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July 15, 1999
Some broadcast and cable programs contain material included in the public school curriculum and on standardized examinations. Here are home-viewing tips: Today--"Something of Value" (TCM 7-9 p.m.) Movie based on Robert Ruark's novel about Africa. Sidney Poitier and Rock Hudson star as Kenyans whose friendship since childhood can't prevent their ending up on opposite sides during the Mau Mau uprising against British colonial rule. Friday--"Dateline NBC" (KNBC 9-10 p.m.) A natural-history segment produced in collaboration with the Discovery Channel on how dolphins swim and dive.
March 19, 2014 | By Joe Flint
The dinosaurs are getting WiFi. Time Warner Cable has hooked up the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County with wireless Internet access. The WiFi, available starting Thursday, is free to Time Warner Cable subscribers while nonsubscribers will receive two hours of complimentary access. Installing WiFi into the 100-year-old building was no small task, according to Mike Roudi, Time Warner Cable's senior vice president of corporate development. The walls are thick, and the museum has many small rooms.
September 26, 2012 | By Eryn Brown
This summer, a pair of kayakers in Orange County came across some extremely odd-looking creatures - gelatinous inch-long blobs, so transparent you could see their hearts beating, strung together in long chains floating gently through the ocean waves. The boaters had no clue what the things were, so they called a friend who might know: Peter Bryant, a former cancer researcher at UC Irvine who now maintains a catalog of flora and fauna in the area. Bryant was stumped. His wildlife website Natural History of Orange County - which started as a chronicle of butterflies and now includes ferns, flowering plants, mammals, fungi, fish, lizards and more - didn't include anything that looked like these odd animals.
February 15, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - A backhoe, an apprentice plumber and a 20,000-year-old piece of ivory (give or take a few millenniums) have brought out Puget Sound's inner paleontologist. Last week a Columbian mammoth tusk was discovered in the foundation of an apartment building under construction in the South Lake Union neighborhood. On Friday, three days after the discovery, scientists carefully crated the 81/2 -foot-long fossil and sent it to a museum for study. In between, a steady stream of curious onlookers made their way to the giant hole across the street from an office building in hopes of getting a peek at the largest and most intact piece of prehistoric dentition ever discovered in Jet City.
March 11, 2000
A half-pound meteorite from Mars goes on display today at the Natural History Museum in downtown Los Angeles. It's one of only 14 such meteorites on Earth, the museum says, and the only one known to have fallen in the United States. The meteorite exhibit will be on display in the museum's hall of gems and minerals through Aug. 13. The museum is at 900 Exposition Blvd. in Exposition Park. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: (213) 763-3466.
May 24, 1997
The Madrona Marsh wildlife preserve, a combination of wetlands and sand dunes in Torrance, is the home to warblers, ducks, egrets and blue herons. But soon there will be an addition. The 43-acre marsh will be getting a natural history center after the City Council this week unanimously approved spending $1.8 million for a building that will house an exhibit hall, laboratory, natural history shop, meeting room and library. The structure will not exceed 8,000 square feet.
July 3, 1993
The TBS cable channel is teaming with the British Broadcasting Corp. to produce two natural history series with Sir David Attenborough, "Life in the Freezer" and "The Private Life of Plants." "Life in the Freezer," a documentary about the natural history of Antarctica, will be shown on TBS next year. "The Private Life of Plants," a six-hour series about the world's many different plants and their struggle to survive, is expected to premiere in 1995.
A family of snakes, butterflies, birds, spiders and many others that has moved three times has perhaps finally found a permanent home in Laguna Niguel. The cast of creatures is part of the Orange County Natural History Museum, which has relocated to a new facility at the county-run Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park. Formerly based in San Juan Capistrano, the 6-year-old museum now is set in a double trailer nestled in the heart of nature.
March 22, 1993
Volunteers are needed for the new branch of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County which is to open May 1 at the Media City Center Mall in Burbank. "At our parent facility in downtown Los Angeles, if we didn't have the volunteers, we couldn't operate," said Mary Ann Dunn, the administrator of the facility which will be the first branch of the museum that will focus on natural sciences. The Burbank branch of the museum will only have five full-time paid staff members.
The head of the San Diego Natural History Museum has been fired, board members announced Wednesday. Director Hal Mahan, who held the post for 2 1/2 years, had come under fire from his senior staff, many of whom expressed their displeasure in a March letter to the museum board that accused Mahan of incompetence. The letter said that Mahan "acted in a reckless and uninformed manner." Mahan, who lives in Jamul, was unavailable for comment Wednesday.
