| Oct 10, 2009
Archaeopteryx, believed for 150 years to have been the first bird, was probably only a feathered dinosaur that had great difficulty getting off the ground when it lived 150 million years ago, researchers reported this week in the journal PLoS One....
| Apr 4, 2009
Charles Darwin might have found an interesting research subject in the Burke family's Goleta home, which has evolved over the last 47 years as the family has changed.
Chuck and Harriet Burke purchased the five-bedroom tract house in 1962 as a place to...
| Sep 14, 2010
When Blue Balliett burst onto the tween literary scene with her first action-packed intellectual art mystery six years ago, it was, in every sense, a puzzler. An unknown Chicago teacher had propelled herself to the top of the country's bestseller lists...
| Oct 6, 2010
| 8:50 PM
"The Danger Box" By Blue Balliett Scholastic, $16.99, 320 pages (ages 9-12)
"Every book is a box of ideas. /Every book that shares secrets is a Danger Box." And thus author Blue Balliett launches our exploration into the world of Zoomy Chamberlain, a...
| Feb 15, 2009
Some impressive birthdays have been celebrated lately, including the 200th of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, who were born on the same day in 1809. Let's blow out 10 more candles to celebrate these facts:
1. A "leapling" or "leaper" is a person born...
| May 23, 2010
| 9:17 AM
It's little problem for Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly to fill the roles of husband and wife on screen, since they also have that relationship in real life ... but the couple they play in this drama is notable. Bettany is cast as Charles Darwin, but...
| Jun 1, 2010
| 12:40 PM
One thing above all draws the curious, the adventurous and those who love nature to these rough-hewn volcanic islands 600 miles west of Ecuador: the animals.
They swim. They fly. They lounge. They lumber. Sometimes, they do more. Naturalist Klaus Fielsch...
| Feb 3, 2010
One of the gags in Woody Allen's "Whatever Works" involves Allen's neurotic alter ego (Larry David) bemoaning an ulcer. When his ridiculously young girlfriend (Evan Rachel Wood) reminds him that he doesn't have an ulcer, he retorts, "I didn't say I don'...
| Nov 4, 2009
In the 150 years since the publication of Charles Darwin's landmark book, "On the Origin of Species," researchers have accrued massive amounts of evidence in support of evolution and the mechanics behind the process. Yet today only 4 in 10 Americans...
| Dec 5, 2010
The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society
Edited by Bill Bryson
William Morrow: 506 pp., $35
There are about 1,400 people currently entitled to tack on "F.R.S." to the end of their names, possibly the world'...
| Jan 20, 2010
For our entertainment this weekend, Paul Bettany will be waging his own personal battle between heaven and earth. The handsome Britâs image as the assault-rifle-toting archangel Michael in the doomsday fantasy âLegionâ has been inescapable of late....