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December 27, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
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.
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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
June 29, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
Pain is more than just a complaint -- it’s a public health issue. And the time has come to do something about it. So concludes a new report from the Institute of Medicine, written at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services.  The report , mandated by the healthcare overhaul law, estimates that chronic pain costs between $560 billion and $635 billion each year in medical expenses and lost productivity. But, it adds, pain is also personal, affecting each person individually.
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
OPINION
July 27, 2013
Re "L.A. River at a watershed," July 24 There is a critical benefit missing from the discussion on restoring the Los Angeles River: public health. With obesity in Los Angeles nearing 40% in low-income areas - often the same areas that lack adequate park access - Angelenos are in urgent need of healthful and attractive places to walk, run, bicycle and play. Even mild physical activity such as walking 30 minutes a day can protect against chronic diseases, and several studies have concluded that actively commuting through walking or bicycling can meet physical activity requirements.
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