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January 14, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
If only they had been there in 1939: Plugging in numbers representing the friendliness between pairs of nations at the outset of World War II, researchers at Cornell University used a computer program to successfully predict which countries joined the Allied Powers and which lined up with the Axis. They got all of the countries right except for Denmark and Portugal. The group's work, reported last week in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, had less to do with history than with a long-established theory in social psychology called "structural balance," which describes how relationships in a social network evolve over time.
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ENTERTAINMENT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1991
May I have the last word regarding the controversy surrounding the teaching of creationism by Capistrano Valley High School's John Peloza? Specifically, I would like to propose a compromise between those who advocate teaching creationism in public schools and those who do not. My compromise is that, after the teacher has finished teaching evolution, he turns to the class and makes the following speech: "We have just spent several months studying...
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