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.
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January 29, 2013 |
At 6:45 a.m., Alan Smolinisky pads out to his driveway in a hillside cul-de-sac just west of the Getty Villa. He wears black-and-white-checked flannel pajama bottoms and a pristinely white T-shirt that glows like a beacon in the muted light. In one arm, he carries 15-month-old Charlie, named for billionaire investor Charles Munger. Bending carefully toward the concrete apron, Smolinisky lets Charlie scoop up three newspapers stuffed in plastic bags. As Charlie sucks on a bottle in the kitchen, Smolinisky unwraps the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, separating sections into carefully considered piles - news, features, markets coverage.
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.
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.
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.
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.