biggest Thing Out Of Thailand: An Elephant Orchestra

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 2:01 pm

Thai Elephant Orchestra co-founder David Sulzer (bottom center, in red) poses with the animals and their mahouts, or keepers.
Jerry Alexander Courtesy of the artist

4:06pm

Sat August 3, 2013
Sports

How Major League Baseball Alleviated Its Broken Bat Problem

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 5:29 pm

Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers breaks his bat on a single to right field during a game in June. The rate of such breaks has been cut in half since 2008.
Victor Decolongon Getty Images

Back in 2008, Major League Baseball had a problem with broken bats. That season, bats were breaking into multiple pieces at a higher rate than ever before: around once per game.

The problem coincided with a surge in the popularity of maple bats over the traditional ash.

A bat that simply cracks isn't too big a deal. But in 2008, maple bats kept breaking apart. Often, they'd break along the handle, sending the heavier upper barrel of the bat flying.

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3:30pm

Sat August 3, 2013
Research News

Worms' Bright Blue Death Could Shed Light On Human Aging

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 6:50 pm

A nematode worm glows as it nears death in this screenshot from a YouTube video showing the work of researchers in London.
Wellcome Trust YouTube

4:19pm

Fri August 2, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama Nominee For IRS Chief Has History With Tough Tasks

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 5:26 pm

President Obama has nominated John Koskinen to be commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.
Ron Edmonds AP

The Internal Revenue Service, under attack by congressional Republicans, has been operating without a permanent commissioner. President Obama nominated John Koskinen on Thursday for what might be seen as a thankless job.

The president called his nominee "an expert at turning around institutions in need of reform." But Koskinen will have his work cut out for him, starting with his Senate confirmation hearing.

History With Struggling Agencies

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