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January 7, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
It is, theoretically, a really cool gimmick. If you were in the Midwest when temperatures plunged to about 30 degrees below zero this week, it was probably cold enough to throw boiling water into the air and watch it freeze in midair. An ABC News reporter did just that on the air . So did a pair of TV meteorologists in Lexington, Ky. "All you have to do is bundle up, get some boiling water, and throw it out in the subzero temperatures and see what happens," one broadcaster in North Dakota said . "Threw a pot of boiling water in the air. Kids thought it was awesome," Jason DeRusha, a WCCO-TV anchor in Minneapolis, tweeted to his followers on Sunday . "Do it, people.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2008 | Choire Sicha, Special to The Times
Months before its final 10 episodes begin airing in January, we now know for certain that "Battlestar Galactica" will live on -- in the form of a two-hour special on the Sci Fi Channel to air in 2009 after the series concludes. The unnamed feature will be directed by the show's costar, Edward James Olmos, and written by "Battlestar" writer and former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" brain Jane Espenson. The stand-alone will document the Cylons' attempts -- those of two agents in particular -- to grapple with human survivors, both those aboard ships and those left alive on planets, shortly after the Cylons' destruction of human worlds.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2010 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Over the last 15 months, Sony Television President Steve Mosko has traveled to Russia, Tokyo, London, Holland and twice to India. He wasn't impersonating Ryan Bingham, the itinerant corporate hatchet man played by George Clooney in "Up in the Air." Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television since 2000, added international markets to his duties and embarked on a cram course in Sony's overseas operations, which include 122 channels in more than 140 countries. Among the "vertically integrated" media giants, Sony is supposed to be at a disadvantage because it doesn't own a broadcast network or a bunch of cable channels through which it can funnel its shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2009 | David Davis
In the summer of 1968, events were roiling America and the world: the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy; the escalation of the Vietnam War; the Soviet Union's invasion of Czechoslovakia; the radicalization of the civil rights movement. The tenor of the times consumed and overshadowed the competition at the Mexico City Olympics. Indeed, the '68 Games will forever be defined not by Bob Beamon's gravity-defying long jump, but by the black-gloved demonstration of sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos and the killing of protesting students by the Mexican police and army 10 days before the opening ceremonies.
NATIONAL
September 27, 2009 | Andrew Malcolm and Johanna Neuman
Yep, it's true. There's no shame in America, only a rehab industry. Mark Foley, the Florida Republican who left Congress in 2006 amid accusations he sent lurid e-mails to male House pages, is credited with helping to sour the electorate's view of the Grand Old Party in a year when Nancy Pelosi and the Dems swept into power. In the years since, he's been in real estate investment, contemplating a return to politics. On Tuesday, he made his debut as a radio talk show host.
BUSINESS
September 2, 1997 | From Reuters
"Liquid air" sounds like a contradiction in terms, but a San Diego-based company has developed just such a substance and believes it could solve the problem of getting oxygen to patients unable to breathe on their own. Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp. says it is ready to start advanced human trials of its LiquiVent substance, which looks just like water but is rich in oxygen. The company has already put the substance to the ultimate test in laboratory mice.
HEALTH
August 7, 2006 | Melissa Healy, Times Staff Writer
It may not be a household name, but 1,4-dichlorobenzene is a common household smell. It is the whiff of mothballs, the aroma masking a damp basement, the essence of an under-ventilated bathroom. It comes from a solid brick of insect-chasing, odor-covering, toilet-bowl cleaning power called paradichlorobenzene -- or "para" in the cleaning trade. A new study says the chemical could be damaging the lungs of people who inhale it regularly.
WORLD
February 1, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson
When her husband went missing in Haiti's earthquake, Elcie Dyess turned to Signal FM radio station. Like thousands of other desperate people, she used the radio to broadcast an appeal for help. Her husband, Jean Francois, was last seen at the bank where he works, she told the audience. Help me find him. Scores of fellow bank employees responded by returning to the collapsed building. After hours of searching and digging, they pulled Jean Francois to safety. As the days since the quake have stretched into weeks, Signal FM has served as the voice of, and lifeline to, a traumatized society.
SCIENCE
February 4, 2014 | By Amina Khan
How do you make a light, low-density material without compromising its strength? It's a conundrum that has plagued engineers and builders looking for tough, durable materials that don't weigh them down. Now, using a high-tech 3D printer, scientists in Germany have created a lightweight but very strong material inspired by the intricate microscopic architecture of living tissue - our own bones. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could pave the way for future super-light materials that could be used in microfluidics devices or to make lighter (and thus cheaper)
BOOKS
March 15, 1987
On the dirt, the dead live-oak leaves lay like dried-out turtle shells, scorched and crisp, their points sharp as wasps' stingers. Sated mosquitoes hung in the air like sharks in water, and when you held up a tuna sandwich a gold sphere of yellow-jackets formed around your hand in the air and moved when you moved. Everything circled around the great pool, blue and glittering as the sacred waters at Crocodilopolis, and the boys came from underwater like that to pull you down.
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