November 17, 2013 |
A volcano may be stirring more than a half-mile beneath a major ice sheet in Antarctica, raising the possibility of faster base melting that could ultimately affect climate. Seismologists working in a mountainous area of Marie Byrd Land in western Antarctica detected a swarm of low-magnitude earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 similar to those that can precede volcanic eruptions, according to a study published online Sunday in Nature Geoscience. The area of activity lies close to the youngest in a chain of volcanoes that formed over several million years, and the characteristics and depth of the seismic events are consistent with those found in volcanic areas of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, the Pacific Northest, Hawaii and Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines, the study concludes.
March 20, 2013 |
As everyone knows, Friday, March 22, is World Water Day. Herewith, a few obscure facts about water, courtesy of water policy expert Christiane Barranguet, and links to the scientific studies from which the information is derived. --Drinking an iced beverage before eating chocolate will dull the sweet, creamy or chocolaty taste. The study's authors suggest that this helps explain why North Americans - who commonly consume iced drinks - eat more highly sweetened foods. --Downing six to eight glasses of water each day is commonly cited practice to keep skin looking young.
September 1, 2011 |
There is something to be said about undertaking a complicated recipe. The thrill of a new challenge, flying solo with nothing more than your blind faith in the written word and the lure of a pretty picture. Then the labor, the cost, the sweat-inducing stress. Finally, at the end of it all, wondering if the whole experience was more of a religious encounter, or an exercise in masochism. Rewarding? Perhaps. Personally, I like to keep it simple in the kitchen. My latest obsession is granita: Place a flavored liquid in a shallow dish and freeze, whisking or scraping with a fork every half-hour or so until frozen.
June 18, 2013
Total time: 25 minutes, plus freezing time Servings: 6 to 8 Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try this or any other recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, please share it with us: Click here to upload pictures of the finished dish. 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup toasted pecan pieces 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree 2 cups heavy cream 5 tablespoons dark brown sugar 2 tablespoons sugar 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon powdered ginger 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves Pinch of salt 1. Line a (16- by 12-inch)
June 9, 2012
Back in the days before the refrigerator door could be counted on to crush ice at the press of a button, thirsty folks had to rely on other methods to chill their cocktails. One midcentury lifesaver was the manual ice crusher. These handly little gadgets might vary slightly by make and model, but they work on the same principle: Flip open the top, insert ice cubes and turn the crank as metal teeth conveniently crush ice cubes into a waiting basket or ready glass. Voila. Some models even allow you to adjust the level of crushing from coarse to fine.
November 23, 2010 |
An icy chill is set to descend upon Locarno next week, the elegant resort destination with a Mediterranean flair in southern Switzerland, when Locarno on Ice takes over Piazza Grande, the town’s main square. The festival, which runs Dec. 2 through Jan. 9, follows the rhythm of seasonal celebrations, from the Advent to the Epiphany, with holiday parties on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. A beginner's rink will reassure skaters with wobbly legs until, more confident in their balance, they’re able to rub frozen elbows with more experienced peers.
December 17, 2009
Four favorite Disney stories spring to life in a special-effects-filled showcase of skating skills and musical thrills, " Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy ." "Cars," "The Lion King," "The Little Mermaid" and "Tinker Bell" glide across the ice in front of dazzling backdrops that include an undersea kingdom and the magical world of Pixie Hollow. Audiences are invited to arrive an hour early for a complimentary pre-show tour of the extravaganza's dazzling gowns. Also at Anaheim's Honda Center ( Tuesday-Jan.
June 21, 2012 |
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft has found that the Shackleton crater at the moon's frigid south pole contains about 22% ice on its surface, astronomers reported Thursday in the journal Nature. To their surprise, the team apparently saw more ice on the walls of the crater than on its floor. Such ice could prove very valuable for any extended moon mission, providing water and a potential fuel source to astronauts. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, known as LRO, was launched in June 2009 to prepare a detailed map of the moon's surface.
December 19, 1996
A fight broke out; a jersey got ripped off, then thrown to the ice; a plexiglass screen protecting the fans got smashed by an errant puck. Ah, the pleasures of professional hockey. Maybe the recent game between the Mighty Ducks and Washington Capitals in Anaheim was a little rowdier than most, but not by much. Hockey is rowdy, with even the mascots getting into the act.
February 4, 2011 |
Snow, ice and frigid temperatures made driving treacherous Friday and led to a freak accident at Cowboys Stadium that sent six people to the hospital. The injuries ? one of them critical ? were to contractors hired by the NFL to prepare the stadium for Super Bowl XLV. Snow and ice fell from the stadium's roof. None of the injuries was considered life threatening. Meanwhile, as much as five inches of snow fell overnight, leading to canceled and delayed flights and roadways strewn with disabled cars.