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March 28, 2009 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A brilliant green tree frog with huge black eyes joins jumping spiders and a striped gecko among the more than 50 new animal species that scientists have discovered in a remote, mountainous region of Papua New Guinea. The discoveries were announced Wednesday by Conservation International, which spent the last several months analyzing more than 600 animal species the group found during its expedition to the South Pacific island nation in July and August.
March 26, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Planet-hunters scouring the heavens have found thousands of distant worlds around other stars, but astronomers may have overlooked one lurking much closer to home. Scientists searching for glimmers of light beyond Pluto say they've discovered a new dwarf planet - and that its movements hint that an invisible giant planet far larger than Earth may inhabit the solar system's mysterious frontier. The new dwarf planet, dubbed 2012 VP113 and described in a study published in Thursday's edition of the journal Nature, helps confirm the existence of an "inner Oort cloud" in an interplanetary no man's land that was once thought to be barren but could be teeming with rocky objects.
June 12, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A World War II German submarine containing the remains of more than 50 sailors and spies has been found four miles east of Cape Cod, where the U.S. Navy sank it in 1944, a commercial diver said. Edward Michaud said he found the U-boat in 41 feet of water, partly buried in shifting sand, on June 5 after three years of research. The 251-foot-long sub was sunk Oct. 28, 1944, after its commander used a Coast Guard radio frequency to communicate with Germany in code.
March 25, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan, Ralph Vartabedian and Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Calm seas returned Wednesday to aid the search for the missing Flight 370, but public protests and the first legal filing on behalf of a passenger hinted at a stormy forecast for Malaysia and its state-supported airline. Executives of Malaysia Airlines said Tuesday that they would pay at least $5,000 to each of the families of the 227 passengers aboard the Boeing 777 that disappeared March 8, but the gesture appeared to provide little comfort to distraught relatives, about 100 of whom marched to the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, where some clashed with police.
October 19, 2009 | T. Rees Shapiro
Richard Whitcomb, a mechanical engineer who changed the way we fly today with three design innovations that made airplanes fly farther and faster using less fuel, has died. He was 88. Whitcomb died of pneumonia Tuesday in Newport News, Va. His contributions, for which he won the most prestigious prize in aviation, focused on a plane's efficiency cutting through air at speeds approaching the sound barrier, or the "transonic region." As airplanes approach the speed of sound, they encounter a significant increase in drag, or force that resists the plane's movement through the air. Whitcomb made improvements to wings and how they attach to the fuselage to lessen the amount of drag on an airplane.
March 14, 2013 | By Todd Martens
AUSTIN, Texas - There's approximately 2,500 artists here for the annual South by Southwest music festival and conference, and in the coming days the media will tell you about a few of them. Well, mainly the ones you already know, be it the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Depeche Mode, the Flaming Lips, Green Day, Paramore and Prince, who's expected to perform here Saturday. Yet wander the clubs that populate Austin's Sixth Street and the blocks around it, and it's quite possible to stumble upon an artist or two who will be occupying the vaunted veteran role at whatever SXSW has morphed into a decade from now. If the likes of Autre Ne Veut and Feathers aren't yet ready to be declared "the next Prince" or "the next Depeche Mode," each artist made the case that could very well someday assume that role.
October 6, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
British archaeologists have found the remains of a massive stone henge, or ceremonial circle, that was part of the ancient and celebrated Stonehenge complex, a find that is shedding new light on how the monument was built and its religious uses. The new henge, called Bluestonehenge because it was built with blue Preseli dolerite mined more than 150 miles away in Wales, was on the banks of the River Avon, where ancient pilgrims carrying the ashes of their dead relatives began the journey from the river to Stonehenge, nearly two miles away.
March 9, 2011
Today's travel photo of the day aptly depicts a monument celebrating travel and discovery. This image, taken by Times reader "LanaiLady," shows the Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon. The monument is dedicated to the Portuguese who took part in Europe's Age of Discovery in the 15 th century. It was constructed in 1960 and commemorates the 500 th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator, whose likeness gazes out at the Tagus river from the tip of the monument. Henry, a prince of Portugal, was a strong proponent of Portugal's efforts in discovery and exploration.
September 19, 2010 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Physics of Imaginary Objects Tina May Hall University of Pittsburgh Press: 160 pp., $24.95 In hard times, as you well know, fewer risks are taken when it comes to potential profit and potential loss. In the publishing world, this means less experimental fiction published by large houses. It also means an upwelling of creative new houses and imprints that publish raw experiments with language. Tina May Hall's pungent writing breaks down walls between poetry and prose, narrator and reader, humor and horror.
July 18, 2013 | By Rick Schultz
Few would have imagined that more than 40 years after Igor Stravinsky died, the composer's sex life would be a source of renewed interest. Robert Craft, a conductor and Stravinsky's longtime assistant, writes in his new book, "Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories," that the composer had several homosexual affairs - including one with Maurice Ravel - during the years he composed his three great ballets, "The Firebird" (1910), "Petrushka" (1911) and "The Rite of Spring" (1913). If true, Craft's revelations pose tantalizing questions about Stravinsky's sexuality as it relates to his art. A towering figure in the history of music, Stravinsky was a private man who led a double life for decades, dividing his time between his wife and four children and his lover, Vera, who became his second wife.
