November 5, 2012 |
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - When Ulysses Bermudez hikes upstairs to check on his elderly neighbors in his public housing project, he is met by a fetid stench from people unable or afraid to go down the 14 dark flights to use portable toilets set up in the street. "People can't live like this," he said. But on Monday, a week after super storm Sandy slammed into New York, many still do. Hundreds of residents in the Red Hook West project, Brooklyn's largest, are without heat, electricity, elevators or water.
September 28, 2012 |
As NASA's Mars rover Curiosity continues its meandering route across the planet's rocky surface, a team of engineers and scientists back on Earth are having their own Martian experience: They're learning to live on "Mars time" by adjusting to its slightly longer, 24.65-hour day. Those extra 39 minutes and 35 seconds may seem like a small difference, one easily absorbed into the variable nightly sleep schedule of the average human. But it's not a one-time change like jet lag; instead, it's like traveling across a time zone every single day. So adjusting to even a slight change in schedule is difficult for people to deal with.
August 31, 2012 |
Let's face it: Eating at a fast food restaurant is not about the ambience. It's fast, and its music and lighting seem geared to on-the-fly dining -- sort of laundromat-meets-elevator. But did it ever ever occur to you that meals served amid bright lights and intrusive contempo-jazz might contribute to overeating? Or that dimming the lights a tad and soothing the pace of that frenetic soundtrack might have the opposite effect? A new study , published this week in Psychological Reports: Human Resources and Marketing, says it does -- and fast-food restaurants could institute such changes without fear of losing money.
August 27, 2012 |
The heat outside a North Hollywood rehearsal studio is in the triple digits, and inside isn't much better, but Alanis Morissette manages a cool, beatific calm beneath the hot lights of a film crew. She is fast approaching "the fever pitch" of activity that accompanies her every album release, even after a break of four years. A camera sweeps in on a boom for a close-up of the singer-songwriter, cheerful in a gleaming white blazer, her auburn hair long and parted down the center. She is here to talk up a new album, "Havoc and Bright Lights" (out Tuesday)
August 14, 2012 |
Yohance Salimu, an All-City defensive lineman at Crenshaw High, had run out of options. His family had lost its apartment and was living at a homeless shelter far from school. He was taking trains and buses and staying with friends. There was no place to put his clothes, so they were starting to smell. Crenshaw football Coach Robert Garrett decided it was time to intervene. He offered Salimu six lockers at school. The catch: Salimu had to memorize six locker combinations.
April 29, 2012 |
It's been a long time since wearing sunglasses was just about shading the eyes from the glare of the sun. Just as often, that pair of Wayfarers, cat-eyes or aviators is used to create an air of inaccessibility and mystery. That's especially true among the celebrity set seeking a disguise and rock musicians trying to cultivate an anti-establishment vibe behind impenetrably inky or mirrored lenses. But, thanks to the latest celebri-trend - custom-made, lightly tinted lenses in light neutrals or pale pops of color - sunglasses are no longer an accessory that looks cool at the beach or behind the wheel but affected indoors and elsewhere.