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, 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
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.
September 18, 1989
Robert L. Yorke, 68, president from 1962 to 1963 of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and a former manager of West Coast operations who helped oversee the recording of Henry Mancini's "The Music From Peter Gunn," which won Mancini his first Grammy in 1958. Yorke also was a trustee and national treasurer of NARAS, founded in 1957, and after leaving the entertainment industry had a successful career in real estate in Orange County. In Laguna Beach on Tuesday of cancer.
September 28, 2002 |
There are more differences between a chimpanzee and a human being than once believed, according to a new genetic study. Biologists have long held that the genes of chimps and humans are about 98.5% identical. But biologist Roy Britten of Caltech reported Sept. 23 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that a new way of comparing the genes shows that the human and chimp genetic similarity is only about 95%.