CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1999
A young whale that beached itself died of a "systemic infection" and a more specific cause might never be found, the head of a team of biologists who performed the necropsy said Monday. "It had a systemic infection and the liver . . . was pale in color and had irregular lumps," said John Heyning, a whale biologist who is deputy director of research and collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. "What's hard with an animal like this is, we don't know too much about it."
September 1, 2003 |
Though much of big science has centered on breakthroughs in biotechnology, nanotechnology and more esoteric questions like the age of our universe, a quieter story has been unfolding behind the scenes in laboratories around the world -- one whose effect on human perception and our understanding of life is likely to be profound. What these researchers are finding is that many of our fellow creatures are more like us than we had ever imagined.
June 28, 1987
His boat festooned with feathered friends, Zhang Laosi drifts lazily down a river on the outskirts of Beijing, bringing a bit a rural fisherman's life to the city. The sight of Zhang and his fishing birds, cormorants, is rare in busy Beijing, but it is common in rural China. Zhang and thousands of other rural fishermen still use cormorants to do their fishing. The birds dive gracefully into the water, snatch up fish and return them to the boats.
January 13, 1991 |
MY WIFE'S COCKATIEL died the other day. I don't know how old he was, but he seems to have been around almost as long as I have. I don't know what sex it was, but I always thought of it as a he, possibly because he was aggressive, mean-spirited and shrewish. If anyone thinks that only females can be shrewish, I suggest that person is being sexist. Males make the worst shrews. I had almost no contact with the bird. He stayed in his cage, I stayed in mine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1989 |
Loren Hays had been in bed for hours when most people were just starting to celebrate New Year's Eve. His sleep was important. He got up in the darkness Sunday morning, made his way toward the coastal wetlands and waited for the sun to rise so he could look through a telescope and spot such species as the double-crested cormorant, northern shoveler, blue-winged teal, common loon and the long-billed dowitcher.
September 8, 1988 |
The owner of the 50-foot boulder from which the community of Eagle Rock gets its name said this week that he is negotiating with Los Angeles officials who want to buy the rock and the land around it for a park. But the owner's cooperation may not signal the end to a yearlong battle waged by city officials and Eagle Rock residents to block development near the historic rock.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1999 |
It looked like a dolphin, but it was a 1,000-pound beaked whale that beached itself Friday in Malibu, setting off an extensive rescue operation that ended with her transport to a center with a portable pool for marine mammals. Lifeguards at Point Dume County Beach spotted the whale attempting to beach herself early Friday afternoon, said lifeguard Capt. Steve Moseley.
March 27, 2014 |
Scientists have found a 20-foot whale that can dive an astonishing 1.8 miles beneath the ocean - a record for a mammal. The record was reported this week in the journal Plos One. The miraculous, extreme-diving whale is known as Cuvier's beaked whale ( Ziphius cavirostris) . Members of this species can be found in most oceans throughout the world, except for in the coldest arctic regions. To survive the immense pressure changes it faces as it moves down the water column, Cuvier's beaked whales have evolved lungs and a trachea that collapse completely in the depths of the ocean and then pop back open as the whale moves to the surface to breathe.
November 13, 1994 |
Charles Darwin never imagined that it would be possible to observe the effects of natural selection during a human lifetime, let alone in the mere span of a few years. The theory that took seed with his foraging and collecting in the Galapagos Archipelago was thought by this scientific visionary to be a matter of centuries, with the evidence to be found in the fossil record and the diversity of living forms. Most people today still assume that this is the case.
June 8, 1990 |
No country is ready to knock the United States from its roost as the world's top poultry producer. But in the global game of chicken there is a beak-to-beak race to see who is the most efficient. Efficiency can translate into profits for producers and lower prices for consumers. Efficiency also is a big factor in one country's having an export advantage over another.