| Nov 21, 2013
| 3:06 PM
Academic and author Noam Chomsky is a creative but very structural thinker, stringing ideas together like dominoes. One thought progresses to the next, carefully placed with a logic and precision born of years of linguistics analysis shoring up each one....
| Nov 29, 2013
| 7:58 PM
Computer pioneer Willis Ware saw the future, and it worried him.
In 1966, Ware, who worked as an engineer at Rand Corp., foresaw not only the omnipresence of personal computers, but also social networks like Twitter and Facebook.
"The computer will...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 3:00 AM
German graphic designer Benedikt Gross was flying into Los Angeles for the first time when he gazed out the jetliner's window and was mesmerized by the hundreds of shimmering blue swimming pools tiling the landscape below.
The image of all those...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 10:21 AM
A recent survey of every swimming pool in the Los Angeles Basin found that Beverly Hills has the most pools and Watts has none.
The digital analysis called the "Big Atlas of L.A. Pools" fills 6,000 pages in 74 printed volumes.
It concludes that the...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 11:23 AM
How to deal with boredom at the table and long waits for the check while dining out? Applebee’s is betting on 100,000 tablets.
The casual dining chain is planning to install the technology at every table and many bars at its more than 1,800...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 8:27 AM
Just as victory has many fathers, great events often have many birthdays. We choose Oct. 29, 1969, as Day One of the Internet (which would make it 44 years old today) for a good reason. That was when the very first message moved between the first two...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 2:12 PM
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos staged a technology demonstration over the weekend, aiming to show how quickly a half-baked idea with several years of obstacles ahead of it could garner fawning attention from the news media.
Answer: about two nanoseconds....
| Dec 5, 2013
| 1:24 PM
Stop what you are doing and try saying this 10 times fast: "pad kid poured curd pulled cod."
Feeling tongue tied? You should. You just tried what might be one of the trickiest tongue twisters ever devised.
In a recent study, a research team found that...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 6:07 PM
Circling Earth at an altitude of more than 22,000 miles are a host of satellites that give us access to some of the things we love most: the Internet, mobile phones and premium TV.
But space is a hostile environment, even for a chunk of metal. Our...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Never let a crisis go to waste, says an old rule of politics.
For some major players in the economy, the financial crisis that began five years ago this month with Lehman Bros.' collapse turned out to be as much an opportunity as a calamity....
| Oct 30, 2013
| 5:38 PM
WASHINGTON — Even with its health insurance marketplace floundering for the fourth week, the Obama administration is resisting what some Democratic allies contend is the most logical response to the problem: giving consumers more time to sign up....