CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2011 |
Reporting from Borrego Springs, Calif. -- The mood was buoyant and boosterish when the Borrego Desert Club had its grand opening party on Feb. 17, 1950. The luau went on for three days. Hawaiian singer Hilo Hattie provided the entertainment. Moneyed couples enjoyed the panoramic view of the desert and the glistening stars. A photographer for Life magazine was there to capture the fun. Designed by noted La Jolla architect William Kesling — known for his Streamline Moderne style — the Desert Club was envisioned by boosters as the social hub of an upscale resort community that would rival Palm Springs as a desert playground for the rich.
April 16, 2008 |
A controversial, estrogen-like chemical in plastic could be harming the development of children's brains and reproductive organs, a federal health agency concluded in a report released Tuesday. The National Toxicology Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, concluded that there was "some concern" that fetuses, babies and children were in danger because bisphenol A, or BPA, harmed animals at low levels found in nearly all human bodies.
January 29, 2006 |
Since daybreak he has been scanning the treetops for the creatures that move as if by pogo stick and look as if they wear white fur coats and face masks. It is after 2 p.m. and the dense, hilly rain forest has yet to give primatologist Erik Patel a glimpse of Propithecus candidus, the rare monkey-like lemur known as the silky sifaka. It is one of the world's 25 most endangered primates. Fewer than 1,000 silky sifakas are thought to exist, all of them in this rugged patch of Madagascar.
September 4, 2004 |
A chimp-sized human ancestor walked upright 6 million years ago, far earlier than other known species with a human-like gait, researchers reported Thursday. CT scans of the top of a fossil thighbone show that the creature walked upright. The researchers' findings, published in Friday's issue of the journal Science, take the dawn of human gait back another 3 million years from "Lucy," who had been the earliest known prehuman to have walked on two legs.
August 19, 2002 |
You've probably received e-mail messages just like this one: A stranger has lots of money in a Nigerian bank account and you can have half of it--if you just provide your account information to help make the bank transfer. Most people who have encountered the Nigerian bank scam are automatically skeptical of such a request--and there could be a good reason that goes far beyond common sense.
March 3, 2000 |
Archeologists have discovered the oldest stone axes ever found in Asia, 800,000-year-old implements that hint at the minds that painstakingly shaped them at the dawn of humanity. The findings provide provocative evidence of the beginnings of cultural diversity, which, like toolmaking itself, is today the hallmark of humankind. The discovery is also certain to force many researchers to reconsider the pace of human development in Asia, which until now has been considered an evolutionary backwater.