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October 27, 2013 | By Tom Standage
Today it's easy to assume that social media platforms are a recent development, a phenomenon unique to the Internet age. But the exchange of media along social networks of friends and acquaintances is in fact much older than Facebook, Twitter or MySpace. Consider the situation in the late Roman republic, in the 1st century BC. At the time there were no printing presses and no paper. Instead, information circulated among the intermarried families of the Roman elite through the exchange of papyrus rolls.
October 26, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
CONCHO, Okla. - Darren Black Bear and Jason Pickel hadn't even planned to send invitations to their upcoming wedding. They're small-town people, they said, and planned an intimate, no-frills celebration of their love. "I intended to tell people, 'Hey, we're getting married. Come on down and have dinner,'" Pickel said, laughing. Then, during an interview in his Oklahoma City apartment, his cellphone vibrated: yet another media request. And then came another. Since word about their upcoming nuptials spread, Pickel and Black Bear have been thrust into the spotlight over one of the most hot-button issues in this state.
October 24, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A black bear wandered alarmingly close to the 210 Freeway in Pasadena on Thursday as wildlife officials and other authorities tried to tranquilize it and take it back into the forest. The bear -- estimated to be 3 years old and weigh 275 pounds -- was first reported about 3:30 p.m. near Cleveland Elementary School at 524 Palisades St., California Fish and Wildlife spokesman Andrew Hughan said. Television footage showed the bear going through yards and the Brookside Golf Course as it wandered closer to the freeway.
October 24, 2013 | By Chris Foster
California has shared two conference football championships since 1960. Its basketball team has won one title during that time. Now the Bears sit atop the Pac-12 Conference schools in the least desirable standings. Golden Bears athletes have the worst graduation rates in both sports, according to an NCAA report released Thursday. The Bears graduated only 44% of its football players who came to school from 2003-06. Only 38% of its basketball players had earned a degree in that time.
October 22, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
It's not enough that Shawn Langdon is having a breakout year in the premier top-fuel class of NHRA drag racing. He's after his first series title as well. The native of Mira Loma in Riverside County holds an 83-point lead in the championship standings over Doug Kalitta with two events left: in Las Vegas this weekend and in Pomona for the season finale Nov. 7-10. Spencer Massey is third, 86 points behind Langdon. Now in his fifth season driving 300-mph dragsters, Langdon has earned a series-high six victories in the National Hot Rod Assn.'s elite Mello Yello Series this year.
October 21, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Sunday night was about celebrating a quarterback, but Sunday afternoon was about celebrating over a quarterback. That's what Carolina safety Mike Mitchell did at least, after dragging down Sam Bradford from behind as the St. Louis quarterback ran out of bounds. As Bradford lay in a crumpled heap, rolling back and forth with a knee injury, a seemingly oblivious Mitchell threw his head back and arms out and yelled in celebration. The Bradford injury was an ugly scene on an ugly day for quarterbacks.
October 21, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Bad news for the Bears. Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler will miss at least a month with a torn groin muscle, and linebacker Lance Briggs has a small fracture in his shoulder, the team announced Monday. Cutler was injured Sunday when he was sacked by Washington, the team-record 158 th time he's been sacked since joining the Bears in 2009. His injury will not require surgery, the Bears said. “I'm only confident by what they've told me,” Bears Coach Marc Trestman said of the quarterback's status.
October 17, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Instead of searching for hidden gems, the managers of AdvisorShares' short-only Ranger Equity Bear fund spend their days scouring the stock market for sinking ships. Brad Lamensdorf and John Del Vecchio, co-managers of the exchange-traded fund, have targeted four companies they believe will cut dividends because of cash-flow problems, making them less attractive to investors: -- Diebold Inc., a North Canton, Ohio, company that makes ATMs, voting machines and security equipment.
October 17, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
So the yeti is a teddy? The abominable snowman is just a bear? What's next: Bigfoot is a big bobcat? Sasquatch is just a guy dressed in a gorilla suit? On Thursday, news broke that British researcher Bryan Sykes, a human geneticist at Oxford, had analyzed hairs from two alleged yetis , sequenced their DNA and found a 100% match: a DNA sample from the jaw of an ancient polar bear. A bear? Really? Scientists might find that thrilling, but for those of us who dream of messing with Sasquatch ( sorry, Jack Link's!
October 17, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The Himalayan yeti - or some version of that mythical creature - may be a relative of an ancient polar bear, according to new research by a University of Oxford geneticist. Bryan Sykes, a human geneticist at Oxford, analyzed the hairs from two alleged yetis, one that came from an unknown animal mummy in the western Himalayan region of Ladakh and the other from an animal discovered 10 years ago in Bhutan. Sykes sequenced the DNA from each of the two hairs and then looked for a match in a large database of other animal genomes.  [Updated 1:52 p.m. PDT Oct. 17: Sykes put the call out last year for samples from “formally undescribed species,” according to a release, and then chose 30 of what he deemed “credible” samples to test.
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