Katharine Wroth

I can ski clearly now

Indoor ski slopes are the desert’s hot new thing

A while back, I wrote about indoor ski slopes blooming in countries including Japan, England, and the U.S. of A. Seems it's an upward trend: The United Arab Emirates has just joined the herringboning hordes. …

Little-known facts from a country on the edge of your consciousness

293,966 — population of Iceland3 4,117,827 — population of Kentucky2 10 — percentage of Icelanders who believe elves “definitely” exist4 0 — number of successful elf surveys conducted in Kentucky 11.5 — percentage of Iceland …

Live for 'Today'

NBC gets wet and wild

Everyone's favorite perky morning show is preparing to run a May series on fifty things to do before you die, and they're asking web-surfing mortals to rank the choices, which range from "write a poem …

Bud: wiser?

Beer giant shies away from GM crops

Does anyone like beer? I do. Does anyone like beer with human proteins in it? Uh... A proposal in Missouri to plant 200 acres of rice enhanced with synthetic human genes -- a crop intended …

A slime to remember

Bush gives name to beetle

According to an AP report, two Cornell University scientists -- who, it must be pointed out, were apparently not snickering at the time -- paid tribute to Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld by naming three new …

Flattery will get you nowhere

Who’ll win the coveted Flat Earth Award?

We chuckled when Bill McKibben mentioned the new Flat Earth Award on this site in January, and now we're positively whooping with anticipatory glee. The winner of the prize -- which was devised by a …

Using the Bible to find oil

We can’t make this stuff up

Funny thing: We thought about writing something like this and slipping it in as one of our April Fool's stories. But we knew no one would buy it.

Share and share alike

Will KIA’s ads give car sharing a boost?

Last night, mindless TV called. An ad came on that I've seen before, but never focused on. It's for the KIA Sportage (which I really want to pronounce with a lovely French accent), and shows …

Head and shoulders above the rest

As I was waiting for the bus this morning, I glimpsed this headline: 'Is that Dandruff in Your Air Pollution'? It's such an unsurprising concept -- that particulate matter in the air includes stuff like …