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March 4, 2014 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - As international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions stall, schemes to slow global warming using fantastical technologies once dismissed as a sideshow are getting serious consideration in Washington. Ships that spew salt into the air to block sunlight. Mirrored satellites designed to bounce solar rays back into space. Massive "reverse" power plants that would suck carbon from the atmosphere. These are among the ideas the National Academy of Sciences has charged a panel of some of the nation's top climate thinkers to investigate.
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ENTERTAINMENT
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
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
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
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | By Terry Gardner
Meet Linus, the first African penguin chick hatched in the California Academy of Sciences' new building. The male chick , born Jan. 28, was named last month in honor of Carolus Linnaeus, the taxonomist who first detailed the African penguin species in 1758. About 2,000 names were submitted during the naming contest, and the public chose Linus. Linus, who weighed 2.6 ounces the day after hatching but grew to 6.4 pounds by the time he went on display April 10, is the first chick born to his 2-year-old mother, Ty.  His dad, 11-year-old Robben, has fathered several chicks through the Assn.
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