January 23, 2013 |
But are those metal filings organic? Annie's Inc., which specializes in natural and organic foods, is recalling all varieties of its Rising Crust frozen pizza because pieces of metal wire might be in the products. The Berkeley-based company says that a fine metal mesh screen failed at one of it flour suppliers, resulting in "flexible metal mesh" fragments in the flour and pizza dough. Annie's said no metal has been found in its finished products, so far, but it initiated a voluntary recall, after learning of the screen fail.
January 22, 2013 |
Swarms of spacecraft may soon be mining asteroids for fuel and minerals and building spare parts in space, if a new private space venture has its way. Harvesting the resources available in the giant space rocks flying around the solar system could allow spacecraft to build parts when they break or refill their tanks on the long trek to Mars, Deep Space Industries officials said in a news conference Tuesday at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica....
December 29, 2012 |
The people who lived in eastern Germany around 7,000 years ago are thought to have been some of the first farmers. Now, new archaeological evidence suggests they were also surprisingly skilled woodworkers, crafting intricate water wells some two thousand years before metal tools were forged in Europe. Sophisticated in construction, four wells discovered near Leipzig were built using stone carving implements and wooden mauls and wedges, said Willy Tegel, a researcher at the Institute for Forest Growth at the University of Freiburg in Germany.
December 23, 2012 |
The holidays are the season of sparkle. And that goes for beauty treatments as well as for Christmas trees. Spas and beauty companies are capitalizing on the allure of jewels and precious metals, hoping to harness radiance and a feeling of indulgence by adding gold, gemstones or diamonds to their products. "The purpose of diamonds in skin care is primarily for anti-aging. White diamond powder has very little therapeutic value," says dermatological chemist Ben Kaminsky, founder and chief executive of B. Kamins skin care.
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November 11, 2012 |
For 65 years, an obelisk-like monument has stood over Boyle Heights on Cesar Chavez Avenue, a tribute to Mexican Americans who gave their lives in war for the United States. Then, sometime in October, thieves struck, making off with one of the large bronze plaques that had been affixed to the Mexican American All Wars Memorial in 1947. They also took two smaller ones nearby. The likely motive is money: The metal may be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars to an unscrupulous recycler who could bale it with other scrap and ship it overseas.
November 1, 2012 |
Sacha Gervasi's “Hitchcock,” the opening night film of the AFI Fest on Thursday, wasn't supposed to be showing anywhere this year. Instead, the drama about the making of “Psycho” and the strained marriage between Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) originally was set for release next year. But good luck has smiled on “Hitchcock” at many turns, and now the Fox Searchlight film is set to complicate the Academy Awards race. Loosely adapted from Stephen Rebello's book “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho,” the film marks Gervasi's debut as a feature film director.
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October 20, 2012 |
Stanford Ovshinsky was not a household name like Thomas Edison or Albert Einstein, but he was often compared to them, for good reason. He invented the nickel-metal hydride battery, which has powered high-tech items such as cellphones, laptop computers and hybrid cars. He created paper-thin solar panels potent enough to work on a cloudy day and cheap enough to be produced in sheets a mile long. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2012 He founded a whole field of electronics that earned him a mention in dictionaries (see "ovonics")
October 11, 2012 |
Kellogg's Mini-Wheats are a little crunchier than usual. And that's not a good thing. Kellogg's has issued a recall of nearly 3 million boxes of its Bite Size Frosted and Unfrosted Mini-Wheats cereal because of a manufacturing problem that left some packages contaminated with bits of metal. Yup: Bits of metal. Not exactly the breakfast of champions. "We have initiated a voluntary recall due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part," the company said in a statement.
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October 3, 2012 |
A former Long Beach police officer was convicted Tuesday of more than a dozen felonies for assaulting his wife at their Pico Rivera home with a belt, flashlight and police-issue baton. The Los Angeles County Superior Court jury, composed of eight women and four men, deliberated a day before convicting Brandon Preciado, 30, of 13 felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, corporal injury to a spouse, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and making criminal threats.
September 11, 2012 |
Think all that song swapping and free downloading doesn't have real world effects? Think again. Hydra Head Records, the Los Angeles-based experimental metal label founded by Vacation Vinyl co-owner and Isis founder Aaron Turner, is shutting down, the label announced through its blog Tuesday. The label is best known for its deep, dark excursions into various scary-sounding subgenres such as drone and noise metal. In the 19 years since it was founded (in Boston, when Turner was a teenager)