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May 27, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Have you submitted your recipe for our 2013 Battle of the Burgers yet? If you're still working on it, this Memorial Day is the perfect time to hone your entry -- and snap a photo. In the meantime, check out the competition with this submission from Lindsay Ames in Vancouver, Canada:  "This burger is not just a piece of meat on a bun. It's an experience for the senses. It's got everything you could want in a meal housed under one sweet, delicious bun. Salty and sweet, hot and cold, soft and crunchy, spicy and refreshing.
April 24, 2014 | By Robert Abele
A resourcefully stylish indie sci-fi entry from Britain, "The Machine" drapes sleek visuals over an artificial intelligence tale set in a top-secret British government facility where robots are being developed to fight a cold war with China. Empathic computer genius Vincent (Toby Stephens) has more on his mind, however, than creating a weapon-strength, self-aware being for his military boss (Denis Lawson). Vincent imagines a revolutionary future in which the brain-damaged (be they wounded soldiers or his medically afflicted daughter)
February 27, 2014 | By Robert Abele
After a strong Olympic showing, Russia isn't securing Oscar gold with "Stalingrad," which was submitted for the foreign-language film Academy Award but didn't make the final list of nominees. But there's plenty of competitively epic epicness on display nonetheless. If you're making the first Russian film to be released in 3-D and Imax, after all, why not scorch the screen with the blood, fire, ash and emotion swirling around the decisive Eastern Front battle of World War II? Director Fedor Bondarchuk's fervidly realized, effects-laden set pieces include a torturous Volga river crossing, a blazing fuel depot, a plane crash and grueling firefights between German and Russian forces camped out in decimated buildings.
April 23, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Having a day off on Wednesday, Simi Valley baseball Coach Matt La Belle decided to take his players on a short field trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum to see the best exhibition of baseball memorabilia outside of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Through Sept. 4, the Reagan Library has a baseball exhibition of more than 800 artifacts . Much of it is from the collection of L.A.-based Gary Cypres.
September 8, 1988 | JANNY SCOTT
Smells are detected when molecules of gas released into the air by some half million substances--everything from lemon pie to Limburger cheese, perfume to petunias--waft into a person's nose and travel into the far reaches of the nasal cavity to a dime-sized patch made up of millions of olfactory cells. There these gas molecules dissolve in the mucus that lines the nasal cavity, stimulating tiny hairlike projections attached to each olfactory cell.
Researchers have taken a major step forward in understanding how the nose perceives and differentiates between the estimated 10,000 different smells to which it is exposed. A Columbia University team reported Friday in the journal Cell that it had isolated a family of 18 genes that are the blueprints for the exquisitely sensitive receptors in the nose that signal the presence of odors. The team's results suggest that there may be 100 to 200 more such genes.
December 1, 1991
Aaron Betsky's critique, "Westside Pavilion: Old-Style Mall Turned Into an Assault on Senses" (Times, Nov. 21) is an assault on my senses. Architect Jon Jerde is such a major force in diverting the contemporary shopping mall from its soulless, monotonous course that Betsky's statement that he "always fails" is astonishing. Jerde's heroes and mentors include such outstanding individualists as Walt Disney and Ray Bradbury. His admirers include many such as myself who continue to be overjoyed with every visit to the festive, colorful and humane spaces he has created.
May 7, 1988 | LEONARD KLADY
The operative word in Empire's "Assault of the Killer Bimbos" (citywide) is assault . This yarn of three women on the lam from the law is a formidable attack on one's senses, good taste, patience, humor and leisure time. In a sleazy downtown Los Angeles bar, Peaches (Christina Whitaker) is the star go-go dancer. Lulu (Elizabeth Kaitan), a cocktail waitress, has aspirations to boogaloo on stage too.
February 3, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sperm may have the equivalent of a sense of smell, European researchers reported last week in the British journal Nature. The newly discovered capability may help the sperm find their way to an egg that is to be fertilized, and the discovery may lead to the development of new birth control techniques, the researchers said.
From the moment they are born and feel the air of the world against their tender skin, children begin to develop their senses. Later, conveniently, kids will use their senses to learn about the senses--an important developmental stage of learning that leads to better understanding of their bodies and the world around them. Knowing how taste, touch, scent, sight and sound function should make it easier throughout life to learn about music, science, art and other subjects.
