| Nov 25, 2013
| 5:20 PM
It doesn’t pay to underestimate a jellyfish. They may not look like the most athletic swimmers, but they’re remarkably efficient -- and their body plan could have advantages that translate to the air, too. A team from New York University has...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 12:35 PM
Actor Tim Cummings is quietly stripping on stage at Los Angeles' Fountain Theatre. Each item of clothing comes off with mounting dread.
Now Cummings, who plays writer-turned-AIDS activist Ned Weeks in Larry Kramer's pioneering play "The Normal Heart,"...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 3:33 PM
For the third year in a row, Caltech has been ranked as the top research university in the world by the Times Higher Education magazine of Great Britain. Three other California campuses — Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA — also scored in the top...
| Oct 6, 2013
Who owns a tattoo? The obvious answer is the wearer, who paid for the ink and is now permanently (more or less) attached to it. Yet recent disputes have called into question the easy idea that if you buy a tattoo, you also own it and can display it as you...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 10:55 PM
Film critic Stanley Kauffmann, who in the 20th century helped define movie reviews as an intellectual form, died of pneumonia Wednesday at St. Luke's Hospital in New York. He was 97.
His death was announced by the New Republic, the politics and...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 10:14 AM
Casting age-appropriate actors for Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" was never practically possible. The roles of the tragic lovers have traditionally been played by actors older than the adolescent characters. A look back at some notable movie and stage...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 7:00 AM
When will James Franco slow down? The prince of perpetual motion continues his blur of activity, starring in movies, writing screenplays, attending classes, unveiling solo art exhibits, posing for Gucci ads and engaging in attention-seeking Instagram...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 1:10 PM
"I hate this. I don't want this. I don't want it!" cries Abby, a mother who's just been hit on the head by her son's baseball in the opening scene of writer-director Stacie Passon's new film, "Concussion." Blood is gushing from the woman's temple, but it'...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Philip Glass' groundbreaking American opera "Einstein on the Beach" opened at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Friday for what promoters billed as one of the biggest cultural events of the season.
And what about the composer's new opera, the one about...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 7:05 AM
After the coffee. Before the eggs. (How'd I never think of that before?)
The Skinny: The Dodgers are still alive! I'm actually not some big Dodger fan but I love playoff baseball and want the series to go seven. It's a nice distraction. Thursday's...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 5:34 PM
Getting unanimous U.N. Security Council agreement to act against rogue nations and rights abusers may have become even more difficult Thursday with the election of Chad and Saudi Arabia to seats on the influential 15-member panel, human rights advocates...