| Apr 11, 2014
| 2:03 PM
My robot is old school: Wind him up and he lurches across the desk, orange tin arms swinging, red tin boots shuffling, black tin eyes deep in concentration. And though he makes excellent company, I'm glad I didn't invite him to the robotics competition....
| Apr 11, 2014
| 12:08 PM
There is a whole spectrum of “off flavors” that can plague beer, but there is one flaw that is so common many people feel that it’s an intentional flavor in certain brands -- especially a particular brand of Mexican lager. Beer with...
| May 30, 2014
| 7:33 AM
The most critical ingredient in beer is also the least understood. Without the biological marvel that is Saccharomyces cerevisiae -- brewer’s yeast -- beer would simply be grainy soda pop, but brewers didn’t even know that yeast existed...
| Feb 22, 2014
| 4:58 PM
SOCHI, Russia — Twelve hours wasn't nearly long enough to ease their pain.
The morning after losing in overtime to rival Canada, the U.S. women's hockey players talked about the anguish of walking away from the Sochi Olympics with silver medals...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 5:22 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — A scenario familiar to NASCAR fans was playing out yet again Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson was on a roll. Seeking a record fifth Brickyard 400 win, the five-time Sprint Cup champion again had the dominant car...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 6:18 PM
For Marcella Hazan, Italian food wasn't spaghetti and meatballs or pizza buried in cheese, and, in fact, never really existed as a simple meal on a red-checked tablecloth. The food of her native land was really the food of individual regions that...
| Oct 17, 2013
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Oreo cookies were found to be as addictive as cocaine in a recent study. Our bodies are wired to like sugary, fatty foods, but it's not a habit that can't be kicked, according to New York City Dr. Timothy...
| Nov 30, 2013
Re "Ruling puts bullet train at risk," Nov. 26
In terms of gubernatorial hubris, having a child with the housekeeper pales in comparison to Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to sue everyone in the state to try and preempt legal challenges to the deeply flawed...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 12:26 PM
The line snakes around the boxes of pasta, around the cartons of Italian cookies and all the way out to the sidewalk. Hungry patrons lean against stacks of imported canned tomatoes, standing on tiptoe to peer over the shelves for a glimpse at the...
| Sep 7, 2013
Editing a letters page provides some insight into the random topics that push hot buttons you didn't know existed. While most of the commentary sent to firstname.lastname@example.org focuses on the big-item issues of the day (a possible military strike on Syria drew...
| Aug 31, 2013
Re "Giving Apples to students," Aug. 28
As W.C. Fields said, "Never give a sucker an even break." Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. John Deasy and his friends at Apple are taking the working-class parents of Los Angeles for suckers by pushing...