CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1995 |
Elderly people stuck at home and deprived of sunlight may suffer a previously unrecognized vitamin D deficiency, causing bone loss, pain and weakness, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Sitting by a sunny window won't help, said the report from Union Memorial Hospital's division of geriatrics in Baltimore, because glass filters out a part of ultraviolet light needed to produce the vitamin on the skin.
December 1, 1988
Regular exposure to heavy doses of sunlight makes a person three times as likely to develop cataracts, a study of Chesapeake Bay watermen showed Wednesday. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eyes, and among older people they can progress from a light fogging to blindness. About 20 million people in the world are blinded by cataracts, and more than a million people a year in the United States have operations to remove them.
November 6, 1994
Talking with my beloved in New York I stood at the outdoor public telephone in Mexican sunlight, in my purple shirt. Someone had called it a man/woman shirt. The phrase irked me. But then I remembered that Rainer Maria Rilke, who until he was seven wore dresses and had long yellow hair, wrote that the girl he almost was made her bed in his ear and slept him the world. I thought, OK this shirt will clothe the other in me.
HOME & GARDEN
April 26, 1997 |
A space of 35 square feet is all that is needed to grow nine of the most commonly used herbs--basil, chives, parsley, sage, oregano, mint, thyme, dill and rosemary. The plants generally require little care once they are established--merely cutting off selected stems for cooking use is sufficient to keep them healthy and attractive. The best spot for herbs is one that gets at least six hours of full sunlight each day, is sheltered from strong winds and has moderately good soil.
May 4, 1986 |
Research at Cornell University suggests that too much exposure to the sun may destroy a nutrient in the body that is believed to fight certain types of cancer. The nutrient is beta-carotene and earlier studies have suggested it might help protect the body against skin, lung, bladder and other cancers, says nutrition professor Daphne A. Roe. Beta-carotene is found in red and yellow vegetables and is converted into vitamin A in the body.
May 3, 1991 |
Three decades after John Cassavetes' trail-breaking "Shadows" and two decades after Norman Mailer's "Beyond the Law," director/star Rob Nilsson and his company keep alive the idea of group movie improvisations in "Heat and Sunlight" (at the Monica 4-Plex), a day-to-dawn diary of a photographer's disintegrating relationship with a dancer, set in a fascinatingly on-the-edge, aging, hip San Francisco milieu.
February 1, 2000 |
The search started at dusk, the sky reddening in the west, the water turning from gray to charcoal when the Coast Guard asked ships that were able to assemble north of Anacapa Island. They asked that only those ships with proper equipment come. The equipment, they said, was hooks and nets. Aboard the Wesley Q, a 36-foot sportfishing boat, Eric Hermann and Matt Keegan steamed past dolphins frolicking in the waves.
February 12, 2013 |
Ancient plant and animal matter trapped within Arctic permafrost can be converted rapidly into climate-warming carbon dioxide when melted and exposed to sunlight, according to a new study. In a report published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , a team of environmental and biological scientists examined 27 melting permafrost sites in Alaska and found that bacteria converted dissolved organic carbon materials into the greenhouse gas CO2 40% faster when exposed to ultraviolet light.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2012 |
FRESNO - It was around 2 o'clock, temperatures rising under an arcing sun, when I met two workers on a peach farm near here recently. One had first entered the country illegally nearly 40 years ago but later became a U.S. citizen at a time when the process wasn't so difficult and politicized. He became a foreman, and he and his wife raised three children who went to California universities and got good jobs. The second worker, who was thinning peach trees, is here illegally from Mexico.
November 26, 1998 |
Question: I'm told by a trucker friend that it's dangerous to store a fire extinguisher inside a car that is parked in the sun. Is that true? --M.U. Answer: The trucker is wrong. After all, fire extinguishers are designed to fight fires, which are hot. What good would it do for an extinguisher to blow up when the temperature reaches nonlethal levels? You can bet that it gets a lot hotter inside a burning house than it does inside your car or truck on a sunny day.