Macaca? Mohawk? Here’s the Big Hairy Deal

This week, after Sen. George Allen called his opponent’s staffer Macaca, a controversy brewed. What does the word mean? Is it demeaning? Or worse yet — French? But amid the apology and recriminations, a mystery has emerged regarding coiffure.

This week, after Sen. George Allen called his opponent's staffer Macaca, a controversy brewed. What does the word mean? Is it demeaning? Or worse yet -- French? But amid the apology and recriminations, a mystery has emerged regarding coiffure.

Atomic Hopper Shows Promise for Nano Switching

A single cobalt atom has been made to hop back and forth between two positions in response to an electric current by US researchers. The technique could some day lead to the development of atomic switches for nanoscale devices.

A single cobalt atom has been made to hop back and forth between two positions in response to an electric current by US researchers. The technique could some day lead to the development of atomic switches for nanoscale devices.

Runner to Take on 50 Marathons in 50 Days

This fall, 43-year-old long distance runner [Dean Karnazes] will tackle one marathon a day for 50 consecutive days, running a total 1,310 miles (2,108.2 km) in 50 days. And for each 26.2-mile (42.2 km) race, Karnazes and his family of four will travel to a different U.S. state.

This fall, 43-year-old long distance runner [Dean Karnazes] will tackle one marathon a day for 50 consecutive days, running a total 1,310 miles (2,108.2 km) in 50 days. And for each 26.2-mile (42.2 km) race, Karnazes and his family of four will travel to a different U.S. state.

Democrats’ Stock Is Rising on K Street

Washington lobbying firms, trade associations and corporate offices are moving to hire more well-connected Democrats in response to rising prospects that the opposition party will wrest control of at least one chamber of Congress from Republicans in the November elections.

Washington lobbying firms, trade associations and corporate offices are moving to hire more well-connected Democrats in response to rising prospects that the opposition party will wrest control of at least one chamber of Congress from Republicans in the November elections.