| Sep 18, 2013
| 9:02 AM
Happy birthday, Jean Bernard Leon Foucault, and thanks for the pendulum.
The French physicist and inventor was born in Paris on this day in 1819.
It may be hard to fathom, but the idea of Earth rotating on its axis, first proposed in the 6th century,...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 5:07 PM
WASHINGTON — The tough restrictions on new power plant emissions proposed by the Obama administration Friday set the stage for the far thornier and significant decision due next year: What will the Environmental Protection Agency do to rein in...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 11:57 AM
This is for those people -- and you know who you are -- who cavalierly dismissed my slippery slope argument on the NSA’s secret surveillance program: I told you so!
Here it is, ripped from Friday’s headlines: “Too tempting? NSA...
| Oct 3, 2013
It was entirely predictable. Even before the ashes have cooled on the 257,000-acre Rim fire in and around Yosemite this year, the timber industry and its allies in Congress were using the fire as an excuse for suspending environmental laws and expanding...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 4:22 PM
BEIJING — Flooding in western China, the worst in 50 years for some areas, triggered a landslide Wednesday that buried about 30 people, trapped hundreds in a highway tunnel and destroyed a high-profile memorial to a devastating 2008 earthquake....
| Aug 8, 2013
| 9:32 AM
LIMA, Peru -- Nobody said it was going to be easy, and it rarely is for Peru’s presidents. But Ollanta Humala, who recently completed his second year in office, is facing an unusual array of challenges, including protests, cabinet resignations and...
| Jun 11, 2013
The contradictions at the heart of the Obama presidency are finally out in the open. As a result, a man who came into office hellbent on restoring faith in government is on the verge of inspiring a libertarian revival.
There have always been (at least)...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 2:23 PM
A fire at a poultry plant in northeastern China that claimed at least 119 lives Monday is one of a string of Asian disasters that have spotlighted poor industrial safety standards.
The most shocking example took place just over a month ago, when a...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 9:14 PM
When classes begin Tuesday in L.A. Unified, it will be the first opening day that Sherri Williams has missed in 31 years — and that doesn't count her time as a student.
Williams has spent her career as a teacher and principal at schools in South...
| Aug 25, 2013
| 9:00 PM
In the 1980s, student protests against apartheid led universities to sell off stocks in companies doing business in South Africa. More recently, concerns about genocide in Darfur, the health effects of tobacco and handgun violence led to more college...
| Aug 18, 2013
We share a deep and abiding passion for and fascination with the ocean that has led us since childhood to wander the world under the waves. We also share an increasing concern that the health of the ocean is rapidly deteriorating under the strain of human...