July 9, 2010
"Predators," plural, starts well and ends poorly, and in the middle it's in the middle. The original 1987 "Predator," featuring future politicians Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura, was an entertaining hybrid of the commando genre and "Alien"-inspired science fiction. The new one, directed by Nimród Antal ("Kontroll"), lifts its building blocks from an unproduced 1990s script by Robert Rodriguez, who ended up producing the revised screenplay by Alex Litvak and Michael Finch. For a while it's a worthy successor, or remake, or whatever it is. Instead of the Central American jungle of the original, the action takes place somewhere "else," let's say (the reveal comes early, but who am I to spoil your day?
October 15, 2012 |
Imagine if every time you were attracted to that delicious smell wafting from your neighborhood Cinnabon's open door, you found upon entering that it was actually a hardware store with no food in sight. It wouldn't be long before that smell no longer sucked you in. That's essentially what scientists tried in an attempt to solve an age-old problem in species conservation: How do you stop predators from attacking their prey? In the new study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from Australia exposed black rats to the smells of a bird's nest - avian feces, feathers and the like - by placing scent-spiked fake nests throughout a field.
March 25, 2010
NASHVILLE — David Legwand scored the shootout winner in the Nashville Predators' 4-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night. Steve Sullivan, Patric Hornqvist and Dan Hamhuis scored for Nashville in regulation, and Lee Stempniak, Wojtek Wolski and Keith Yandle countered for Phoenix. Nashville has won seven of its last eight. After winning nine consecutive games, the Coyotes have lost their last two. After each team scored once and missed once in the shootout, Phoenix's third shooter, Radim Vrbata, had Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne beaten, but the backhander rang off of the crossbar and bounced away.
March 21, 2014 |
When a major extinction takes place, apex predators - those giant beasts sitting at the top of the food web - are often the first to suffer. But it turns out that in the worst extinction event in Earth's history, they might have actually branched out a little, according to a new study in PLoS ONE that looked at ancient armored amphibians and giant swimming reptiles. While the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs some 66 million years ago was a violent and dramatic end, this end-Cretaceous event wasn't the worst extinction in Earth's history.
February 7, 2013 |
NASHVILLE -- Here is your utterly misleading statistic of the night: Kings 32, Predators 14. Shots on goal meant almost nothing, which is exactly what the Kings managed to do against Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, a Vezina Trophy finalist last season: nothing. Rinne recorded his first shutout of the season and the 26th of his career as the Predators beat the Kings, 3-0, on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. The Kings have won once in their last four games and got off to another sluggish start, giving up a goal in the first three minutes as Gabriel Bourque scored at 2:54, beating goalie Jonathan Quick with a one-timer from the edge of the circle.
March 15, 2010
Their first names have become synonymous with outrage and grief: Megan, Jessica, Samantha, Amber. Now, 17-year-old Chelsea King and 14-year-old Amber Dubois join the list of young lives likely cut short by sexual predators. And as in each of the previous cases, the heartbreaking discovery of the child's body is followed by a renewed determination to enact stricter laws, to toughen sentences and intensify monitoring -- to do something, anything, to keep children safe. And we do try. These murders continue despite sex offender registries and Jessica's Law, which restricted where offenders can live and strapped global positioning systems on the ankles of about 6,700 perpetrators.