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October 4, 2013 | By Monte Morin
When it comes to zeroing in on nectar-rich flowers, worker honeybees rely heavily on their expert sense of smell. But new research suggests pollution from diesel exhaust may fool the honeybee's "nose," making their search for staple flowers all the more difficult. In a paper published recently in Scientific Reports , English scientists concluded that two components of diesel exhaust -- nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide -- could alter the odor of the many chemicals that combine to give a flower its signature smell.
October 3, 2013 | By Monte Morin
It's been a point of heated debate among scientists for years: Just when in Earth's history did flowering plants first appear? In a paper published recently in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science , researchers say they have discovered fossilized pollen grains that date back 243 million years -- more than 100 million years earlier than previously thought. If true, that would suggest that flowering plants, or angiosperms, appeared at roughly the same time as dinosaurs, in the Middle Triassic period.
August 24, 2013 | By August Brown
The suburb of Sunland-Tujunga is a long way from the downtown L.A. alley that houses The Smell, the club where the noise-punk duo No Age cut their teeth. But it's where No Age guitarist Randy Randall went in search of a little new space. “I tell people it's the new Eagle Rock,” he said. “It was affordable and it's actually really beautiful.” Randall's physical uprooting makes sense, given all the other deconstructions going on in No Age's universe. “An Object,” the band's third studio full length, finds them ripping up their sound and renewing a commitment to re-imagine the structures of their music.
August 1, 2013 | By Brad Balukjian
We all smell things a little differently, and new research shows why: By examining the DNA of hundreds of individuals and testing their sense of smell, scientists found the genetic basis for why we smell certain scents. Although smell is a huge part of our sensory experience (the inability to smell is called anosmia ), little research has been done on what controls it. Richard Newcomb, a geneticist at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research and senior author on the study in Current Biology , had spent much of his career examining smell in insects (they use their antennae)
July 28, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Yasiel Puig's phenomenal rookie season reached a new pinnacle Sunday when he turned a historic display of futility into a footnote washed away by more Dodgers glory. Puig, after flailing through three of the team's 20 strikeouts against the Cincinnati Reds, hammered an 11th-inning home run into Dodger Stadium's left-field pavilion, delivering his team a 1-0 victory. The strikeout total broke the record for the most by a Dodgers team in the modern era (since 1900)
July 17, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
Paleontologists have discovered a strange new dinosaur -- a relative of Triceratops with a humongous honker. Nasutoceratops titusi , whose genus name means “big-nose horned face,” roamed present-day Utah about 76 million years ago. The find sheds further light on the dinosaur communities that inhabited what's now the western edge of North America. Similar to its relative Triceratops , Nasutoceratops measured about 15 feet long and weighed roughly 2.5 tons. Its colossal 4.5-foot skull bore a single horn over the nose, along with a horn above each eye and an elongated, bony frill toward the rear.
July 8, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - The election for the prized post of governor of Baja California was thrown into disarray Monday, with both major candidates claiming victory and a preliminary vote count abruptly halted because of what authorities called a math error. The National Action Party, which has held the job since 1989, when it became the first party to defeat the Institutional Revolutionary Party in an election, was ahead by a few percentage points after polls closed Sunday night, officials said.
June 14, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Business is not so bubbly for sparkling wine makers. Climate change is bringing higher temperatures to regions like Champagne, France, where delicate vines are succumbing to heat. In interviews with wine publication Decanter, winemakers in France's Alsace area say warmer climate is changing the taste of their traditional wines, altering the smell, sugar and acidity. The changes have reconfigured the sparkling-wine map. Wine-growing regions such Chile, India and China are ramping up production of sparkling wine.
May 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Don't forget the napkins when you watch a DVD in Brazil. In Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Domino's has teamed up with 10 rental stores to use movie DVDs for an unusual marketing push. Users pop in a rented DVD like they would any other, and after they've watched the film and take the disc out, the DVD disc shows a picture of a pizza and emits the aroma of one of Domino's pies. The DVDs have thermal ink and flavored varnish to create the effect. When the DVD is played, both materials react to the DVD player's heat.
April 20, 2013 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
They call him Mr. Wonderful. But Kevin O'Leary was recently engaged in one of his less-than-wonderful rants, the kind familiar to anyone who loves to hate him on ABC's "Shark Tank. " "If I were the president of the United States, I would make unions illegal," O'Leary declared, between sips of Cabernet during a Sunday brunch at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. "They no longer serve a functional purpose in democracy, in my view. "My problem with unions is they breed mediocrity," the 58-year-old former educational software mogul turned investor added, warming to his topic.
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