| Sep 12, 2013
Re "Testing a new curriculum," Editorial, Sept. 8
National security demands that the U.S. produce the world's top scientists. Why, then, is K-12 achievement in the sciences low compared to many other advanced nations?
The reason is simple. As...
| Oct 4, 2013
Re "Questions dog L.A. Unified's iPad rollout," Oct. 2
Like Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. John Deasy, I appreciate the idea that disadvantaged students could be helped by giving them Apple iPads.
However, I believe that technology came...
| Sep 25, 2013
Re "Why ingenuity alone won't save us," Opinion, Sept. 22
Human population growth threatens every culture, every religion and every living thing on Earth. It is a problem that will not yield to the usual approaches to big challenges; neither a massive...
| Sep 8, 2013
Re "Bridge repair funds come up short," Sept. 4
While The Times does a great job of capturing the daunting funding shortfalls facing our nation's infrastructure, some of the alarmist rhetoric is wholly misinformed. Yes, our nation's infrastructure is in...
| 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...
| Aug 20, 2013
Re “Struggling at the crossroads,” Column One, Aug. 16
My heart aches for Kashawn Campbell, but let's be real: Does anyone who read this article really believe he belongs at UC Berkeley? He's completely lost in his college writing course;...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 1:40 PM
The smell of bacon cooking is so popular there is now a perfume made to mimic it. But did you ever wonder why, if bacon smells so good, nobody ever makes pork-scented perfume? Me neither, actually, but one team of researchers did.
The result is “A...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 4:11 PM
As a marine chemist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who has been studying the effects of Japan’s Fukushima reactor leak since right after it happened, Ken Buesseler had long grown frustrated with the repeated scare stories he was seeing...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 12:32 PM
Marcella Hazan, whose many cookbooks introduced Americans to the true food of Italy, died Sunday morning at her home in Longboat Key, Fla., according to her husband, Victor Hazan. She was 89 and had been in failing health for several months.
| May 23, 2014
| 11:13 PM
Scientists have made great strides in cataloging the human microbiome, the collection of tiny organisms that live on and in our bodies. Now some researchers want to put those microbes to work.
At the forefront of this effort is Jeff Tabor, a synthetic...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 4:17 PM
Yearly mammography screenings for women ages 40 to 59 do not reduce breast cancer deaths, even though they make a diagnosis of illness more likely, according to a long-term study of nearly 90,000 Canadian women.
The research, published Tuesday in the...