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May 1, 1989 | From Times staff and wire reports
American science is missing "superb opportunities," the head of the National Academy of Sciences said last week, calling for federal research support to double to $20 billion during the next five years. In a speech at the group's annual meeting, Frank Press called on the government to "double federal investments in basic science over five years for all agencies with science in their missions." Currently, about $10.2 billion is allocated for such work.
April 26, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Like most kids growing up in Brazil, Roberto Gurgel dreamed of being on the field for a World Cup. That never happened. So this summer, Gurgel is settling for the next-best thing by helping to build five of the fields that will be used for the first World Cup in his native country in 64 years. Gurgel is executive director of research for Sod Solutions, a South Carolina-based company that develops and licenses varieties of grass. One of those varieties, a deep blue-green Bermuda called Celebration, will be used in five of the 12 World Cup venues this summer.
November 15, 2008 | Times Wire Services
Pfizer Inc. said it had launched a biotechnology research unit focused on developing stem-cell-based treatments for a wide range of conditions. The unit, called Pfizer Regenerative Medicine, will be located in two of the global hubs for biotech research -- Cambridge, England, and Cambridge, Mass. New York-based Pfizer plans to invest about $100 million in the project over the next three to five years.
April 22, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
African American high school students and boys in low- to middle-income families reported short, fragmented sleep, and that could play a role in their health risks, researchers reported Monday. Anyone who's ever lived with a teenager knows they often don't get the eight to nine hours of sleep the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. Researchers writing in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics looked at one group of young people - those in a lower socioeconomic community.
J. D. Power & Associates in Agoura Hills is nearly synonymous with car research, which Power has earned by publishing customer-satisfaction surveys and other analyses for the world's auto makers for more than a decade. But that isn't stopping AutoPacific Group Inc. of Santa Ana from trying to muscle in on parts of Power's business.
Conditions are nearly ideal as John Fales heads briskly out the front door with his butterfly net and a worn green canvas bag slung over his shoulder. It's 75 degrees on a mostly sunny afternoon in the early fall. A gentle breeze ripples the waters of Chesapeake Bay, a short walk from Fales' home at Plum Point in Calvert County, Md. Fales records the temperature from a gauge atop a pole in his yard and writes down the time. Ready now, he scans the shrubs in his yard and the sky overhead.
Michael Verhoeven's film "The Nasty Girl" is Germany's entry in the foreign-language category in this year's Academy Awards. It is an occasionally surrealistic and often very funny account of a teen-aged Fraulein's distinctly unfunny and dangerous attempts to investigate the Nazi years in her hometown.
July 20, 2010 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
You can't say Alzheimer's researchers aren't trying really hard to make progress in preventing and treating the disease. A team of researchers is cycling across the country to raise awareness of the need for more funding for the study of Alzheimer's. The Alzheimer's Breakthrough Ride will pass through Los Angeles on Thursday. Members of the Alzheimer's Assn.'s California Southland Chapter will meet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Kodak Theatre, at the corner of Hollywood and Highland, to cheer on the riders.
September 2, 2012
Re "No traffic fines for research," Editorial, Aug. 28 I wrote AB 1657 because budget cuts eliminated the state general fund's support for spinal cord research that existed since 2000. I disagree with the Times' conclusion about the state's role in research when we have one of the most renowned research institutions in the world - the University of California. UC medical researchers represent some of the top scientific minds in the field. They are not “outside interests,” as you refer to them.
January 16, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
In nature, bird flu kills more than half of the humans it infects -- but it's very hard to catch.  So when two research teams -- one led by Ron Fouchier of Erasmus Medical Center, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and the other by Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin in Madison -- recently engineered bird flu strains that passed easily between mammals, people worried: would rogue groups get hold of the virus and use it as a weapon of terror?...
April 16, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The mountain lion known as P-22 looked majestic just a few months ago, in a trail-camera photo shot against the backdrop of the Hollywood sign. But when a remote camera in Griffith Park captured an image of the puma more recently, it showed a thinner and mangy animal. Scientists sedated him and drew blood samples. They found evidence of exposure to rat poisons. Now, researchers say they suspect a link between the poisons and the mange, a parasitic skin disease that causes crusting and skin lesions and has contributed to the deaths of scores of bobcats and coyotes.
