October 23, 2005
Re "Battles change, wars don't," Opinion, Oct. 20 Victor Davis Hanson argues that the fundamental character of war has remained constant from the time of the ancient Greeks to the present "because the nature of humans who fight it is constant over the centuries." He acknowledges that technology has changed from flint arrows to guided missiles but then states that "the essence of war remains the same." He presents multiple examples of torture, executions, biological warfare, the slaughter of civilians and personal and political affronts to support his argument that, since human nature is constant, wars don't change.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1997 |
His childhood in Brooklyn-where, Ralph Steckler says, "there was no nature"-planted the seed for his adult fascination with the outdoors. Whether he's face to face with a great horned owl or patiently waiting for the perfect shot of a darting skipper butterfly, Steckler is constantly seeking out the natural beauty in and around the Valley. And there's nothing like seeing it up close. "I'm always looking. It's a way of discovering the world," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2000 |
Sometimes, you can't not take it with you. I was reminded of this recently during a week stalking wildflowers and crunching through glaciers in the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies. A friend stopped to marvel at the miniature tableau created by the chance alignment of twig, brook, flower, mushroom, moss. I stopped to marvel at the way gravity had bent a sapling backward into a parabola. "Just what you would notice," she said, rolling her eyes.
April 2, 2001 |
A number of pharmaceuticals based on plants, insects, marine organisms, soil bacteria and other natural products are now under development. * Researchers from Abbott Laboratories are conducting trials of a painkiller called ABT-594, which the company says is about 50 times better than morphine in relieving chronic and acute pain yet is not addictive.
April 24, 2011
Is it a zoo or a museum? Yes to both. The San Diego Zoo and its Safari Park long ago shattered the mold for the cat-in-a-cage attraction. Now other visionary organizations are pushing the limits, putting nature on display more naturally, then adding a pinch of Smithsonian. If you're traveling the West this spring or summer, treat yourself and the kids to a genuine close encounter of the critter kind — educational benefits no extra charge. -- Ken Van Vechten Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson; (520)
September 4, 2009 |
A synthesized cellphone melody pulls Jeff Rice from his sleep. De-de da-de-de da-de-de da-de. De-de da-de-de da-de-de da-de. Rice hits the alarm. It's 4:30, still dark. He clicks on his headlamp and dresses in the confines of his tent. The nylon zipper shrieks -- zzzzzzzzzzzpp -- as he opens the flap and steps outside. A few clouds have rolled in. The remaining stars poke through the sky like shards of light. Beyond the cottonwoods, the creek is a steady babble, the crickets nonstop and the bats an occasional tcheee, tcheee, tcheee.
April 13, 2004
Fresh out of college more than 10 years ago, I volunteered for the National Park Service "family" ("Family Crisis," April 6) in Yosemite Valley. Even then I saw my fellow employees' frustration. My idealistic love of nature wasn't enough to lead me to seek permanent employment. Living on a hand-to-mouth salary and with your neck on the chopping block wasn't for me. It begs the question, "Where are our priorities?" Eric Wetherbee Santa Paula
January 11, 2003 |
A natural chemical that scrubs pollution from the sky is more abundant than previously believed, leading scientists to wonder if they have been underestimating the atmosphere's ability to cleanse itself. A new study by European scientists published in the current issue of Nature shows levels of hydroxyl are probably steady or even on the rise. Hydroxyl chemically reacts with a range of polluting gases, including methane and carbon monoxide, and removes them from the atmosphere.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1998 |
The Law of Nature. The term has such a clear, comforting sound. We like to think that the universe is governed by the strict rule of law: consistent, predictable, without exception. Laws of nature seem as indelible as the Constitution, but far more effective. You can avoid taxes, but you can't defy gravity; you can drive faster than the speed limit, but nothing can exceed the speed of light.
May 2, 1990 |
"The happiest adults," said Picasso, "are doing what they did as kids." And what do kids do? Play games. If one tableau for the Acquisitive '80s found them hunched over Monopoly or the Trump game or the Wall Street game or Acquire, a metaphor for the '90s may be a kinder, gentler competition across a game board that teaches environmental principals. The "environmental decade" is spawning an array of games, usually made from recycled or recyclable materials, that teach an appreciation of nature.