June 26, 2013 |
Researchers have unraveled the genetic code of a wild horse that loped across the frozen Yukon about 700,000 years ago, making it the oldest creature by far to reveal its DNA to modern science. Until recently, experts believed it was impossible to recover useful amounts of DNA from fossils that old. The previous record holder for oldest genome belonged to a polar bear that lived more than 110,000 years ago. The horse sequence, described Wednesday in the journal Nature, amounts to a dramatic increase in how far back scientists can peer into the biochemical history of advanced life.
June 23, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Film Festival announced its prize winners during a brunch downtown on Sunday afternoon. Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead was there to present the feature film jury prizes. The jury prize for narrative film went to Janis Nords for “Mother, I Love You,” a Latvian film about a little boy who falls into a world of petty crime. The jury prize for documentary film went to Ryan McGarry for “Code Black,” a look at changes affecting emergency room medicine at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center.
June 22, 2013 |
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - As five major wildfires rage at the onset of a fire season far from over, many in this state are saying the time has come to consider toughening building regulations and shifting some fire protection costs to those who live in danger zones. After the deadly 2012 Waldo fire - at the time the most damaging in state history, with 346 homes lost and two deaths - Gov. John Hickenlooper convened a task force to begin to look at ways to restrict or at least rethink how to build on forestland.
June 21, 2013 |
It's L.A.: We're spoiled and we know it. Just about any night of the week, and certainly any weekend, there is a de facto film festival happening in Los Angeles. With the city's revitalized, astonishing rep house scene, commercial first-run cinemas and smaller-scale series and one-off events, any Angeleno can always find a great selection of films new and old throughout the city with minimal effort. So naturally that puts a lot of pressure on the Los Angeles Film Festival. The 19th edition of the festival opened last week with Pedro Almodóvar's bawdy throwback "I'm So Excited" and heads toward its conclusion this weekend with a closing night screening of the conventional, lukewarm comedy "The Way, Way Back.
June 19, 2013 |
The term "code black" is the phrase used by physicians to describe a full emergency room. They could safely use the term to describe the crowded "Code Black" premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Tuesday night. The film depicts the 2008 class of interns entering Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. The group is shown thrilling at all the action and direct patient interaction of C-booth, a 20-by-25-foot emergency room in which the most critical patients are treated. Soon, though, the old hospital is closed (it is not earthquake-safe)
June 9, 2013 |
California-made and -set films often turn up at LAFF. Among this year's standouts: "Fruitvale Station" This feature debut from writer-director Ryan Coogler is a gripping drama drawn from the real-life incident in which a 22-year-old man was killed by transit police in an Oakland train station on New Year's Day 2009. Starring Michael B. Jordan in a stirring turn, the film finds dramatic tension in the struggles of the everyday and builds to the tragedy of a life cut short. Having won major prizes at Sundance this year and with the Weinstein Co. now behind it, "Fruitvale Station" should remain in the conversation for months to come.
May 26, 2013 |
From digitally printed textiles to stylish tech gadgets and even wearable computing, the ever-growing partnership of fashion and technology is catapulting the design world into a whole new dimension. Evidence was everywhere at the New York fall-winter 2013 fashion presentations in February - from models tweeting as they walked the runway at the end of the Kenneth Cole show to Vivienne Tam's "propaganda print" dresses bearing a pattern that incorporated QR barcodes, readable by scanners to link back to Tam's Facebook page.
May 24, 2013 |
"Glee's" Naya Rivera is keeping her real estate agent mother busy this year. The 26-year-old actress bought a house in Los Feliz for $2.6 million and a sale is in the works on her home in a 90210 neighborhood. The East Coast-inspired traditional that she purchased retains its 1930s vibe but has been updated. There are five bedrooms, four bathrooms and nearly 4,200 square feet of living space. The for-sale contemporary, listed at $2.1 million, includes a library with a wet bar and kegerator, four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 3,300 square feet.
May 21, 2013 |
The injured children came into the Children's Hospital at the Oklahoma University Medical Center in Oklahoma City fast. So fast that the hospital set up a triage center in its own facility. "Every once in a while, a trauma trickles into the emergency room at OU Children's," said Bob Letton, pediatric trauma medical director at the hospital. But not Monday. In the wake of a powerful tornado that ripped through the area, he said, "a facility used to seeing one or two traumas a day all of a sudden had over 50. " PHOTOS: Powerful tornado slams Oklahoma Doctors and other staff almost immediately treated the "walking wounded" -- those with lacerations and other minor injuries -- so the emergency room could handle the more seriously injured, Letton said.
May 17, 2013 |
Sandy Valdivieso and her husband intended to fly from Los Angeles to Dakar, Senegal. They ended up almost 7,000 miles off-course in Dhaka, Bangladesh. How something this bizarre could happen illustrates how a single mix-up on an airline's part can cascade into a travel nightmare of epic proportions. It also highlights how customer service can be found lacking, particularly in light of the fact that Valdivieso spent months trying to secure some sort of compensation from the carrier, Turkish Airlines, but received nothing but runaround.