April 23, 2014 |
Back in the day, actress Marion Davies' luxurious beach house in Santa Monica had more than 100 rooms and an ornate swimming pool. Little of the original mansion still exists, but what's now known as the Annenberg Community Beach House still has plenty of oceanfront allure. The beach house will mark its fifth anniversary Saturday and Sunday with an open house that is to feature activities as varied as ballroom dancing and paddleboarding lessons. Guided tours with architects John Berley and Mia Lehrer are scheduled for 10 a.m. each day. The mansion was financed by Davies' lover, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, and many grand Hollywood parties were held here, according to a history on the beach house website . Hearst engaged Julia Morgan to design it; Morgan also designed Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif.
April 11, 2014 |
PHOENIX -- The last time the Dodgers were at Chase Field, they won the National League West and celebrated by leaping into the swimming pool on the other side of the short wall in right-center field. A controversy ensued, as some of the Arizona Diamondbacks claimed they felt disrespected. Sen. John McCain blasted the Dodgers on behalf of his home state. The Dodgers rolled their eyes, pointing to this as the latest small-minded complaint by their middle-market division rivals. If any bad blood remains from the incident, it didn't resurface Friday, when Adrian Gonzalez drove in five runs and Hyun-Jin Ryu had a strong outing in the Dodgers' 6-0 victory over the last-place Diamondbacks.
March 13, 2014 |
Think of a robot. Chances are you imagined one with legs like C-3PO of "Star Wars" fame or something with wheels like NASA's Mars rover Curiosity . Neither of these rigid body types are particularly flexible and certainly can't move through water well. But what about a robot with a tail? Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed a soft robot based on a fish, which can bend its body and quickly flee the way that real fish do to escape predators. Typical robots are rigid with exposed mechanisms and unnatural movement, but the fish described in the first issue of the new journal Soft Robotics is covered in a soft silicone skin.
March 11, 2014 |
One in five Americans has admitted to peeing in a public swimming pool, according to a new survey. That's 20% of Americans urinating where others swim. Besides being disgusting, peeing in the pool may be seriously harmful to your health. In a new study , researchers from China Agricultural University and Purdue University looked at what happened when uric acid, a byproduct of urine, and chlorine combined. The group found dangerous chemical reactions were a result of this unholy union.
February 4, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before seeing my accountant. The Skinny: I'm still watching "The Following" but I don't know how much longer I can take it. On last night's episode, Ryan Hardy stares so hard at a potential suspect that she figures out he's on to her and escapes. Real smooth detective work there. Today's roundup includes Super Bowl ratings and expansion plans for Adult Swim. Also, George Clooney talks about the struggles of getting "Monument Men" to the big screen.
November 14, 2013 |
Michael Phelps has rejoined the U.S. drug testing program, the strongest signal yet that he's planning a comeback for the Rio Olympics. Phelps told the Associated Press on Thursday that "nothing is set in stone" though clearly he has enjoyed getting back into shape - he's down about 15 pounds - and working out with his former team at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. "If I decide to keep going and swim again, then I'll compete," Phelps told the AP in an exclusive telephone interview from Minneapolis, where he is attending an Arena Grand Prix meet this weekend.