Do Sparrows Like Bach?

The editors of the New Scientist magazine offer a sampling of the latest in stranger-than-fiction scientific research. Scientists who trip their subjects, academic debates over the temperature of the afterlife, and researchers who don moose suits.  Informative -- and addictive -- browsing for the intellectually curious.

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…