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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.
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.
September 17, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Deep in a Croatian cave, scientists have discovered a tiny snail with a shell that looks as if it is made of glass. The Zospeum tholussum specimen was found more than half a mile beneath the Earth's surface, in the  Lukina Jama-Trojama cave system, one of the 20 deepest cave systems in the world.  The snail is minuscule -- just 1 millimeter across. It is part of a group of snails generally found along the drainage systems of caves. Like its Zospeum cousins , Zospeum tholussum has limited eyesight and mobility, according to researchers.  "Since they are grazing microorganisms from stones, mud and wood that has been washed into the cave, they have everything around that they need," said Alexander Weigand of Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany, who described the snail in the journal Subterranean Biology.
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.
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.
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.
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
September 6, 2000
Preservationists rightly strive to keep the 21st century from obliterating the 20th century, and we as a society are enriched by their efforts. Alas, even the most ardent preservationists cannot stop the deteriorating effects of time, and our beloved Hollywood Bowl band shell is clearly no longer capable of serving us as its designers originally intended. As a bowl subscriber for decades, I have long felt the shell's primary goals--acoustic and visual--have sadly suffered, but I would have loudly opposed any plan that discarded the original design for something more contemporary.
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