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February 28, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Listen up loners: A new study says having friends can make you smarter, at least if you're a baby cow.  Researchers from the University of British Columbia found that young calves that live alone performed worse on tests of cognitive skill than calves that live with a buddy. On most dairy farms, calves are removed from their mothers soon after they are born and put in a pen or a hutch where they live alone for eight to 10 weeks while they wean. The practice developed to keep disease from spreading among susceptible baby cows.
March 4, 1989
Arlen Grossman (Viewpoint, Feb. 18) asks where horses get the money for cocaine. Horses have money for cocaine because horses don't bet on people. LEE SACKETT Duarte
February 6, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
Just think of it - in a few years, our cars will be able to talk to one another. What'll they be saying? Certainly not the kind of things we humans now say to one another on the road, words that you can't hear in the traffic roar but can't mistake on other drivers' lips. Your car will be talking its own lingo to the cars around you, saying, in Ford-speak, things like “we are changing lanes; please maintain speed and distance” or “the car ahead of us just slammed on its brakes, time to do the same.” When the technology is up and ready, the Obama administration wants all new cars to go “smart.” Cars that can beep out how fast they're going and which way they're going as often as 10 times a second; cars that can chat up stop signs, keep a virtual eye out for cyclists and pedestrians, and tell you to turn on the windshield wipers, dummy.
December 3, 1994
The Genius was a lot smarter with Montana, Rice, et al. MARK LARSON Newport Beach
September 24, 1994
The better our computers get, the smarter we don't gotta be. This is the Forrest Gump Factor. MICHAEL P. OSTRYE San Diego
December 20, 1998
What happens to hope when 68% of Americans are smarter than the entire body of congressional Republicans? TOM THOMPSON Balboa
February 16, 2000
You and the teacher "study" (Feb. 9) add insult to educational injury by insinuating that "smarter teachers" leave teaching. Perhaps smarter teachers believe they are performing a noble and needed job, regardless of the obstacles. Where would we all be if "Jesus left teaching to sell Coca-Cola"? (Add the corporate entity of your choice.) ILA HIRSCH Los Angeles
January 23, 1988
Jimmy 'the Greek' deserved to be fired because anyone paid three-quarters of a million dollars a year should be a lot smarter than he is. ELLIOT ROSENTHAL Fullerton
January 12, 1986
Middings' letter raised my curiosity and my 6-year-old son's ire. Christopher drafted his own reply, which is attached. Calendar, you're absolved. Middings, you just don't know about kids today. They're smarter than you think. GAEL PHILLIPS (Christopher's Dad) Van Nuys So are their parents.
January 17, 2014 | By Christle Balvin
California's coastal mountains have a compulsion to get to the sea. They are constantly sending sand and sediment downstream to the beaches. Or at least they're trying to. But today, a system of 14 dams along the foothills of the San Gabriels prevents much of the sand from reaching the shore. The result is a slowly eroding coastline, a network of ugly concrete storm channels where streams once flowed, and an ever-increasing accumulation of earth behind the dams. Southern California rivers are notoriously unpredictable.
January 17, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Twenty years ago today, much of Los Angeles was shaken awake at 4:31 a.m. by a magnitude 6.7 earthquake on a blind thrust fault that scientists didn't know existed. The Northridge quake (which was actually centered under Reseda) left 57 people dead, turned the 10 Freeway into a concrete version of a broken Kit Kat bar, caused $20 billion in property damage and made the Santa Susana Mountains on the northern edge of the San Fernando Valley two feet taller. Since then, we have gotten smarter about earthquakes and buildings.
September 10, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - In the first congressional hearing on marijuana laws since voters in Colorado and Washington state legalized pot for recreational use in November, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) called for a "smarter approach" to marijuana policy and addressed federal laws that he said impeded effective regulation of the drug in states where it was legal. The Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing followed a Justice Department memo in late August that said the U.S. would not challenge state laws permitting marijuana and that it would focus enforcement on eight priorities, which include preventing its distribution to minors and keeping revenue away from criminal enterprises.
September 5, 2013 | By the Times Editorial Board
With some county jail inmates serving only a fraction of their sentences due to overcrowding, as The Times reported Sunday, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has called on Sheriff Lee Baca to provide ideas on how to increase the portion of their terms that inmates actually spend behind bars. The supervisor asked specifically about contracting for more lockups throughout the state - while failing to mention an option that could immediately free up space to house the most serious offenders.
July 18, 2013 | David Lazarus
If you had asked me last week how I felt about people having to pay for dozens of TV channels they never watch, I'd have told you it's an unfair and archaic practice that should be done away with. I'd have said pretty much the same earlier this week after a report was issued by the New York investment bank Needham & Co. warning that a switch to so-called a la carte programming would cost the pay-TV industry about $70 billion and leave viewers with fewer than 20 channels. And after a lively, at times heated, conversation with the author of that report, I still think it's wrong to make consumers pay for products they don't want.
July 8, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - President Obama has told his staff to use all the technology at their disposal to make the federal government “smarter, quicker and more responsive” in his second term. Presenting what he called a “new management agenda” at the White House, Obama noted Monday that his administration included experts from the private sector and charged them with a new task. “As anyone knows, dealing with the federal government is not always high-technology and it's not always user-friendly,” Obama told Cabinet secretaries and administration officials in the State Dining Room.
February 18, 2003
In her Feb. 13 commentary "The Weapons of Mass Creation," Caroline Wagner worries that the same technology that may soon allow us to prevent many genetically based diseases may also allow us to create "smarter, more creative" children. This statement occurs in a piece positioned just below one about the Bush administration's attempts to do away with America's civil liberties [in the Justice Department's proposed Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003]. It occurs inside a newspaper detailing an obviously choreographed attempt by that same administration to sow panic among the American people -- to rush into a war whose unknown consequences could have a devastating effect on thousands of lives, to pursue an economic policy being completely discredited by almost everyone who knows anything about economics and to do its best to undermine worldwide gains in environmental protection.
June 3, 1990 | Amy Wallace, Amy Wallace is a reporter for the San Diego edition of The Times.
EVERYBODY IN LA JOLLA knew the Brodericks. Daniel T. Broderick III and his wife, Betty, seemed to have a classic society-page marriage. Dan was a celebrity in local legal circles. Armed with degrees from both Harvard Law School and Cornell School of Medicine, the prominent malpractice attorney was aggressive, persuasive and cunning--a $1-million-a-year lawyer at the top of his game.
June 28, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Lemurs may not be the most academically gifted of the primate family, but don't turn your back on these sly critters. Those in larger social groups are smarter thieves, new research has found. Just as city kids have a reputation for developing street smarts to survive, lemurs in larger groups develop some serious social savvy. The findings, published in PLoS ONE, provide a window into the development of social intelligence --  and general intelligence -- in primates, which include humans.
June 12, 2013 | By Joseph S. Nye Jr
China will almost certainly pass the United States in the total size of its economy within a decade or so. But if one looks also at military and "soft power" resources, the U.S. is likely to remain more powerful than China for at least the next few decades. Does it matter? When nations worry too much about power transitions, their leaders may overreact or follow strategies that are dangerous. As Thucydides described it, the Peloponnesian War - in which the Greek city-state system tore itself apart - was caused by the rise in the power of Athens and the fear that created in Sparta.
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