August 2, 2013 |
Americans love to look good, but insurers are often reluctant to pay the bills to help us look better. Last year we spent nearly $11 billion on cosmetic procedures, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Of the more than 10 million procedures performed, the most requested was breast augmentation. But Cameo Wichinsky, a 42-year-old investment fund manager living in Santa Monica, wants to take her figure in the opposite direction. Having long lived with the discomfort of breasts large enough to cause shoulder and neck pain and to limit her level of physical activity, she's ready to go under the knife to reduce her breast size and, she hopes, improve her quality of life.
August 1, 2013 |
SEATTLE - What is it about a face that causes people to accept it as "normal"? Or to be disturbed, if somehow it is not? For those who suffer from facial deformities, this is more than an idle question. As it turns out, psychologists have come to understand precisely what ratios between eyes, nose and cheeks are subconsciously seen by others as acceptable, and how people react when a face somehow doesn't fit into the mathematical norm. “If I'm talking to you, I'll just sort of naturally figure out if the balance of your face makes sense to me as a human being,” said Richard Hopper, head of the craniofacial surgery center at Seattle Children's Hospital.
August 1, 2013 |
A team of researchers in Woods Hole, Mass., has discovered a novel ecological habitat flourishing in one of the fastest growing segments of civilization's toxic waste stream: plastic marine debris. Welcome to the Plastisphere, a biological wilderness on microbial reefs of polyethylene and polypropylene in the open ocean teeming with single-celled animals, fungi and bacteria, many of them newly discovered. Some may be pathogens hitching rides on floating junk. The effects of plastic debris on fish, birds, turtles and marine mammals that ingest it are well documented.
July 30, 2013 |
A low-cost plastic iPhone in different colors has been rumored for a while, and now the device may have a name: the iPhone 5C. A photo hit the Web this weekend allegedly showing a bunch of the store boxes for the plastic iPhone. On the sides of the cases you can see "iPhone 5C. " Some doubted whether the picture and the name would really be what Apple called their plastic iPhone, but Business Insider is reporting that the iPhone 5C may indeed be the moniker for the low-cost smartphone.
July 28, 2013 |
Diego Porqueras' Deezmaker store in Pasadena is a geeky version of Santa's workshop, brimming with action figures, chess pieces and jewelry. But instead of relying on elves, Porqueras has built his own one-man factory using 3-D printers capable of churning out plastic objects within a few hours. He sells the printers, which go for as little as $650, at the shop, which opened in September in a strip mall. The 37-year-old entrepreneur is part of an emerging industry for affordable 3-D printers.
July 25, 2013 |
Apple has been rumored to be working on a plastic, low-cost iPhone for quite some time now, so it was only a matter of time before a video claiming to show the device hit YouTube. The 6.5-minute video called "New Low-Cost Plastic Apple iPhone: Sneak Peek" gives users an extended look at and explanation of what is allegedly the back cover for the rumored iPhone. The phone's shell shown in the video is just about the same size as the iPhone 5 but slightly thicker and wider. The video shows a white version of the plastic iPhone, but says it will probably be available in a variety of color options.
July 21, 2013 |
Every few years, as she is reviled by yet another crop of new parents casting about for a scapegoat for their daughters' troubling body issues, I feel called on to defend my childhood pal Barbie. "I know," they say, "let's blame the 7-inch-tall plastic girl!" As if she is any more responsible for the way she looks than humans are. Of one thing I am certain: It is the parents, not the kids, who take Barbie so harshly to task. The children know that no matter what she looks like, Barbie is a great friend, always game, and utterly trustworthy with secrets.
July 12, 2013 |
How much would you pay for the perfect profile picture? In India, young Facebook users are reportedly paying thousands of dollars for plastic surgeries solely for the purpose of improving the way they look on Facebook and other social networks. A report by Vocativ, a news media start-up, says that India, the country that invented the nose job thousands of years ago, is now also pioneering a new trend called "Facebook facelifts. " "We are very much accepting of looking good through so-called artificial means," said Anip Dhir, a plastic surgeon, in the video above.
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July 10, 2013 |
Chuck Foley, whose Twister party game brought shoeless strangers achingly close to one another and made even the most spirited rounds of Scrabble seem comparatively tame, has died. He was 82. The inventor, who held 97 patents, died July 1 in a care facility in St. Louis Park, Minn., family members said Wednesday. He had Alzheimer's disease. Foley came up with a wide variety of gizmos and games, including a hand-launched toy helicopter, soft-tipped darts, plastic toy handcuffs and "un-du," a liquid adhesive remover used by librarians, people who keep scrapbooks, and anyone who wants to lift an uncanceled stamp off a used envelope.
July 6, 2013
When taking a car trip with your kids, have them wear slip-on shoes. Otherwise, you'll spend time at every stop while they fish around for their shoes, untie them and retie them. M. Molen Oceanside When traveling through several states or countries, I take a picture of a license plate to help identify where I am when looking through hundreds of pictures. Sandy Hoaglund Valencia When traveling to Antarctica, select a ship that carries 100 or fewer passengers. Ships are allowed to disembark only 100 passengers at a time to protect the environment.