The Sundance Film Festival is in full swing in Park City, Utah. GOOD News' film correspondent Daniel Holloway is in town and reporting live from Main Street on what to see, what to miss, and the festival's many Mariah Carey sitings. Sundance 2009 continues through this Sunday, January 25.
Back in November, we looked at the problem of piracy on the seas off the coast of Somalia. Since then, pirates have continued to seize ships and hold them for ransom. As if this wasn't bad enough, many of the vessels taken by pirates contain food aid from humantarian organizations - food aid that is badly needed in Somalia, a country that is gripped by drought and famine. Freelance journalist David Axe recently returned from Somalia and brings us an in-depth look at the challenges sailors face getting UN food aid from Kenya to Somalia through these pirate-infested waters. For more, check out David's website, War is Boring.
The oldest profession faces recession - or does it? Though it seems like the recession is touching every part of the economy, it turns out that sex still sells at the Shady Lady Ranch. Bobbi Davis, owner of the brothel near Beaty, Nevada, talks to GOOD News about the business of sex in these uncertain economic times.
Daniel Holloway returns to GOOD News to talk about Bride Wars, in the GOOD News theater - and a theater near you - today.
Biofluorescent coral and other sea life are more than just trippy eye candy for deep seadivers. The proteins in these animals that power their glow are being harnessed by scientists like Yale University's Vincent Pieribone to illuminate otherwise hidden neurobiological processes. Pieribone's work uses biofluorescense to identify the neural activity that drives motor functions and then convert that activity into action in paraplegics whose spinal cords are unable to deliver that activity to their muscles. Pieribone explains the biological equivalent of a blacklight poster to Roger in today's GOOD News.
Even anchormen get the blues.
Earlier this week, British and French officials revealed that two nuclear submarines, the HMS Vanguard and Le Triomphe, collided in the Atlantic Ocean. While the fender bender produced no injuries and no nuclear catastrophe, we are left wondering: how could this happen?
Back in December, we asked you to send us your nominations for the GOOD 100 , our annual list of people, businesses, and institutions driving change in the world. Today, we're featuring Chris Neidl, Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator for New York's Solar 1 and founder I Heart PV, Solar One's grassroots initiative to spread photovoltaic technology (that's solar power) across New York.
For more about Chris, Solar One, and I Heart PV, check out the links on our website at www.good.is.
Sure, you've already decided on your picks for Best Actress and Best Picture, but who are you pulling for in the Academy Awards Live-Action Shorts category? Let Roger and Daniel Holloway be your guides.
Eric Nuzum is serious when it comes to research. So serious, in fact, that gathering information for his book on vampires, The Dead Travel Fast, inspired him to do the ultimate in vampiric activity: he drank blood. Woah. Eric sits down on the GOOD News couch to talk about vampire movies, myths, and the tastiest way to consume one's own vital fluid.
Two weeks ago, we brought you the first installment of the Change Index, our easy-to-use barometer of change instituted in the fledgling weeks of the Obama administration. Last time, we noted seven units of change in Obama's first seven days. In the intervening two weeks, has Obama logged more or less change?
Scientists at Columbia University recently presented findings that suggest that the earthquake that left some 80,000 people dead in Sichuan Province, China last year may have caused in part by the building of a nearby dam. Human intervention triggering an earthquake? We didn't think that was possible. Nano Seeber, a seismologist at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, breaks it down for GOOD News.
This week in the GOOD News Theater, Roger and Daniel Holloway review He's Just Not That Into You and Coraline. Both are in wide release today across the United States.
Ryan d'Agostino wrote his new book, Rich Like Them, after traveling to some of America's wealthiest zip codes, knocking on doors, and asking the people who answered how they made their millions. And while the economic climate has changed since he went on his adventure, there's still something to be gleaned from the advice shared by the wealthy people d'Agostino spoke to in researching his book. Ryan joined us in the GOOD News studio to talk about the book and the economy. We also did a Q&A with Ryan - look for that later today on our website.
RuPaul is one of the world's greatest performers. A pioneer who crossed over from the New York City club scene in the early 90s to become a household name, Ru is back on television with his new series, RuPaul's Drag Race. He dropped by the GOOD News studio to talk about the show, the Obamas, and to offer style tips to our favorite blue anchorman.
On Friday, we learned that the American economy shrank by 3.8 percent in the last quarter of 2008, the biggest contraction since 1982. And while President Obama responded to those numbers with the creation of the White House Middle Class Task Force, whose focus will be to rebuild the flagging economy by "strenghtening the nation's core," we're still scratching our heads. We know a things are bad, but what does 3.8 percent really mean? Today GOOD News is taking a look at some more tangible economic indicators. Have your own signs of the flagging economy to share? Leave them in the comments.
This blows our minds: researchers at the University of Maryland's Joing Quantum Institute have succeeded in teleporting information between two atoms that are separated by a distance of one meter. That's right: teleportation. We're not sure we understand it, so we called Chris Monroe, professor of physics at UMD and leader of the group who achieved this awesome feat, to spell it out for us. For more information, check out our website at www.good.is.
The promise of change was the cornerstone of President Obama's two year election campaign, and he swept into office last week with a full slate of Executive Orders and Proclamations. So, how much has really been altered in these first seven days of the Obama years? GOOD News introduces the Change Index.