Good news for UCLA this fall. Not only is its football team 5-2 (not bad), while its academic programs make it a top-13 school in the world, but it's now home to yet another Nobel Prize winner. He's the sixth Nobel laureate from the Westwood school, according to UCLA. The Nobel Prize folks announc ... More >>
What is the secret to winning a Nobel prize? A genius IQ? Long, lonely hours in the lab or library? An unfaltering commitment to establishing peace in the Middle East (good luck with that)? Actually, it turns out that Nobel prizes are within reach for all of us, because the secret may be eating a ... More >>
Anne Fishbeinwasabi, etc. at Kiyokawa The Nobel committee has been awarding their coveted prizes this week, which fact may have overshadowed the announcement of the 21st annual Ig Nobel (get it?) awards, sponsored by the Annals of Improbable Research and handed out last Thursday at a Harvard ... More >>
The Onion, for those that don't know, is a satirical newspaper reporting fake stories on a wide range of worldly topics -- and often the best part about reading those stories is the headlines. In fact, it's precisely why following them on Twitter is so much fun ("Online University Cracks Down On Row ... More >>
Former Vice President Al Gore on Tuesday backed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's "carbon surcharge" proposal for Department of Water and Power customers despite reports indicating that the plan could hike power fees as much as 28.4 percent. "Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles has introduc ... More >>
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Some of us are rooting for the mayor. He's struggled under a crumbling economy, a weak-mayor city council structure and a school district that, despite his promises, is clearly out of his hands. In 2005, a time that seems so go-go compared to today, Antonio Villaraigosa sat in the mayor's chair with ... More >>
In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad. "We play a lot of his music and Snoop's music, Diddy's music, and Eminem on our breaks on the TV shows. It's all rap."
Photo credit: Anne FishbeinMr. Gold, with dim sum menuDear Mr. Gold: I used to like Casa Bianca before the lines stretched halfway to China, but I have to admit it's been a while. I know - good neon and checked tablecloths and everything, but is it still worth a visit? --Jean, Sierra Madre Dear Jea ... More >>
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