April 14, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Fruit flies seem to have a preternatural ability to evade annoyed swatters. Now, laser-wielding scientists have discovered the secret of these winged escape artists: They execute speedy hairpin turns by banking in the same way that fighter jets do. The aerial skills of Drosophila hydei , described this month in the journal Science, could provide insight into the complex neural circuitry that makes such impressive maneuvers possible - and perhaps...
April 14, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
A 15% reduction in salt consumption was likely “an important contributor” to a 40% reduction in stroke and heart disease deaths in the last decade in England, researchers said Monday. The “single largest” contribution to the decline in deaths was a decrease in blood pressure, they said. Smoking and blood cholesterol also declined over the period, 2003-11; produce consumption and body mass index rose. At the same time, there were improvements in treatment for high blood pressure and heart disease, they said in the online British Medical Journal Open.
April 11, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
Federal wildlife officials on Friday said Devil's Hole pupfish have laid eggs in captivity for the first time, a biological breakthrough that could save the nearly extinct species. "We're thrilled - we've passed a major milestone," said Olin Feuerbacher, an aquaculturist at the Ash Meadows Fish Conservation Facility in Amargosa Valley, Nev., which is home to all 29 of the federally endangered Devil's Hole pupfish now in captivity. "We now have a good chance of establishing a captive lifeboat population.
April 7, 2014 | Mary MacVean
Are the millions of dollars spent to try to reverse childhood obesity a good investment? One answer might be found in the cost if the condition goes unchecked: about $19,000 per obese child in lifetime medical costs, researchers reported Monday. That's $14 billion just for the obese 10-year-olds in the United States, according to researchers at the Duke Global Health Institute and the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore. They reported their results in the journal Pediatrics.
April 6, 2014
The company: Acacia Research Corp. Headquarters: Newport Beach Ticker: ACTG Employees: 68 Leadership: Matthew Vella, 42, chief executive since 2013 2013 revenue: $130.6 million 2013 net loss: $56.4 million Stock price: $17.19 at Friday's close 52-week range: $12.23 to $30.36 Quarterly dividend: 12.5 cents a share, a current yield of 2.9%
July 26, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
Some of the richest countries have the highest rates of depression, new research suggests. An international team of researchers collected the results of face-to-face interviews of nearly 90,000 people considered representatives of their population. The interviews were conducted in community settings in 18 countries, and the interviewers used a standard diagnostic test from the World Health Organization to assess depression. In the 10 countries considered high-income, an average of 15% of participants said they'd experienced a depressive episode in their lifetime.
March 30, 1999
Re "VA Hospital's Ethical Nightmare," March 25: When my father passed away at the West L.A. VA hospital I was called by them for permission to remove his brain for research. I very clearly denied permission (on audiotape), stating that I felt strongly about wanting my father buried with his brain intact. They did it anyway. LISA FREEDMAN Van Nuys
April 6, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Here's the latest trip-planning website that can help you craft your own guidebook. Name: What it does: It's a Web bookmarking tool that lets you collect and store your travel itineraries, complete with maps and the ability to download and share. Cost: Free What's hot: This website has two things that will keep me coming back: its beautiful, design-friendly layout, and the ability to print out a PDF of my itinerary. I love being able to access my travel plans from my smartphone or tablet, as well as sharing with my friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, but I'm still a paper girl at heart.
April 6, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Matthew Vella certainly doesn't look like a troll. Vella is the regular-guy chief executive of Acacia Research Corp., which calls itself a patent outsource licensing company. The Newport Beach firm links up with inventors who fear that others are elbowing in on their patents or whose patents aren't making the money they could. "Our clients often can't afford to hire specialists that will help turn those patents into money," Vella said. "They are not looking to sell them necessarily, but if they are looking to get money because people are infringing their patents, we want to be their partner.
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