June 11, 2013 |
Florida, land of the giant invasive snail, and the giant invasive python, is also home to a giant, indigenous mosquito, which may come out in force this summer, if the rains are just right. The extra-large Psorophora ciliata , known colloquially as a shaggy-legged gallinipper, or simply a gallinipper, is three to five times the size of an average mosquito, as you can see in the photo above. It also happens to be an especially handsome mosquito, if you are into that kind of thing.
June 10, 2013 |
Simon Cowell egged - it's something we're supposing any number of "American Idol" and "Britain's Got Talent" wannabes have wanted to see for years now. And on Saturday night, during the "BGT" finale, it happened. During a performance by an operatic duo, a woman in a black dress popped up on stage with a carton of eggs and began hurling them toward the judges, Cowell especially, landing a few before security hustled her away. After the performance, Mr. Not-So-Nice-Guy could be seen removing his jacket, which was presumably covered with goo. (See the video above.)
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June 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Congress this year will deal with a host of profound issues: A confrontation over raising the nation's debt limit. Budget battles that will determine whether more cuts are made in government services. And the most ambitious attempt to overhaul the nation's immigration laws in nearly three decades. But first: the Great Egg Debate. A fight has broken out over how egg-laying hens should be treated - and specifically whether California can be blocked from requiring that eggs imported into the state be produced under voter-approved standards ensuring that the chickens can spread their wings.
June 5, 2013 |
During the first two days of my one-month local-food challenge, I ate almost solely fruits and vegetables. At Tuesday's dinner of sautéed local kale and a salad of local beets, local goat cheese, and local lettuce, a hungry family member commented that it was not actually a meal, but rather just two side dishes, and that this “whole locavore thing” was not going to last. Determined to prove him wrong, I bought a dozen eggs from Trancas Canyon Nursery for $5 and I whipped up a quick frittata for dinner.
June 5, 2013 |
One of the many ways in which humans' evolved characteristics clash with a fast-changing post-industrial society can be seen in the female egg. Even before a woman passes the age of 30, the quality of the oocytes she carries begins a downturn in quality, making conception more difficult and chromosomal abnormalities more likely. And her eggs take a steep dive in quality as she nears 40 -- whether or not she has found a suitable mate, achieved career goals or completed her pre-family to-do list.
May 30, 2013 |
Julianna Margulies is almost too glamorous for television. With that raven hair and those fine-cut cheekbones, the 46-year-old actress seems born for adornment on a 22-foot-high screen. But her career has always revved on a higher level on the small screen, in such long-term roles as her seven-year stint on "ER" and, since 2009 as scorned spouse Alicia Florrick in "The Good Wife. " She's received Emmys for both shows but, "Wife" comes with a bonus: Once again, Margulies gets to live in New York City, where she happily mingles with the regular folk on the street and subway, and is tickled not to be recognized - because it lets her observe the human condition and be a better actor.
May 25, 2013 |
Live video by Animal Planet L!ve Here on the West Coast, we are going to miss the once-every-17-year cicada invasion, but thanks to the Science Channel and its Cicada Cam, we can at least get a glimpse of the bugs about to overwhelm our friends back East. The streaming live video of the insects with beady red eyes may be more gimmicky than scientific -- it's a plug for the Science Channel's cicada programming on Memorial Day weekend -- but it does provide a good look at the fascinating insects that are about to emerge on the East Coast by the billions.
May 5, 2013 |
When giant container ships sail into major ports like Los Angeles and Long Beach, it's not just clothing and cars that they deliver. They also carry critters. The specimens - microscopic algae cells or larger castaways, such as eggs of fish or crustaceans - float about in the thousands of tons of water the boats use as ballast. When the ships dump their ballast at port, the species can establish a foothold in foreign lands, often with detrimental consequences to native wildlife. But soon ports may be able to mitigate some of that harm by predicting where invasive species are likely to arrive.
April 26, 2013 |
It's fitting that Ham & Eggs Tavern, a new rock 'n' roll dive in downtown L.A., is practically next door to the Golden Gopher, Cedd Moses' first foray into manly historic core gentrification a decade ago. Ham & Eggs harks back to how the downtown bar scene was just before it transformed into L.A.'s new party Babylon: underlighted, weirdly decorated and just cheap enough to get sauced on a $20. Now that King Eddy has been revamped, Ham & Eggs is...
April 25, 2013 |
Looking for a quick and easy recipe? It doesn't get much simpler than frittata. Heat a pan, add some beaten eggs and flavorings and slowly cook to puffed perfection. Frittatas are easy to make and are versatile, perfect for breakfast or brunch, even dinner. Serve slices hot, fresh out of the pan, or make the frittata ahead of time and cool to room temperature before setting slices out on the table. Flavor the frittata with whatever you've got on hand: sauteed vegetables, leftover meats, fresh herbs, whatever cheese sounds good at the moment.