| Nov 19, 2007
What is it about artificial sweeteners?
As never before, they pervade the American diet -- in pink, yellow and blue packets on diner counters, in sugar-free cookies and diet juices, in sodas and smoothies and low-calorie yogurt and boxes of powder for...
| Feb 27, 2008
"Has it been 3,000 miles yet?" asks a banner hanging outside a Southern California quick oil change outlet.
The message -- also conveyed on stickers placed by many quick oil change shops inside customer windshields -- is to hurry back for another oil...
| Mar 19, 2008
A sampling of Chinese-made vinyl backpacks and other children's products featuring Walt Disney Co.'s Hannah Montana character were found to contain high levels of lead, an environmental activist group said Tuesday.
A study by the Oakland-based Center for...
| Jan 6, 2009
Coal burning is to the environment what cigarette smoking is to the body, a point brought home with startling clarity last month when an earthen dam holding back a vast reservoir of coal ash at a Tennessee power plant ruptured, turning the area nearby...
| Sep 14, 2008
First of two parts
At first, the experimental shampoo looked like a putrid salad dressing. Its oil and its water just couldn't get along. They separated in the bottle and, over time, the shampoo took on an ugly brown hue.
The team at Avalon Organics,...
| Sep 19, 2008
Second of two parts
To a chemist, chlorine is the perfect compound.
Easily combining with other elements and molecules, chlorine is transformed into new classes of chemicals with an endless array of uses. It disinfects water, cleans clothes, kills bugs,...
| May 24, 2007
As new high-definition televisions fly off store shelves, millions of old sets soon could be flying into the trash.
A major change to broadcast television in 2009 -- the conversion from analog signals to all digital -- is expected to send many...
| Jun 30, 2008
To read the Internet ads, you'd think that our bodies were awash in "toxins" -- usually unspecified -- and that we should therefore go to dramatic lengths, such as "colon cleansing" and chelation, to get rid of all this bad stuff.
Don't believe it. Or to...
| Nov 12, 2007
If Aly Hartman could have placed herself in a protective bubble for the duration of her recent pregnancy, she would have done so.
The Marina del Rey woman, 28, cut out alcohol, sodas and caffeine. She replaced her sugary breakfast cereal with crackling...
| Dec 8, 2009
When environmental activists began a survey of birth defects in this small migrant farming town halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the results were alarming.
Approximately 20 babies were born here during the 14 months beginning in September...
| Feb 26, 2009
In the flashy television ad that has served as his calling card to voters, Los Angeles city attorney candidate Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich compressed his 30-year legal career into a narrow sliver: the time he spent prosecuting serious gang crimes.