February 5, 2013 The power-outage at the Super Bowl in New Orleans was a reminder that the power circulating through our lives is a strange, modern miracle of science. It's a miracle we take for granted now, at our own peril.
February 4, 2013 Most Super Bowl advertisers tried to crack up the TV audience with over-the-top antics, as is to be expected in the highly viewed event. But some of this year's best ads, as judged by experts and viewers, took a more somber tone.
February 4, 2013 The game had drama — including a 108-yard kickoff return and a last-minute drive that almost changed the outcome. But the Ravens' 34-31 win over the 49ers will also be remembered as the night the lights went out in the Superdome. Did the outage make it a better Super Bowl?
February 3, 2013 Part of the Superdome in New Orleans lost power during the third quarter, delaying the game for more than 30 minutes. The cause of the outage is still being investigated, the NFL says.
February 3, 2013 A Super Bowl ad produced by a group backed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg uses old video of the NRA chief calling for limited background checks. The ad, which will air in some markets during the third quarter of the Super Bowl, comes amid a heated debate over guns.
February 1, 2013 Football may be dangerous. But the Super Bowl is a spectacle of beauty. It is an opportunity for us to adore the magnificent achievement of courageous men. That's why philosopher Alva Noë will be watching.
February 1, 2013 Not up to speed about the big game between the 49ers and Ravens? We've got a few bits of "wisdom" that could help you get through the game.
February 1, 2013 Malted wheat and barley add flavor and heft to most beers, but they also contain gluten, making beer off limits for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. For those looking for gluten-free options for Super Bowl Sunday and beyond, good news: There are more choices than ever before for flavorful, full-bodied gluten-free beer.
February 1, 2013 Spoiler alert: A few Super Bowl commercials have launched on social media well before Sunday's big game. Ad industry watchers say the multi-million-dollar spots are meant to be entertaining, but a few of the ads are already controversial.
January 31, 2013 You're watching the Super Bowl, and on the screen flashes a number to text a $10 donation for brain research. This hasn't happened yet, but as the big event nears, commentator Barbara J. King asks how should we react to the Super Bowl in light of the link between repetitive brain injuries and degenerative brain disease.
February 9, 2012 One of the top Super Bowl ads features a man in a Hyundai using some nifty driving skills and a seatbelt to perform chest compressions on a passed-out passenger. Would it actually work?
February 7, 2012 "In the time of Caligula," says American University's Ira Robbins, "it was intended to be representative of a phallic symbol. Not today." Instead, showing a middle finger is an expression of "frustration or rage or anger or protest or disdain."
February 6, 2012 Clint Eastwood's ad made a more emotionally gripping argument for saving the auto industry than perhaps anything President Obama has said on the subject to date.