| Oct 5, 2013
| 6:48 PM
If anyone could make lizards, salamanders, snakes and all measure of creepy, crawling things objects of wonder and even beauty, it was Robert C. Stebbins.
His well-regarded books, lectures and artwork made him a superstar among those who studied...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 2:32 PM
Call it the Great Walrus Haulout of 2013.
Look closely at the picture above and you'll see an estimated 10,000 walruses (Odobenus rosmarus) that have hauled their great girth out of the water and onto a small barrier island in northwestern Alaska to...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 6:34 PM
Scientists have discovered four new species of legless lizards in California, including one species that lives beneath the sand dunes near LAX.
But before we go on, let's get one thing straight: Yes, a snake is a legless lizard, but not all legless...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 10:42 PM
Max Ataka loves insects. All kinds, from the beetles on his T-shirt to the Anise swallowtail butterfly perched on the back of his hand. The 12-year-old loves the colors, the weird behaviors, the fact that he can actually handle them.
"When I was a baby,...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 10:50 AM
Scientists have long thought that bullfrogs generally can’t jump more than a meter. Turns out they were wrong -- which they learned only after leaving the lab and heading to California to witness a county fair contest inspired by one of Mark Twain&...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 9:52 PM
Julie Harris, the delicate yet steely grande dame of the stage whose performances earned her a record five Tony Awards and 10 Tony nominations, died Saturday. She was 87.
Harris died of congestive heart failure at her home in West Chatham, Mass.,...
| 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.
| Aug 20, 2013
| 11:00 AM
SAN DIEGO -- To the consternation of some environmentalists, the U.S. Navy has rejected a call by the California Coastal Commission to curtail use of sonar and underwater explosives during training.
In March, the commission voted unanimously that the...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Five juvenile burrowing owls flapped across a salt marsh at the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station on a recent weekday, matching the loops and curves of dragonflies and moths before snatching their prey midair.
Soon, the owls will be feasting on larger...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 2:45 PM
A dead seal continues to stink up Pacific Coast Highway and its nearby Malibu beachfront as officials have spent days working out exactly what to do with it.
Caltrans spokeswoman Lauren Wonder said the agency was told Tuesday that a dead seal had been...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 12:32 PM
Scientists have discovered a new species of beetle that buries bird and mammal carcasses in a crypt for its young to eat, according to a new study.
Sporting sickle-like jaws and front wings that reach like a black-and-red leather miniskirt partway...