September 16, 2013 |
TAIYUAN, China - Air China Flight 1236 was supposed to take off at 8:10 p.m. for Beijing from Xian, hometown of China's famous terra cotta warriors. It felt like the warriors could have marched faster. What was supposed to be a 100-minute flight last month ended up delayed, diverted and canceled to the point that it took passengers 18 hours to get to Beijing. China's skies are in a state of almost permanent gridlock. During the month of July, only 17.8% of flights departing from Beijing's airport were on time, according to FlightStats.
September 15, 2013 |
One in an occasional series on the changing nature of work. Long ago - I'm talking in the 1960s - "stewardesses" were taught how to walk up stairs in heels and how to blow out a match after lighting a passenger's cigarette. They were issued pillbox hats and little white gloves. Their glamour was a big part of the allure of airline travel. But when passengers reminisce about those good old days, I remind them that barely anyone could afford to fly then, and then I might point out a colleague and say, "Remember the stewardesses back then, the ones in hot pants and go-go boots?
September 8, 2013
Question: My husband flew to Denver to participate in a bicycle trip around Yellowstone Park. The round-trip airfare was $422. He suffered a fracture of the pelvis. To get him home from Cody, Wyo., the airline charged us a total of $1,362. I am so stunned that I don't quite know what to say. To me this is a total rip-off, and I really need someone to explain to me why this is OK. Anne L. Stowell Los Angeles Answer: I can explain why this happened, but I cannot explain why it's OK unless I channel the greedmeisters at many U.S. airlines.
September 5, 2013 |
As developer and project manager Dave McAdam walks through a newly built Palm Springs house dubbed Desert Two, he lists off the novel design elements: the swimming pool, smartly set in the frontyard instead of the back; the experimental ceiling, an expanse of steel with tiny perforations allowing cooled air to drift down into the glass-walled living area. Even the master bedroom has a surprise in back: a shower and bathtub on the deck outside. LARGER-FORMAT PHOTO GALLERY: Desert Two house in Palm Springs The novelty that can't be seen?
September 3, 2013 |
The space rock was about 2 feet in diameter and weighed more than 100 pounds. When it hit the Earth's atmosphere last week, it shone, briefly, 20 times brighter than the moon. NASA's cameras captured the meteor as it zipped over the Southeast United States on Wednesday. In the video above, you can watch as it comes soaring through the sky and explodes in a flash of light. The steady orb of light in the left of the frame is the moon. The meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere over the Georgia-Tennessee border at 12:30 a.m. PST, and shone for about 3 seconds, said Bill Cooke of NASA's meteoroid environment office in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. It was moving at 56,000 mph before it broke apart at an altitude of 33 miles.
August 30, 2013 |
Looking for a Labor Day sky-watching plan? Keep your eye out for Jupiter. The giant gaseous planet will be the second-brightest body in the sky, after the moon, this weekend, and you won't be able to miss it, according to EarthSky.org. The bummer for late-night partiers is that the best view of the planet will be early in the morning, some time around dawn. But early risers will have a front-row seat to the show. At 6 a.m. on Saturday morning, look low in the sky to the East to find Jupiter right next to a thin crescent moon.
August 16, 2013 |
This week an amateur Japanese astronomer discovered a new nova shining in the night sky, and experts say it is getting brighter by the hour. If you are familiar with the constellations and can read a star map, you can try to find it for yourself. The newly discovered nova is just north of the constellation Delphinus. As of Friday afternoon , it was a magnitude 4.4, which means it is just on the edge of vision in a somewhat light-polluted suburb, said Alan MacRobert, a senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine.
August 14, 2013 |
A cameraman for the British broadcaster Sky News and a reporter for a United Arab Emirates-based newspaper were among scores killed Wednesday in Egypt, where security forces clashed with supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. Sky News said Mick Deane, 61, was shot while covering the disturbances in Cairo, where troops stormed two protest camps. “Despite receiving medical treatment for his injuries, he died shortly afterwards,” Sky said in a statement. “None of the other members of the Sky News team were injured in the incident.” Gulf News reported that Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz was shot near Cairo's Rabaa al Adawiya mosque, where Morsi supporters have been camped out for more than a month.
August 12, 2013 |
CHICAGO When: 7:30 p.m. PDT. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC, TWC Deportes. Records: Sparks 16-7, Sky 15-7. Record vs. Sky: 0-1. Update: The Sparks return home after winning four of five on a nine-day trip, to face Eastern Division-leading Chicago. It will mark the first Los Angeles appearance of the Sky's Elena Delle Donne, one of the league's marquee rookies, who scored 20 points in a 92-84 victory over the Sparks on June 29 in Rosemont, Ill. Delle Donne, a 6-foot-5 swing player out of Delaware, leads all WNBA rookies with an 18.7 scoring average.
August 12, 2013 |
Stargazers, you've got one more night to enjoy the Perseid meteor shower, one of the best meteor showers of 2013, so make the most of it. The meteor shower is expected to put on almost as good a display Monday night into Tuesday morning as it did on Sunday night, and as you can see in the photo gallery above, Sunday night's display was pretty breathtaking. The shower occurs each year when Earth passes through a stream of dust and debris left...