CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2013 |
In an attempt to cultivate a more pedestrian-friendly city, one Pasadena organization will turn two parking spaces into tiny, temporary parks Friday. The Pasadena Playhouse District Assn., a nonprofit organization that promotes the 32-block district, will transform two 7-by-20-feet parking spaces into pocket parks from noon to 4 p.m. The parklets will be on the north and south sides of Colorado Boulevard between El Molino and Oak Knoll, according to the organization. The pocket parks will be installed on PARK(ing)
September 16, 2013 |
NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg says when a new cargo ship arrives this weekend at the International Space Station, she'll be unwrapping the chocolate. Like soldiers and college students everywhere, Nyberg gets excited about care packages from home. She told Associated Press that something freshly baked would be better, but she'll settle for chocolate. Her husband, astronaut Douglas Hurley, arranged to have the package stowed aboard the Cygnus. It's the debut of the space station delivery service by Virginia's Orbital Sciences Corp.
September 16, 2013 |
It's important to remember that Oprah wasn't Oprah until, you know, she was an event that occurred only after years working as a host for a variety of shows. I say this because Queen Latifah debuted her daytime talk show, "The Queen Latifah Show," Monday. Every new daytime host is rated on a scale of 1 to Oprah, but if you are a curvy black woman who is also an actress seeking to create "a safe space" in which people will feel comfortable enough to share things with you, well, that comparison has to be intense.
September 12, 2013 |
Evidence that Voyager 1 had finally entered interstellar space came in the form of two otherworldly noises the spacecraft recorded on its vintage 8-track tape recorder. At a NASA press conference Thursday, Voyager project scientists played this recording of electron plasma oscillations detected in interstellar space. The high frequency of the noises, which sound like whistles or shrieks, told scientists that Voyager had entered a region of cold, dense interstellar plasma more than 11 billion miles from Earth.
September 7, 2013 |
The $650-million plan to remake the jumbled campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wilshire Boulevard is the fourth such effort in the last three decades. Challenging in concept and architecturally ambitious, the design by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, 70, unveiled in a summer exhibition closing next Sunday, also can't help but make one wonder about the apparent difficulty in building good museum galleries. Is it really so hard? Here's a quick, relatively inexpensive and aesthetically surefire way to construct a first-rate museum building for art. It turns out to be as simple as one, two, three.
September 6, 2013 |
Good news, space-loving hipsters: NASA has joined Instagram. As of Friday morning, you won't have to go hunting around the Internet for all those images of galaxies that look like animals, rockets about to launch, and Curiosity's adventures on Mars. They'll show up right in your Instagram stream, in that square format you've come to know and love. They will also be accompanied by fairly lengthy captions to help you understand a bit of the science behind what you see. The agency kicked off the account Friday morning with a full-color image of Earth rising over the horizon of the moon, taken from Apollo 11 in July 1969.
September 5, 2013 |
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.
September 5, 2013 |
British billionaire Richard Branson's commercial space venture Virgin Galactic took one step closer to carrying tourists into space with its latest supersonic test flight. On Thursday, the company's rocket plane went Mach 1.43 in the skies above the Mojave Desert. It is the second time the aircraft, named SpaceShipTwo, has broken the sound barrier. The test flight is a key milestone in Virgin Galactic's effort to be the world's first commercial space liner, which would make several trips a day carrying scores of paying customers into space for a brief journey.
September 4, 2013 |
A lemur that hibernates is strange and cute enough. But studying its lethargic state may provide a clue to sending humans on long-distance space travel or healing the ravages of heart attacks, stroke and head trauma, according to researchers at Duke University. The western fat-tailed dwarf lemur, a pocket-sized nocturnal primate native to Madagascar, is the closest genetic cousin of humans to hibernate for long periods, a discovery made by a German research team in 2004. The revelation that primates hibernated led to a happy coincidence at Duke, which happens to have a lemur center and a sleep laboratory.
September 4, 2013 |
With the lines between our work lives and personal time blurring as new technology unchains us from our desks, the notion of what a desirable office looks like is also changing. Corporate America is moving away from conventional layouts where an employee's status is measured by the amount of space he occupies. Instead, more compact, playful designs are coming into favor. People can do their jobs almost anywhere with their cellphones and laptops, the reasoning goes, so let's make the office a place where people are stimulated by close interaction at their workstations and chance meetings in inviting public spaces such as lounges and coffee bars.