July 11, 2013 |
Ivy Pochoda swings open the door to her spacious downtown L.A. loft, which is nestled in the warehouse-thick arts district, and squeals with delight at the heavy cardboard box resting on her doorstep. "My books, they've arrived!" she says. "There's probably 24, 25 of them in here. " Tall and athletic, the former professional squash player-turned-novelist heaves the sagging box into her arms and cradles it at her hips. It's crammed with copies of "Visitation Street" (Ecco/Dennis Lehane Books: 320 pp., $25.99)
July 10, 2013 |
The "faint young sun paradox" has been stumping scientists for decades, but in a new study two researchers say maybe the paradox isn't so paradoxical after all. The faint young sun paradox, or problem, was first brought to the attention of the scientific community in 1972 by Carl Sagan and George Muller. At issue were two facts that were difficult to reconcile. Fact one: The first microbial life appears in the fossil record about 3.8 billion years ago, suggesting that liquid water existed on the planet at the time.
July 6, 2013 |
Having last year put a toe in the water with an exploratory pilot and found it fine, "Endeavour" returns to the PBS series "Masterpiece Mystery" Sunday with four new episodes. They are excellent company, even if they sometimes feel too coincidental, complicated, clever or corpse-strewn to be true. The series is a prequel to the beloved "Inspector Morse" (1987-2000), which starred the late John Thaw as an Oxford-based police detective. (The character's first name provides the new show's title.)
July 4, 2013 |
Strange bursts of radio waves from billions of light-years across the universe have puzzled astronomers for more than half a decade, making them question if the signal was even real. Now, in a paper published by the journal Science, researchers say they think they've figured out a potential explanation: Something cataclysmic. What exact cataclysm is causing them, however - merging stars, dying stars, stars being eaten alive - is still up for serious debate. The first of the four odd bursts was discovered about six years ago in the southern sky. The extremely bright beams would last for mere milliseconds - a fraction of the blink of an eye - and never reappear, leaving researchers at a loss to explain what was causing such mysterious, singular, blazing bursts.
June 28, 2013 |
Here's what we've deduced: Actor Jonny Lee Miller , who stars in "Elementary," and his wife, actress Michele Hicks , have listed a Los Angeles home for sale at $1.659 million. The Spanish Revival-style house, built in 1936, features a beamed cathedral ceiling in the living room, a formal dining room, three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 2,832 square feet of living space. A sun room runs the length of the house and opens to a balcony and terrace. Another terrace off the master bedroom has stairs leading to the garden below, which includes an oak tree and lawn.
June 26, 2013 |
A manifestation of the supernatural, or a clever hoax? An Egyptian statue housed at a museum in Manchester, England, has garnered worldwide media attention in recent days over what appears to be its creepy ability to rotate completely on its own. Video footage of the statue at the Manchester Museum appears to show the object rotating spontaneously over the course of several hours. The statue stands 10 inches tall and appears to depict a pharaoh or an Egyptian god. The object is believed to have been recovered from a pharaoh's tomb and dates from around 1800 BC, according to reports.
June 24, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- As an Aeroflot plane filled with journalists made its way to Cuba with or without fugitive Edward Snowden on board, Russian officials continued to keep silent about his whereabouts and experts dwelled on possible scenarios of what has become a global spy mystery. Snowden had been expected to be on board the flight to Havana, from where he was expected to make his way to Ecuador. But journalists on board reported that no one on the flight resembled the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor.
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June 22, 2013 |
Authorities are investigating a body found in a trash can in Brea on Friday. A motorist driving on Brea Canyon Road pulled over about 3:10 p.m. and looked inside a trash can that was on the side of the road, officials said. The driver “saw what appeared to be human hands” and immediately called the police, Brea police Lt. Santo Porto told The Times. Police have not yet determined the age, race or gender of the body, Porto said. Officials told the Orange County Register that they were treating the case as a homicide and planned to conduct an autopsy.
June 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency is the size of a small town, with more than 30,000 employees and as much variety. There are blue-haired iconoclasts who work in their socks, buttoned-down military types and pale-faced introverts who avoid eye contact in the hallways. On the surface, at least, Edward Snowden was hardly unusual at America's largest and most powerful intelligence agency. A self-taught computer whiz who wanted to travel the world, Snowden seemed a perfect fit for a secretive organization that spies on communications from foreign terrorism suspects.
June 21, 2013 |
The classic manor house murder mystery would seem a no-brainer for reality TV, but somehow we got "Cupcake Wars" before "Whodunnit?" which premieres Sunday on ABC. And maybe there's a reason. As simple as all those cozy mysteries may seem, the good ones are actually complex layers of character, setting, plot and clues. And complexity is not the modus operandi of reality programming. This one, the brainchild of "CSI" co-creator Anthony E. Zuiker, appears to have ambitions beyond its genre, and possibly its budget.