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October 7, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are major underpinnings of mainstream science. And Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun, a physician who sits on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, says they are “lies straight from the pit of hell.” Broun, who is unopposed for reelection in November, made the comments in a videotaped Sept. 27 speech at a sportsman's banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Ga., according to the Associated Press. Here are his remarks: “God's word is true.
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February 12, 2014 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Today is Darwin Day, the 205th anniversary of the birth of the father of the theory of evolution. It's a scientific "holiday" that has had its evolutionary ups and downs. Five years ago, for the bicentennial of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of his publication of " On the Origin of Species, " celebration was robust, with Darwin Days proclaimed on dozens of college campuses, in museums and in the halls of government. Today, well, not so much. The oldest known ancestor of the holiday, pushed these days by the American Humanist Assn., arose at Salem State University in Massachusetts, in 1980, which still holds a weeklong Darwin festival.
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SCIENCE
April 8, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Brace yourselves, gentlemen: Not only does size matter when it comes to penis length, but female preference for large genitalia is probably what drove the evolution of your manhood to begin with. In a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers concluded that penis length was just as important as height when it came to sexual attraction among women. And just how did scientists figure that out? They asked 100 Australian women to look at life-size, computer-generated images of men in the Full Monty and asked them to rate each one as a potential sexual partner.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Even if the rom-com "Cavemen" wasn't opening a week after the similarly themed "That Awkward Moment," it would still feel like yesterday's news. At least "Awkward," contrived and mediocre as that Zac Efron vehicle is, has some It-boy sheen. "Cavemen" writer-director Herschel Faber has sketched such a thin and unfunny look at L.A. singles, it should mark the death knell for movies about child-men on the make. Meet aspiring screenwriter Dean (Skylar Astin), a decent sort blessed with not one but two jerky circles of guy pals.
OPINION
July 25, 1999
Like it or not, the creationists will ultimately make monkeys out of themselves if they continue to argue against evolution. ANDREA H. BURRELL, Huntington Beach
SCIENCE
May 31, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Deforestaton is propeling fast changes in evolution, a study of the Brazilian rain forest suggests. Researchers found that in areas where populations of large-billed, fruit-eating birds, such as toucans, have been driven out because of deforestation, palm trees have evolved to produce smaller and less successful seeds. The Brazilian scientists collected more than 9,000 seeds from 22 palm populations in patches of rain forest that had been fragmented by coffee and sugar cane development during the 1800s.
TRAVEL
March 20, 2011 | By Irene Lechowitzky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Representative of the city's transformation is the Oakland Museum of California, near Lake Merritt, which reopened in May after a $62-million renovation. The architecture and landscaping remain true to its original 1969 Midcentury Modern design: The galleries and public spaces are brighter and more open, and there is more room to showcase the museum's strong collection and new acquisitions. The first inkling I had that this museum was going to be different was a sign near the entrance that read, "Don't Lick the Paintings.
OPINION
August 1, 2013
Re "Is racial prejudice hard-wired?," Opinion, July 28 Neuroscientist Robert M. Sapolsky hits the nail on the head. Racial prejudice is rooted in behavioral characteristics and neural wiring that are the product of natural selection. Quickly sensing potential danger in one's environment, with other humans forming the major part of that environment, had survival value for our ancestors. We also quickly create categories of things and people and assign values to them. Humans are "groupists" by nature: Our ancestors formed group associations to survive.
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Thursday was a true dog day afternoon, as scientists announced they had - perhaps - finally solved the riddle of the origin of domesticated dogs. As my colleague Monte Morin reported : “Dogs evolved from a now extinct species of European wolf that followed bands of nomadic or semi-nomadic humans who were hunting woolly mammoths and other large prey.” In other words, dogs come by chasing ducks and squirrels and cars and tennis balls quite naturally. And how do the scientists know this?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2011
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2014 | By Susan King
Cinema was just emerging from its infancy when Charlie Chaplin created his comic character the Tramp a century ago. With his bowler hat, baggy pants, endearing little mustache, exaggerated shuffling walk and cane, the Little Tramp was an instant star. "The cinema was not yet 20 years old when he made the first Tramp film," said documentarian/film preservationist Serge Bromberg, whose Paris-based Lobster Films teamed with Flicker Alley three years ago to restore and release the "Chaplin at Keystone" DVD set. "What is so amazing is that 100 years later, he remains the absolute icon for cinema.
