| Apr 24, 2014
| 3:02 PM
Using some plain old rubber strips, scientists have created a whole new shape -- a hemihelix, a long spiral that switches twisting directions over its length. The shape, described in the journal PLOS One, is rarely seen in nature – and could...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 5:30 AM
The ways in which parking spaces devour a city, LACMA director Michael Govan's defense of his museum's architectural plans and one of the awesome-est documentaries about L.A. — finally released on DVD! Also: pit bulls, lots of pit bulls (but not the...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 7:25 AM
Start with a sex-mad baroness and her frisky menage a trois. Add in a stern German philosopher who fancied himself the next Friedriche Nietzsche, his mistress and a married couple who wanted a wholesome Swiss Family Robinson experience for their son....
| Jun 27, 2014
| 8:10 AM
Mr. G and Jellybean appeared on YouTube a little over a month ago and became viral-video stars. Footage of the reunion of the goat and the donkey -- viewed nearly 6 million times -- was a clear example, some said, of how animals experience emotions,...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 11:55 AM
"The Galapagos: A Natural History"
Basic Books, $27.99
The 13 islands that make up the Galapagos archipelago lie off the west coast of South America. Author Henry Nicholls, an ambassador for the Galapagos Conservation Trust and the editor of its...
| May 13, 2013
| 9:50 AM
Like supermodels sporting the latest on the runways of the world’s oceans, each year a group of new cruise ships debuts. Here are some noteworthy ones being launched in 2013:
· MSC Cruises – The MSC Preziosa, a 139,400-ton, 3,502-...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 6:28 AM
For nature lovers it is paradise: Ecuador's Archipiélago de Colón, islands better known as the Galapagos. Located in the proverbial "middle of nowhere" in the Pacific Ocean, 600 miles from the coast of Ecuador, these remote islands of volcanic origin...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Spider webs combine a strength and elasticity unmatched by anything we humans can make. They don't trigger much of an immune response in us and are "insoluble in water, two facts that the classical Greeks exploited when they used cobwebs to patch bleeding...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 12:02 PM
Here's evolution for you: Jane Austen may be set to replace Charles Darwin on the British £10 note.
That's according to the retiring governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King, who has said that the author of "Pride and Prejudice" is "quietly...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 2:07 PM
Barnes & Noble is getting out of the color tablet business (mostly). It announced Tuesday that it will cease production of its color Nook tablets -- although it plans to allow third parties to produce them, under pending licensing deals.
Could this be a...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 7:23 AM
Eight years ago, a New York journalist named Peter Braunstein, then 41, forced his way into the apartment of a 34-year-old Manhattan woman by pretending to be a firefighter. He proceeded to drug the woman, a former colleague, and sexually assault her...