April 24, 2013 |
Consider the baby sea turtle: Just a few inches long, it emerges from its sandy nest and, using the moon as its compass, runs down the sandy beach away from its many predators and into the relative safety of the ocean surf. The faster these little guys run, the more likely they will survive sea gulls, crabs, snakes, rats and a long list of other animals waiting to eat them. And so, these primarily aquatic animals have developed mechanisms that allow them to move at speeds of several body lengths per second on both sandy and firm terrain.
April 21, 2013 |
The gilt-trimmed high-rises of Waikiki offer a seductive escape from L.A. But those who rent a car - a convertible, please - - can find a simpler side of Oahu on the North Shore, an hour or so away, where locals and tourists carry surfboards instead of Louis Vuitton purses (real or fake) and debates about where to eat focus on which food trucks serve the best garlic shrimp. Residents call it "the country," and they want to keep it that way. Haleiwa is the only real town on the North Shore, and it's mainly a line of one-story beach shops, cafes, bars and shave-ice outlets along the highway.
April 18, 2013 |
Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael -- the turtles, not the artists -- made their way onto smartphones and tablets for the first time Thursday, in a new app called " Rooftop Run . " The new video game is available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and lets users control the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as they try to stop an invasion by their enemies, the Kraang. Similar to the game "Temple Run," "Rooftop Run" lets users scroll through a city for as long as they can fight off enemies, collecting power ups so they can attain the highest score possible.
April 10, 2013 |
Look beyond the western painted turtle's colorful stripes and you'll find an animal that seems to have nearly magical powers. A baby western painted turtle can freeze solid, and as long as nothing cracks it in half or tampers with it too much, the turtle will be just fine when the temperature warms up and its body thaws out. An adult western painted turtle can go without oxygen for up to 30 hours at room temperature, and if the temperature drops...
November 30, 2012 |
Nicole Cleghorn, Minot Air Force Base, N.D., was one of the 10 winners of last year's Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off with these white chocolate turtle cookies: "The holidays are about spending time with the ones you love. For me, my favorite thing is to make sure that the ones I love are enjoying the sweet treats I love to bake during the month of December. This cookie recipe is a perfect combination of so many of our favorites: white chocolate, caramel, pecans, cinnamon and a sweet, dark chocolate dough.
October 21, 2012 |
KEALAKEKUA, Hawaii - My husband, Eddie, was allergic to his wedding ring. I know that sounds like a bad opening to a novel, but aside from the traditional growing pains, we were solid. So instead of overanalyzing the fact that his skin became irritated whenever he slipped on the white-gold band, I decided to remedy the situation. We had been together for 12 years, and Hawaii was the place we escaped to whenever we needed to slow down and forgive each other for life's minor squabbles.
October 2, 2012 |
Nickelodeon announced Tuesday that its revamp of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" has been picked up for a second season. This calls for a pizza, yes? The writing was written on the sewer wall. Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello proved that shelled crusaders never go out of style with its mid-morning premiere on the network over the weekend. It ranked as the week's top telecast with kids 2-11 (2.1 million -- more than half were boys) and was the No. 1 kids program on basic cable, with 3.9 million viewers for the week.
September 26, 2012 |
The turtles are being unleashed in the nick of time. On Saturday morning, Nickelodeon will take the lid off a slicker, hipper version of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. " The armed reptiles, a hugely popular cartoon franchise in the '80s and '90s, are the latest effort by the children's network to combat a dramatic ratings plunge. Over the past year, Nickelodeon has lost 28% of its young audience, according to ratings firm Nielsen. The network's signature programming, "SpongeBob SquarePants" and tween sensation "iCarly," have lost cache with kids who are turning to other channels and other entertainment such as video games.
September 8, 2012 |
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has become such an enormous global franchise - the action figures! the movies! the short-lived breakfast cereal! - that it's easy to forget that it began life in the early 1980s as little more than a goof. Kevin Eastman was messing around with his friend and fellow artist Peter Laird, just doodling to pass the time, and came up with a sketch of a masked turtle, twin nunchaku at the ready. Even the title they came up with - "ENMV0002398"> "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" - sounded like what it was: a joke told between fanboys.
September 7, 2012 |
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is again warning about the dangers of salmonella infections caused by handling small turtles and other reptiles. It has been illegal in the United States since 1975 to sell turtles with shells shorter than 4 inches in length -- because children can insert them in their mouths -- but the reptiles are still sold by some street vendors and other sources. Since 2006, the CDC has identified 11 multistate outbreaks of salmonella infections caused by turtles, with six of the outbreaks still continuing.