September 12, 2013 |
French filmmaker Luc Besson has long been among the world's finest purveyors of classy trash, making movies that are a combination of glossy style and gritty action. From his own films as director such as "La Femme Nikita" and "The Professional" to more recent efforts on which he served as producer and screenwriter like "Transporter" and "Taken," Besson has a knack for entertainment that is somehow smart and dumb, flashy and yet wise. His latest, "The Family," with Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, walks the same line.
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September 8, 2013 |
San Pedro's Cabrillo Marine Aquarium has discovered a way to dramatically boost reproduction of California's official state marine fish - the tangerine-colored garibaldi. The aquarium is at the center of an unprecedented captive-garibaldi population explosion: 71 newborns, no bigger than pinkie fingernails, with electric-blue spots on their backs. A year ago, most of those fish would have died in infancy. But new care and feeding techniques have dramatically improved their survival rate.
September 6, 2013 |
Does the success of corporate America derive from the "frontier spirit" of the country's earliest settlers? Do the roots of British industry's collapse lie in a sense of lingering national complacency? These are assertions made by Kai Hammerich, a Danish headhunter, and Richard D. Lewis, a British linguist, in their new book "Fish Can't See Water: How National Culture Can Make or Break Your Corporate Strategy," published by Wiley. The title is an allusion to the cultural blindness of executives who, the authors argue, are often unable to see the effect of national cultures on businesses.
August 28, 2013 |
Mercury found in high levels in deep Pacific Ocean fish such as swordfish has a chemical fingerprint, and it implicates coal-burning power plants in Asia, according to a new study. A research team from the universities of Hawaii and Michigan looked at mercury in the flesh of nine species common to the massive North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, the largest ecosystem on the planet, at 7 million square miles. Four years ago, the team found that mercury levels in such fish as tuna increased with the depth of the fish's habitat.
August 14, 2013 |
The former ABC executive who helped "America's Funniest Home Videos" producer Vin Di Bona bring his vast repository of amateur videos to the Web has left the company they founded amid differences over the future direction of the company. Bruce Gersh, who together with Di Bona launched an independent production company to capitalize on the surging popularity of YouTube videos, said he is departing FishBowl Media Worldwide with the end of his contract. Di Bona said he and Gersh met Thursday to discuss the future of FishBowl Worldwide Media.
August 12, 2013 |
FLORENCIA, Colombia - The expansion of China's middle class isn't some abstract notion in this sweltering corner of Colombia's Amazon River basin. It's driving a private-public partnership trying to steer the local economy away from illegal coca farming and toward filling Asia's growing demand for expensive ornamental fish. Fish farming around Florencia, a city of 165,000 people, is focused on the silver arowana, a highly coveted species called dragonfish in China. Each silver arowana costs pennies to raise but sells at retail for up to $40 in Hong Kong, where collectors view an aquarium filled with nine arowanas as a sign of good luck.
August 2, 2013 |
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife on Friday that said it is investigating why hundreds of smallmouth bass have been found floating belly up in a stretch of the Lower Owens River just south of the eastern Sierra community of Lone Pine. “We are working with our own biologists and multiple agencies to determnine what happened and why,” Fish and Wildlife Lt. William Bailey said. “We're also looking at permits and agreements governing uses of that river.” The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which manages the Lower Owens River, believes the fish suffocated from a lack of dissolved oxygen caused by mud and debris flows triggered by unusually heavy rains and flash-flooding in the Owens Valley region during the week of July 22. However, local environmentalists and fishing enthusiasts point out that the inclement weather coincided with scheduled maintenance and repair work that required draining a five-mile-long section of the nearby Los Angeles Aqueduct.
July 28, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- The Russian Internet exploded this weekend after the Kremlin posted a video on its website in which President Vladimir Putin, the phenom of the outdoor adventure photo-op , catches a big pike -- a really, really big pike. How big? That is the question that has consumed the Russian blogosphere, and led to an avalanche of humorous and sarcastic remarks. In the video, Putin, dressed (of course) in a camouflage jacket and hat, lands (with the help of a military-clad assistant)
July 11, 2013 |
Almost 20 years later, Jeff Denholm still remembers in detail the first time he got back on a surfboard after the accident. It was a cold October morning at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk, Maine, when Denholm and his five remaining inches of right arm waded into the 30-degree water. Attached to his nub was a plastic cup stitched inside a wet suit. On the outside, Denholm glued a piece of hard rubber with a rudimentary scoop at the end. For 30 minutes, he side-stroked out, wondering how his self-made prosthesis would hold up as each large wave knocked him and his board backward.
July 10, 2013 |
Fish populations in Souther n California have dropped 78% over the last 40 years, according to a new study. Scientists consulted an unlikely source, sifting through records of fish caught up in the cooling systems of five coastal power plants from northern San Diego County to Ventura County. The analysis confirmed what fishing data and stock assessments had long indicated: That there has been a steep, ongoing drop in a wide variety of fish in the region over several decades.