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A government test has determined that a red dye used in many lipsticks is a powerful herbicide capable of killing marijuana plants, prompting some Bush Administration officials to propose using the dye in an airborne offensive against domestic marijuana cultivation.
April 25, 2014 | S. Irene Virbila
The drive through the Spanish Basque country to the acclaimed grill restaurant Asador Etxebarri swings through hillsides clad in infinite shades of green, up a narrow road to the village of Axpe and its minuscule square framed by a church, a school - and Etxebarri's stone-and-timber building. Kids chase balls. Old ladies share a bench. And on the far side, muscular bicyclists catch their breath after the ride up the mountain. For Americans, grilling is practically synonymous with char.
January 26, 1994
"Protecting Human Guinea Pigs" (Jan. 16) clearly demonstrates the need for strong regulation, oversight, and enforcement to prevent scientists from performing medical experiments on human beings without their consent. However, when it comes to immoral and unethical business practices, a separate standard seems to apply. The Environmental Protection Agency reported a few years ago that in one year alone, 1987, industry was permitted to spew at least 22.5 billion pounds of toxic and cancer-causing chemicals into the nation's air, land and water.
April 25, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Yes, he even falls with grace. Mikhail Baryshnikov doesn't get much opportunity to dance in "Man in a Case," a performance piece that has been adapted from the Anton Chekhov short stories "The Man in a Case" and "About Love. " The most he offers is a few moves wreathed in air quotes. But there's a point in the production, which opened Thursday at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, when he slides down a steep flight of steps that is more revealing of his character than anything thus far in his portrayal.
September 10, 2009 | Ramie Becker
This Saturday, while the Sunset Strip Music Festival rolls out various forms of pop music, a completely different idea of radical sound will be heard all over Los Angeles, stretching and blurring the boundaries of music and noise and art. The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS) is celebrating 10 years of experimental sounds and artist collaborations by staging an all-day (and completely free) concert series, leading its participants through various L.A. neighborhoods and concert venues.
August 15, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Space shuttle Discovery's astronauts took more pictures of the Hale-Bopp comet and struggled with balky experiments. Mission Control said a device to isolate unwanted vibrations from delicate science samples apparently has problems with its electronics. And a heat-transfer experiment has yet to collect any data because of bubbles in the line.The shuttle is expected to return Monday morning.
April 22, 1997 | JENNIFER LEUER
Ocean View High School students became unwitting subjects of an unusual psychology experiment Friday. About 25 psychology students wearing all-black clothing and holding clipboards stood in the central area of the school and collected data on how passers-by reacted to their silent presence. The students stood shoulder to shoulder on a platform overlooking the school's indoor commons and recorded students' and teachers' physical and emotional reactions.
July 12, 2012 | By Timothy D. Wilson
Once, during a meeting at my university, a biologist mentioned that he was the only faculty member present from a science department. When I corrected him, noting that I was from the Department of Psychology, he waved his hand dismissively, as if I were a Little Leaguer telling a member of the New York Yankees that I too played baseball. There has long been snobbery in the sciences, with the "hard" ones (physics, chemistry, biology) considering themselves to be more legitimate than the "soft" ones ( psychology, sociology)
September 9, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
South Korea acknowledged that it conducted a plutonium-based nuclear experiment more than 20 years ago at a reactor since dismantled. The Yonhap news agency said the experiment did not violate a safeguard agreement with the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. Last week, South Korea disclosed that it had conducted secret uranium-enrichment experiments four years ago. Plutonium and enriched uranium can be used in weapons.
June 29, 1993 | Associated Press
The space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts gave up trying to fix an experimental water-recycling system after hours of work Monday and instead focused on coming home. Rain at Kennedy Space Center threatened to delay the crew's return, however. Endeavour was scheduled to land at the space center at 5:44 a.m. PDT today, eight days after the satellite-retrieval and research mission began.
April 24, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Depending on your viewpoint, the horror film "The Quiet Ones" is either about a 1970s band of fearless experimenters (led by Jared Harris) who come face to face with paranormal evil, or about a mentally ill foster child (Olivia Cooke) held in captivity by cruel, smirking researchers in the English countryside. Mostly, though, it's a junky, unscary genre piece with a misleading title, because director and co-writer John Pogue jacks up the decibels so often to manufacture frights that you fear a punctured eardrum more than anything else.
