What’s the Fastest Color? Olympic Speedskaters Now Say Blue

Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea, left, Havard Holmefjord Lorentzen of Norway, center, and Moritz Geisreiter of Germany at a World Cup competition last month in Stavanger, Norway. At the 2014 Winter Olympics, South Korea wore a darker shade of blue, Norway wore red and Germany wore black. Photographs by Carina Johansen/NTB scanpix STAVANGER, Norway — …

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest Specialize in Small Talk and Big Ratings

The producer Michael Gelman was here, in this bare-bones Manhattan television studio, back in the 1980s, when Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford were putting on a casual morning show for a local New York audience. He was here when the program went national and the competition grew intense, with Phil Donahue and Geraldo Rivera …

Sublime Shape of Water leads the Golden Globes on merit, but all-male director list is baffling | Peter Bradshaw

At first glance, the major loser in this year’s Golden Globe nominations would appear to be Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, his superb daymare about a 1950s London fashion designer; it gets its mandatory best actor (drama) nod for Daniel Day-Lewis in his valedictory performance but nothing in the way of best film or best …

The tech giants will never pay their fair share of taxes – unless we make them | David Pegg

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, and the accountants of Silicon Valley have proved Arthur C Clarke’s third law to be as true of tax avoidance as it is of tech. The most recent outrage is Apple’s $252bn offshore cash pile, as exposed by the Paradise Papers investigation. More valuable than the foreign …

Thylacine DNA reveals weakness – and kinship with the kangaroo

The first full genetic blueprint of the long-extinct thylacine has revealed the animal suffered from genetic weakness well before it was isolated on Tasmania 10,000 to 13,000 years ago. An international team of researchers led by associate professor Andrew Pask from the University of Melbourne used DNA from the 106-year-old preserved remains of a juvenile …

Daisy Pulls It Off review – snobs, chums and scrummy tussles in schoolgirl tales spoof

Denise Deegan’s parody of period schoolgirl fiction became an unlikely commercial hit in 1983. But, although it has now been revived with great brio as a seasonal diversion, I wonder whether it will make the same impact. Does anyone today, except a few nostalgic oldsters, still read the breathless stories of Angela Brazil on which …

Op-Ed Contributor: The Alabama Senate Race May Have Already Been Decided

Voters in Montgomery, Alabama waiting for the polls to open in November 2016. Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser, via Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Senate election in Alabama on Tuesday is not just about the choice between Doug Jones and Roy Moore. It’s also about a voter suppression campaign that may well sway the result …

Op-Ed Contributors: Iranian Terror. Argentinian Cover Up. Justice at Last?

Argentinians marking the one-year anniversary of the death of Alberto Nisman. Natacha Pisarenko/Associated Press One morning last week, Argentines woke up to a political earthquake: A judge had charged a former president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, with “treason against the homeland,” punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Her crime? Nothing less than covering …