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January 10, 2014 | By Kyle Schuneman
When it comes to living in a small space, double duty is key. No inch can be wasted. Take a recent office I created inside a client's 1920s Los Angeles studio apartment. One main room held the bed, lounge chairs, dressers, bookcase and TV cabinet. Fitting in all these pieces of furniture was no small feat, and we were left no space for a desk - and all the things that go along with working from home. How did we create an office in the studio? The answer was the closet. The closet was largely vacant because a dressing area stored most of the client's clothes.
January 9, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Mike Judge, the creator of the animated "Beavis and Butt-head" and "King of the Hill," is also known for taking a sharply satirical look at workplace politics in his 1999 hit comedy, "Office Space. " He returns to that white-collar canvas in a totally different setting in his new HBO comedy, "Silicon Valley," which is scheduled to premiere April 6. The show "takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success," according to production notes.
January 6, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
They started the night with a barrage of pregame fireworks in the Rose Bowl. A few hours later, the rockets really went off. This was not so much a game as a roller coaster. If you are a drama lover, an excitement junkie, you couldn't help but get high on this one. The last 4 1/2 minutes were college football's Space Mountain. There was a 100-yard kickoff return by a Florida State freshman, who is only 5 feet 7, who was a state champion sprinter and who goes by either Kermit Whitfield or Levonte Whitfield.
January 5, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
The gig: Wanda M. Austin, 59, is the president and chief executive of Aerospace Corp., an El Segundo brain trust for the Pentagon's space program. Although not well known outside defense circles, it is regarded as one of the nation's most important assets. Classified space: For decades, Aerospace, which receives federal funds, has provided oversight for development of highly secretive spy satellites, ballistic missiles and launch vehicles. Aerospace scientists and engineers oversee the technical side of contracts awarded to defense firms to ensure the work is being done properly.
January 2, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Gecko's sticky feet seem to let the little climbing lizards crawl wherever they want. Now researchers have used the gecko feet's trade secrets to let robots use that climbing power in space. The idea, which received backing from the European Space Agency, mimics the pads of the gecko's feet to allow small robots to climb up the hulls of larger spacecraft to maintain and even repair them. Such repair bots could extend the lives of expensive spacecraft, save them from sudden and untimely deaths, and perhaps one day minimize risky spacewalks for future astronauts.
January 1, 2014 | By Tim Traeger
A mixed-use project featuring a five-screen Laemmle theater in Glendale appears to be moving forward with the City Council's recent approval of a development agreement. The four-story project will include 42 apartments above 6,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground level. In a 4-1 vote in December, the City Council approved a multi-agency agreement between the city, L.A. County and the Glendale Community College District to move the Laemmle Lofts project closer to approval.
December 28, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Before he became a potter, setting aside a longtime hobby for full-time engagement, Adam Silverman trained and practiced as an architect. Clay vessels and buildings are significantly different, in myriad obvious ways. But Silverman sometimes collapses the two in surprising and provocative installations. An exhibition at the Laguna Art Museum titled "Clay and Space" lays out some of those correspondences. It's a significant step forward from "Boolean Valley," an intellectually sound if rather dry and unengaging 2009 collaboration with architect Nader Tehrani for the Museum of Contemporary Art's Pacific Design Center space in West Hollywood.
December 27, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Chinese property developer Oceanwide Real Estate Group said Friday that it would make its first foray into the U.S. It will spend up to $200 million to buy a sprawling parking lot in downtown Los Angeles across from Staples Center and the L.A. Live entertainment complex and develop a five-star hotel, apartments and retail space. The 4.6-acre site at the southeast corner of 11th and Figueroa streets has already been approved by the city for a high-end, mixed-use complex called Fig Central.
December 26, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
China watched this month as the nation's first lunar rover rolled across the moon's surface. It was a moment of national pride when images of the six-wheel rover, dubbed Jade Rabbit, were transmitted live back to Earth, showing the red and gold Chinese flag on the moon for the first time. "Now as Jade Rabbit has made its touchdown on the moon surface," the state-run Xinhua news agency said, "the whole world again marvels at China's remarkable space capabilities. " The lunar triumph offered many Americans their first glimpse at an unfolding new space race involving countries with emerging economies.
December 23, 2013 | By Judi Dash
You can have your in-flight meal and use your laptop too if you've included the Aero-Tray in your carry-on gear. The Z-shaped hinged collapsible workstation opens to become a double-decker desk atop the airplane tray table (or any surface). Or angle the top tier for more ergonomic typing on the tray table or your lap. The bottom tier has a retractable shelf with a cup holder to minimize the risk of spills while multitasking. The pull-out shelf can also be used as a vertical support for a tablet computer.
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