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June 21, 1989 | JOHN H. LEE, Times Staff Writer
The words "Invisible Forces" blink in fluorescent white and blue neon at the entrance to a new exhibit at the Los Angeles Museum of Science and Industry. In the entryway, a wormlike electric current sputters its way up two antennas. "It used to be referred to as Jacob's ladder by scientists, but it's more commonly associated with the apparatus in Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory," said John Sirugo, educational director for Southern California Edison Co., which is sponsoring the month-old exhibit on electricity and magnetism.
April 25, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
As temperatures plunged to 16 below zero in Chicago in early January and set record lows across the eastern U.S., electrical system managers implored the public to turn off stoves, dryers and even lights or risk blackouts. A fifth of all power-generating capacity in a grid serving 60 million people went suddenly offline, as coal piles froze, sensitive electrical equipment went haywire and utility operators had trouble finding enough natural gas to keep power plants running. The wholesale price of electricity skyrocketed to nearly $2 per kilowatt hour, more than 40 times the normal rate.
"Have you ever tried to read a newspaper with one hand?" asked Leslie McClellan. The 68-year-old man from Gainesville, Fla., knows that it's truly an exercise in frustration. Reading a newspaper is just one of life's daily activities that is a challenge for the two-thirds of the 4 million American stroke survivors who are left physically impaired. (Former President Gerald R. Ford suffered what was called a small stroke Wednesday, but doctors said he does not seem to be significantly impaired).
April 23, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Two former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have been charged with planting guns at a medical marijuana dispensary to arrest two men, one of whom prosecutors said was sentenced to a year in jail before the bad evidence was discovered. Julio Cesar Martinez, 39, and Anthony Manuel Paez, 32, face two felony counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice and altering evidence, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced Wednesday. Martinez was charged with two additional felony counts of perjury and one count of filing a false report.
April 10, 2001
Electricity? We don't need no stinking electricity. We got sunlight, beaches and babes in bikinis. Turn the lights out. JOHN JAEGER Irvine
October 18, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- California's electric utilities and other power sellers better hope that scientists and engineers come up with a surefire way to bottle lightning. That's a dramatic way of describing the more prosaic goal of finding a way to store large amounts of electricity, something that, up until now, did not seem practicable. On Thursday, the state Public Utilities Commission voted to create a formal "energy storage target" of 1,325 megawatts -- equivalent to the output of almost three modern, natural gas-fired power plants.
July 20, 2012
Re "Gaming of energy market jolts consumers," Column, July 18 Michael Hiltzik again throws light on the dark side of American enterprise. JPMorgan Chase & Co. should be forced to repay California for revenue it gained by manipulating regulations on energy markets. If the "smart people" in that organization have nothing better to do than cheat, maybe they should be sitting in a federal prison and not in some Wall Street office. If corporations possess the right of free speech, then on the flip side, they should not be allowed to shield individuals within their ranks who game the system.
December 16, 2011 | By Dean Kuipers
A new discovery from a chemist at the University of Texas at Austin may allow photovoltaic solar cells to double their efficiency, thus providing loads more electrical power from regular sunlight. Not only that, but it's way cheap. Chemistry professor Xiaoyang Zhu and his team discovered that an organic plastic semiconductor could double the number of electrons harvested out of one photon of sunlight. Yep, plastic. For the Record, 12:15 p.m. Dec. 19.: An earlier version of this online article incorrectly said Queen's University is in Toronto.
September 19, 2012 | By Jon Bardin, Los Angeles Times
An international group of scientists has developed a material that can turn wasted heat into electricity with unprecedented efficiency, a discovery that may one day allow for more efficient cars and buildings. The finding was reported this week in the journal Nature. The material is crucial to creating devices called thermoelectric generators, which are designed to create an electrical charge when a difference in temperature exists across them. When such a difference exists, electrons move from one side to the other and a voltage is created which can be captured and used as electricity.
July 24, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
In the future, solar panels will no longer be restricted to the roof. You'll be able to put them on your windows too. Scientists at UCLA have invented a thin, transparent solar cell that can turn the energy of the sun into electricity, while still allowing visible light to stream through it.  "If you take a piece of glass and compare it to our solar cell, it is difficult to tell the difference," said study leader Yang Yang, a professor at...
