May 22, 2010 |
Kudzu, a fast-growing and invasive Asian vine introduced in the American South several decades ago, has now blanketed more than 7 million acres of the region, making it sometimes seem more common than the hallmark azaleas, dogwoods and peach trees. Now there's evidence that the plant also increases air pollution. A paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported a link between kudzu and the production of ozone, the colorless and odorless gas that is the main component of smog.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1988 |
A presidential campaign may be in progress but you'd never know it from the bare automobile bumpers on the local freeways. Political consultant Joseph Cerrell says that in the last few months he's counted a total of two stickers supporting the Democrats' Michael Dukakis on local roads and one supporting the Republicans' George Bush. A Times survey conducted on the San Diego and Santa Monica freeways Sunday found Bush in the lead, one sticker to zero.
September 13, 1996 |
The typical ethnomusicologist is an academic who travels to out-of-the-way places in distant lands, recorder in hand, capturing for posterity the exotic sounds discovered there. Eric Davidson fits that bill perfectly--except that he's a biologist and made his field recordings here in the United States. Davidson teaches at Caltech in Pasadena and is a founding member of the Iron Mountain String Band, which plays Saturday at Ball Junior High cafeteria in Anaheim.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2012 |
Roy J. Britten, a Caltech biologist who discovered that the mammalian genome includes large quantities of repetitive DNA sequences that do not serve as blueprints for genes, has died. He was 92. Britten, who had pancreatic cancer, died Jan. 21 at his home in Costa Mesa, Caltech announced. Britten and molecular biologist Eric Davidson, a Caltech colleague, also played a key role in the development of the field of evolutionary developmental biology, which demonstrated that most of the differences between species arise from changes in how similar genes are regulated, rather than from mutations in the genes themselves.
June 12, 2005 |
The high school sports season is ending with an eruption of ethical misconduct, none more disturbing than what happened with the Villa Park baseball program. Coach Scott Luke resigned last week when his athletic director and principal confronted him with allegations that several players held batting practice on the day of a playoff game, a violation of Southern Section rules.
July 3, 2010
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. TUESDAY Michele Dominguez Greene : The author of "Keep Sweet" will read and sign her new YA novel. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175. Piper Kerman : The author of "Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison" will present and sign her new memoir. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. Michael Maltzan : Zócalo presents a discussion with the architect and Frances Anderton, host of KCRW's "DnA: Design and Architecture," focused on the question, "Is Good Architecture a Luxury?"
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June 2, 2009 |
Sometimes in the evening, long after her last class of the day, Patricia Medina has an uncommon urge. She wants to go back to school. "I want to come at night and just, like, make something," said Patricia, a sophomore at University High School in West Los Angeles. What could reduce an otherwise bright, engaging student to dreams of breaking and entering?
December 18, 1986 |
Fewer than 50 spectators populate the wooden bleachers at Tournament Park in Pasadena, and Caltech football Coach Lin Parker says most of them would not be there if it were not for the free beer. There are no hot dogs or cheerleaders and half time festivities routinely consist of crocheting, reading a physics book or staring placidly in seeming contemplation of the universe. Clearly, this is not Pac 10 football.
January 12, 1986 |
He is definitely not one of your theatrical professors, not the formidable John Houseman of TV's "The Paper Chase" or the pedantic Professor Higgins of "My Fair Lady." Caleb Finch is strictly a university professor of the '80s--reddish beard, balding pate, plaid shirt, casual pants, friendly, laid-back manner. Don't let the picture fool you. Caleb Finch is intent on cracking one of the most pertinent of the late 20th Century's questions: the neurobiological process of aging.