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October 6, 2012 | By Amber Dance
The digital doctor will see you now. Just pull out your smartphone. Want to track your blood pressure? Make checking your pulse as easy as saying "cheese"? Figure out your eyeglasses prescription or diagnose an ear infection? "The smartphone is effectively becoming a scientific instrument," says Frank Moss of the MIT Media Lab. With modern high-resolution screens and powerful computing ability, the smartphone can perform tests that previously required a doctor's visit. And more cheaply.
September 24, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Matt Schaub is just fine. Don't worry about the Houston Texans quarterback, who lost his helmet and had to miss a play following a brutal -- and illegal -- hit by Denver Broncos defender Joe Mays (see video below). "I felt fine," Schaub said. "I just lost a piece of my ear. I was bleeding and my helmet came off. So I had to come out for a play, but I was fine.” Wait ... what?! Is it just me or does Schaub seem a little nonchalant for a guy who just lost a piece of his ear ?
September 24, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Meet Shippo, the furry clip-on tail that wags when you're happy or excited and droops in a neutral position when you're calm and meditative. Shippo was created by Neurowear, a company that uses the same technology doctors use to detect seizures and measure brain activity to make products that are more fun and frivilous and play with different ways of expressing our emotions and moods. The company's first product was Necomimi, a pair of plush cat ears that read the wearer's mind using  electroencephalography (EEG)
September 20, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
At the end of the night, the El Monte lifeguards who were fired for making a video spoof of a South Korean pop phenomenon did not win their jobs back. But they did make a splash that continues to be felt in the San Gabriel Valley city. "The city is the laughingstock of the nation," observed political consultant Xavier Hermosillo during a lengthy council meeting Tuesday that ended with city officials ordering a review of the mass firing. He suggested the city "do the right thing" and hire back the guards.
September 12, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple introduced new headphones for its devices called "EarPods. " They will be included with the new products Apple announced Wednesday, which are the iPhone 5, the fifth generation iPod Touch and the sixth generation iPod Nano. The new headphones are also available separately starting Wednesday. The EarPods are available for $30, according to the company's website, which has been updated to include Apple's new products. Apple said it has worked on redesigning its headphones over the last three years.
September 8, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Sometimes what I think the Pulitzer committee is after, humor-wise, isn't just one epic exposé, as per last week's gem on rotten-tomato fights. It's a body of hard-hitting work. That's what leads me to this steamy parking garage in Burbank, looking for Deep Throat. My investigative partner is my buddy T-Bone (not his real name), who is also overdue for a Pulitzer, which is named - bet you didn't know this - for a St. Louis publisher responsible for some of the most exploitative journalism of all time.
July 13, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Anyone who has ever longed for more expressive ears, your moment has arrived: This week the Japanese company Neurowear has made Necomimi -- its plush, mind-reading cat ears -- available in the U.S. Using electroencephalography (EEG), the same technology doctors use to detect seizures and measure brain activity, the company has created a pair of plush catlike ears that are supposed to respond to the wearer's mood -- drooping when you are lost in thought, perking up when you are concentrating.
July 9, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Atop his chocolate mare JJ, Rene Herrera follows a dirt path from Gabrielino Equestrian Park on the eastern end of Hansen Dam Recreation Area to a nearby creek shaded by cottonwoods. Families with coolers and bags of food have beaten Herrera and two other horse riders there, seeking refuge in the wooded waterside from temperatures in the 90s. While a dozen children splash around in a swimming hole, the adults kick back in hammocks and camp chairs, eating grilled chicken and shooting the breeze.
July 9, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Fido the dog and Ginger the cat need not worry about being replaced by a new baby - in fact, they could be helping parents raise healthier children. A new study finds that children who lived with dogs or cats during their first year of life got sick less frequently than kids from pet-free zones. The study, published in Monday's edition of the journal Pediatrics, provides fresh evidence for the counterintuitive notion that an overly clean environment may not be ideal for babies.
June 22, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Dick Clark was fond of saying "music is the soundtrack to your life. " It probably won't be the soundtrack to the sale of Dick Clark Productions. Put on the block last week by Red Zone Capital Management, a private equity firm controlled by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, Dick Clark Productions counts among its assets more than 30 years of episodes of "American Bandstand," the weekly dance show of top hits that usually featured big-name singers performing as well. That would seem to be a potential gold mine of rock 'n' roll history, but making money off of it is another story.
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