| Mar 24, 2008
The product: For better or worse, strong smells tend to grab our attention. The air hanging over a bakery can make us hungry, and the atmosphere around a locker room can make us question our dedication to fitness. The typical nose can discern about 10,000...
| Dec 18, 2008
Dr. D. Carleton Gajdusek, the brilliant yet deeply flawed pediatrician, virologist and anthropologist who won the 1976 Nobel Prize in medicine for his identification and description of kuru, the exotic disease of a remote tribe in New Guinea that was...
| Jan 15, 2009
Questions remain about the causes and recent increases in the number of children and adults with food allergies. The fact that such allergies are very common in the United States, Canada, Europe and other industrialized countries around the world,...
| Feb 9, 2009
At a time when most people are avoiding metals such as lead and mercury, there's a full-out rush among the health-conscious for silver, a metal that is showing up in elixirs and sprays, soaps and toothpastes.
Considered potentially toxic by the...
| Sep 12, 2008
It's a truism of the theater: Nuns are funny. Just ask Nicholas Martin, director of John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves," the inaugural production of the newly remodeled Mark Taper Forum, reopening Saturday after a $30-million makeover. "It's true....
| 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 22, 2008
It takes a special product to stand out against the multitude of health remedies and gadgets pitched on late-night cable TV. Kinoki Cleansing Detox Pads have undoubtedly cleared that bar. Whether viewers are intrigued by the promise of removing toxins...
| May 19, 2008
Swapping spit: The term takes on a more refined meaning at the new dating site ScientificMatch.com. A prerequisite for signing up -- in addition to having a bit of cash to spare -- involves swishing a cotton swab inside your cheek and mailing a juicy...
| Jun 16, 2008
Last month, Sen. John McCain dropped by “Saturday Night Live,” drawing laughs from his promise, if elected president, to fight expensive federal projects -- such as, he spoofed, a Department of Defense device to "jam gaydar."
That was a joke....
| Mar 10, 2008
Want a taste of the tropics? Forget the plane ticket. Go to the grocery store and take your pick: acai sorbet, mangosteen iced tea, pomegranate granola, noni smoothies, yogurt-covered dried goji berries and more.
Fruits from faraway lands have been...
| Dec 14, 2007
The announcement Thursday of a surprise gift to the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center was straight out of a Frank Capra movie.
Our unassuming hero performs a good deed in the natural course of events and is rewarded many years later.