August 3, 2012 |
LONDON -- The long goodbye for Michael Phelps is turning into the golden goodbye. Phelps won his third gold medal of the London Olympics with an emphatic statement in the 100-meter butterfly, winning in 51.21 seconds. He was seventh at the turn and put on his trademark finish of power. "I didn't have a good finish, didn't have a good turn," he said. "But, you know what, I'm not going to nit-pick my races right now. I'm just happy to be able to defend that title. All of my 100 flys have have been within two-tenths of a second.
August 1, 2012 |
LONDON -- World champion Jiao Liuyang of China consolidated her hold on the 200-meter butterfly Wednesday by winning the event at the Olympics, taking the gold in 2 minutes 4.06 seconds. American Kathleen Hersey had been considered a serious threat to win based on her impressive showing in the semifinals, in which she had the fastest qualifying time, but she finished fourth in 2:05.78. The event was highlighted by a slice of history. Spain's Mireia Belmonte won the silver, her country's first medal at these Games and said to be the first swimming medal ever won by a Spanish-born woman.
July 31, 2012 |
LONDON -- It came down to the last stroke. And Michael Phelps came up just short, resulting in a shocking reversal of fortune. Chad le Clos, a 20-year-old from South Africa, touched the wall first in the 200-meter butterfly. Phelps' silver ties him with Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina for the most Olympic medals won by an individual, at 18. This ended Phelps' bid for three consecutive Olympic gold medals in his pet event, the one that put him on the map. The 200-butterfly got him to the Olympics for the first time in 2000, and Phelps had not lost the race at the Summer Games since placing fifth in Sydney.
July 30, 2012 |
LONDON -- There would be none of this too-close-of-a-call-type thing for Michael Phelps in the men's 200-meter butterfly Monday night. Phelps won his semifinal heat in the event he has virtually owned for more than a decade. He had the fourth-fastest time, 1 minute 54.53 seconds, but was a mere 0.28 seconds behind leader Takeshi Matsuda of Japan, who won the other heat. American Tyler Clary, a first-time Olympian, recorded the fifth-fastest time, 1:54.93. Phelps is the two-time defending Olympic champion in the 200 butterfly and holds the world record in the event.
July 28, 2012 |
LONDON - Dana Vollmer broke Olympic and U.S. records in the women's 100-meter butterfly on Saturday morning, setting the stage for a challenge to the world record. Vollmer blew away the qualifying field, posting a time more than one second faster than all of her competitors. Her time of 56.25 seconds beat the American record she set at last month's Olympic trials (56.47) and beat the Olympic record set by Inge de Bruijn of the Netherlands in 2000 (56.61). "I'm really happy with that," Vollmer said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2012 |
As quests go, the one Thousand Oaks garden designer David Snow embarked on is a doozy. For six months, Snow has devoted himself to saving the reputation of America's most beloved butterfly by getting the world's largest maker of pesticides to change its ways. Specifically, Snow wants Ortho to change the labels on its "Bug-B-Gon" and "Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Insect Killer" so they no longer feature images of the striking monarch butterfly caterpillar under the ominous vow, "guaranteed results.
June 28, 2012 |
OMAHA - Tyler Clary was halfway through his race, and that shopping trip sure looked like a waste of money. His sister and his girlfriend spent Thursday afternoon buying dresses and shorts for London. Clary had not yet qualified for the Olympics, but surely that would be a matter of time. Or not, considering the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. trials had 50 meters to go, with Clary in fourth place. "I was thinking damage control," said his mother, Stacy. "I was just going into mom mode.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2012 |
Here in the shortgrass prairie, where being stuck in the ways of the Old West is a point of civic pride, scientists are building a machine that will, in effect, look into the future. This month, on a barren Wyoming landscape dotted with gopher holes and hay bales, the federal government is assembling a supercomputer 10 years in the making, one of the fastest computers ever built and the largest ever devoted to the study of atmospheric science. The National Center for Atmospheric Research's supercomputer has been dubbed Yellowstone, after the nearby national park, but it could have been named Nerdvana.
May 17, 2012 |
The Postman butterfly, a brightly colored favorite of collectors and scientists since its discovery in the Victorian era, tastes bad -- very bad. Predators who have bitten into one shy away from future contact because of the foul aftertaste. The butterflies have taken advantage of this trait by developing distinctive black and red wing coloration that quickly warns predators to stay away. An international collaboration of scientists has now sequenced the genome of the Postman butterfly -- more formally known as Heliconius melpomene -- and shown that this unusual coloring has been passed among related species by hybridization, a crossbreeding among species that is rarely found in the wild because it usually makes the offspring less likely to survive.