November 11, 2009 |
Bifocals resting on his nose, Chris Burden mounted the scrawny Benelli motorcycle and kicked the machine to life. Revving the motor in first gear to make sure the 41-year-old beast would stay awake, he upshifted to second, then third, forcing the rear wheel of the tiny bike to spin faster and faster against the big wheel with which it was making contact. With the motorcycle revved to 50 miles per hour, Burden's graying hair fluttered from the wind generated by the enormous metal flywheel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1988 |
At Cal State Northridge, where only a few weeks ago civil engineering students were building concrete canoes, mechanical engineering majors on Friday rolled out their entry in the Society of Automotive Engineers Super Mileage Vehicle Contest. They're hoping to get 3,500 miles to a gallon of gas. Before brushing that off as just another car lot sales pitch, one should note that last year's CSUN model placed second in the national competition with 1,328.83 miles per gallon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1995
Kenneth Green's recommendation to "Pull the Plug on the Electric Car Mandate" (Commentary, May 23) overlooks the vast economic opportunity presented by California's emerging global leadership in alternative fuels and low-, ultra-low and zero-emission vehicle technologies. The California Air Resources Board mandate is designed to force the development of any technology which will significantly reduce air pollution. Whether or not one agrees with mandates, this particular one is operating as intended; it has driven rapid progress in batteries, high-power semiconductor electronics, flywheel storage systems, fuel cells and automotive materials--both in California and worldwide.
December 7, 2005 |
Whirling flywheels, based on the same mechanism that powered pottery wheels in ancient times and run the latest self-winding wristwatches, soon could be enlisted in California's battle to keep its air conditioners humming on even the hottest summer afternoons. On Tuesday, state energy officials gathered at a Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
September 25, 2006 |
Rickety, squeaky, flimsy, bendable, breakable. The low-priced, home-model versions of elliptical machines have always earned lousy adjectives. But this season has seen the rise of several exceptions to the long-standing rule that you can't buy a quiet, solid home elliptical for less than $2,000.
January 1, 2012 |
Return to David L. Ulin's review of this essay. PARADISE I shall attempt, in this piece, an appraisal of the civilization of Southern California, but it occurs to me that before I begin I had better give you some idea what the place looks like. If you are like myself before I came here, you have formed, from Sunkist ads, newsreels, movie magazines, railroad folders, and so on, a somewhat false picture of it, and you will have to get rid of this before you can understand what I am trying to say. Wash out, then, the "land of sunshine, fruit, and flowers": all these are here, but not with the lush, verdant fragrance that you have probably imagined.