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May 16, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
An invasion of alien "crazy ants" is making many residents of the U.S. Gulf Coast long for the old days of pesky, biting fire ants. Like fire ants, these South American invaders seem to be fond of electrical equipment . But unlike their stinging red counterparts, the tawny crazy ants create mega-colonies, sometimes in homes, and push out local populations of ants and arthropods, a University of Texas researcher warns. Here's a bit of the behavior that earns the "crazy ant" name.
May 1, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Ever feel like you were the one doing all the work while everyone else just sat back and enjoyed the fruits of your hard labor? Well then you might appreciate the plight of those lowly yeast cells that work overtime breaking down table sugar into glucose and fructose while other free-loading fungi soak up the nutrients and proliferate wildly. In a paper published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Biology , researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology used yeast to investigate the consequences of widespread "cheating" among microbial societies.
April 29, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan, This post has been corrected, as noted below
Honeybees that live off the same sweetener found in soft drinks could be more vulnerable to the microbial enemies and pesticides believed to be linked to catastrophic collapse of honeybee colonies worldwide, a new study suggests. Researchers identified a compound found in the wall of plant pollen that appears to activate the genes that help metabolize toxins, including pesticides, according to the study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science. Although pollen winds up in the honey produced by Apis mellifera , these bees used to pollinate crops spend more time sipping on the same sugar substitute that is ubiquitous in processed foods - high-fructose corn syrup.
April 6, 2013 | By Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore
HONG KONG - When Mabel Cheung, one of this city's leading directors, shot her historical-political drama "The Soong Sisters" in China in the mid-1990s, the nature of the exchange for the co-production was simple: Beijing provided inexpensive manpower, and professionals from the British colony's highly developed movie industry provided the expertise. Hong Kong cinema, after all, had been enjoying a golden age for close to two decades - celebrated directors such as John Woo and Wong Kar-wai had helped the city's filmmakers garner a global fan base.
April 5, 2013
This Spanish Colonial Revival known as the Fraser House sits amid oak and olive trees in Pasadena's Historic Highlands landmark district. Vintage details include tile work and arched doorways. Location: 1026 E. Elizabeth St., Pasadena 91104 Asking price: $1.099 million Year built: 1928 House size: Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, 2,620 square feet Lot size: 10,676 square feet Features: Exposed hand-hewn ceiling beams in the living and dining rooms, hardwood flooring, wood-burning fireplace, sun room, breakfast area, laundry, guesthouse/studio with own entrance, upgraded electrical work, two-car garage, flagstone patio, built-in barbecue area, lawn About the area: Last year, 294 single-family homes sold in the 91104 ZIP Code at a median price of $499,000, according to DataQuick.
March 13, 2013 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Their new home has its own $2-million live theater. So it was fitting that the opening act Wednesday for actors and artists moving into the NoHo Senior Arts Colony was an improvisation. Operators of the 127-unit building had come prepared with a 4-foot-long pair of scissors for their grand opening, but they forgot to order up a ceremonial ribbon. "Do we have a ribbon? Do we have some caution tape? Anything?" asked Tim Carpenter, head of a nonprofit organization called EngAGE that will be in charge of arts classes at the $42-million Magnolia Boulevard development.
March 13, 2013 | Jessica Guynn
Even here in the world capital of far-fetched ideas, this one is more outlandish than most. Two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, frustrated by the shortage of visas that keep some of the world's brightest science and engineering minds from building companies on dry land, have hatched a plan to build a start-up colony in the middle of the Pacific. Max Marty and Dario Mutabdzija say they plan to park a cruise ship 12 nautical miles off the coast of Northern California in international waters.
March 8, 2013 | By Suzanne Muchnic
SICILY, Italy - Two years ago, the J. Paul Getty Museum ended a lengthy dispute with Italian cultural authorities by returning a towering limestone and marble statue of a Greek goddess to Sicily. The sculpture is now the pride of the relatively modest Museo Archeologico in Aidone - and by far its biggest attraction. The tiny hilltop town in central Sicily, near an excavation of the ancient city of Morgantina, is also the home of a Hellenistic silver collection repatriated in 2010 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
January 14, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The former home of Don Knotts in Glendale is for sale at $1.295 million. The Colonial Revival house, built in 1934, has been restored and updated. Features include a foyer that steps down to the living room, wood-beam ceilings, a decorative fireplace, coffered ceilings in the dining room, a breakfast room, a den, three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a three-quarter bath, a powder room and 3,213 square feet of living space. Knotts, who died in 2006 at 81, was known for his role as bumbling Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife in "The Andy Griffith Show" during the '60s, about the same time he owned the house.
December 26, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actress Michelle Stafford of "The Young and the Restless" has bought a house in Glendale for slightly more than $1 million. The two-story Monterey Colonial-style house of nearly 3,000 square feet features a central hall, a formal dining room, an updated kitchen, a den, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The two-story house with basement was commissioned by a Loma Linda Hospital doctor and built in 1948. Other medical professionals bought or lived in the house over the years, earning it the nickname "The Doctor's House.
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