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NATIONAL
February 1, 2010 | By Tim Darragh
Throughout history, there wasn't all that much to making a drum. Get a strong tubular shell. Stretch a skin over it. Hit it. The general principle hadn't changed much, even in modern times. Then William J. Bausch III had a dream. "I was building a drum shell out of stray pieces of wood," he recalled. In his dream, he cut wedges off the tops and bottoms of the wood, and used them to separate the vertical staves. Three years later, Bausch has a fledgling drum-making business and a 20-year patent for his so-called vertically vented drum shell design.
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HOME & GARDEN
December 5, 2009 | By Jeannine Stein
12You don't have to leave home to create one-of-a-kind gift wrap that will set your packages apart. Turn plain brown grocery bags into stunning wraps using scraps of paper found around the house, some shoe polish and a few simple tools. There's no need to spend $8 or more for a roll of fine wrapping paper when materials are free and right at your fingertips. Polka-dot scrap wrapping paper Materials Brown paper grocery bags Scraps of paper from magazines, newspapers, envelopes, sheet music, catalogs, junk mail, maps -- whatever is around the house Scissors Pinking shears (optional)
HEALTH
October 19, 2009 | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon
I suffer from trichotillomania. I pull hairs constantly, and this leaves little bald spots. I heard on your radio program about an amino acid to calm this compulsion. Trichotillomania is a condition in which people feel an overwhelming urge to pull hair from their heads, eyebrows, eyelashes or even pubic area. Physicians don't understand the cause. There is no Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment. Researchers reported in July in the Archives of General Psychiatry that the amino acid N-acetylcysteine could help.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2009
Re: "Minors buying liquor easily?," July 8: This is such a non-issue. There is always a cashier on duty supervising multiple self-check registers. When I buy cold pills or spray paint or glue at other stores' self-check areas, the cashier has to come over and check my ID before I can complete the sale. The same thing can be done at Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market stores for alcohol products, and I would bet the software already has that feature so it's just a matter of telling which products require the extra step.
SCIENCE
October 11, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A new type of dry glue designed to mimic gecko feet is 10 times stickier than the gravity-defying lizards and three times stickier than similar glues, U.S. researchers said Thursday. A 1-inch square can support a 220-pound man climbing up a vertical surface, but it can be easily lifted and reapplied, the researchers reported in the journal Science. Like other gecko-inspired glues, the new glue uses a carpet of carbon nanotubes, thin filaments of carbon molecules. But attached to the ends of these filaments are curly strands of carbon that expand the surface area of the glue's gripping action.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Dollar Tree Stores Inc. is recalling about 253,000 Chinese-made glue guns because they can short-circuit, causing them to smoke and catch fire. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Dollar Tree was aware of seven incidents in which the glue guns short-circuited, including two injuries involving electrical shock and burns. The Crafters Square hot melt mini-glue guns were sold at Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, Dollar Express, Greenbacks, Only One $1, and Deal$ stores from February through August 2007, the commission said.
HOME & GARDEN
December 20, 2007 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
EVERY day was a holiday for Tony Duquette. The legendary Hollywood designer was obsessed with beauty, devising exotic sets for screen and stage, as well as glittering interiors for movie star mansions, Los Angeles department stores and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. A painter, sculptor and hot glue gun fanatic, Duquette was an early recycler, mixing cheap industrial products with luxurious fabrics and natural materials to build ornate furnishings and environments. "He outdid Hollywood at its own game," says Wendy Goodman, coauthor of the weighty, vividly illustrated "Tony Duquette," released this month from Abrams.
SPORTS
October 16, 2007 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
The leader of weird was at it again. UCLA quarterback Patrick Cowan, still hobbling from a torn ligament in his right knee, had to talk to the media last week. Journalism 101 questions about whether he would be fit enough to play against California this Saturday would certainly be asked. Cowan made a leadership decision, bringing along three reserve linemen to consult with before he answered each question. "Pat is just the leader of weird," wide receiver Brandon Breazell said, smiling.
NEWS
September 30, 2007 | Alicia Chang, Associated Press
In deep underground laboratories around the globe, a high-tech race is on to spot dark matter, the invisible cosmic glue that's believed to keep galaxies from spinning apart. Whoever discovers the nature of dark matter would solve one of modern science's greatest mysteries and be a shoo-in for the Nobel Prize. But it's more than just a brainy exercise.
NEWS
July 12, 2007 | Lina Lecaro, Special to The Times
THINK crafting's just for scrapbook-happy housewives and yarn-packing grannies? Think again. These days, country geese in bonnets and crocheted toilet paper roll covers have been replaced by trippy Technicolor dolls, retro-styled paper products and fashion-forward handbags -- just some of the whimsical wares available at the biannual craft fair extraordinaire called Felt Club XL, taking place this Sunday at the Ukrainian Culture Center in Los Angeles.
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