March 19, 2014 |
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.
February 15, 2014 |
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 Amazon.com office building in hopes of getting a peek at the largest and most intact piece of prehistoric dentition ever discovered in Jet City.
August 15, 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.