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January 2, 2011 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
It's a lucky day for amphibian enthusiasts at Glen Austin wetlands: The giant bullfrogs of southern Africa are having sex. The mating ritual occurs just one day a year, after the first downpour of the Southern Hemisphere summer. The shallows of the wetlands north of Johannesburg become a splashing commotion as bullfrogs attack and toss each other about like pint-sized wrestling stars. The giant bullfrog is like Kermit on steroids. When it lunges ? and South African frog expert Vincent Carruthers has seen it attack horses ?
February 5, 1987 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
Strange frogs that have grown as many as eight legs are being studied at UC Irvine, and the long-range results may help to improved medical care to humans, UC Irvine biologist Stanley Sessions said Wednesday. Sessions is among the biologists at UC Irvine who specialize in studies of regeneration--regrowth of body parts. "Study of regeneration can have benefits for humans," Sessions said. "Study of regeneration is study of growth, and cancer, for instance, is uncontrolled growth."
After making an extra orbit to allow the weather to clear, the space shuttle Endeavour landed back at Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, concluding an eight-day mission devoted to more than 40 scientific experiments and already hailed as "overwhelmingly successful." Minutes after the orbiter's seven-member crew stepped down to a red-carpet welcome, technicians climbed aboard the spacecraft to collect a host of test subjects and materials for American and Japanese scientists.
August 20, 1989 | JOAN DRAKE, Times Staff Writer
At the rate lakes are popping up in the Southland, Minnesota may soon have a rival. Of course, the 10,000 lakes that Minnesota touts on its auto license plates are natural, unlike most of those in Southern California. The vast majority of Southland lakes are man-made and have been dug in the past 20 years as part of residential developments. And there's no end in sight, for good commercial reasons. "(Home) models on a lake make an incredible statement," said consultant Jeffery S.
February 24, 1994
Coach: Mike Pelton (18th year). 1993: Second in the South Coast League; second at Division I championship meet. Key returners: Arika Earley, Jr., diving; Carrie Gammel, Sr.; Lisa Hislop, Jr.; Missy Kuser, Sr.; Cheryl Murphy, Jr.; Christina Rhee, Jr. Key newcomers: None. Outlook: After a hum-ho sixth-place finish at the section meet in 1992, Mission Viejo rebounded in 1993, losing the championship to El Toro, 167.5 points to 160.5.
September 13, 2003 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Marine biologists have discovered an unusual underwater nursery nearly a mile under the ocean on the crest of the Gorda Escarpment off Northern California. Researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have found two different types of deep-sea creatures -- fish and octopuses -- brooding their eggs like chickens in a henhouse.
December 13, 2004 | Michael Hiltzik
"Our toys interest the same kids who buy video games," Steven Levine was saying, only the slightest bit defensively. We were upstairs at the Westlake Village headquarters of Uncle Milton Industries Inc., a toy maker whose products -- Levine's assessment of the overlapping market notwithstanding -- are as different from those of, say, Activision, as living things are from computer-generated monsters.
February 7, 1999
San Francisco's Marina District is being invaded by frogs, thanks to an exhibit at the Exploratorium. "Frogs," running next Saturday through Sept. 12, will have tubfuls of live frogs, toads and tadpoles, plus more than 20 educational exhibits. You can compare your heartbeat to a frog's, check out its innards through computer simulation and match your attempt at a frog call against the real thing (monitored by a voice-spectrum gizmo).
January 24, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
The New Orleans Pelicans will come into existence next NBA season when the Hornets nickname is retired. The franchise decided to go with something more Louisiana, and since the pelican is the state bird, it appears on the flag and the state's nickname is "the Pelican State," it seems appropriate. But it does lack some credibility. Pelicans are not your typical bird, and they also aren't your typical bird of prey, which usually flashes from the sky to pounce upon its victims. Eagles, hawks, falcons and osprey (seahawks)
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