February 5, 2013 |
British director Alexander Mackendrick made memorable films on both sides of the pond. In Britain, Mackendrick was one of the star directors at the famed Ealing Studios thanks to his sharp, inventive comedies such as 1949's "Whisky Galore" and 1951's "The Man in the White Suit," and his 1955 masterwork, "The Ladykillers," with Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers. In Hollywood, Mackendrick is best known for the brilliant 1957 drama "Sweet Smell of Success" that starred Burt Lancaster as the ruthless gossip columnist J.J. Hunsecker and Tony Curtis as the ambitious press agent Sidney Falco.
January 27, 2013 |
"Suspect," Robert Crais' 19th crime novel, which hit bookstores last week, introduces two new characters (and one new species) to the award-winning L.A. author's repertoire - LAPD cop Scott James and his K-9 partner, Maggie. The former TV writer, born in Louisiana, is perhaps best known for his 15 books featuring unorthodox detective Elvis Cole and his stone-faced partner, Joe Pike. "Suspect" is about an LAPD officer and an ex-military dog who both have PTSD, which makes them suspect.
January 8, 2013 |
A Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner passenger jet was found to be on fire 15 minutes after arriving at Boston's Logan International Airport from Tokyo, adding to the list of complications for the 17-month-old jet. The fire found smoldering Monday in the plane's underbelly after passengers had deplaned prompted the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to look into the incident. The Dreamliner program has had numerous problems over the years. The first large-passenger Dreamliner was delivered in September 2011, more than three years late because of design problems and supplier issues.
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January 4, 2013 |
LA JOLLA - There's a political stink rising in this seaside community, blown ashore from the rocks of La Jolla Cove, where myriad seabirds and marine mammals roost, rest and leave behind what animals leave behind. The offal accumulation is offending noses at trendy restaurants, tourist haunts, and expensive condos perched on some of the most pricey real estate in the country. But finding a solution to the olfactory assault has proved elusive. Environmental regulations have thwarted proposals to cleanse the rocks with a non-toxic, biodegradable solution.
December 17, 2012 |
IBM's 5 in 5 -- a list of five innovations that could change the world in five years -- focuses on how computers are developing the ability to taste, touch, hear, see and listen just like humans do, except way better. It is kind of exciting and kind of terrifying, but mostly just really cool. For example, Hendrik Hamann, a research manager of physical systems for IBM, describes a smartphone that could use a computerized nose to " smell " if we are sick. Forget the thermometer and the doctor's visit -- we will simply breathe into our cellphones to find out if we have the flu. Robyn Schwartz describes how smartphones of the future might use vibrations to allow us to virtually " touch " a piece of material and feel its texture.
December 11, 2012 |
If you've ever been in Italy in the late fall and early winter, you know how amazing the perfume of really fresh olive oil can be -- artichokes, green beans, call me crazy but I get something deeply floral, like roses and, oh yes, olives. The problem is, fresh oil doesn't last very long and it rarely seems to ship well. All of those vibrant grassy aromas and flavors mellow into something that's quite delicious, but nutty rather than vegetal. But I've just found the first California oil so far that delivers that remarkable olio nuovo pungency.
November 30, 2012 |
PALO ALTO -- The hopping and bopping on the UCLA sideline began as soon as the third quarter ended. Stanford players held off on their dancing until the end. When a 52-yard field-goal attempt by UCLA kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn came up short with 34 seconds left, so had the Bruins. Moments later, Cardinal players exploded from the sideline and all that was left for the Bruins was a long walk out the tunnel, with Stanford fans tossing rose petals on them. Stanford's 27-24 victory in the Pac-12 championship game on a drizzly Friday night in Stanford Stadium meant the Rose Bowl for the Cardinal (11-2)
November 23, 2012 |
A natural gas explosion tore through a strip club in western Massachusetts on Friday evening, leveling the business and sending at least eight people to the local trauma center. The smell of gas had sent employees, customers and dancers racing out of the building. Then, at about 5:20 p.m., a gas leak at the Scores Gentleman's Club in Springfield's downtown district ignited, sending shock waves that rattled the community, knocking people down and shattering windows blocks away. Police said there have been no reports of fatalities.
October 19, 2012 |
After a disastrous season with the Dallas Mavericks, former Lakers star Lamar Odom is back in town with a new team: the Los Angeles Clippers. That's not all that's new: Odom and wife Khloe Kardashian, the stars of E!'s reality show "Khloe & Lamar," just announced their new holiday fragrance "Unbreakable Joy. " The timing of the announcement is a bit off, since there's not much joy for Odom so far with the Clippers. He may have "Unbreakable Joy," but he's not exactly breaking a sweat on the basketball court.
October 15, 2012 |
Imagine if every time you were attracted to that delicious smell wafting from your neighborhood Cinnabon's open door, you found upon entering that it was actually a hardware store with no food in sight. It wouldn't be long before that smell no longer sucked you in. That's essentially what scientists tried in an attempt to solve an age-old problem in species conservation: How do you stop predators from attacking their prey? In the new study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from Australia exposed black rats to the smells of a bird's nest - avian feces, feathers and the like - by placing scent-spiked fake nests throughout a field.