April 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
OutKast will headline the 2014 BET Experience, the three-day music festival scheduled for June in downtown Los Angeles. Black Entertainment Television is expected to make an official announcement Monday that the Atlanta duo will topline the festival's rap-heavy showcase, which includes Rick Ross, ASAP Rocky and DJ Khaled. When BET announced in March the first set of performers for the festival, which will be in its second year, the network teased a “very special hip-hop reunion you won't want to miss.” RELATED: The inside story on OutKast That reunion is OutKast, which recently ended a seven-year hiatus with a headlining slot at the Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival this month.
April 19, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Mikhail Baryshnikov's earliest experience in the theater began when he was a child of just 4 or 5 in present-day Latvia, then a part of the Soviet Union. His mother, a Russian speaker unfamiliar with the local tongue, would drag along her young son to play interpreter. Now, after a career in dance, film and television, he's performing the title role in "Man in a Case," a multimedia adaptation of two short stories by Anton Chekhov running April 24 through May 10 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
April 17, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If "Watermark" does nothing else, it will make you question society's contradictory view of water use. The clear liquid is as essential to human life as it is threatened, yet we don't seem to be able to do what it takes to make sure it stays available enough to keep us alive. As co-directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, "Watermark" is a kind of companion piece to the pair's earlier "Manufactured Landscapes," which looked at how new industrial structures are transforming the face of the planet.
April 11, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In front of me, the movie screen starts at the floor and rises so high it's like seeing "Divergent" on the side of a building. At the moment warrior princess Tris, played by a fierce Shailene Woodley, is about to jump onto a speeding train. I can feel the train coming. Seriously, I can feel it. The subwoofers embedded in the cushy comfort of the theater's reclining chairs let the sound vibrate through my body. Tris' jump, just seconds before the platform she's running on ends over a dead drop, is stomach churning even on an ordinary screen.
April 10, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA receiver Kenneth Walker cut across the field, leaving cornerback Adarius Pickett in his wake Thursday. He snagged a pass and cruised into the end zone. This was good medicine. Walker was concerned at times last fall, worrying about his future. He spent the season on the sideline after back surgery in June. “For a while, I was depressed,” he said. “I thought I was going to get lost in the shuffle. We only had one receiver leave. Everyone else was back and played.
June 12, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The former white-led government tried to develop bacteria that would kill, or make infertile, only black people, the scientist who set up the apartheid regime's secret poison factory said. Dr. Daan Goosen told the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, engaged in unraveling the grim secrets of the apartheid era, that a major focus at the secret laboratory had been the infertility project. "It was not thought to get rid of all the black people, just to curb the birth rate," he said.
April 30, 1988 | RICHARD BEENE, Times Staff Writer
University of California researchers, aided by new technological alternatives, have cut back sharply in the last few years on their use of animals for experimentation, a report prepared by the University of California said Friday. The study, which had been ordered by the state Legislature, said that although scientists have become less dependent on animals, there may never come a time when animals will not be sacrificed in the study of disease.
April 9, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
It's rather refreshing that the next California Assembly Speaker spent her early years in a house with no indoor plumbing. Her family carried in water from a spring for drinking, cooking and washing. For a bathroom, they trekked to an outhouse. Assemblywoman Toni Atkins' father was a coal and lead miner; her mother a seamstress. The parents and their four kids crammed themselves into a little four-room house in rural southern Virginia. So when the Democrat, a San Diego transplant, talks about poor people and their housing needs, she isn't just whistling Dixie.
April 7, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Looks like Justin Timberlake is in mighty high demand. Pop's comeback kid is already slated to trot his 20/20 Experience world tour back through North America this summer -- including a gig at Staples Center on Aug. 12 -- but Timberlake will return for yet another stateside run this fall with 13 additional arena dates, promoter Live Nation announced Monday. After a quick return to Europe and a run through Australia and New Zealand this fall, Timberlake will tackle a new North American trek that will carry him through winter.
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