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April 11, 1996 | From Times staff and wire reports
Scottish doctors have produced synthetic diamonds with a new technique and used them in replacement hip joints that should last years longer than present replacements. Dr. Philip John of Heriot-Watt University said his team produced "sheets" of synthetic diamonds using plasma techniques and simple chemicals. The diamond sheets were used to cover the ball in ball-and-socket hip joint replacements, providing protection and reducing wear, John told the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
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SPORTS
February 19, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Del Mar, the last race track in Southern California with a synthetic surface, plans to switch back to a dirt surface in the summer of 2015, track President Joe Harper said Wednesday. The only remaining synthetic track in the state will be Golden Gate Fields in Northern California. Santa Anita switched back to dirt in 2010. Hollywood Park has closed and Los Alamitos and Fairplex have dirt surfaces, so Del Mar was the only remaining track with a synthetic surface in Southern California.
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BUSINESS
December 26, 1990 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is both a great success and a colossal failure. Rising like a mirage from the barren North Dakota prairie, the Great Plains Synfuels Plant is one of the most noteworthy remnants of the frantic era that followed the Arab oil embargo, when the United States spent millions of dollars to develop alternative energy sources. The Great Plains plant showed that the country could produce natural gas on a commercial scale from the West's vast supply of coal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2013 | Steve Chawkins
Her name graces no labels, but millions wear Ruth Benerito creations daily. A government chemist, Benerito led a team that helped create wrinkle-resistant cotton - an innovation that spared homemakers hours of ironing and breathed new life into an industry smothered in rayon, polyester and other synthetics. Benerito, who was credited with 55 patents and more than 200 professional publications, died Oct. 5 at her home in Metairie, La., family members said. She was 97. Until Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, she had lived in the same house for 56 years, sharing it in her later years with an older sister.
NEWS
October 25, 1991 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Scientists here have developed an artificial lung substance that in animal tests prevented respiratory distress syndrome--a significant killer of adults and premature babies, according to a study published today in a scientific journal. Researchers have labored for years to develop a synthetic form of the substance, called surfactant. Each year about 39,000 premature babies are born without surfactant and develop respiratory distress syndrome, an inability to keep air sacs open in the lungs.
NEWS
June 17, 1987 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, Times Science Writer
Scientists at the University of Texas have developed a new type of synthetic bone that is virtually identical to natural bone. The new material is much stronger than previous bone substitutes and better able to withstand stress, the Texas researchers said Tuesday. Tests have shown that once the new material is implanted in animals, it is slowly broken down by bodily processes and replaced by living bone.
NEWS
December 17, 1993 | ROSE-MARIE TURK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Nordstrom shoe salesman approaches. "May I help you?" he asks. "You really don't want to," Sabri na LeBeauf assures him. The actress, best known for her work on "The Cosby Show," is a vegan (VEE-gan) who wants nothing to do with animal products. She believes in "compassionate shopping," a practice that applies to clothing, cosmetics, accessories--even sporting goods and automobile interiors. Although many of the nation's 12.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1995 | From Times staff and wire reports
A new synthetic membrane prevented painful and dangerous internal scarring in 51% of 183 patients who underwent major abdominal surgery, according to a study presented at an American College of Surgeons meeting in Detroit. Internal scar tissue develops in most people who have major abdominal reconstructive surgery, uniting tissues and organs that should be separate. The adhesions can make subsequent surgery more difficult and dangerous to perform and can lead to chronic pain, intestinal obstruction and infertility in women.
BUSINESS
August 11, 1991 | DONALD WOUTAT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They smile patiently around here at the plastics jokes and the inevitable references to the 1960s movie "The Graduate," in which career-bound Dustin Hoffman was counseled that the future lay in plastics, that dog-eared symbol of everything artificial. The young man in the movie didn't take the advice, but Akron did.
