| 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,...
| 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 20, 2013
| 4:24 PM
Elmore Leonard, like many writers, fashioned a method of self-preservation when it came to dealing with Hollywood. When he sold his novels — and he sold many — he cashed the paycheck and then let them go.
But with the FX drama "Justified,"...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 5:35 PM
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Work on Colombia’s biggest-ever construction project, a $6.47-billion refinery called Reficar going up near the coastal city of Cartagena, has ground to a halt amid ongoing labor strife, the latest in a series of setbacks that...
| 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....
| Jul 5, 2013
| 1:21 PM
Utility-scale solar plants have been given priority over mining claims on federal lands, according to a decision announced Friday.
The federal Bureau of Land Management withdrew more than 300,000 acres of federal land in six Western states from...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 11:33 AM
If you've ever wanted to pretend to be James Bond on the abandoned island he travels to in "SkyFall," you can now do so thanks to Google Street View.
The island of Hashima, near Nagasaki, Japan, was home to a coal mining facility that housed 5,000...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 5:16 PM
WASHINGTON -- The Interior Department is losing tens of millions of dollars in revenue annually because it leases public land for coal mining at rock-bottom prices, according to a report by the agency’s inspector general
The report focuses on coal...