July 30, 2013 |
Our society often touts teamwork, but when faced with an easy task, groups may actually perform worse than individuals - at least when the group is made up of Temnothorax rugatulus ants. A study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that T. rugatulus ant colonies could consider two competing nesting sites and make a good collective decision about which was the better option if the difference between the two was small. When the difference between the nests was obvious, however, the “group advantage” disappeared and colonies were more likely to choose the inferior site . When T. rugatulus colonies in coniferous forests choose a potential nest, they dispatch about 200 scouts to scope out the territory.
July 24, 2013 |
Pesticides sprayed on crops could be making honey bees susceptible to a fatal parasite and contributing to recent declines in bee populations, according to a study. Researchers found 35 pesticides, some at lethal levels, in the pollen collected from bees servicing major food crops in five states, including California, according to the study published online Wednesday in the journal PLOS One. Levels for two chemicals were above the dose that would kill half a population within two days, according to the report.
July 11, 2013 |
Leaders of the financially troubled Colony Theatre in Burbank said that they have achieved a measure of stability and that they are moving forward with a new season, scheduled to begin in September. In the fall, the 38-year-old Colony was on the brink of shutting down and was looking to raise $500,000 by the end of 2012. While the company missed that deadline, leaders said they eventually raised the money with significant help from an individual donor and a grant from the Marilyn P. & Wayne H. Kohl Memorial Fund.
July 10, 2013 |
Actress Peri Gilpin of “Frasier” fame and her husband, artist Christian Vincent, have sold their place in Malibu for $4.25 million. Described as a “quintessential Malibu Colony cottage” in the listing, the main house and guest house contain four bedrooms, four bathrooms and 1,783 square foot of living space. The backyard includes a wood-burning fireplace, built-in barbecue and a spa. Gilpin, 52, has appeared this year in the series “Men at Work.” She played Roz Doyle on “Frasier” (1993-2004)
July 8, 2013 |
Colony Capital Chairman Tom Barrack has been named chairman of Miramax, replacing Richard Nanula, the company said. On Sunday, Nanula resigned as chairman of the independent film producer and as a principal of Colony Capital, a private equity firm that co-owns Miramax. His resignation came after two websites published photos purportedly showing Nanula having sex with an adult-film actress. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Nanula's departure was confirmed by an executive close to Colony with direct knowledge of the matter who declined to speak publicly because of the sensitive nature of the situation.
July 7, 2013 |
Richard Nanula has resigned as chairman of Miramax and as a principal of private equity firm Colony Capital, a co-owner of the independent movie producer, in the wake of two websites recently publishing photos of a man identified as Nanula having sex with an adult film actress. The resignation of Nanula was confirmed by an executive close to Colony with direct knowledge of the matter who declined to speak publicly because of the sensitive nature of the situation. His exit comes after he had taken an abrupt leave of absence in late June.
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June 27, 2013 |
Six state correctional officers were recovering from injuries after they were attacked by an inmate Thursday at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo. At least one of the officers was seriously injured by the inmate, who used his fists and a plastic cup to batter the officers, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. State authorities identified the inmate as Christopher McCoy, 34, who is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for a first-degree murder conviction.
June 26, 2013 |
Miramax Chairman Richard Nanula has taken a leave of absence from the Santa Monica independent film studio and from its co-owner Colony Capital, where he is also a principal. The disclosure of Nanula's departure Wednesday came after two websites recently published photos of a man identified as Nanula having sex with an adult film actress. One of the sites has since removed the photos. A spokeswoman for Colony Capital declined to discuss the posted images or when Nanula might return.
June 21, 2013
Extensive restoration and expansion work by the owners has reinvigorated this 1920s Spanish Colonial-style house set in a wooded canyon area. A rotunda entry tower with an arched front door, carved and stenciled ceiling beams and tile wainscoting are among the home's details. Location: 5237 Alta Canyada Road, La Cañada Flintridge 91011 Asking price: $3,499,995 Year built: 1925 Architect: Arthur Kelly House size: Five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, 4,512 square feet Lot size: 17,300 square feet Features: Piano nook and fireplace in living room, formal dining room, study with fireplace, family room/library with loft and fireplace, media/playroom, lap pool, spa, views to Los Angeles and Santa Catalina Island.
June 7, 2013 |
Michael C. Hall of "Dexter" fame has bought a restored home in Los Feliz for $3.825 million. The updated 1920s Spanish Colonial and guesthouse have killer views of the surrounding hillsides and cityscape. Features include archways, beam ceilings, wrought-iron work, French doors and wood floors. There are six bedrooms, six bathrooms and more than 5,600 square feet of living space. The gated grounds contain a swimming pool. Hall, 42, has starred as the murder-minded main character on "Dexter" since 2006.