Yale law professor Jack Balkin is credited with coining the term "off the wall" legal arguments and has written how "off the wall" arguments can become accepted as mainstream or obviously correct. Some examples: it would have been "off the wall" for an antebellum Southern lawyer to argue that slaves ... More >>
According to some new research by psychologists, where you live might help explain your personality. (Or the relationship might run the other way, always a problem with "big" social science studies). But let's not get bogged down in T-scores and Cohen's kappa -- this is a blog post, not a statistics ... More >>
A close look at the new permanent hall at the Houston Museumof Natural Science displays ancient mysteries and magic
On any given Sunday during football season, there are 70,000 people sitting in the stands watching the game. Imagine just over one percent of those people, probably the number of combined fans standing in the beer and bathroom lines at halftime at one corner of the upper level, and you just imagined ... More >>
On October 24, scientists from around the world will come to San Antonio to discuss how testing on monkeys might one day lead to an AIDS cure. They'll be talking baboons, macaques, and vervets at the 30th Annual Symposium on Nonhuman Primate Models for AIDS, not chimpanzees. Once thought to be the ... More >>
There are some fascinating objects in this wannabe blockbuster, but mainly it's a grab for crowds and cash.
The Menil Collection presents ancient objects in a spectacular all-white display.
Hola, TejasThe AP has gotten a preview of the census data to be released later today about Texas, and it shows what most everyone knows: The state has gotten more Hispanic. Data shows 38 percent of the 25.1 million people residing in Texas are Hispanic, 45 percent are Anglo and 11.5 percent ... More >>
Less chance these days his mom's a teenagerSee what happens when you get rid of abstinence-only sex education? The birth rate for teen mothers is at its lowest point since 1940, when records were first kept, a federal study released today says. The report from the National Center for Healt ... More >>
Everybody do the Dinosaur Dance
Up the mountain one last time with Sweetgrass. Anthropomorphized sheep need not apply.
Further proof that we're not being hit as hard in the Great Recession as some -- Texas added more residents in the past 12 months than any state in the union, the Census Bureau reported today.Texas added 478,000 residents in the previous 12 months, beating out California, which added almost 100,0 ... More >>
Admit it, you want to look
One small step for computer-kind, one hell of a mess for man
Ashes to ashes, dust to clay
Photo by dizfunkshinal Tuesday's Metro Police shooting was not just unusual in that it was the first fatal shooting in the agency's history, but in that a bystander was injured as well. While we wait for more details to emerge from HPD, which is leading the investigation, Hair Balls checked in with ... More >>
Photo by brainware3000Robbie Morin of Houston is a man with a cause.A cause that maybe not so many people care about, but that doesn't matter to him.Morin wants the world to know that people who use those dish-on-a-stick metal detectors, looking for coins and other treasure on beaches and in parks, ... More >>
The CAMH honors a Houston assembler
Genderqueer: Straight or gay, these kids refuse to play dress-up by the rules
Weird, ghostly figures and the occasional stallion haunt Michele Dugan's "OverSoul Collection"
Globe-trotting beats archivist Diplo spins into town
Preservationists try to keep the pavers from a Fourth Ward legacy -- brick streets
Court TV gives kids a lesson in solving crimes
The MFAH presents "Afghanistan: A Timeless History." What's next -- "Iraqis Are People Too"?
Duncan Ganley can't seem to tell the difference between fact and fiction
UH faculty discontent targets the controversial provost
Excavations for plantation artifacts - and the real truth - are unraveling the genteel gloss covering Texans' old notions about the slave era here
Thousands of inmates rely annually on a capricious parole board for their freedom. Most, like George Dismukes, return to their cells without ever knowing why they were denied.
In two decades, Wally Swett's sanctuary has become a place of peace for primates - it's the humans that have him going bananas
Despite suicides and inner strife, Asian-Americans resist psychotherapy
When he was young, William Simon wanted to change the world. The late University of Houston sociology professor changed the way we view sex instead.
A stint in the human jungle pushes Instinct over the edge
A test census survey stirs up questions on privacy
The statue doesn't look like a traditional Our Lady of Guadalupe. But its appearance is just the start of the
According to a UH professor, his "perceived disability" is one
After being drugged, hypnotized and bound by restraints, the patients of Judith Peterson say they came to believe they had multiple personalities or had belonged to satanic cults. So, apparently, did their therapist.
Funding is down. Faculty is fleeing. And 50 professors are in semi-open revolt. Is the University of Houston on an irrovocable slide toward mediocrity?