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Facebook buys Instagram – a picture app is worth a thousand words and a billion dollars

Facebook buys Instagram – a picture app is worth a thousand words and a billion dollars

For those without smart phones, Facebook’s Monday purchase of the Instagram photo sharing application is nearly incomprehensible given the astounding selling price of $1 billion dollars. That’s ‘billion’ with a ‘B’ – making the acquisition the largest in Facebook’s history by a wide margin. For those with smart phones, the deal may be just as [...]

Dear (sex) diary

Dear (sex) diary

Sex is the one subject guaranteed to illicit raised eyebrows, flushed cheeks and even an embarrassed giggle – and not just from teenagers. Adults can also be a little shy when it comes to sharing their bedtime habits. Yet one journalist has spent the last four years collecting over two thousand stories of what goes [...]

Asexuality comes out of the closet

Asexuality comes out of the closet

David Jay at Pride ’05. We’ve come a long way since the late 40s, when Kinsey report shocked the world with its frank discussion of the many varieties of sexual intimacy. And thanks to the sexual revolution, the gay rights movement and years of public awareness-raising, people these days feel comfortable identifying as gay, lesbian, [...]

The life and art of Barbara Stanwyck

The life and art of Barbara Stanwyck

Film Scholar and author Dan Callahan gives readers a lifelong look at the overshadowed reputation of the actress Barbara Stanwyck. Beginning with a rocky upbringing in between foster homes, this biography spans Stanwyck’s rise from chorus girl to one of Hollywood’s most talented and highly paid leading women. After finally breaking into Broadway, she starred [...]

Is medical over-testing causing Americans more harm than good?

Is medical over-testing causing Americans more harm than good?

A high-speed Cat Scan at the newly-opened Berenson Emergency Department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center sits empty July 16, 2001 in Boston, Massachusetts. Credit: Darren McCollester/Getty Images A pap smear every three years? Adieu to regular prostate-specific antigen (P.S.A) screenings? Recent guidelines issued by the American Cancer Society, plus a campaign called “Choosing Wisely,” [...]

Compensation for bone marrow is now legal…will it cause more harm than good for patients?

Compensation for bone marrow is now legal…will it cause more harm than good for patients?

Needles used in bone marrow biopsies. Last week the 9th circuit court of appeals in San Francisco heard arguments about whether or not it should remain illegal for bone marrow donors to receive financial compensation. Arguing against compensation was the United States Justice Department. The DOJ lawyers insisted that bone marrow is covered under the [...]

The 2012 Masters: modern businesswoman meets old boys’ club, literally

The 2012 Masters: modern businesswoman meets old boys’ club, literally

Gordon Sherry of Scotland plays his second shoot on the 2nd fairway during the second round of the 1996 Masters at the Augusta national Golf Club, Georgia. Credit: David Cannon/Getty Images The Augusta National Golf Club in Atlanta is still, contentiously, a male bastion. And IBM is one of the companies lined up to sponsor [...]

How does LAUSD’s homework policy affect your family?

How does LAUSD’s homework policy affect your family?

A fourth-grade student works on homework in the elementary school at the John F. Kennedy Schule dual-language public school on September 18, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images Like death and taxes, homework has long been a standard feature of life, for public education students, anyway. Homework’s unlikely to go away any time [...]

Two-tiered class fee structure outrages students at Santa Monica College

Two-tiered class fee structure outrages students at Santa Monica College

Funding is not just an issue for the UC system here in California – community colleges have also had deep cuts, forcing some administrations to consider radical new proposals. Facing a reduction of $11 million, Santa Monica College decided its best option was to start a non-profit foundation that could offer more of the in-demand [...]

Obama swats at GOP budget

Obama swats at GOP budget

US President Barack Obama speaks during the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) Convention on April 3, 2012 in Washington, DC. Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images Delivering a speech in front of the Associated Press today, President Barack Obama took a very harsh stance against the budget plan being supported by House Republicans. While Obama has [...]