NEWS
December 30, 2013 | By David Lauter
By about 2-1, Americans accept the idea that “humans and other living things have evolved over time,” but as with so many issues these days, answers to that question have taken on a growing partisan cast. According to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center , six in 10 Americans say they accept the principle that species have evolved, while about one-third say that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.” That overall division of American views has stayed fairly constant.
SCIENCE
December 20, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
Never mind the selfish gene - the cellular family history of the oldest living species of flowering plants is marked by enough sex and gluttony to earn a place in Shakespeare's folio. The powerhouse organelles inside cells of Amborella trichopoda, a woody shrub that grows only in the humid jungles of New Caledonia in the South Pacific, gobbled up and retained the entire genome from the equivalent organelles of four different species, three of algae and one of moss, according to a study of the plant's mitochondrial DNA published this week in the journal  Science.
SCIENCE
November 30, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Richard Dawkins was enjoying a coffee at the Mondrian Hotel when a star-struck waiter interrupted him to thank him for his work. It was the kind of thing that happens a lot at the swanky West Hollywood hot spot - but usually to showbiz celebrities, not biologists. Dawkins is used to the adulation. The British intellectual has become a celebrity thanks to his books on evolution - including "The Selfish Gene," written in 1976 - and his vocal atheism, expressed in works like "The God Delusion," published in 2006.
SCIENCE
November 15, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Four billion years ago, rivers and lakes dotted the surface of Mars, their waters reflecting puffy clouds drifting in a blue sky, scientists believe. Now, it's a dry, rusty rock that's subject to fierce sandstorms, withering blasts of radiation and freezing temperatures that have frozen carbon dioxide to the planet's poles. What happened? That's the question NASA seeks to answer with the scheduled launch Monday of the MAVEN spacecraft. Planetary scientists believe the answer lies high in the Martian atmosphere.
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Thursday was a true dog day afternoon, as scientists announced they had - perhaps - finally solved the riddle of the origin of domesticated dogs. As my colleague Monte Morin reported : “Dogs evolved from a now extinct species of European wolf that followed bands of nomadic or semi-nomadic humans who were hunting woolly mammoths and other large prey.” In other words, dogs come by chasing ducks and squirrels and cars and tennis balls quite naturally. And how do the scientists know this?
OPINION
October 10, 2012
Re "Lawmaker calls evolution 'lies,'" Oct. 8 Does anybody else find it odd that a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee rejects the findings of mainstream science, publicly calling them "lies"? Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) is supposed to inform, guide and make decisions on national science policy. Meanwhile, our standing in the world with regard to science and education continues its precipitous decline. Stanley A. White San Clemente ALSO: Letters: Raising a transgender child Letters: The GOP's phantom menace Letters: Capital punishment -- the Manson test
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Returning to the country her family fled years earlier because of persecution by the Khmer Rouge, Kalyanee Mam has crafted a deeply felt portrait of Cambodia. Her documentary "A River Changes Course" is a profile of three families in different parts of the Southeast Asian nation - a remote northern jungle, a floating hamlet on the Tonle Sap River and a village outside Phnomh Penh - that captures the country at a crucial juncture on the industrialization spectrum. However emblematic their struggles are, the people Mam follows over several years are vivid individuals, whether they're facing a poor rice harvest, dwindling fish supplies or deforestation in the name of progress.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
In Southern California's outer orbit, a dusty highway drive away from the L.A.'s health-obsessed celebrities and hipsters, a massive $70-million factory is preparing to churn out 140,000 gallons of premium juice a week. The 264,000-square-foot Rancho Cucamonga facility is owned by Starbucks Corp., best known for its coffee-on-every-corner network of cafes. The Seattle java giant is watching juice shops crowd into major cities and command $10 a bottle even in a feeble economy. Now it's angling for a bigger sip of the $1.6-billion fresh juice craze, shifting production of its Evolution Fresh juice brand to the new factory Wednesday.
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