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August 3, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung wanted to outfit their new L.A. boutique, Poketo, with display tables that were not only modern but also inexpensive. Their solution was a cool, custom look that could easily translate as a DIY desk. “I wanted the look to be simple, honest and modern,” said Vadakan, who agreed to share the materials and process with readers. One key, Vadakan said, was a solid-core birch door repurposed as a tabletop. He bought 42-by-80-inch doors, $138 each, from Taylor Brothers Architectural Products in Silver Lake, but stock doors at most hardware stores also would work.
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SPORTS
March 7, 1992
My curiosity is aroused. After the Winter Olympics, how long did it take the medical profession to get Paula Zahn's legs uncrossed? WILLIAM J. LEWIS Carson
HEALTH
March 28, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
When it comes to training your abdominals, it's important to include the deepest layer of this muscle group ? the transversus abdominis, which is responsible for flattening the stomach. Here is a great way to target this area. Lie face up on a flat, level surface. If you have a Pilates Circle, place it between your inner ankles and straighten your legs above your hips. (If you don't have this piece of equipment, you can do the same exercise without it.) Extend your arms to the sides and bend your elbows so that your hands are over your head.
HEALTH
September 23, 2002
Legs for Life, sponsored by the Society of Interventional Radiology, offers free information and screening through Saturday on peripheral vascular disease, a common but potentially fatal problem in which the arteries carrying blood to the legs or arms become clogged. (877) 357-2847 or www.legsforlife.org.
HEALTH
May 4, 2013 | Melinda Fulmer
Do you want rocking abs this spring? Try this popular CrossFit move to strengthen your entire core. Demonstrated by Cassey Ho of Blogilates, one of You Tube's most popular fitness channels, this Pilates-inspired move is challenging but also fun, once you get moving. -- What it does It recruits your abdominal muscles to pull your body up and rock it back and forth. -- What to do Lie flat on your back on a thick mat or carpeted floor with legs extended. Extend your arms long behind your head and clasp your hands.
SCIENCE
March 22, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Traversing slippery terrain can be a tricky game for a Martian rover -- or any wheeled robot, for that matter. Now, Georgia Tech researchers have built a biologically inspired robot that can speedily navigate slippery, sandy terrain. The 2004 Mars rover Spirit discovered the disadvantages of wheeled travel the hard way when it became stuck in loose soil after six years of navigating all types of terrain. The six-legged robot, described in Friday's edition of the journal Science, could provide a solution for such exploratory vehicles while navigating “flowable” ground.
HEALTH
December 29, 2012 | By Melinda Fulmer
Cardio doesn't have to be deadly dull and serious. In this fun animal-inspired exercise, you'll get your heart rate up, build muscle and you might even crack a smile. Called the lateral traveling ape, this move is part of the new "Animal Flow Workout" that body weight fitness pro Mike Fitch developed for Equinox gyms. What it does It's great for entire body conditioning, as it works muscles in the arms, shoulders and legs at the same time it's elevating your heart rate and torching calories.
NEWS
January 20, 1985 | RUTH YOUNGBLOOD, United Press International
Multiple sclerosis patient Ed Wojcik lay in his bed in despair, unable to move his legs, focus his eyes or speak intelligibly. Once again, the summer heat was taking its toll, but Wojcik's mind was active. "If astronauts can keep cool and comfortable during space walks despite searing solar radiation, maybe something can be done for me," the retired engineer figured.
NEWS
March 24, 2012 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Gorillapods are flexible, multi-jointed camera tripods that can be bent around door handles, tree limbs and other objects. Now comes the Gorillapod Micro, a simpler, sleeker model that can remain attached to a camera all the time. The Micro has three zinc alloy legs that can grip uneven surfaces with their rubberized feet. The legs, though not multi-jointed, fan out from an aluminum positioning ball that allows 36 degrees of movement in any direction. The Micro screws into the tripod plate that's standard on most cameras.
HEALTH
June 8, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
If you want to tap into the heart rate revving, muscle-building power of kettle bell workouts, the single-arm kettle bell swing is the best place to start. Demonstrated here by David Schenk, co-founder of Cross Train L.A. in Hollywood, it's a great low-impact way to burn fat and work multiple muscle groups at once. What it does The swing develops your hamstrings, glutes and quadriceps, as well as your back and arms. What to do From a standing position with feet wider than shoulder-width apart, pick up your kettle bell with one hand from the floor, grasping it with your knuckles pointing forward.
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