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MAGAZINE
November 10, 1996 | BARBARA THORNBURG
"I wanted to design objects with a sense of humor that are sophisticated enough to endure," says 32-year-old Sallie Trout of her collection of whimsical decorative hardware. What she's created would make even a palace guard smile. Her doorknobs and finials, hooks and drapery tiebacks come in an array of offbeat motifs, from rocket ships and coffee cups to lips, eyes and hearts. There's even a drawer pull in the shape of a melting cross. She calls it "Sinead," after the rebellious Irish singer.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1994 | DEBBIE KONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An unusually high number of mountain lion sightings in the city--including one this week--has forced the indefinite closure of the 150-acre trail area at the William R. Mason Regional Park for the first time in decades, officials said Friday. "To be on the safe side, we decided to shut it down," said Jerry F. Lahart, the supervising park ranger. Officials began posting new red and white warning signs around the park on Friday.
SCIENCE
October 8, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for their research on resetting cells to their earliest developmental stages. The work has yet to yield a clear breakthrough in medical treatment, but it has revolutionized scientists' ability to study both normal and diseased development. Gurdon, 79, performed his seminal work in the late 1950s and early 1960s - a good deal of it before Yamanaka was born. In his most famous study, Gurdon showed that replacing the nucleus of an adult cell with the nucleus of an embryonic cell reset the adult cell to an embryonic state: Many of the cells became tadpoles.
MAGAZINE
July 1, 1990 | ETHAN CANIN
I WAS AN INSECT COLLECTOR and was learning from my brother Lawrence to worship the scientific method. In grammar school I made a project of pinning the insects I scooped from the molding pile of grass and leaves in the yard next door to our house. Hundreds of earwigs and silverfish and slate-gray potato bugs scrambled in the glovesful of dirt I lifted from the pile and then sorted over a mayonnaise jar behind the back porch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1993 | SARA CATANIA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Trying to balance the interests of ecological preservation and avid campers, federal officials are restricting access to two popular campgrounds in Los Padres National Forest, just in time for the busy Memorial Day weekend. With a record 45,000 visitors to the Rose Valley last year, wildlife biologists have grown concerned about the survival of native toads, frogs, turtles and snakes that live along Sespe Creek.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1985 | CATHERINE WILSON, Associated Press
Are you curious about the potential of hamsters to breed in the wild? Do you care about pocket gophers gnawing on electrical cables? Did you ever wonder about the value of acorns in the diet of steers? If so, you can find the answers in research reports from an experimental cattle range in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Central California.
SCIENCE
October 29, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
High in the mountains of northeastern Australia, scientists have discovered three intriguing animals that are brand new to science, and you can see all three of them in the photo gallery above. They include the bizarre-looking leaf-tailed gecko ( Saltuarius eximius ) with its giant eyes and broad leaf-shaped tail; the golden shade skink ( Saproscincus saltus ), which resembles a short snake with legs; and an elegant little frog ( Cophixalus petrophilus ) that spends most of its life in the cool moist cracks between the black granite boulders strewn across the top of the mountain range.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2002 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southern California's largest population of red-legged frogs, a threatened species that has found itself in the middle of legal battles between environmentalists and homebuilders, may be living along a creek north of Santa Clarita, federal biologists said Monday. Scientists originally estimated that 50 of the 5-inch-long amphibians were living along San Francisquito Creek in the Angeles National Forest.
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