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September 9, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Netflix Inc., the largest mail-order movie-rental service, forecast 2006 pretax profit of $50 million as subscribers rise to 5 million. The company, which currently has 3.2 million subscribers, expects that number to rise to 20 million in the next five to seven years, Chief Executive Reed Hastings said. The Los Gatos, Calif.-based company is unlikely to raise prices for its monthly rental packages and may test lower pricing, Chief Marketing Officer Leslie Kilgore said. Netflix shares rose $1.
January 30, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
A research team from the United States and Sweden has reported the discovery of a link between multiple sclerosis and a virus related to the microorganism that causes AIDS. The researchers said they clearly demonstrated the presence of the virus, known as HTLV-1, in the blood cells of multiple sclerosis patients. But they cautioned it could not yet be determined whether the virus was a cause of the degenerative brain disease.
August 9, 1987 | Compiled from Times staff and wire service reports
Scientists have found evidence that the gassy halo of Halley's comet contains tiny chains of formaldehyde molecules that may be older than the solar system. The evidence comes from data collected by the Giotto spacecraft as it flew by the comet in March, 1986, according to two papers in the current issue of Science magazine. Comets are considered remnants of the gas and dust that condensed to create the sun and its planets.
November 14, 1986
AIDS "now ranks as the most serious epidemic of the last 50 years," an international group of researchers declared in a report that urges global cooperation to head off the spread of the deadly acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Noting that several million people around the world now are infected with the AIDS virus, the researchers called for "a major international commitment, not only in terms of providing financial help but also in providing scientific, educational and technical assistance."
September 19, 1988
In Atlanta and certain other southern cities, trees may contribute more hydrocarbons to the formation of photochemical smog than do cars and factories, according to computer modeling studies conducted by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology. These emissions may doom the Environmental Protection Agency's attempt to control pollution by restricting release of man-made hydrocarbons, the researchers said.
March 26, 1990 | From staff and wire reports
More than a billion tons of carbon emitted into the atmosphere each year in the form of carbon dioxide cannot be accounted for but is probably being absorbed by land masses in the Northern Hemisphere, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported last week in Science magazine. Release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is believed to be contributing to a warming of the planet through the greenhouse effect, which traps heat at the Earth's surface.
May 8, 2001
Arthur Walker, 64, a Stanford physics professor whose work helped scientists investigate mysteries of the sun, died at his Stanford home April 29 of cancer. Using X-ray and thin-film telescopes, Walker photographed the sun's corona, or outermost atmosphere, obtaining images that were printed on the cover of the Sept. 30, 1988, Science magazine.
November 22, 2011 | By Melissa Healy/Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
The brains of experienced meditators appear to be fitter, more disciplined and more "on task" than do the brains of those trying out meditation for the first time. And the differences between the two groups are evident not only during meditation, when brain scans detect a pattern of better control over the wandering mind among experienced meditators, but when the mind is allowed to wander freely. Those insights emerge from a study to be published next week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which looked at two groups: highly experienced meditators and meditation novices, and compared the operations of the " Default Mode Network " -- a newly identified cluster of brain regions that go to work when our brains appear to be "offline.
December 17, 2010 | By Steve Harvey, Los Angeles Times
The Palmdale Bulge ? it sounded like some sort of waistline problem afflicting middle-aged men. But it referred to something even more ominous in the mid-1970s ? the reported uplift of the Earth's crust by as much as 18 inches along the San Andreas fault in the Antelope Valley. Scientists wondered if it was the harbinger of a giant earthquake. Or perhaps a volcano. Southern Californians were uneasy in the aftermath of the 1971 Sylmar quake that killed 64. Stories of West Coast disaster were also trendy in the popular arts, whether it was author Curt Gentry's temblor tale "The Last Days of the Late, Great State of California"; the motion picture "Earthquake" (goodbye, Capitol Records tower)
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