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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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 20, 1990
Description: Brown overall, pale below, with short neck and big head. Black chin and throat contrast with white chicken-like bill with black ring. During winter the ringed bill and black throat disappear. Juveniles have striped brown neck. Length: 13-14 inches. Habitat: Wetlands, ponds, marshes and sluggish streams. Diet: Aquatic insects, brine, tadpoles and fish. Feather balls found in stomach.
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