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November 14, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
It's easy to spot heavenly bodies in SoCal -- just check out the beach or your local gym -- but heavenly bodies of the celestial kind, well, not so much. That's where Joshua Tree National Park and its dark night skies can help. It is partnering with Celestron Telescopes , NASA, American Park Network and the Joshua Tree National Park Assn . to host a stargazing event for the public on Nov. 23 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. As part of "My Night Sky," stargazers will learn about the night sky from local experts and use a variety of telescopes from the most basic to high-powered computerized models.
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November 12, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A tree-trimmer was killed Tuesday morning when he was struck in the head by a large falling branch from a eucalyptus tree, officials in the San Diego suburb of La Mesa said. The man was standing in the platform of an elevated "cherry picker" when the accident occurred in a residential neighborhood. A co-worker had just cut the branch when it struck the man, who was declared dead at the scene. The cherry-picker platform was lowered to the ground with the man's body.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
When installing a 90-foot Christmas tree at Fashion Island - for a fee of roughly $1,000 per foot - one certainly hopes it will stand straight. The tree's arrival this week to the Newport Beach shopping center kicked off the preparations for an influx of holiday shoppers and the more than 10,000 people expected each night for the Disney-themed tree lighting ceremonies Nov. 15 and 16, the Daily Pilot reported . Over the coming weeks, 4,000...
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November 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Two people were killed Wednesday morning when they were ejected from a speeding BMW after it crashed into a light pole in Riverside at 100 mph, police said. The BMW was going "at least" 100 mph about 2:20 a.m. when it ran a red light and smashed into a light pole, burst into flames and careened into a palm tree, setting the tree on fire, said Lt. Russ Schubert. The car was speeding eastbound on Colorado Avenue when it passed two Riverside police officers in a cruiser going the opposite direction, Schubert said.
SCIENCE
November 6, 2013 | By Amina Khan
When this tree is down in the trenches of a dry season and battling pesky leaf-eaters, it calls upon its trusty allies: ants. Ecuador laurel trees will produce an extra dose of sweet, sticky sap to attract Azteca pittieri ants that aggressively protect their arboreal home from herbivores, says a new study in PLOS Biology. Trees and ants are often sturdy allies, said lead author Elizabeth Pringle, an ecologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. A complex food chain can take place among their branches: Little scale insects suck sugary sap out of the tree's innards and then poop it out as "honeydew.
NEWS
November 2, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported Saturday morning 39 miles from Joshua Tree, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 11:23 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0.6 miles. The epicenter was 40 miles from Twentynine Palms, Calif., 40 miles from Yucca Valley, Calif., 43 miles from Barstow, Calif., and 256 miles from Phoenix, according to the USGS. In the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A man was killed and his passenger injured Friday night when the sports car he was driving at close to 100 mph smashed into a palm tree in Riverside, authorities said. The driver, whose identity was not released, was headed west on 3rd Street near Chicago Avenue about 7 p.m. when he lost control of his late-model Dodge Viper and hit h the tree, according to the Riverside Police Department. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and his female passenger, who was also not identified, was taken to a local hospital in serious condition, police said.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Cantilevered rooms, glass walls and wooden beams give this Pacific Palisades retreat the feel of a tree house. The Modernist home, on a wooded lot in Rustic Canyon, has been restored and immaculately maintained. Location: 730 Brooktree Road, Pacific Palisades 90272 Asking price: $4.25 million Year built: 1974 Architect: Ray Kappe House size: Three bedrooms, four bathrooms Lot size: 10,863 square feet Features: Living room fireplace, breakfast area, library/study, media room, bonus room, service entrance, decks, heated swimming pool, spa. About the area: In the first half of the year, 170 single-family homes sold in the 90272 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.268 million, according to DataQuick.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 2013 | By Noel Murray
Monsters University Disney/Buena Vista, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99/$45.99/$49.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday "Monsters, Inc. " always has been one of the most underrated of Pixar's animated features, not getting enough credit for its zippy pace, cute beasties, clever visual gags and unexpectedly heartwarming ending. The prequel "Monsters University" made a ton of money this past summer, but the relatively mild response from critics suggests that it's on its way to being underrated too. The story of how the hulking James P. Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman)
SCIENCE
October 23, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
It turns out gold can grow on trees, given the right conditions. A team of Australian scientists has found small amounts of gold in the leaves, twigs, and bark of eucalyptus trees growing above gold deposits buried deep beneath the ground. Unfortunately, you won't get rich off these golden trees. The amount of gold detected was very tiny -- just 80 parts per billion in the leaves, 44 parts per billion in the twigs, and just 4 parts per billion in the bark. You certainly could not see any gold with the naked eye. Still, as the scientists write in the journal Nature Communications, their study represents the first time, to their knowledge, that naturally occurring gold particles were imaged in the cells of biological tissue.
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