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SCIENCE
July 11, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
“Speedy” might sound like an odd adjective to describe a sponge, but researchers have discovered a fast-growing community of marine sponges off the eastern coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Their findings, published Thursday in the journal Current Biology, challenge the hypothesis that Antarctic life responds slowly to climate change. Severe cold and scarce food in the Antarctic led many scientists to believe that its inhabitants responded to climate change at a glacial pace, said Laura Fillinger, a biologist at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany, and the study's lead author.
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NATIONAL
July 5, 2013 | By David Fleshler
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Aboard the submersible Antipodes, cruising 250 feet beneath the surface off Fort Lauderdale, scientists peered through violet water and saw exactly what they hoped not to see. About 15 lionfish - venomous, flamboyantly striped invaders from half a world away - swam around the starboard bow of a freighter that was sunk as an artificial reef. When the submersible drifted toward the wreck's stern, they counted 11 more. The dive last month was one of a series to gauge the extent of the infestation of the nonnative fish on the region's reefs, using a vessel donated by OceanGate, which operates submersibles for oil and gas exploration, scientific research, marine engineering and other uses.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Robert Abele
The new thriller "The Purge" imagines a compromised but revitalized American future in which a yearly night of government-sanctioned law-breaking - murder even - gives a brutal-minded national soul therapeutic catharsis. Or, more accurately, it conveniently rids the populace of undesirables who can't defend themselves as well as the moneyed classes. But that's an awfully big concept for the dreary exploitation slog that writer-director James DeMonaco serves up, a routine home invasion movie more interested in B-horror tropes and bloodletting than a thought-provoking look at "Hunger Games"-ish class warfare.
SCIENCE
May 25, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Live video by Animal Planet L!ve Here on the West Coast, we are going to miss the once-every-17-year cicada invasion, but thanks to the Science Channel and its Cicada Cam, we can at least get a glimpse of the bugs about to overwhelm our friends back East. The streaming live video of the insects with beady red eyes may be more gimmicky than scientific -- it's a plug for the Science Channel's cicada programming on Memorial Day weekend -- but it does provide a good look at the fascinating insects that are about to emerge on the East Coast by the billions.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
They've been waiting underground for 17 years, and now cicadas are emerging en masse to take over the eastern half of the United States. Right now, billions of the Brood II cicadas are emerging from the ground and are making big noise all up and down the East Coast. While some people are dreading the coming onslaught of creepy-looking red-eyed bugs, and others are polishing up their storehouse of cicada recipes , Science Channel is planning to dedicate much of its Memorial Day weekend programming to the little fellas.
SCIENCE
May 19, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan, Los Angeles Times
African clawed frogs were first brought to California decades ago to help doctors figure out whether their patients were pregnant. After new technology made those pregnancy tests obsolete, the creatures were let loose, and thrived for decades in the state's drainage ditches and ponds. Now there are signs that the proliferation of African clawed frogs may be putting native species in peril. A study published last week in the journal PLOS ONE reveals that they carry a deadly fungus responsible for wiping out vast numbers of amphibians around the world.
NATIONAL
May 17, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A Hofstra University student being held hostage during a home invasion was shot dead and her captor was also killed as police arrived at the scene of the break-in early Friday, just two days before commencement ceremonies at the college on Long Island. Police in Nassau County were investigating who fired the shots that killed the 21-year-old captive, who was a junior at the university, and her captor.  The horror began unfolding at about 2:20 a.m., according to Inspector Kenneth Lack of the Nassau County Police Department.
NEWS
May 17, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Residents of a Tribeca apartment building are fuming over a new exhibition of photographs in which they star -- and which were taken without their knowledge. Some of the residents are considering legal action, the New York Post reported. The apartment building is luxurious, a tower of glass and steel. The photographs, aimed at its windows from afar, are mysteriously muted and voyeuristic. The subjects of the photos? Outraged. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times L.A. native Arne Svenson's “The Neighbors,” which opened at the Julie Saul Gallery in Chelsea on Saturday and had showed at L.A.'s Western Project earlier this year, feels a little more like Hitchcock's 1954 “Rear Window” than contemporary photography.
SPORTS
May 8, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Pau Gasol will undergo a minimally invasive procedure Thursday to try to combat tendinitis in his knees. Gasol sat out eight Lakers games this season because of tendon soreness in both knees. The procedure is called Fasciotomy and Surgical Tenotomy (FAST) and is an effort to eliminate scar tissue by inserting into each knee a probe that emits ultrasonic energy. Healthy tendon tissue is not disturbed in the procedure. A timetable will be released Thursday for Gasol, who has one more season and $19.3 million remaining on his contract.
SCIENCE
May 7, 2013 | By Monte Morin
As the East Coast of the United States braces for the deafening invasion of the 17-year cicada, a motley collection of predators -- including some humans -- are licking their chops in anticipation of an immense insect feast. Billions of cicada nymphs will soon spring from their hiding place below ground and eventually fly to the treetops for a courting, mating and egg-laying ritual of biblical proportions. The massive emergence, which University of Maryland entomology professor Michael Raupp likened to a " huge tsunami ," will roll from North Carolina to New York.
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