February 13, 2010 |
Do studies of a feather flock together? It certainly seemed that way when two reports on the coloration of early dinosaur feathers were released a week apart. Courtesy of the discoveries, creators of the next "Jurassic Park" knockoff can now render the fuzzy or feathered reptiles in vivid -- and accurate -- Technicolor. One study, published Jan. 27 in the journal Nature, revealed the presence of "ginger" coloring in ancient feathers of several bird and dinosaur fossils. Notably, the scientists from Britain, Ireland and China described the orange crest and orange-ringed tail of the tiny 125-million-year-old Sinosauropteryx , a dinosaur that had primitive, bristly plumes not unlike those of the modern-day kiwi.
February 14, 2011 |
If the fashion that appeared on the Grammy red carpet seemed relatively tame, a handful of artists made up for it when they performed onstage during the awards ceremony. Lady Gaga led the pack with her arrival in a Hussein Chalayan-designed pod that was carried in the manner of an ancient Egyptian litter. She "hatched" from the egg-like structure wearing a transparent yellow raincoat-style jacket and a wide brim hat, and her cropped top and long skirt with a high slit allowed her to successfully sing and dance after she emerged.
September 18, 2013 |
Microraptor , a small dinosaur that lived in northeast China about 120 million years ago, had feathers on its wings, hind legs and tail. But in all likelihood, it didn't fly like a bird. Instead, it glided from trees and cruised over “medium distances” - but not very often, according to a study published online Wednesday in Nature Communications. This picture of Microraptor , whose fossils were discovered only 15 years ago, is the result of wind tunnel experiments conducted at the University of Southampton in England.
May 20, 2010 |
When Jonathan Cabral of Agoura broke a Marmonte League record in the 110-high hurdles that had lasted for 35 years, it was the strongest indication yet that the slender 6-foot-3, 180-pound junior had reached a level of excellence every teenage athlete dreams of. In finishing with a time of 13.70 seconds, the fastest clocking in California this year and the third fastest in the nation, Cabral proved the old adage that practice makes perfect --...
February 17, 1985 |
The advertisements appeared on the back pages of women's magazines and Sunday newspapers, promising such attributes as a fuller bust or a slimmer waist. The products promoted by Jack and Eileen Feather, major shareholders of Cambridge Plan International, went by such names as the Mark Eden Bust Developer, Astro-Trimmer (a waist reducer) and Slim-Skins (sauna pants that are attached to a vacuum cleaner).
November 24, 1989 |
Fur-clad Beverly Hills women shopping Wilshire Boulevard department stores today might be asked to defend their right to wear real furs. It's the third annual Fur-Free Friday and demonstrators will be picketing 80 locations across the United States, including Beverly Hills. Feather coats that resemble furs could be the answer for some women. Michelle Massullo of Cleveland and her four business-partner sisters recently shipped their first collection of feather wraps to I.
September 9, 1999 |
Among Native Americans, there is no honor higher than receiving an eagle feather. It's a symbol of high achievement and great spiritual power. Few Native Americans ever attain such status. So Gov. Gray Davis' aides used reverential tones to announce that an eagle feather had been bestowed upon their boss at a meeting with Indians last week as Native Americans and Davis negotiated the future of casinos on tribal land.
April 22, 2012 |
At dress shops across Los Angeles, mother-and-daughter pairs dressed in jeans and high school sweat shirts that read "Seniors 2012" are on a mission. It's officially springtime, and for many a young woman in high school, that can mean only one thing: prom season has arrived. The hunt for just the right dress can be a challenge. The little black dress may be the suitable go-to for almost every other occasion, but for prom, a simple black dress won't do. The perfect prom dress has to dazzle in pictures, make the wearer feel like a princess and hold up to a full night on the dance floor.
September 17, 1995 |
During a visit to eastern Kentucky, a Pima Native American from Arizona accepted a gift of two feathers--one from an owl, one from a vulture, both shed naturally by the birds. The Pima man put them in his hatband, hoping to gain wisdom and strength from their spirits. But both the giver and the receiver may have unwittingly committed a federal offense punishable by up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, it is illegal for most people to possess, trade or sell almost any bird or bird part.
January 28, 2010
Wings take on a role of their own in "Legion," as God sends his army of flocked angels to bring on the apocalypse. "The wings define the angels, so we wanted to create them as weapons as well as for flight and push the idea of angels as warriors," said visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer, referring to the 12- to 14-foot wing spans of Archangel Michael and Gabriel. Early in the conception stage, a metallic look was considered, using a material that matched the Archangel's gladiator-type costumes.