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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2012 | By Kenneth R. Weiss, Los Angeles Times
Peering into the microscope, Alan Barton thought the baby oysters looked normal, except for one thing: They were dead. Slide after slide, the results were the same. The entire batch of 100 million larvae at the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery had perished. It took several years for the Oregon oyster breeder and a team of scientists to find the culprit: a radical change in ocean acidity. The acid levels rose so high that the larvae could not form their protective shells, according to a study published this year.
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SCIENCE
September 24, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Cancer researchers at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., have been studying the DNA in tumors called glioblastomas - hoping, ultimately, to help find a cure for the disease.   They haven't found that yet, but they may have come across something else scientists are seeking: an enzyme that could help companies make nylon without depending on fossil fuels. Duke researcher Zachary Reitman and colleagues reported Sunday in the journal Nature Chemical Biology that inserting glioblastoma genes into yeast allowed them to make an enzyme called 2-hydroxyadipate dehydrogenase - a molecule chemists need to make adipic acid, a key ingredient in nylon, from sugar.  Today, adipic acid, which is produced in vast quantities, is made using petroleum products.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2012
Frank Cady Character actor was on 'Green Acres' Frank Cady, 96, a character actor who played Hooterville general store proprietor Sam Drucker on the TV sitcoms "Green Acres" and "Petticoat Junction," died Friday at his home in Wilsonville, Ore., said his daughter, Catherine Turk. No specific cause was given. Like Mr. Haney, Eb Dawson, Hank Kimball and Arnold the Pig, Cady's Sam Drucker was a supporting cast member on "Green Acres" to lawyer Oliver Wendell Douglas and his socialite wife Lisa, played by Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor, who had ditched the high life in New York City for the charms of a farm in Hooterville.
HEALTH
June 2, 2012 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
From kitschy gift to kitchen darling, chia is having another 15 minutes of fame. And this time, it's not slathered on clay "pets. " Chia seeds have become popular for their omega-3 fatty acids and fiber content. With their neutral taste, they can be consumed in many ways - now they're even showing up in processed foods such as chips and spreads. Eaten by the Maya and Aztec people, chia seeds have long been reputed to be nutritional powerhouses. "They were basics when we grew up," says Ramiro Arvizu, a chef at La Casita Mexicana in Bell.
WORLD
May 29, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
FAISALABAD, Pakistan - The cherub-faced 10-year-old girl was standing at a bus stop, saying goodbye to visiting relatives, when her mother noticed two motorcycles approaching, one coming down the street and the other from a graveyard behind them. She recognized someone on one of the motorcycles: her older daughter's former fiance. He was clutching two liter-sized metal jugs. As two men armed with a pistol on the second motorcycle kept the cluster of relatives from running away, the ex-fiance handed one of the jugs to a fourth man riding with him. Without saying anything, they flung the contents at Parveen Akhtar and her little girl, Zaib Aslam.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
With all the attention on celebrity and glamour at the Academy Awards, it's rare that the award for short documentary film gets much notice. But that's what happened this year when director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy received the Oscar for documentary short with co-director Daniel Junge for "Saving Face," which looks at the more than 150 acid attacks upon Pakistani women each year. In an impassioned speech, Obaid-Chinoy, a Muslim and Pakistani, dedicated the award to "all the women in Pakistan who are working for change.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2012 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The four Oscar-nominated short documentaries being released in theaters this weekend are a mostly somber bunch, traversing the globe to find pockets of tolerable humanity in the kind of grim international dispatches you might expect to find in an episode of "Frontline/World. " (Only nominee "God Is the Bigger Elvis" isn't part of this theatrical release.) James Spione's "Incident in New Baghdad" is little more than a straightforward interview with U.S. Army Spec. Ethan McCord, but it's a gripping, grueling tale.
NATIONAL
January 17, 2012 | By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
President Obama praised a series of business-friendly proposals from his jobs council — the latest example of the president's strategy of seizing Republican-leaning ideas to protect himself against attack in the coming campaign. Obama's jobs council on Tuesday called for overhauling the corporate tax structure and reforming federal regulations. Corporate tax rates should sink to "internationally competitive levels," the report recommended, and an "all-in strategy" should be adopted to cut reliance on foreign fuels by expanding domestic drilling.
HEALTH
December 5, 2011 | By Elena Conis, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Struggling with the black dog of depression? The supplement aisle abounds with options for people seeking a non-medicinal remedy - but figuring out what works and what doesn't can be a challenge for consumers and experts alike. That's because the data are generally poor, says Dr. Charles Raison, associate professor of psychiatry in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson. There are some exceptions. Hundreds of studies have investigated the effects of omega-3 fatty acids and St. John's wort.
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