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Nov 24, 2014

Nobel Medal for DNA discovery could fetch $3.5 million at auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Nobel Prize gold medal awarded to American scientist Dr. James Watson, a co-discoverer of DNA, is expected to sell for up to $3.5 million at auction next month in New York, Christie’s said on Monday.

Watson, along with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, unraveled the double-helix structure and function of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in England in 1953 in a discovery that heralded the modern era of biology.

Nov 21, 2014

Glenn Close heads all-star cast in revival of ‘A Delicate Balance’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – After a 20-year absence triple-Tony winner Glenn Close returned to Broadway in a revival of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, “A Delicate Balance,” a production that elicited an uneven response from critics who found it both blistering and boring.

Close, 67, plays matriarch Agnes opposite Tony winner John Lithgow, 69, (“The Changing Room” and “Sweet Smell of Success”) as her husband in the play that premiered on Broadway in 1966 and opened on Thursday night for a limited run at the John Golden Theater.

Nov 20, 2014

Writers Phil Klay and Evan Osnos win top National Book Awards

NEW YORK, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Phil Klay and Evan Osnos were
given the top prizes at the 65th National Book Awards, among the
most prestigious literary prizes in U.S. publishing, at a gala
dinner on Wednesday that honored the best fiction, non-fiction,
poetry and young adult writers.

Klay was awarded the fiction prize for “Redeployment,” his
book of stories about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Osnos
earned his award for “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth,
and Faith in the New China” in the non-fiction category.

Nov 18, 2014

Step right up for a revival of bizarre world of ‘Side Show’ on Broadway

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Side Show,” based on the true story of conjoined twins and 1930s Vaudeville stars Daisy and Violet Hilton, is back on Broadway in a revival hailed by critics as thrilling and beautiful.

From the dazzling opening number “Come Look at the Freaks,” the audience is drawn into the bizarre world of a side show with its bearded lady, three-legged man, hermaphrodite, lizard man and the show’s stars, Daisy and Violet.

Nov 17, 2014

Hugh Jackman makes triumphant return to Broadway in ‘The River’

NEW YORK, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Hugh Jackman made a stunning
return to Broadway with a mesmerizing performance in
award-winning playwright Jez Butterworth’s new drama ‘The

Set in a remote cabin, the three-person play that opened at
the Circle in the Square Theatre on Sunday for a limited run won
praise for the “Wolverine” actor’s portrayal of an outdoorsy
man on a romantic night fishing trip.

Nov 11, 2014

Rolling Stones in insurance battle over canceled Asia tour dates

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Legendary rock group The Rolling Stones are locked in a legal battle with an insurance company over a $12.7 million claim for canceled tour dates in Australia and New Zealand following the March death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, designer L’Wren Scott.

A U.S. judge granted insurance underwriters, who have denied the claim by the rock group, permission to investigate the mental state of Scott, who committed suicide in her upscale New York apartment on March 17 at the age of 49.

Nov 11, 2014

World Chefs: Profanity-filled ‘Thug Kitchen’ cookbook urges healthy eating

NEW YORK, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Michelle Davis and Matt
Holloway’s mission was simple: They started an expletive-laced
recipe blog to inspire people to eat healthy plant-based foods
and it was so successful it resulted in their first cookbook,
“Thug Kitchen.”

Originally the blog, which received a glowing endorsement
from actress Gwyneth Paltrow, and the book were anonymous. But
as the publication date neared, the pair of 29-year-olds based
in California revealed their identities.

Nov 10, 2014

NY Deaf Theatre brings duality of ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ to stage

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Instead of applauding, a sea of waving hands rose up from the audience to show their approval as the cast returned to the stage to bow at the end of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” the newest production by the New York Deaf Theatre.

The play, which opens Tuesday for a limited run at the June Havoc Theater in Manhattan, is performed by a cast of deaf and hearing actors who use American Sign Language (ASL) and speak the lines simultaneously.

Nov 8, 2014

‘Everything I Never Told You’ is Amazon’s book of the year

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Everything I Never Told You,” the debut novel by author Celeste Ng about a teenage girl growing up in a mixed race family in the American Midwest in the 1970s, was named Amazon’s best book of 2014 on Saturday.

It topped the list of 100 good reads, which included fiction and non-fiction works, selected by editors at the online retailer.

Nov 4, 2014

Redmayne grabs ‘glint’ of Stephen Hawking in ‘Theory of Everything’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Every day before filming began on “The Theory of Everything” Eddie Redmayne would gaze at three photos to help him convey the essence of Stephen Hawking, the brilliant British scientist he portrays in the film.

The 32-year-old actor had spent months working on portraying the near total physical paralysis of the astrophysicist and author of “A Brief History of Time,” who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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      "I am based in New York where I run the Reuters Lifestyle service, coordinating, editing and writing stories on topics ranging from family, food and fitness to travel, health and work issues in the Americas. Previously I worked in London as the European Health and Science correspondent and as a reporter covering legal, political and general news in Britain."
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