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March 26, 2010 | By Mitchell Landsberg
As a young doctoral student in the 1960s, Francisco J. Ayala was surprised to learn that Darwin's theory of evolution appeared to be less widely accepted in the United States than in his native Spain, then a profoundly conservative and religious country. Ayala brought a unique sensibility to the topic, because he had been ordained as a Catholic priest before undertaking graduate studies in evolution and genetics. What he believed then, and has spent his career espousing, is that evolution is consistent with the Christian faith.
April 29, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Robert Pound, a Harvard physicist whose elegant experiments confirmed a key part of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and who helped lay the groundwork for the magnetic resonance imaging technology now widely used in medicine, died April 12 at a nursing home in Belmont, Mass. He was 90. Pound was one of a rare breed in academia, especially the physics community: a highly respected and influential researcher who lacked a doctorate. But a keen mind and his facility for converting theoretical ideas into concrete laboratory tools provided him entrée into this rarified world.
February 12, 1990 | DANIEL Q. HANEY, Haney is a science writer for the Associated Press.
On the corner of Dr. David Page's desk rests a foot-high stack of newly published genetics textbooks. They matter-of-factly describe the location of the sex-determining factor, the single gene that settles the question of whether a fertilized egg will be a boy or a girl. The gene was Page's discovery. Its rapid rise to the status of accepted wisdom is hardly a surprise, for when he revealed it at a news conference, the announcement was a major event in the world of genetics.
January 2, 1986 | GAIL POLEVOI, Times Staff Writer
It's a quarter-mile off the Palos Verdes Peninsula, 25 feet down. That's about all Bob Meistrell and Wayne Baldwin will tell you about the site they dive to as often as they can. They want to protect the area that some scientists say contains invaluable artifacts, a set of unusual stones that may reveal much about local history. The 30-odd stones, scattered across two-thirds of an acre on the ocean floor, weigh between 100 and 1,000 pounds each and measure on average three to four feet across.
July 3, 2011 | By Sara Lippincott, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For the Love of Physics From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time — A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics Walter Lewin, with Warren Goldstein Free Press, 302 pp., $26 For more than 30 years, the pioneering X-ray astrophysicist Walter Lewin taught core curriculum physics courses to undergraduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For this alone, he probably ought to be put on the fast track for canonization. To most career physicists in exalted places like MIT and Caltech, undergraduates are things you bump into in the hall.
April 25, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Kon-Tiki" is a ripping yarn torn from yesterday's headlines. Though somewhat forgotten now, the 1947 story of six men, an oceangoing raft and a wild and crazy theory was a media sensation that gripped the world's imagination - and launched a thousand tiki bars. Though scientists then and now largely believe that the original inhabitants of Polynesia came eastward from Asia, Norwegian scientist and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl became convinced that they had come westward, from pre-Inca Peru, drifting over on the Humboldt Current on enormous balsa-wood rafts.
June 20, 1987 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court ruled Friday that states may not require public schools to teach "creation science," dealing a crushing blow to a once-growing movement in the South to put the biblical view of creation on equal standing with the theory of evolution in public education. On a 7-2 vote, the justices said that a 1981 Louisiana law mandating creation science instruction violated the legal principle of separation of church and state.
January 16, 1986
In my mind there is no difference between the theories of evolution and creationism. I am a regular church-goer and a long time ago I composed this: I see no reason to have the creation theory and the theory of evolution in conflict. To me they are the same thing. The Creator created us by evolution. JERRY BINKERD Alhambra
February 19, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Former baseball slugger and noted critical thinker Jose Canseco (yes, that Jose Canseco) took to Twitter on Tuesday to explain gravity to us, the huddled masses. Canseco said he was giving gravity a lot of serious though in light of the recent meteorite that exploded over Russia, and came up with the following theory, which he unveiled on Twitter. "Ancient gravity was much weaker. "You ever wonder why nothing REALLY big exists today in nature? "Elephants today eight tons.
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