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SCIENCE
November 18, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Ming is a clam. An ancient clam. You know when Columbus first arrived in America? That's about the time when Ming was born. For more than half a decade scientists believed that Ming the clam was 405 years old when it died, but new testing has revealed that it was in fact a lot older. In a paper published in the journal  Palaeo 3, researchers from Bangor University in North Wales say Ming was 507 years old when it was discovered in 2006. Clam, that's old. Ming is an  Artica islandica  bivalve mollusk, also called an ocean quahog.
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BOOKS
January 14, 1990
I am writing to express disgust at the absurdity of too many writers/producers depicting a person in the 60s as being ancient and ready for the undertaker. The most recent example of many was a 64-year-old, lovely and multi-talented actress made up to look at least 80 while portraying a woman of 63. I am speaking specifically of Angela Lansbury in "The Shell Seekers." As long as she was playing a lady of her own age, why not allow her to look her age, just as she does so charmingly in "Murder, She Wrote."
OPINION
July 11, 2012
Re "Shell Alaska vessel hinders drilling," July 8 Personally, I'm against any drilling in the Arctic. Even if no oil is spilled during Shell's operations this summer, its fleet will release tons of industrial pollutants in the air every year, which would add to the levels of toxic chemicals and acid in the Arctic waters. Environmental and wildlife concerns aside, though, it still doesn't seem reasonable to expend so much costly effort on oil, a finite resource. If making money is a concern, Shell should figure out a way to fill the void when oil runs out. Helen Yi Rancho Cucamonga ALSO: Letters: One ID, one vote Letters: Licensing pet groomers Letters: Contrasting George and Mitt Romney
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2000
Perhaps the time has come to refit the Hollywood Bowl for better acoustics ("Hollywood Bowl May Shed Famous Shell," Aug. 26). Plans to rebuild the shell in the Streamline Moderne style of architecture show some sensitivity to the era in which it was first constructed. Rather than opposing this approach to solving the bowl's long-standing sound problems, preservationist groups might better serve the community by working for the restoration of the original reflecting pool. The pool gave the bowl a grace and elegance it has never regained since the pool was unceremoniously removed to provide high-priced seating for a few. Who knows, beyond lifting our spirits and beautifying the night, bringing back the pool might even improve the sound.
WORLD
April 24, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Fifteen masked men armed with steel pipes, chains and nail-studded clubs ransacked a Shell pipeline project, Irish police said. The vandals smashed security fences and hijacked a construction vehicle at Shell's site on the remote Glengad beach of County Mayo's Atlantic coast, police said. Unarmed security guards retreated when confronted by the attackers, and one guard suffered an arm injury when he was struck by a steel pipe, authorities said. No one has been arrested. The government and environmental officials have approved Shell's plan to pipe natural gas from an untapped field 50 miles offshore.
WORLD
January 17, 2010 | By Joe Mozingo
They built the roadblock across the highway out of whatever they could find -- burning tires, the shell of a refrigerator, a rusty bed frame, a palm tree stump, a beaten-up camper shell and eight bodies, one in a makeshift coffin, another stuffed into a suitcase. The young men of the Carrefour suburb of Port-au-Prince then furiously interrogated drivers Saturday about what they were carrying in their cars. They were sick of people from the earthquake-wrecked capital dumping the dead on their streets in the middle of the night.
NATIONAL
March 14, 2010 | By Anthony Colarossi
They're not as menacing as Burmese pythons proliferating in the Everglades, but giant African snails are targets of the government too. The invasive mollusks are considered a major plant pest and a potential public health threat because they can spread diseases, including meningitis. Now federal and state authorities are seeking to prevent the large, slimy, shell-toting snails from reestablishing themselves in Florida. Once established, agricultural officials said, the mollusks "can create a giant swath of destruction."
FOOD
March 26, 2003 | Cindy Dorn, Times Staff Writer
Dear SOS: Can you obtain the recipe for lobster chowder from Grannan's Seafood Restaurant in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada? Our family thinks this is the finest we have eaten. Pauline Gould Sherman Oaks Dear Pauline: We added the lobster shell for a richer flavor. Be sure to remove it before serving. Grannan's lobster chowder Total time: 30 minutes Servings: 3 to 4 1 (8-ounce) raw lobster tail with shell on 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup finely diced celery, onion and carrot 2 tablespoons flour 1 cup water 1 cup whipping cream 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt 1. Cut the lobster tail in half and remove the meat.
FOOD
April 5, 2012
If you're a fan of soft-boiled eggs, or just like to enjoy your breakfast in the comfort of its own shell, you might consider splurging on an egg topper. Egg toppers are meant to cleanly remove the top of the tapered end of the egg. Properly executed, the shell pops off, revealing an opening just large enough to fit a small spoon. No mess, no problem. A spring-loaded topper looks a little like a mini-plunger, with a base that fits neatly over the egg. Pull the handle back, then release; the vibrations should cause the blade just inside the base to crack the top of the shell in a neat line.
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