February 24, 1996
Ever since Oscar nominations were announced, everyone in Hollywood has been trying to apply the most diplomatic possible spin to the omission of director Ang Lee for "Sense and Sensibility." Why not call it for what it really is, the racist Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' latest snub to the Chinese film industry? DAVID R. MOSS Los Angeles
July 21, 1987 |
No Way: The Nature of the Impossible edited by Philip J. Davis and David Park (Freeman: $17.95; 325 pages) Everyone learns from experience, but everyone's experience--no matter how broad--is always too small to draw valid universal conclusions. How, then, can the scientific method claim or even hope to discover the laws of nature? For that matter, why learn from experience? A person's experiences are never enough to be statistically significant.
July 21, 1985
Gerald Wasserburg of Caltech has been awarded the J. Lawrence Smith Medal of the National Academy of Sciences for his studies of meteorites and their ages and nuclear histories. The bronze medal carries with it a prize of $10,000. The medal, which was established in 1888 through the Smith Fund, is awarded for investigations of meteoritic bodies. Wasserburg is the John D. MacArthur professor of geology and geophysics at Caltech.
April 2, 2006
Regarding "Now Showing: Declining Sales at Theater Snack Bars," March 18: Instead of telling the public how wonderful it is to see a movie on the big screen (as it did during the Oscar telecast), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should shout to the theater owners to lower their prices. Sharon Beirdneau Mission Viejo
December 27, 2011 |
Just in time for Valentine's Day, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is opening a gallery called “Animal Attraction,” which delves into the science of sex and the remarkably odd and amusing ways animals have developed for attracting mates and producing offspring. Consider it part of your continuing sex ed program. “Visitors will encounter hermaphroditic banana slugs, barnacles that win the award for most well-endowed, cannibalistic praying mantises, parasitic anglerfish, and more than a dozen other creatures,” the academy promises.
August 12, 1986 |
The National Academy of Sciences is prepared to call for a ban on smoking aboard all domestic flights of commercial jetliners, concluding cigarette smoke poses health and safety problems, government and industry sources said today. They said the recommendation is contained in a report on overall air quality concerns in aircraft cabins by the academy's National Research Council, scheduled to be released Wednesday.