March 20, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks will retire as chairman of the board of the cable giant in May. Hendricks, a science buff who worked in academia, launched Discovery Channel in 1985 and over the years the company went from owning a handful of educational outlets to a global media juggernaut filled with popular reality shows. Besides its flagship channel Discovery, the company also owns TLC, Animal Planet and 50% of Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network. “Few words can appropriately convey what kind of person John is, or what he has meant to this company and the cable television industry overall.  He is a true visionary, a man of enormous integrity and one of the world's great entrepreneurs," Discovery President and Chief Executive David Zaslav said in a statement.
March 19, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
Furious residents confronted state officials at a community meeting Wednesday night to discuss the high levels of lead found in the backyards of homes near a Vernon battery recycling plant. "We've been hearing the same junk over and over and over," said Robert Cabrales, an organizer with the environmental justice group Communities for a Better Environment. "When are we going to see cleanup in our communities?" The meeting came one week after state officials announced that soil testing had revealed elevated levels of lead in the soil at homes and a park north and south of the Exide Technologies plant.
March 13, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
The first Zoila Meeks heard about pollution from a Vernon battery recycler was when workers showed up at her Boyle Heights home last month and asked to dig up her yard to test for lead. They found it, and now Meeks and dozens of other residents in this quiet neighborhood of tree-lined streets tucked near the Los Angeles River are left wondering whether their health has been threatened, and what is going to happen to their homes. "It's very scary," said Meeks, who has a 7-month-old daughter.
March 6, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Spotify, the Swedish streaming music service, is buying The Echo Nest, a data company that has analyzed more than 35 million songs.  With the acquisition, Spotify will improve the ways users discover new music, the company said Thursday. The move comes as Spotify, founded in 2008, faces increasing competition from rivals such as the heavily promoted Beats Music, launched in January by headphone company Beats Electronics.  INTERACTIVE: Discover songs of L.A. "We are hyper focused on creating the best user experience and it starts with building the best music intelligence platform on the planet," Daniel Ek, Spotify's chief executive, said in a statement . " With The Echo Nest joining Spotify, we will make a big leap forward in our quest to play you the best music possible.” Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.  The purchase of Somerville, Mass.-based  Echo Nest will also make it easier for third-party developers to build applications for Spotify, which completed a funding round of about $250 million in November.
March 6, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
When it came to officially launching her latest service, Findery , Caterina Fake decided that she wasn't going to be rushed.  "With apps, it's really important to get it right the first time," Fake said. "You don't get a second chance like you do on the Web. " VIDEO: Unboxing the Quirky Spotter multipurpose sensor As one of tech's more notable entrepreneurs, Fake is someone who would know. She was co-founder of Flickr, which Yahoo bought in 2005 for $35 million.
March 5, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
“Gold fever” is still alive, a California historian said after last week's discovery of more than 1,400 coins buried on a Northern California couple's gold country property. The historic find, believed to be the most valuable in North America, has had people around the world buzzing since the announcement by numismatic firm Kagin's Inc., which evaluated the hoard and is representing the couple. “There's something about gold, ever since the days of legendary King Midas, it's just incredible people's response to this,” said Gary Kurutz, director of special collections at the California State Library.
July 13, 2000 | K.C. COLE
The first time, it was a solo planet drifting around by itself in the vastness of space--the first ever seen untethered to a star. The next time, it was "quark soup." Then it was hypothetical "dark matter" particles known as WIMPS. Each time, scientists were so sure of what they saw that they called a news conference to announce the results to the world. And each time, other scientists chimed in to protest: It just ain't so. Why can't the scientists agree on what they saw?
August 28, 2004 | From Reuters
Using a technique that could open a new phase of discovery, a tiny telescope has spotted a planet circling a faraway star, scientists said Tuesday. The 4-inch-diameter telescope -- about the size a backyard astronomer might use -- tracked the periodic dimming of light from a star 500 light-years away. That dimming suggested the presence of a big planet regularly blocking out a small portion of light as it passed between the star and Earth.
January 30, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Overt femininity is sometimes just a wall to keep outsiders from peering in. That's certainly the case for "Somewhere Slow's" Anna (Jessalyn Gilsig), who looks like Avon Barbie, sounds like Minnie Mouse and orders a Diet Coke and small fries like a lady - though she makes sure the three cheeseburgers she ordered with them come back up before she's left the restaurant. Anna's exhaustion from keeping up appearances reveals itself through wrinkles, pimples and blemishes, and her attempts to cover them up give her a deathly, chalky pallor.
January 24, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Opportunity is marking its 10th anniversary on Mars with a little bit of well-earned recognition. The NASA rover was eclipsed in popularity by its much more Wall-E counterpart, Curiosity, when that high-rolling rover landed nine years later. Curiosity was a superstar. This was a sleek, brawny geochemistry lab, the biggest robot ever landed on another planet. And its Twitter feed is consistently adorable .  Opportunity's landing mate, Spirit, succumbed on the Red Planet in 2010.
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