August 4, 2012 |
Esteemed biologist E.O. Wilson famously observed that "a principle difference between human beings and ants is that whereas we send our young men to war, they send their old ladies. " And so do termites. When they become too old to help their colonies perform risky foraging tasks, elderly members of a termite species called Neocapritermes taracua provide one final service by sacrificing themselves to defend against predators, researchers reported last month in the journal Science.
August 2, 2012 |
When did eating become so, well, complicated? Once, “What's for dinner?” was just a simple question Dad asked Mom. Now it's one fraught with implications. A chicken sandwich? Welcome to the Chick-fil-A imbroglio . Honestly, did you ever think that a politician's career might hinge on how he answers the question, “Do you now eat, or have you ever eaten, a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich? And did you have waffle fries and a large soda with that?” PHOTOS: Chick-fil-A at center of controversy Plus, there's the whole issue of how those chickens who gave up their lives for that chicken sandwich were raised.
November 20, 2011 |
As the sun set over Angkor Wat, the temple built for King Suryavarman II in the 12th century, I nosed my Vespa out into the line of three-wheeled tuktuks, bikes and cars. In my pink crash helmet and Gucci bike goggles, I felt as frivolous as an extra in the '60s movie "Quadrophenia," but my mission was a serious one: I was planning to travel the nearly 200 miles from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in three days, stopping on the way to sample some of the weirdest and most wonderful foods Cambodia has to offer.
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May 7, 2010 |
Built for $12,000 as a do-it-yourself community project in 1957, rustic Libbey Bowl has always been the little concert stage that could. Russian composer Igor Stravinsky premiered a number of his works at the half-shell amphitheater. His American colleague, composer Aaron Copland, chose the sycamore-tangled setting to debut his conducting career. More recently, surf rocker Jack Johnson packed the bowl with fans of his popular tunes. But time and termites have taken a toll.
January 11, 2009 |
Falling in love with a writer requires commitment; the long haul, thick and thin. They get old, you get old. The relationship waxes and wanes. Most readers can recall times of perfect synchronicity -- when the book was the necessary enzyme, the catalyst, the missing piece. "Black Tickets," Jayne Anne Phillips' first collection of stories, published in 1979, was, for more than one earnest English major, such a book.
October 19, 2008 |
In case you've seen blue framing and were wondering, Bluwood is a relatively new wood product being used on a number of projects in San Diego County as well as by Brad Pitt on houses in New Orleans and now in several projects in L.A. County. The Village at Northridge, a 240-unit assisted-living complex on Corbin Avenue, is using the product, which the maker says eliminates termites, fungus mold and rot and is "green." In fact, the company slogan is "Bluwood, the new green." According to SC Bluwood Inc. of Carlsbad, Calif.