April 23, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
Is Tesla going to be manufacturing more cars or car parts at a new facility? The electric car company won't comment specifically, but city officials in tiny Lathrop, Calif., say work is underway converting a 431,000-square-foot facility that once housed a Chrysler-Daimler distribution center into a Tesla factory. Lathrop City Manager Steve Salvatore, confirming the arrival of Tesla in his small town of 19,000, said the company had indicated it will be hiring 100 to 125 workers, to start, and is likely to hire more.
April 23, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Bomb squad investigators cleared a suspicious package Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport after the buzzing object turned out be an electric toothbrush. Workers were loading baggage onto a flight at Gate 26 in Terminal 2 when they noticed an object vibrating, said LAX spokeswoman Mary Grady. Airport police responded to the reports about 11:25 a.m., LAX police Sgt. Belinda Nettles said. No evacuations were ordered, but the area around the gate was cleared so officials could investigate.
April 22, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- Thanking his Chinese customers for “taking a chance,” Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk on Tuesday handed over the keys to the first nine electric vehicles the California car company has sold in the country. Plugging in a Model S at Tesla's first “supercharger” station in front of the company's offices in northeast Beijing, Musk vowed to build a nationwide network of the high-speed chargers -- which can deliver enough power for a 340-mile journey in about an hour -- “as fast as we can.” “We want to make sure people are able to travel almost anywhere within China using the supercharger network,” he said.
April 22, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
When Norman Hajjar rides around the country, he rides around the country. The long distance driver has just finished an epic 24-day, 12,000-mile national tour, driving a stock Tesla S model electric automobile. Hajjar's journey began in the Pacific Northwest, traversing Washington and Oregon before crossing California from top to bottom and heading east -- to Maine, via Wyoming and South Dakota. Then he drove the Tesla south to Florida, then back north to Pennsylvania before turning west and retracing the route back to California.
April 20, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
The job : Bill Dombrowski is president of the California Retailers Assn., a trade group based in Sacramento that includes most of the country's largest store chains, including 7-Eleven Inc., Safeway Inc., Macy's Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Home Depot Inc. For the last 20 years, he's crafted political and legislative strategies for the association, whose members generate more than $570 billion in annual sales and employ nearly 2.8 million people....
April 8, 2014 | Melissa Healy
With the help of electrodes placed near the spine, patients who had been paralyzed for more than two years were able to regain some voluntary control over their legs, according to a study released Tuesday. The electrodes stimulated the spinal cords of the patients while they engaged in specific motor tasks involving their paralyzed limbs. Before the patients were injured and their spinal cords were damaged, their brains would have sent those key electrical signals to their legs. The new study upends the assumption that two years post-accident is a point of no return for people paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury.
August 21, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The sweet potato is already the most nutritious of all vegetables, but its nutrient content can be significantly increased by running a small electrical current through it, Japanese researchers have reported. The Center for Science in the Public Interest once ranked sweet potatoes No. 1 of all vegetables in terms of nutrition, well ahead of No. 2 white potatoes. More than 95% of the global sweet potato crop is grown in developing countries, where the vegetable provides a crucial part of the diet.
October 26, 1995
Re "Complex Power Issue Needs More Exposure," editorial, Oct. 15: My concern with the deregulation of the electric industry lies with small business. Contrary to your assertion, the compromise provides for small business and residential customers to access low-cost power through the creation of an energy pool. The pool will dispense the lowest-ost power first, allowing all customers to share in the benefits of competition. For those small businesses that desire to choose their own provider, the compromise specifically provides for direct access simultaneously with the large customers.
March 31, 2014 | By Hector Becerra and Rosanna Xia
The magnitude 5.1 La Habra earthquake that shook Southern California isn't going into the seismic history books for its modest size and small damage totals. But it was an event on social media, which transmitted stories and images of the quake and its many aftershocks with a speed and breadth that left seismologists and emergency personnel taking notice. The first signs of damage came not from authorities but from residents posting photos on Facebook of broken dishes and fallen cabinets.
March 31, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and Jim Puzzanghera
As General Motors Co. heads into congressional hearings examining its failure to fix a deadly safety defect, the automaker has moved swiftly to burnish its safety credentials by recalling millions of vehicles. GM said Monday that it will set aside $750 million in the first quarter to pay for repairs even as it recalled an additional 1.5 million vehicles. The car company has now called back about 5 million vehicles in the last two months to fix problems including faulty power steering systems, oil leaks and fractured axle shafts.
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