May 21, 2010 |
A romantic adventure set in Las Vegas, the Southwest and rural Mexico, "Kites" has been given the no-holds Bollywood treatment by producer Rakesh Roshan and director Anurag Basu. In its telling, the love story draws from westerns, musicals, film noir, chase thrillers with stunts so preposterous they verge on parody — and it gets away with everything because of Basu's visual bravura and unstinting passion and energy. The film is free of both subtlety and irony, and it demands of its charismatic stars, Hrithik Roshan and Bárbara Mori, that they act their hearts out with the utmost sincerity.
HOME & GARDEN
August 15, 2009 |
Several large IKEA bags rest outside the little girl's bedroom door. She is leaving for college soon. By all estimates, she will barely sleep her freshman year, yet she seems to need $300 in bedding. So be it. I try to pick my battles. The other day, I got up early with the little guy, let his mother sleep in, and fixed him a fine breakfast of pistachios and leftover McDonald's milkshake, which he guzzled, naturally. So I followed that with some fried egg whites -- cooked slowly in little poker chips of fresh butter -- toast on the side, crumbs everywhere.
April 10, 2014 |
Fruit flies could make some talented fighter pilots. Scientists who had the insects wing it through two laser beams watched the bugs make hairpin turns at blazing fast speeds, by banking in the same way that fighter jet planes do. The findings, published in the journal Science, shed light on these tiny critters' remarkable ability to evade predators (and fly swatters). [Updated at 5:15 p.m. PDT April 10: Tracking how these insects fly in response to a threat should help researchers understand the fruit fly's inner life, said Cornell University physicist Jane Wang, who was not involved in the research.
June 14, 1987
While William Jordan may feel some behavioral identity with a fruit fly, he has made a gross overgeneralization for the rest of Homo sapiens with "The Mystery of the Lek" (May 10). Attributing the same evolutionary forces to mate selection in flies and humans is bad science. It is even worse, however, to misapply biological principles to promote a particular ideological stance concerning social roles and behavior. Martha S. Witter UCLA Department of Biology Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1996 |
Hoping to kill those relentlessly annoying buffalo gnats--better known as black flies--before they become a problem, City Councilman John Ferraro on Friday introduced a motion that would allow the city to spend $50,000 to wipe out the ugly critters. In years past, the black flies have bred near the Los Angeles River. When they reached maturity, they annoyed park-goers, pets and horses from the Sepulveda Basin to Griffith Park to Elysian Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2008 |
Agriculture officials will release millions of sterile Mexican fruit flies in parts of Los Angeles County to curb an infestation that could affect the state's agriculture industry. County agricultural commissioner Ken Pellman says four Mexican fruit flies, including one mated female, were discovered in the Azusa area this month. About 6.5 million sterile flies will be released in the area once a week to stop the reproductive cycle of the crop-destroying insect. Mexican fruit flies lay eggs in fruit, and when the larvae hatch, they eat through the pulp of the fruit and destroy it. Pellman said fruit has already been stripped from 64 properties near sites where the fruit flies were found.