| Dec 10, 2013
| 2:54 PM
Having taken a fair amount of heat from the science-based community for her recent show promoting scare stories about an important immunological vaccine, Katie Couric has backed off.
In a piece appearing Tuesday in the Huffington Post, the TV host...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 11:00 AM
The title of Elizabeth Spencer's eighth book of short fiction, "Starting Over," carries a double meaning: It refers both to the characters in the collection and to the author herself. Ninety-two years old, winner of a PEN/Malamud Award and five O. Henry...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 10:28 AM
Federal criminal proceedings have been suspended in Fresno because of an outbreak of the flu at the county jail, where hundreds of inmates have been quarantined.
U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill issued the order Tuesday afternoon "in order to...
| Dec 25, 2013
Today is the day Christians around the world celebrate one of the central miracles of the New Testament: the birth of God's son on Earth. Since then, the "miracle" bar has been lowered and the label has been secularized, attached by the media to all...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 7:22 AM
The new trailer for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” has arrived, and the apes and the humans appear […]...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 5:17 PM
Scientists say they have discovered a key process by which the AIDS virus kills key immune cells: It triggers a preprogrammed self-destruct sequence within the cell that is intended to alert fellow immune cells of a crisis.
In papers published...
| Dec 21, 2013
Re "What Snowden started," Column, Dec. 18
Although enforcement of his decision is pending appeal, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon's ruling that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records is probably...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 2:26 PM
A mosquito-borne virus usually restricted to Africa and Asia has been detected for the first time in the Western Hemisphere, with 10 confirmed cases on the French side of the Caribbean island of St. Martin, U.S. authorities have warned.
| Jan 10, 2014
| 8:07 PM
It may be no surprise to snifflers stuck in doctor's office waiting rooms: The 2013-2014 influenza season appears to be picking up steam earlier than most flu seasons.
On Friday, state and Los Angeles County health officials reported "sharp increases"...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Had Steve Jobs commissioned a song, it would have felt like Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." Modern but ageless. Sleek, streamlined, memorable and futuristic.
"We're up all night to get some, we're up all night for good fun," Pharrell optimistically declares,...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 2:32 PM
Antibacterial soap is great stuff — if you’re talking about just plain old regular soap. Because all soap combats bacteria. It doesn’t need germ-killing chemicals added to do that. The difference is that regular soap doesn’t act so...