August 15, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Hiding out in the treetops of the Andean cloud forest is the furry, fig-chomping olinguito, a mammal that was unknown to science - until now. It is the first mammal in the order carnivora to be discovered in the Western hemisphere in 35 years. The olinguito is distinctively adorable -- covered in a thick coat of reddish brown fur with short, furry ears and a long tail reminiscent of a house cat's. PHOTOS: Meet the top 10 newly identified species of 2012 Scientists describe it as a solitary animal that mostly eats the large, tomato-red figs that are found in the cloud forests of Ecuador and Colombia -- occasionally supplementing its diet with an insect or two. It is smaller than its relative the raccoon, but bigger than a squirrel, with an average weight of 2 pounds and an average length of 14 inches.
July 16, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
The golden hills of California have not always been so golden. A new exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County offers explanations for the golden hills of California (fertilized by cow droppings), the evolution of diversity in Los Angeles (fueled by the Gold Rush and 44 Mexican settlers) and the reason Hollywood became the center of the entertainment industry (cheap land and diverse backdrops). The museum opened "Becoming Los Angeles" on Sunday, its new permanent exhibit, fecal matter stories and all, geared toward explaining the development of the city from environmental and archaeological perspectives.
June 9, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The 100-year-old Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County knows how to make an entrance. On Saturday night, following a black-tie dinner to celebrate its centennial, the museum lifted the curtain on its brand-new entrance, the Otis Booth Pavilion. The $13-million structure is a six-story-high, multimedia-infused glass cube that's now home to the museum's famous fin-whale skeleton, which hangs in a diving position from the ceiling. Until now, the building has been under wraps, with mystery mounting as to what shape it was taking under its tightly fitted white tent.
May 31, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County's famous fin whale is enjoying a rare quiet morning - one last moment of serenity before its surroundings change completely. The 63-foot whale skeleton, which hung horizontally for more than 60 years in the museum's original 1913 building, is now suspended in a diving position from the ceiling of the nearly completed Otis Booth Pavilion. This is the museum's brand-new entrance, a six-story-high, multimedia-infused glass cube filled with sunlight and a view of surrounding greenery.
April 4, 2013
The noise-pop mad-scientist Dan Deacon earned a reputation for chaotic, neon-splattered party punk by playing on the floor and blurring lines between artist and audience. On last year's album "America," however, he showed a more thoughtful, rigorous side of his composing skills. Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., L.A. 6 p.m. Fri. $18.
March 31, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal, Los Angeles Times
The blockbuster Steven Spielberg movie "Jurassic Park," being re-released in 3-D on April 5, wouldn't be the same place without paleontologist Jack Horner. In addition to advising the production on scientific matters, Horner provided inspiration for the character of Dr. Alan Grant in the original 1993 movie. Universal Pictures is preparing to shoot a fourth installment in the "Jurassic Park" series and will once again tap Horner to serve as an advisor. "It's fun to see a lot of the stuff that I do in there," said Horner, curator of the Museum of the Rockies and professor at the University of Montana.
Hoping to avoid additional layoffs by launching an aggressive fund-raising campaign, officials with the San Diego Natural History Museum announced Tuesday that they are delaying the planned reduction of the facility's scientific staff. While the museum will retain the four scientific staff members, eight members of the administrative and development staff will be laid off Friday, as was previously announced. "I am an optimist by nature.
February 1, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Visitors to Hawaii 's Big Island can immerse themselves in local culture and natural history Feb. 22-24, when Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden  hosts the ninth-annual Grow Hawaiian Weekend . Besides the usual array of native plants in this garden in the village of Captain Cook, locals will share traditions such as the carving of nose flutes from stalks of bamboo. The roots of many of the weekend's activities are in the soil. For example, from noon to 4 p.m. Feb.  22, the focus will be on taro, the potato-like root that's a staple of many Hawaiian's diets.
January 31, 2013
The DJ/producer who goes by the Gaslamp Killer has been a staple of the L.A. beat scene for years, as a resident at the renowned Low End Theory club night that helped put dubstep on the map in America. But he's come into his own as an artist, releasing his debut full-length "Breakthrough" last year and winning over international audiences with his fiery stage presence. Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., L.A. 6 p.m. Fri. $18.
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