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January 10, 2011 | By Eryn Brown
One of red blood cells' remarkable characteristics, among many, is their ability to deform and squish their way through blood vessels -- even blood vessels tinier than they are -- to deliver oxygen throughout the body.  Scientists believe this flexibility contributes to red blood cells' ability to circulate for an average of 120 days. Now researchers at the University of North Carolina have synthesized red blood cell-sized and -shaped nanoparticles that mimic this flexibility and longevity.
March 28, 2014 | By George Hobica
As you're planning your summer travels, you may be in for sticker shock: Airfares on some routes are higher than they were four or five years ago. Here are some tips for making your airfare dollars go farther. -- There's no magic time to buy an airfare. The latest myth is to buy exactly 54 days in advance. Others say buy on Tuesday or Wednesday at midnight or when the moon is full (just kidding). But airlines are unpredictable, and anyone who claims he or she knows that airfares will be lower or higher in the coming months or days should trade in their crystal ball.
December 27, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Here's an easy "feel-good" flexibility move that you can incorporate into your workout routine when your legs or hips feel tight or sore. Make sure the chair you use is sturdy and stable and is on a non-slip surface. Stand facing a non-rolling chair with you hands on your hips and your toes forward. Place your right foot on the seat of the chair. Keep your back straight as you lean forward and rest your hands on top of the chair's back rest. Be sure to keep your left heel on the floor as you bend your right knee slightly and press your pelvis toward the chair.
March 27, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Baseball knows well how the “best-laid plans” routine turns out. You plan in pencil in this game. The Dodgers, though, would like to have gotten through their first series on U.S. soil without facing the possibility of turning their rotation upside down. Ace Clayton Kershaw is out with a sore back. Hyun-Jin Ryu could be out with a sore toe. Now their three-game series in San Diego could feature starting pitchers Dan Haren, Zack Greinke and Paul Maholm. And they might want to place Greinke in bubble wrap.
September 7, 2013
Re "A civil right to organize," Opinion, Sept. 2 Harold Meyerson notes that California allows cities to set their own minimum wages above the state's rate. I would support that if city officials were allowed to set rates below the federal minimum if doing so would promote economic growth within their municipalities. The federal government can broadly influence economic growth through a variety of tactics. States can as well, but for the most part it's a zero-sum game among the various states.
September 27, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Overtraining your legs or heavy strength training for your thighs can lead to tight quadriceps and hip flexor muscles. It's important to keep these muscles flexible with a simple move, which you can do at a wall for added stability. When you feel comfortable, move away from the wall and practice holding your balance while practicing this pose. Face a flat wall and stand an arms-length away. Shift your weight over your right leg, bend your left knee and grasp your left hand around the arch of your left foot.
March 27, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
U.S. politics combined with diplomacy as Russian President Dmitri Medvedev took a swipe at Mitt Romney and President Obama, pointing to an uncooperative Congress and a toxic political environment at home to explain why he was delaying negotiations with Russian leaders over missile defense. Romney, in a CNN interview Monday, had referred to Russia as "our No. 1 geopolitical foe," prompting Medvedev to tell reporters here that the Republican front-runner's language seemed out of date and "smelled of Hollywood" stereotypes.
February 26, 1998
After Alex Del Thomas, a school janitor with a felony record, was charged with committing a campus murder, California required that fingerprints be submitted with applications for teaching credentials. Schools need to be careful about the men and women who teach children. Now in Orange County, a vocational education teacher named Natividad Alvarado Jr. has been knocked out of his job with the regional occupational program in San Juan Capistrano because of the fingerprint law.
March 26, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
Republican presidential candidates on Monday jumped on a comment President Obama made to Russia's president, arguing that the president's remarks that he has more flexibility to deal with the nation after the fall election suggested he had troubling plans that he was keeping from the American people. "Russia is not a friendly character on the world stage. And for this president to be looking for greater flexibility, where he doesn't have to answer to the American people in his relations with Russia, is very, very troubling, very alarming," Romney said on CNN's "The Situation Room.
February 27, 2005
ThANK you for the piece by David Shaw, "The Perils (and Joys) of Spontaneous Dining Overseas" [Traveler's Journal, Feb. 13]. My wife appreciates my extensive research and flexible plans, especially on trips to Italy. I use the same resources Shaw mentions, plus a few others. I make few restaurant reservations in advance. I seek recommendations from locals I trust. My prescription for a great vacation: Start early, vicariously, with some research. Create a plan that nails high points with reservations, provides plenty of additional options and flexibility once there.
