NEWS OF THE WORLD | Smog pushes Beijing residents to innovate for the world

This year already, the smog-shrouded capital of China has suffered particularly hazardous bouts of pollution caused mainly by coal burning and vehicle emissions. Like other Chinese cities,

The Effervescent Eagle

German wine legislation places heavy emphases on standardisation and thoroughness, so much so that most of the country’s vineyards are delineated into and registered as ca. 2,600 Einzellagen (literally:

Food & Beverage | Booze tourism: Kentucky bourbon trail buzzing with one million visits

Forget the bottle, a record number of people are experiencing Kentucky bourbon from the barrel, touring distilleries where they can sniff, sip and see whiskey crafted from the

Driverless cars: Who lives or dies?

* Movies: The Founder * Books: 'Little Deaths' by Emma Flint * Music: Delbert McClinton and Self-Made Men, "Prick of the Litter" *

In ‘The Founder,’ cutthroat big business, supersized

Ketchup, mustard, two pickles. In John Lee Hancock’s When Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling traveling salesmen selling milkshake mixers, first beelines to San Bernardino, California,

‘Little Deaths’ by Emma Flint is mesmerizing

Little Deaths, Emma Flint’s mesmerizing debut, works well as a look at misogyny, gossip, morals and the rush to judge others when a child goes missing.

Delbert McClinton, at 76, brings it once again

Few singers illustrate the gulf between live and recorded music better than Delbert McClinton, whose gruff voice and blues-infused rock have always sounded best in a beer-splashed

News of the World | For driverless cars, a moral dilemma: Who lives or dies?

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are asking people worldwide how they think a robot car should handle such life-or-death decisions. Their goal is not just

The Innovative Spirit

Not for nothing is Australia – officially the Commonwealth of Australia – called the Island Continent. Covering just under 7.7 million sqkm, Australia alone is equivalent to around

Food & Beverage | Vegemite goes home: Oreo maker sells to Australia’s Bega

Vegemite, the salty, brown spread beloved in Australia, is going home, purchased by an Australian dairy company from the maker of Oreos. Mondelez International Inc.

Match-fixing back in spotlight

Recent match-fixing sanctions and a new case are bringing fresh scrutiny to the integrity of tennis a year after corruption allegations cast a pall over the first

Review: In ‘Patriots Day,’ a community disarms terrorism

B ombs detonated in the center of Boston are disarmed by bonds of family and community in Peter Berg’s “Patriots Day,” a stirring ode to civic life

‘The Lost City of the Monkey God’ by Douglas Preston

To pigeonhole Douglas Preston a true-crime author is a gross understatement of his skills as a writer. Yes, his many best-sellers with Lincoln Child are fun, suspenseful

Contest will pick opening acts for Bon Jovi tour

Who says you can’t open for Bon Jovi? The New Jersey-based platinum-selling rockers are holding a contest to choose bands or singers to open for

NEWS OF THE WORLD | Match-fixing back in spotlight on eve of first Grand Slam

For Rafael Nadal and the other stars of tennis, there’s a familiar ring to the questions being raised as the first ball is about to be struck

The Gold Standard

With approximately 120,000ha under vine, Bordeaux is quadruple the size of its great rival Burgundy, or indeed equivalent to all German wine regions put together. Comprising some 10,000