July 11, 2013 |
Hubble has three more years to live, and NASA's making the most of them. The latest from our favorite space telescope: a cobalt blue planet from the class known as "hot Jupiters. " NASA said Wednesday morning in an announcement that the planet, 63 light-years from Earth, would look like a deep blue dot if we were close enough to view it directly. What causes the blue color of planet HD 189733b? It's likely glass, NASA explains, raining in the atmosphere. Sideways. Yes, you read that right.
July 8, 2013 |
Need help surviving the summer heat? Turn to your smartphone. While some are more useful than others, weather apps are now becoming a fixture on smartphones and tablets. The problem is that weather apps tend to fall into two main categories -- information dense, or information minimalist. Here are five weather apps that go above the standard and might be worth -- dare we say it -- paying for your specific needs. Weathertron (99 cents): The iOS app displays a live, visual minute-by-minute forecast that looks like an info graphic.
July 5, 2013 |
I ask you: Is there anything nicer than a Canadian? A puppy? A nun? No, Canadians are definitely nicer than nuns. All cheekiness aside, even when you visit this country often, you can't help but be struck by the genuine character of the people - the friendly conversations at lunch, the attentiveness of the hotel front desk. So when recent floods ravaged Calgary, site of one of the world's great rodeos , it's probably no surprise that volunteers raced to the rescue. Not only did they show up by the thousands to help salvage the rodeo venues, but they also worked on the little places that were devastated by the high water, such as the southern Alberta town of, ironically enough, High River.
July 3, 2013 |
PRESCOTT, Ariz. - About 550 firefighters took advantage of better weather, including overnight rain and less wind, to battle the deadly Yarnell Hill fire, which has consumed more than 8,400 acres but was 45% contained as of Wednesday night, officials said. Later in the day, officials said they had reached more burned areas, assessed structure damage and removed the buggy used by the Granite Mountain hotshots, 19 of whom were killed Sunday when the wildfire overran their position.
June 23, 2013 |
JUNEAU, Alaska - I'd been told she'd had a little work done. Who can blame her? She was turning 50, and her life had been hard. The miles were starting to show. But after an $8-million update, she was as good as new and ready to celebrate - and I got to join the party. Meet the Malaspina: Fifty years ago she made the voyage that launched the Alaska Marine Highway System, a ferry network that opened the state's isolated coastal towns to tourism and gave residents easier access to the outside world.
June 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The Dodgers waited 32 years to return to the Bronx. What's another day? The Dodgers' game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday was rained out and rescheduled for Wednesday as part of a day-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. The first game is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. and the second for 7:05 p.m. Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was scheduled to start Tuesday, will pitch in the first game. Ryu will pitch against former Dodger Hiroki Kuroda. Chris Capuano is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list to start the second game.
June 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The Dodgers waited 32 years to play again in the Bronx. What's another day? The game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night was rained out and rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. The games are scheduled for 10:05 a.m. and 4:05 p.m. PDT, with Hyun-Jin Ryu scheduled to start the first game and Chris Capuano the second. Former Dodger Hiroki Kuroda will start the day game for the Yankees and Phil Hughes the night game.
June 14, 2013 |
Before becoming a widely lauded songwriter, Jimmy Webb was just another aspiring musician living in a dingy Los Angeles apartment. The Oklahoma transplant would wander from his low-rent flat in Silver Lake to a place that would inspire one of his most indelible hits, MacArthur Park. There, between Wilshire and 7th, he'd wait for his girlfriend to get off work from her job nearby. "I used to eat lunch in the park," said Webb, 66. "It was a place you could be away from the dreariness of a really bottom-scale apartment.
June 13, 2013 |
ARDMORE, Pa. - Because of two rain delays, the first round of the U.S. Open won't be completed until Friday morning. Phil Mickelson might not have to tee it up again for another 24 hours. Enough time to fly back to San Diego? "I don't want to push it, no," Mickelson said with a tired smile. Tiger Woods faced a tougher road. He appeared to hurt his left hand after trying to gouge out of the deep rough on the opening hole. He grimaced and shook his left wrist again after hitting a five-wood out of the rough on the fifth hole.
June 13, 2013 |
A line of storms continued its march to the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, bringing high winds and threats of flooding to the East Coast after causing power outages through the Midwest. The storm system, originally billed as a meteorological event known as a derecho, was less widespread than originally forecast. A derecho is a line of storms carrying high, straight-on winds that stretches for at least 240 miles. Even though the storm system failed to form to that degree, it did contain winds of up to 70 mph as it crossed the nation heading for Washington, D.C. and the Mid-Atlantic region.