February 13, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Two years after the San Onofre nuclear plant was shuttered because of its problematic steam generators, state authorities are deciding how Southern California Edison ought to power the homes and businesses of its customers without the troubled plant, which generated 19% of the company's energy. Finding the right answer is especially important because, for all the dangers of nuclear power, it has the advantage of a low carbon footprint. Natural gas, the easiest replacement, is a fossil fuel that worsens global warming.
February 7, 2014 | By Melinda Fulmer
The kettle bell overhead squat is a graceful way to build strength and flexibility at the same time. It's demonstrated here by David Schenk, co-founder of Cross Train LA in Hollywood. What it does The twisting, weight-assisted squat builds strength in your glutes, hamstrings and quads while increasing shoulder strength and stability. It also works on chest flexibility. What to do Start out standing with your feet more than shoulder-width apart, with the kettle bell pressed straight up to the ceiling in your right hand, elbow locked.
January 31, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers fielded plenty of questions Friday from season-ticket holders concerned about the team's decision to eliminate the distribution of paper tickets . Instead, the Dodgers will provide bar codes that fans can print at home or scan directly from a smartphone at an automated turnstile. The Times has heard from fans as well -- one called the decision "possibly the first misstep by Guggenheim Baseball" -- and we wanted to offer a few answers. Q: My grandfather does not have a printer or a smartphone.
January 7, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
DALLAS - Shawne Williams was waived Monday, but the Lakers don't plan on filling his roster spot any time soon. Unless, of course, another guard is injured. The Lakers were down to 14 players, one below the NBA maximum, after cutting Williams before his contract became guaranteed the rest of the season. They want to maintain roster flexibility and will not add free-agent forward Hedo Turkoglu because they think his skills are declining. And, of greater importance, they have two healthy guards, Kendall Marshall and Jodie Meeks . There's a just-in-case wariness permeating the Lakers while Kobe Bryant , Steve Nash , Steve Blake , Jordan Farmar and Xavier Henry sit out with injuries.
December 24, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
It's a perk wireless customers have come to expect: Sign up for a two-year service contract, and get a new smartphone at a deeply discounted price or sometimes even free. But the reign of cellphone subsidies could be ending as customers demand more flexible mobile plans, forcing wireless carriers to look for alternatives to the long-standing practice. AT&T Inc. hinted this month that it was considering doing away with phone subsidies. Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said subsidizing a smartphone every two years was an expensive undertaking that he didn't think the company could afford.
November 29, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
This year, Gov. Jerry Brown pushed through a new formula for funding public schools, a simpler and fairer approach designed to drive more money to students disadvantaged by poverty or a lack of English fluency. The change is expected to help the state's neediest children for decades to come. But Brown's noble concept will be undermined if the funding is used by schools as an unrestricted bonus rather than as money with a mission. The legislation that revamped education funding was unfortunately vague on how the money should be used, leaving the details to the state Board of Education.
April 19, 2004 | Jeannine Stein
No one likes to think about the ravages of age, but our bodies change as we get older -- and not always for the better. Joints get stiffer, muscles ache more and it's more difficult to shed extra pounds. The good news is that regular exercise can stave off many of the deleterious effects of aging. 'Keeping Fit in Your 50s': This series presents exercise as an essential component to older women's lives.
November 25, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers experienced an early day, a 9 a.m. charter flight to Washington D.C. As usual, Kobe Bryant was up before any of them. He signed a two-year contract extension Monday morning for $48.5 million that stands to keep him with the Lakers until he is two months shy of his 38th birthday. PHOTOS: Kobe Bryant through the years He ended several months of speculation before even playing a game, terminating his lame-duck status in what could have been the final year of a contract paying him $30.5 million this season.
November 6, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Eddie Vanderdoes Jr. vividly remembers his first football game. He was 8, but two things rush back at him. "I had seven tackles," the UCLA freshman defensive end recalls, "and the guy I was going against had B.O. " The memory inspires an impish grin that looked out of place on the face of a 6-foot-4, 305-pound football player. "He really smelled," Vanderdoes added. This is the happy-go-lucky Vanderdoes, the guy even his father calls a big lug. "He likes to be a little goofy," Eddie Vanderdoes Sr. said.
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