November 29, 2011 |
Germs that reside on doctors' lab coats, nurses' uniforms and hospital bed curtains are known to contribute to an unacceptably high rate of hospital-acquired infections. And that's just for starters. It turns out that papers passed around hospital offices, labs and patient rooms are potent transmitters of germs too. The fact that paper can carry bacteria is not a surprise. Other studies have demonstrated how filthy paper money is. The new study , however, makes clear that hospitals need to treat paper-transmitted bacteria seriously because the germs transfer from hand to paper so easily.
December 26, 2012 |
It's the day after Christmas and all through the house, so much wrapping paper is spilling and suffocating my spouse. Here in Los Angeles, as in much of the rest of the United States, we recycle. Today our blue bins overflow with the paper and cardboard memory of our Christmas of abundance and good cheer. Across our city, and in many other distant cities, the bins of many book buyers overflow with the ubiquitous boxes and plastic cushions with which Amazon.com ships its products.
October 11, 2012 |
Walt Disney Co. is implementing a new policy to use less paper from environmentally threatened areas, a year after it was targeted by environmental protesters. In May of 2011, activists from the Rainforest Action Network hung a banner outside Disney's Burbank headquarters charging the entertainment giant with "destroying Indonesia's rainforests. " At the time, Disney called the protest a "publicity stunt" and said it had already made a commitment to "sustainable paper" in a 2010 corporate citizenship report.
March 14, 2013 |
It's rare to look at a drawing and think you're looking at a painting. It's even rarer to look at a work on paper and think you're in the presence of a sculpture. That's what happens at L.A. Louver, where British artist Richard Deacon is having his fifth solo show in Los Angeles. Among the most talented sculptors working today, the protean artist uses materials in such unexpected ways that his works make you shed expectations and see the world with fresh eyes. In Deacon's last four exhibitions, he has used clay, titanium and rubber, as well as wood, bronze and aluminum, to make wonderfully puzzling, sensually satisfying and intellectually invigorating sculptures.
September 5, 2012 |
We first caught Emily Brown at the Renegade Los Angeles indie craft market a month ago, where the Monterey artist said she was exhibiting her work in Southern California for the first time. Recently we checked back to ask Brown what kind of reaction she got for her picture-box scenes, each crafted of intricately X-actoed paper. Her response? “Amazing,” she said. Working under the studio name Bird Mafia, Brown turns cut-paper trees, waves and wild animals - formerly used only as stencils for screen-printed pillows and clothing - into miniature shadow-box dioramas that sell for $50 to $300 depending on the size and complexity.
August 23, 2013 |
Powerful microscopes have allowed researchers to see what exactly holds paper together. Tiny strands of cellulose known as fibril bridges seem to play a crucial role, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports. Austrian researchers wanted to figure out how to make paper stronger by identifying the molecular bonds most important for connecting its dense network of cellulose fibers. Although earlier studies had revealed that many types of bonds are involved, including attractive forces between charged atoms in cellulose and adhesive forces between cellulose and liquids, scientists weren't sure which ones predominated.