October 18, 2013 |
Scientists have long thought that bullfrogs generally can't jump more than a meter. Turns out they were wrong -- which they learned only after leaving the lab and heading to California to witness a county fair contest inspired by one of Mark Twain's most famous short stories. These biomechanists didn't go to the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee just to have a good time. The research, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, shows that sometimes lab studies don't reveal the full potential of animals' abilities, and the mechanisms underlying them.
June 16, 2012 |
Everyone covets defined abs, and the frog pelvic tilt will help you get there. The exercise comes from Pasadena-based fitness expert, video host and teacher Tracey Mallett (www.traceymallett.com). Mallett is the founder of Booty Barre, a technique that combines elements of dance, yoga and Pilates to strengthen and stretch the body. No prior experience in any of those disciplines is necessary, but maintaining good form is. Make sure that the spine, neck and head are aligned and that the movements are slow and deliberate.
April 12, 2008 |
A frog has been found in a remote part of Indonesia that has no lungs and breathes through its skin, a discovery that researchers this week said could provide insight into what drives evolution in certain species. The aquatic frog Barbourula kalimantanensis was found on Borneo island in 2007, researchers said Thursday in the journal Current Biology. The species is the first frog known to science without lungs and joins a short list of amphibians with this unusual trait, including a few species of salamanders and a wormlike creature known as a caecilian.
November 29, 2009 |
Princess Tiana from Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" might have gotten her regal voice from Anika Noni Rose, but she got her royal moves from Danielle Moné Truitt, who worked as the "video reference" for the animated character. "I did all the body movements and facial references for the cartoon," Truitt said. "I got dressed in costume, and they videotaped me doing the scenes that were going to be in the film. The animators are amazing, but the video reference helps them bring the characters to life and give the cartoons more of a realistic appearance."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1986
Do you know how to boil a frog alive? If you throw him into hot water he just jumps out. So what you do is put him in cool water and then slowly turn up the heat. The dumb frog never notices the increase, and before he knows it, he's the main course for dinner. The politicians are trying to boil taxpayers using the same strategy. Proposition A to raise the county sales tax 0.5% is generating little organized opposition. After all, who can get excited about a small tax increase?
July 30, 2005
Re: "Frog Mascot Has Had His Last Dance With WB," July 23: "The frog is dead," said WB Chairman Garth Ancier at the TV Critics Assn. press tour. The WB network is trying "to shed its teeny-bopper image." Clearly Mr. Ancier isn't familiar with frog history; "teeny-bopper" M.J. Frog is not, although he has been called an existential hero. Years ago Time magazine film critic Jay Cox called Chuck Jones' work "One Froggy Evening" a "morality play in cameo that comes as close as any cartoon ever has to perfection."