| Jun 6, 2013
| 3:00 PM
Most birds lost their penises somewhere along the trail of evolution. Scientists want to know where they went.
A biological program that triggers cell death is to blame, and it may offer clues about both evolution and the molecular biology behind...
| May 8, 2013
| 4:24 PM
Marine biologist Dan Madigan stood on a dock in San Diego and considered some freshly caught Pacific bluefin tuna. The fish had managed to swim 5,000 miles from their spawning grounds near Japan to California's shores, only to end up the catch of local...
| Jun 23, 2013
| 6:32 PM
When Jerome Karle learned he was to share the Nobel Prize in chemistry, the Brooklyn-born scientist was miles above the Atlantic Ocean and quite unaware that his flight was about to turn into a champagne fete.
Karle had left his hotel room in Munich,...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 4:16 PM
Say you could hop into a DeLorean and travel back to when life on Earth began. Would fish migrate from water to land? Would the dinosaurs go extinct? At the end of our trip, would we still encounter life as we now know it?
Some scientists don’t...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The pickup crept down the steep drive to the beach at White Point in San Pedro. When the driver reached the bottom, he carefully backed the truck as close as he could to the water, the surf fizzing like soda being poured in a glass of ice.
| Jul 12, 2013
| 12:12 AM
Apr. 1966: Four monkeys in nursery at the National Center for Primate Biology at University of California, Davis....
| May 14, 2013
| 4:17 PM
Angelina Jolie’s Op-Ed in the New York Times about getting a double mastectomy after learning that she was at risk of getting breast cancer struck a chord with fellow celebs as well as with Los Angeles Times staffers Anna Gorman and Paul Whitefield,...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 1:20 PM
A federal proposal to make the Sierra Nevada as comfortable as possible for some of their rarest amphibian inhabitants has stirred a backlash from business owners over the economic pain it could cause the region’s recreation industry.
| Aug 19, 2013
| 2:13 PM
A second child is seven times more likely to be diagnosed with autism if an older sibling has the diagnosis, but environmental factors may be playing a significant role, according to a study of 1.5 million children born over a 24-year period.
| Jul 5, 2013
| 10:31 AM
Each of us has a core community of bacterial strains that lives in our lower digestive tract — a personal set of microbes that remains relatively stable in the gut over the course of decades, scientists said Thursday.
In an examination of the...
| Aug 25, 2013
| 6:26 PM
A federal proposal to make the Sierra Nevada as comfortable as possible for some of their rarest amphibian inhabitants has stirred a backlash from business owners over the economic pain it could cause the region's recreation industry.