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Are your tweets how you want to be remembered when you die?

Are your tweets how you want to be remembered when you die?

Social media isn’t just changing how we live; it’s also altering how we experience death. Every day, we tweet, post to FaceBook, upload photos to Flickr, and pour our hearts out on blogs – creating a staggering amount of revealing information and digital assets. That information lingers long after we are gone. An estimated 408,000 [...]

Buy on Amazon while it’s still tax-free: taxing online sales up for consideration again

Buy on Amazon while it’s still tax-free: taxing online sales up for consideration again

It’s been considered before and has failed each time: placing a California state sales tax on online purchases made through internet retailers that are based outside of the state. Last time, in 2009, a bill made it through the legislature but was vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger. This year there is a new and improved budget [...]

Weathering the emotional ebb & flow of seasonal changes

Weathering the emotional ebb & flow of seasonal changes

Do rainy days and Monday’s get you down? You’re not alone. For years, doctors have been treating people for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), depression usually associated with sun-deprivation. But good weather impacts our moods too. Warm, sunny days can make us feel free and frisky. Yet, according to neuropsychiatrist Dr. John Sharp, suicides increase during [...]

New California driver’s licenses driving people crazy with delays

New California driver’s licenses driving people crazy with delays

“New and improved” always comes with a hitch, and this time, it’s the new California’s driver’s license. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) says the new license—with its raised signatures and California icons—is more expensive and more secure. That’s because they’re harder for scammers to counterfeit, but they’re also more complicated for manufacturers to make [...]

Are Chinese mothers superior?

Are Chinese mothers superior?

In the global race for intellectual capital and academic excellence the US is losing out to China whose students score so much higher than Americans on standardized tests in reading, math and science. These test results reflect a culture of parenting in China where greater emphasis is placed academic success and parents demand that their [...]

Guns on campus – a right, or very wrong?

Guns on campus – a right, or very wrong?

A Gardena High School student was taken into custody this morning after a gun he was carrying in his backpack went off, injuring two other young people. First reports say the shooting was an accident, but in a time of great concern over increasing violence and arguments over gun control, how does a student bring [...]

Award season series: Blue Valentine

Award season series: Blue Valentine

Love is most certainly part of the human experience, but with every high comes an equal low. Therefore, falling out of love must also occur in life. Derek Cianfrance's <i>Blue Valentine</i> is the story of one such occurrence, of Cindy (Michelle Williams) and Dean (Ryan Gosling) who meet, fall in love, raise a daughter together, [...]

Location, location, location! Los Angeles is a great place to make movies

Location, location, location! Los Angeles is a great place to make movies

Since the dawn of the industry, movie studios have taken advantage of Los Angeles’ favorable climate and versatile architecture and topography to portray every conceivable location. Downtown lofts become Manhattan; Universal City stands in for the hills of Alabama; not to mention the countless times the City of Angels has played itself on the big [...]

Award season series: Blue Valentine

Award season series:  Blue Valentine

Love is most certainly part of the human experience, but with every high comes an equal low. Therefore, falling out of love must also occur in life. Derek Cianfrance's <i>Blue Valentine</i> is the story of one such occurrence, of Cindy (Michelle Williams) and Dean (Ryan Gosling) who meet, fall in love, raise a daughter together, [...]

The cut-throat quest to find dark matter, dark energy & a Nobel Prize

The cut-throat quest to find dark matter, dark energy & a Nobel Prize

What is the 4 percent universe? It’s the one that encompasses everything we see: you, your dog, your dirty laundry, Earth, Sun, planets, stars, galaxies. What makes up the remaining 96%? Well, that’s where things get tricky. It’s all the other stuff we can’t see in any form. Astronomers call it “dark matter” and “dark [...]