April 22, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The cathedral was full - the choir seats filled by uniformed police officers - but it was silent as the microphone was lowered for the little boy. Ten-year-old Jonathan Navarro looked out at the hundreds of officers seated before him to mourn his uncle, LAPD Officer Christopher A. Cortijo, and began speaking directly to the fallen officer. "Uncle Chris, I will always remember you," he said. "You took your time with me and treated me with tough love. You are my hero. " Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Tuesday to pay their final respects to Cortijo, a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer who died earlier this month after being struck by a driver suspected of being under the influence of cocaine.
April 18, 2014 | By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
Between the bouncy music and the stacks of colorful jeans, visitors to the Benetton store on Chicago's Michigan Avenue might catch a whiff of a growing marketing trend. Mounted high in the corner beside the store entrance, a scent diffuser, installed in November, spreads a bright spring fragrance modeled after Benetton's Verde cologne. "It finishes the emotion we are trying to create in the store," said Robert Argueta, director of visual merchandising for the United Colors of Benetton, who also is testing the scent in Benetton's New York flagship store.
April 15, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
INDEPENDENCE, Calif. - One by one, a parade of Owens Valley residents rose at a public hearing Tuesday to assail the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's plan to meet its renewable energy goals by covering 2 square miles of high desert with 1 million solar panels. "We believe in economic development - but this is not the kind we want," Jane McDonald, who helps run a farmer's market, said at the DWP's first public presentation of the project during an Inyo County Board of Supervisors hearing.
April 9, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
It's rather refreshing that the next California Assembly Speaker spent her early years in a house with no indoor plumbing. Her family carried in water from a spring for drinking, cooking and washing. For a bathroom, they trekked to an outhouse. Assemblywoman Toni Atkins' father was a coal and lead miner; her mother a seamstress. The parents and their four kids crammed themselves into a little four-room house in rural southern Virginia. So when the Democrat, a San Diego transplant, talks about poor people and their housing needs, she isn't just whistling Dixie.
April 8, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
No one should have expected that putting more vegetables in front of elementary school students would instantly turn them into an army of broccoli fans. Plenty of food has been thrown out since new federal rules took effect in 2011 requiring students in the subsidized school lunch program to choose a fruit or vegetable each day. Nevertheless, studies find that continued exposure to produce is resulting in more children eating at least some of it. That's worth a certain amount of wasted food.
April 6, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt
They share vintage fashion finds, finish one another's sentences and collectively compose pop-rock songs. Kesha and Katy Perry are fans, and their dream is to perform with Prince. But for now they'll have to settle for appearing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday and April 18, part of a U.S. tour that begins next week. "They" are Haim, the San Fernando Valley-raised sister trio (Este, Danielle and Alana), known for their catchy 2013 debut album, "Days Are Gone" - and their style.
September 17, 1986 | ROBERT McDONALD
The exhibit of mixed-media works by Bill Mosley at the Anuska Gallery (2400 Kettner Blvd.) is an auspicious opening show for the fall season. Anuska Smith got the jump on the other downtown galleries, which have yet to inaugurate their seasons, and Mosley's works have a celebratory quality. They are tributes to all the senses. Mosley, practically a native of San Diego, studied art at UC San Diego, where he received both a bachelor's degree and a master of fine arts.
July 25, 1988 | SETH SHULMAN, Shulman is a Boston-based free - lance science writer. and
If you are like most people, you might have a hard time describing just what fresh-brewed coffee, burning rubber or pine needles smell like. But you would have no trouble identifying one of these odors and countless others if they happened to waft your way. Just how we distinguish among them is a question most of us probably would take for granted. But such questions have baffled scientists for centuries and still do to a surprisingly large degree.
April 1, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
Happy April Fool's Day! Why not celebrate with a little humor from the world of science? No, that's not an April Fool's joke. It really IS possible to blend humor with science and math. The American Chemical Society proves it in the video above. You may find some of the jokes funnier than others. One of my favorites: “Never trust an atom - they make up everything.” There's another gem about two glasses of water concerned about the too-cool-for-school behavior of their ice-cube son. The punch line requires a junior-high understanding of chemistry.
March 26, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
The Dodgers returned home for the traditional start of the 2014 season with fresh Australian victories, renewed championship hopes, and a battered chunk of familiar baggage. All of this lugging around of the constant turmoil that is Yasiel Puig is getting tiresome. "I know Yasiel is a huge lightning rod," Manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday as he took a deep breath. "Any time I say anything about Yasiel it turns into a story. Any time Yasiel does something it turns into a story.
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