BUSINESS
September 24, 1998 | Bloomberg News
Chevron Corp., the fourth-biggest U.S. oil company, said it will double production of chemicals used in plastics and synthetic lubricants at its Baytown, Texas, facility to meet growing demand. San Francisco-based Chevron said it will build a new alpha olefin plant at its Chevron Chemical subsidiary's Cedar Bayou, Texas, facility, boosting total capacity in Baytown to 1.5 billion pounds annually from 750 million pounds.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Amiable country singer and songwriter Alan Jackson has been talking for ages about his wish to make a straight bluegrass album. That's the reason he signed on for Alison Krauss to produce his 2006 album, "Like Red on a Rose," one of his strongest collections, but one that veered far afield from traditional bluegrass. Not this time - there's nothing but earthy, lonesome music-making on Jackson's "The Bluegrass Album. " It boasts all the requisite fiddle, mandolin, banjo, dobro, acoustic guitar, upright bass and sweet bending harmonies that define bluegrass.
NATIONAL
September 6, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Colorado and federal officials are investigating whether about 75 hospital cases, including three deaths, are connected to the use of synthetic marijuana. In a news release, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said on Friday that it is teaming with local hospitals and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to explore whether the patients were sickened by the same product. “Initial reports show approximately 75 people who reported smoking a form of synthetic marijuana may have been seen at hospitals in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs beginning in late August.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Redlands police began distributing warning letters Thursday to local businesses, advising them that the sale and use of toxic, synthetic chemical drugs known as “Spice” and “bath salts” will be banned in the city. In the wake of growing numbers of people having medical problems and psychiatric issues associated with the manmade drugs, Redlands City Council last month outlawed the sale and use of the drugs. The law takes effect Friday. “These drugs are as dangerous as PCP and meth, yet stores have been selling them and our youth have been using them legally,” Lt. Travis Martinez said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2013 | By Karen R. Long
Spider webs combine a strength and elasticity unmatched by anything we humans can make. They don't trigger much of an immune response in us and are "insoluble in water, two facts that the classical Greeks exploited when they used cobwebs to patch bleeding wounds," notes science writer Adam Rutherford. These days, spider silk has inspired another innovative use. Utah State University researchers have spliced DNA from the golden orb-weaver spider into the genome of a goat named Freckles, adjacent to her own coded base pairs for prompting the production of milk.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The heaviest place to be at Coachella 2013, from a sound perspective, wasn't in the sweet spot of the Main Stage rig while Phoenix was preparing for the arrival of R. Kelly, or at the heart of the Sahara stage during Baauer's big, dumb, joyous set of beat music, heavy on the synth riffs and dirty beats. It was nestled away near the food court in the Yuma tent, where four bass cabinets the size of Jeeps were parked in each corner of the room. The tent is the sixth and newest venue at the festival, and because it's fully enclosed, the bass can't escape.
SCIENCE
April 4, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Scientists have built a 3-D printer that creates material resembling human tissues. The novel substance, a deceptively simple network of water droplets coated in lipids, could one day be used to deliver drugs to the body -- or perhaps even to replace damaged tissue in living organs. The creation, described in the journal Science, consists of lipid bilayers separating droplets of water -- rather like cell membranes, whose double layers allow the body's cells to mesh with their watery environments while still protecting their contents.
SPORTS
July 17, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Del Mar is celebrating its 75th anniversary of horse racing by increasing purses in 10 stakes races, a move aimed at keeping California horses at home so they can race on the seaside venue's synthetic surface. The season opens Wednesday, highlighted by the two-division $100,000 Oceanside Stakes for 3-year-olds on turf. Wednesday-through-Sunday racing continues through Sept. 5, including a Labor Day card. Majestic City, winner of last year's Hollywood Juvenile Championship, is scheduled to race in the second division of the Oceanside Stakes.
SPORTS
May 8, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
World junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson has tested positive for synthetic testosterone, jeopardizing his May 19 title defense against England's Amir Khan at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and Richard Schaefer, Peterson's promoter, confirmed Tuesday they've been notified of the positive test by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Assn. Kizer received a letter Tuesday explaining the result from Peterson's attorney.
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