April 16, 2013 |
BOSTON - The bombs that tore past the finish line of the Boston Marathon were probably made with simple kitchen pressure cookers packed with metal pellets and nails and hidden in black nylon bags, investigators said Tuesday. FBI lead investigator Rick DesLauriers said fragments from a pressure cooker and pieces of black nylon were discovered near one of the bomb sites. Physicians said they had extracted from the wounded large numbers of pellets and carpenters' nails, common shrapnel components in the elementary bombs widely used in Afghanistan and Pakistan - and also discovered in at least two previous attempted terrorist attacks in the United States.
March 11, 2013 |
Ai Weiwei isn't able to leave Beijing because of his ongoing legal battles with the Chinese government, but the world comes to him. The artist is keeping busy with projects that include a planned heavy-metal album and a new movie. Ai's debut album will be released in about three weeks, according to a report from Reuters. The album is expected to be titled "Divina Commedia," after the epic poem by the Italian poet Dante. The title is also a pun on the artist's nickname "Ai God. " (In China, the word for God is similar to the Chinese for "Divine Comedy.
March 8, 2013 |
A Los Angeles jury Friday ordered healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $8 million in damages to a retired prison guard who said he was injured by the company's defective artificial hip. But in a victory for the company, the 12-member jury declined to levy any punitive damages, despite being told by the guard's lawyer that J&J's behavior warranted up to $179 million. This marks the first verdict in more than 8,000 similar suits filed against the world's biggest medical-products maker over this all-metal hip introduced in 2005 by DePuy, the orthopedic division of J&J. In this case, Loren Kransky, a 65-year-old former prison guard in Montana, claimed that he suffered metal poisoning and other health problems from the company's ASR XL hip implant he received in 2007.
February 27, 2013 |
Tickle your wine geek fancy with these wild wine caddies - er, metal art sculptures. Each piece in the wine caddy collection from H & K Recycled Metal Art is one of a kind, made in Europe from recycled steel and/or copper. Some are crazier than others, but all fall in the price range $29 to $119 from winecaddys.com . More than 100 styles available, with more to come. That's why, the company notes, no two metal sculptures are exactly alike, and may vary from the website images.
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February 21, 2013 |
In the splintered world of high school, Courtney Aoki was someone remembered for blazing a path all her own. She favored red and black, and walked through the halls wearing cat ears. She carried a journal in which she would jot down poetry, and had a grasp of literature that stuck in her teacher's mind years later. And she enjoyed musicals - "Chicago" and "Rocky Horror Picture Show" were among her favorites. Her ambition was to one day be on stage, working as an actress. "She was on her way to do something great," said J.C. Marquez, her English teacher at Renaissance High School for the Arts, which she attended for two years.
February 6, 2013
Re "Hospitals shedding metal detectors," Feb. 3 I well remember the 1993 shooting of emergency room physician Richard May at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center. I was the trauma anesthesiologist and staff physician on duty that day who took care of May. With an armed L.A. County sheriff's deputy escort, I took him unconscious and intubated from the ER to his CT scan, provided anesthesia in the operating room and finally delivered him to the neurological intensive care unit.
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February 3, 2013 |
It was typically chaotic in the emergency room at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center that February day in 1993. Richard May was treating patients in the triage area when a disgruntled man started ranting about the long wait. Then, without warning, the man pulled a gun and started shooting, hitting May in the head, chest and arm and seriously wounding two other doctors. The carnage, coming after a series of violent incidents, prompted a wave of safety improvements, including the installation of metal detectors at hospital entrances, bulletproof enclosures in emergency rooms and the addition of more security guards.
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.