Why Louvre's Mona Lisa keeps a smile: Paris' cooling system
Perhaps the reason why the Mona Lisa maintains her famously enigmatic smile is that she benefits from one of Paris’ best-kept secrets: An underground cooling system that’s been helping her cope with sweltering heat that has broken temperature records in Europe.
Study: Tween TV viewers get new message about value of fame
Young TV viewers may be getting the message that fame is less important than values like achievement and a sense of community. In examining the TV shows most popular with children ages 8 to 12, knowns as tweens, researchers found that the emphasis on fame diminished in 2017. 1 on a list of 16 values measured in the top-rated tween shows in 2007, fell to sixth in 2017, with achievement and self-acceptance in the No. Researchers used Nielsen ratings to determine the leading tween shows, then surveyed study participants on TV characters' values. The previous study, released in 2011, was done on the brink of the reality TV boom and covered only scripted.
‘Lady Ninja’ pummels assailant who attacked 82-year-old friend
FONTANA, Calif. – Her martial arts skills may not be quite what they once were, but still, you don’t mess with Lady Ninja. Authorities say that's a lesson a California man learned painfully after he began shoving around an 82-year-old woman at a Fontana apartment building. “I took him down with one sweep kick under the back of his legs,” Marrujo told The Associated Press on Thursday. “I don’t how she took care of him, but she was like boom boom boom," she said Thursday as she recovered from her bumps and bruises. "But in this case it worked out, and she saved her friend's life," Venzor told The Associated Press.
NBC sets November return for 'This Is Us,' 'Chicago' dramas
LOS ANGELES An optimistic NBC said Thursday it will bring This Is Us and other scripted series back in November despite the TV industry's coronavirus-caused production shutdown that's only beginning to ease. Broadcast TV's usual robust September start to the new season has already bowed to the pandemic, with NBC and other networks relying heavily on reality and acquired series that month. This Is Us, the family drama starring Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia, will kick off its fifth season on Nov. 10, the network said. That will be followed by the Nov. 11 return of the Chicago drama franchise: Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med.The Mariska Hargitay-led Law & Order: SVU will start its record-building 22nd season on Nov. 12, followed by The Blacklist," starring James Spader and Megan Boone, on Nov. 13. Connecting, a new comedy about friends using video chats to remain bonded despite pandemic isolation, will debut Oct. 1.