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April 26, 2003 | From Reuters
The scientist best known for leading the crash effort to sequence the human genetic map has won government funding to take on an entire ecosystem -- the Sargasso Sea. The Department of Energy said Thursday it would give Craig Venter $9 million to try to sequence the genomes of every organism his team could find in the sea, an ellipse of warm, algae-filled waters that circulates in the Atlantic Ocean from the West Indies past Bermuda to the Azores.
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September 26, 2010 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Lucky Ones One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America Mae Ngai Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 288 pp., $26. American history is a far bumpier ride than it used to be in the good old days. Mae Ngai is far more interested in the complications of history than the myths. The pathway to the American Dream was not linear, she writes, a neat journey from exclusion to inclusion. Hard work and perseverance were not all it took, much as we might like to believe it. And immigrants did not always pull each other up onto the golden mountain.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2010 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Lucky Ones One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America Mae Ngai Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 288 pp., $26. American history is a far bumpier ride than it used to be in the good old days. Mae Ngai is far more interested in the complications of history than the myths. The pathway to the American Dream was not linear, she writes, a neat journey from exclusion to inclusion. Hard work and perseverance were not all it took, much as we might like to believe it. And immigrants did not always pull each other up onto the golden mountain.
SCIENCE
April 26, 2003 | From Reuters
The scientist best known for leading the crash effort to sequence the human genetic map has won government funding to take on an entire ecosystem -- the Sargasso Sea. The Department of Energy said Thursday it would give Craig Venter $9 million to try to sequence the genomes of every organism his team could find in the sea, an ellipse of warm, algae-filled waters that circulates in the Atlantic Ocean from the West Indies past Bermuda to the Azores.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 1993 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
"Wide Sargasso Sea" is so soaked in atmosphere it feels practically marinated. A lush, feverish tropical concoction filled with vivid colors, pounding drums and passionate liaisons, this Caribbean melodrama gets so overheated it doesn't even notice that its dramatic plausibility has vaporized into the steamy air. Not that that matters very much. Though its based on a celebrated novel, winner of several of Britain's top literary prizes, the appeal of this film is primarily to the visual senses.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 1993 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Karina Lombard's story is about discovery. First, there was her discovery by fashion photographer Bruce Weber. Lombard, then a teen-ager, was on a low-budget visit to New York with a friend. Tired of eating bread and potatoes, the two scrounged up all the money they could to go out for one decent meal. At the restaurant, Weber spotted Lombard.
BOOKS
July 26, 1987 | John Rechy, Rechy teaches fiction in the master's degree program at USC. His next novel, "Marilyn's Daughter," is forthcoming from Carroll & Graf.
Few first novels in recent years have been more lavishly praised than William McPherson's "Testing the Current"; "breathtaking," "a piece of art," "a permanent contribution," "Proustian." The author himself attributed his entry into his book as "to a vision."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 1993 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ads call Madonna's new movie "the erotic thriller of the year." But anyone under age 17 can see the pop star bare her breasts and make steamy love to Willem Dafoe in "Body of Evidence"--if they are accompanied by an adult. It's rated R. On the other hand, the movie industry's toughest warning to parents was given to the upcoming "Wide Sargasso Sea," an art-house film that has only modest lovemaking scenes compared to "Body of Evidence" or last year's R-rated "Basic Instinct."
NEWS
February 3, 2004 | Susan Dworski
The Silent Landscape Richard Corfield Joseph Henry Press, $24.95 * In December 1872, HMS Challenger steamed out of Portsmouth, England, on an epic four-year circumnavigation of the globe, armed with a mandate to reveal the mysteries of the silent landscape beneath her fragile keel.
BOOKS
July 15, 1990 | CHARLES SOLOMON
The latest in a long line of simple-minded advice books, "Strategy of the Dolphin" is an eclectic mishmash that borrows from a wide range of sources, including "The Book of Five Rings" and "All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." Plumbing the depths of their aquatic metaphor, Dudley Lynch and Paul Kordis divide humans into three categories: weak, passive "Carp"; nasty, aggressive "Sharks," and flexible, free-thinking, New Age "Dolphins."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 1993 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Karina Lombard's story is about discovery. First, there was her discovery by fashion photographer Bruce Weber. Lombard, then a teen-ager, was on a low-budget visit to New York with a friend. Tired of eating bread and potatoes, the two scrounged up all the money they could to go out for one decent meal. At the restaurant, Weber spotted Lombard.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 1993 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
"Wide Sargasso Sea" is so soaked in atmosphere it feels practically marinated. A lush, feverish tropical concoction filled with vivid colors, pounding drums and passionate liaisons, this Caribbean melodrama gets so overheated it doesn't even notice that its dramatic plausibility has vaporized into the steamy air. Not that that matters very much. Though its based on a celebrated novel, winner of several of Britain's top literary prizes, the appeal of this film is primarily to the visual senses.
BOOKS
July 26, 1987 | John Rechy, Rechy teaches fiction in the master's degree program at USC. His next novel, "Marilyn's Daughter," is forthcoming from Carroll & Graf.
Few first novels in recent years have been more lavishly praised than William McPherson's "Testing the Current"; "breathtaking," "a piece of art," "a permanent contribution," "Proustian." The author himself attributed his entry into his book as "to a vision."
NATIONAL
April 17, 2005 | Robert Lee Hotz, Times Staff Writer
The pioneer of the human gene mapping project, a maverick who sieved the Sargasso Sea for undiscovered genes, is searching for life in one of the world's harshest environments -- the air of Midtown Manhattan. With a hidden sampling station atop a 40-story office tower in the congested business district of America's most crowded metropolis, J. Craig Venter seeks to trap and identify the genetic material of the myriad microbes that 8 million New Yorkers inhale with every impatient breath. The $2.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2007 | CASEY DOLAN
Surfing the Web for new music, video and MP3 downloads can be a serious time investment. Tips from Times staff and contributors will help take the drag out of your click-and-drag. Some downloads may contain explicit lyrics. Except as noted, all of the selections are free and available online at latimes.com/downloads. "Dashboard" Modest Mouse musicbox.sonybmg.com/video/modest_mouse Several old salts congregate around a table in a bar to swap sea yarns.
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