June 22, 2013 |
The stunning Côtes du Rhône "Petit Ours Brun" (little brown bear) tastes like a youthful Cornas. The grapes come from a parcel that winemaker Matthieu Barret calls "no man's land"; it lies just between the official boundaries of Cornas and St. Joseph. The wine is 100% Syrah from 40-year-old, low-yielding vines. Oh, and it's also certified biodynamic. The taste is cool fruit, earth, bruised blackberries and that indefinable wild quality that makes Syrah from this part of the Rhone pure magic.
June 19, 2013 |
HTC has unveiled a large smartphone, the Butterfly S , that features the most powerful battery the company has ever packed into a mobile device. The Butterfly S is an upgrade of the Verizon Wireless-exclusive Droid DNA and will come with many of the same news, photo-shooting and video-capture features as the HTC One, which launched in the U.S. a couple of months ago. But at 5 inches, the Butterfly S towers over the 4.7-inch One or the 4.8-inch iPhone. It also has a faster processor than the One. PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 Among the hardware specifications: 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600, 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage, with a microSD expansion slot available.
May 24, 2013 |
Featuring a glass atrium with 150 species, Butterfly Wonderland opens in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday, on a five-acre parcel on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The new attraction brings a tropical rainforest environment right into the middle of the Arizona desert. Butterfly Wonderland will also feature educational laboratories, interactive exhibits, and a 3-D movie theater along with a gift shop and café. In addition to seeing more than 3,000 butterflies, visitors can stop by the Rivers of the Amazon to check out some aquatic life, an ant colony , and the Honey Bee Extravaganza exhibit that features of series of beehives (protected by glass, of course)
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April 19, 2013 |
Kris Jaro Hasson shot this photo of a butterfly on Monday at the Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. She used a Canon S95. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or reader submission gallery . Visit latimes.com/socalmoments for more on this photo series.
April 12, 2013 |
Hard-core techies will probably hate hearing this, but Facebook Home, an Android interface for smartphones, will be a popular choice for heavy users of the social network. The interface rolls out Friday for certain Android devices alongside the launch of the HTC First, the first smartphone to come with Facebook Home pre-loaded. If you're frequently on Facebook and have one of the devices that can download the interface, you may want to check it out. Facebook Home pushes aside users' smartphone apps in exchange for emphasizing their Facebook friends.
March 13, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Scientists who take the annual measure of Mexican forestland famously occupied by migrating monarch butterflies said Wednesday that the butterfly population is the smallest they have seen in two decades. The likely cause is unseasonably warm weather recently in the United States, as well as a dramatic loss of habitat in the U.S. Corn Belt, the scientists said. In a survey carried out in December and January, researchers found nine monarch colonies wintering in central Mexico, occupying a total of 1.19 hectares, or 2.94 acres, a 59% decrease compared with the previous year's study.