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Up in the air Junior Birdman, with your electronic toys – a disaster waiting to happen?

Up in the air Junior Birdman, with your electronic toys – a disaster waiting to happen?

Cell phones, iPods, tablets, e-books, GPS units – we think we can’t live without them, but maybe we can’t live with them… that is, if we operate our electronic device 30,000 feet up. Airlines routinely tell us to turn our cells phones and the like off before takeoff, but some passengers ignore the request, unwilling [...]

Republicans split over GOProud

Republicans split over GOProud

Every year Republicans come together at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a right-of-center meeting of the minds designed to create a long-term strategy for the Party. Riding the success of the November elections, Republicans this year were hoping to get past some of their internal divisions and develop a big-tent, inclusive strategy that could unite [...]

Roger Ebert’s back with a new voice

Roger Ebert’s back with a new voice

Film critic Roger Ebert, who lost his ability to speak due to damage done during treatment and surgery for cancer of the thyroid and jaw, says he absolutely won’t go through another attempt to rebuild his jaw. His voice, however, is being digitally reconstructed by a Scottish company called CereProc, using recordings from his past [...]

The legacy of Charles Schulz

The legacy of Charles Schulz

When it started, the comic strip Peanuts only appeared in seven newspapers. 60 years later it can be found in 2600. How did the comic strip reach iconic status? A new book chronicles the evolution of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts column and its spinoff products. From Snoopy before he was Joe Cool to the Great Pumpkin [...]

Is Facebook making us unhappy?

Is Facebook making us unhappy?

In a virtual world where you can filter and sculpt your public persona, sociologists are increasingly finding that hours spent viewing our peers’ polished lives—their awesome vacations; their nights out partying; their above-average-children—is making us unhappy. Are they Just Like Us? Or are they happier and framed in better lighting? Recent studies say Facebook makes [...]

Sundance 2011 buzz update

Sundance 2011 buzz update

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival wraps up this weekend. Which films are getting the buzz? There’s the science fiction piece Another Earth, directed by Mike Cahill, about a parallel alien world. Then there’s Kevin Smith’s Red State, a film that was panned by many critics, with Smith promising to self-distribute. There was Higher Ground, about [...]

Homelessness in Los Angeles—Part Two: from Safer City to Home for Good

Homelessness in Los Angeles—Part Two: from Safer City to Home for Good

With over 40,000 homeless living on its streets, Los Angeles is the homeless capital of the country. Over the past decade, cities like Denver, New York and San Francisco have all dramatically reduced their homeless populations by building permanent housing. But here, homelessness has grown faster than the national rate and not enough housing has [...]

Is overdiagnosis the biggest problem posed by modern medicine?

Is overdiagnosis the biggest problem posed by modern medicine?

Doctors joke that healthy people, are simply folks who haven't gone through enough medical testing. Patients who visit doctors often, get poked, prodded, x-rayed, tested and re-tested. What starts out as a mild burning sensation from drinking apple cider, leads to a diagnosis of acid reflux disease. Cold hands on the ski slope? Reynaud’s Disease. [...]

Down and out (and depressed about it) in LA County

Down and out (and depressed about it) in LA County

Diagnosed cases of depression rose by almost 50% over the last decade in LA County. Is the traffic, smog, isolation, lack of health care and jobs to blame? We don’t know what accounted for the sharp increase, but a new study by the LA County Department of Public Health showed that cases of depression rose [...]

This is your brain – without fear

This is your brain – without fear

Snakes, spiders, heights, enclosed spaces, or a suspicious-looking character lurking in a dark alley, we all experience fear. But what is fear? For that matter, what is courage? Is it a lack of fear, or an ability to overcome it? Researchers at the University of Iowa, the California Institute of Technology and the University of [...]