| Dec 20, 2013
| 10:30 AM
So who will be the Jesse Owens of the Sochi Winter Olympics?
Who will be the brave athlete who shines in rebuttal to Russia's crackdown on anything determined to be "gay propaganda."
Welcome to the new Cold War.
For Owens, the nemesis was Hitler's...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 8:29 AM
It's a mystery that goes back at least to the mid-1980s, when a Sunset Beach diver named Greg Lacey first discovered what he called treasure tides.
As the Los Angeles Times described in 1986, Lacey had been discovering lots of loot in the predawn surf,...
| Dec 15, 2013
On Dec. 1, 1948 — 65 years ago this month — Jose Figueres, then president of Costa Rica, made a fiery and eloquent speech, after which he took a sledgehammer and bashed a hole in a huge stone wall at the nation's military headquarters, Cuartel...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens once famously stated that the Internet is a "series of tubes," an observation that would have been more comical if his committee hadn't been responsible for regulating the Internet. Rep. Michele Bachmann suggested that...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 3:30 PM
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been doing some serious myth-busting after news reports this week claimed a massive island of debris from the 2011 Japan tsunami was headed for the U.S. West Coast.
One problem: There is no...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 6:20 PM
Scientists have struggled to explain a recent slowdown in the rise of global surface temperatures while skeptics have seized on the 15-year lull to cast doubt on the science of climate change.
A new study offers one explanation of where much of the heat...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 4:25 PM
As a pre-teen, I was driven to Atlantic City to run from the sandy beaches to the Atlantic Ocean, feed the birds on the boardwalk and enjoy the rides on the pier. As a young adult, I sped to Atlantic......
| Oct 13, 2013
| 10:04 PM
I just attended my high school reunion. The year is insignificant because you don't count them anymore after such a long time. Suffice it to say we are getting very long in the tooth.
It was fun to meet old friends and renew old friendships. It was...
| Sep 25, 2013
Re "What's this global warming 'hiatus'?," Sept. 23
I'm not a climate scientist and will not attempt to argue the interpretation of the data presented in this piece, but I do know what the word "hiatus" means: merely a lapse in continuity — in...
| Oct 1, 2013
Re "Experts set threshold for climate-change calamity," Sept. 28
Twenty-five years to reach the climate-change tipping point sounds like a long time. But the truth is it will take all of that time, and more, to rebuild our fossil fuel-based energy...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 10:24 AM
It's a climate puzzle that has vexed scientists for more than a decade and added fuel to the arguments of those who insist man-made global warming is a myth.
Since just before the start of the 21st century, the Earth's average global surface...