Elton John sings at Romeo Beckham's 16th birthday celebration
Elton John was among those celebrating his godson Romeo Beckham's birthday this week. (Getty) Victoria and David Beckham’s teenage son, Romeo, got a sweet treat for his 16th birthday: a serenade from his godfather, Sir Elton John. “Early birthday celebrations! X From the best godparents @eltonjohn @davidfurnish x kisses x,” Victoria, 44, captioned a Wednesday Instagram clip. The video showed Romeo sitting at a restaurant as a cake was brought to his table, with musicians in tow playing “Happy Birthday." Both John, 71, and David Beckham, 43, sang along to the tune. John's husband David Furnish, 55, was also at the table, as were Romeo’s siblings — Harper, 7, and Brooklyn, 19. The big celebration for the teen, born on Sept. 1, 2002, happened in France, the...
Schrödinger’s cat among biology’s pigeons: 75 years of What Is Life?
Physicist Erwin Schrödinger also probed questions of molecular biology. Credit: Bettmann/Getty What Is Life? The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell Erwin Schrödinger Cambridge University Press (1944) In What Is Life? (1944), Austrian physicist and Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger used that (still-unresolved) question to frame a more specific but equally provocative one. What is it about living systems, he asked, that seems to put them at odds with the known laws of physics? The answer he offered looks prescient now: life is distinguished by a “code-script” that directs cellular organization and heredity, while apparently enabling organisms to suspend the second law of thermodynamics. These ideas inspired the public and a number of scientific luminaries, but...
How Sally Rooney became millennial fiction's most important voice
On the morning of Ireland’s abortion referendum this May, novelist Sally Rooney was sitting on an plane, scrolling through her Twitter feed and crying. They were tears of anxiety. It was the most important day in her life, politically speaking, a vote she had wanted to cast since she was 15, and as far as she knew the country was split right down the middle. Too much hung in the balance. When she landed in Dublin, Rooney saw women handing out leaflets arguing for a repeal of the abortion ban...