Results tagged “Jason Goldman”

'Twilight' Actors Surprise Fans During 4-Day Camp Out

Thousands of diehard "Twilight" fans from all over the world gathered for several days last week as they awaited an early screening of the first of two films covering the last of four books: "Breaking Dawn - Part 1." If you passed by Chick Hearn Court between Wednesday and Sunday, in the space between the L.A. Live Plaza and the Staples Center, you would have seen two large "tent cities" filled with moviegoers who spent as long as four days outdoors awaiting the film.

'Twilight' Actors Surprise Fans During 4-Day Camp Out

Thousands of diehard "Twilight" fans from all over the world gathered for several days last week as they awaited an early screening of the first of two films covering the last of four books: "Breaking Dawn - Part 1." If you passed by Chick Hearn Court between Wednesday and Sunday, in the space between the L.A. Live Plaza and the Staples Center, you would have seen two large "tent cities" filled with moviegoers who spent as long as four days outdoors awaiting the film.

'Twilight' Actors Surprise Fans During 4-Day Camp Out

Thousands of diehard "Twilight" fans from all over the world gathered for several days last week as they awaited an early screening of the first of two films covering the last of four books: "Breaking Dawn - Part 1." If you passed by Chick Hearn Court between Wednesday and Sunday, in the space between the L.A. Live Plaza and the Staples Center, you would have seen two large "tent cities" filled with moviegoers who spent as long as four days outdoors awaiting the film.

Feeling Down? Science Says Go Shopping (But Use Credit)

Retail therapy: It's the answer for almost any problem. Girlfriend broke up with you? Didn't get that promotion? Buy yourself something pretty. People like to shop, especially for high-status items, when they're feeling down. But parting with cash is also a painful process, so what gives? In a new paper in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchers Niro Sivanathan of the London Business School and Nathan Pettit of Cornell University describe how they think people resolve this conflict.

Feeling Down? Science Says Go Shopping (But Use Credit)

Retail therapy: It's the answer for almost any problem. Girlfriend broke up with you? Didn't get that promotion? Buy yourself something pretty. People like to shop, especially for high-status items, when they're feeling down. But parting with cash is also a painful process, so what gives? In a new paper in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchers Niro Sivanathan of the London Business School and Nathan Pettit of Cornell University describe how they think people resolve this conflict.

Feeling Down? Science Says Go Shopping (But Use Credit)

Retail therapy: It's the answer for almost any problem. Girlfriend broke up with you? Didn't get that promotion? Buy yourself something pretty. People like to shop, especially for high-status items, when they're feeling down. But parting with cash is also a painful process, so what gives? In a new paper in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchers Niro Sivanathan of the London Business School and Nathan Pettit of Cornell University describe how they think people resolve this conflict.

Go Daddy's Bob Parsons: The Elephant In The Room

Go Daddy founder and CEO Bob Parsons went on a little hunting trip recently. Parsons, who has been to Africa a number of times on similar hunting trips, was ostensibly working with a tribe in Zimbabwe who had been having trouble with elephants raiding their crops. In an interview with AOL, he said...

Go Daddy's Bob Parsons: The Elephant In The Room

Go Daddy founder and CEO Bob Parsons went on a little hunting trip recently. Parsons, who has been to Africa a number of times on similar hunting trips, was ostensibly working with a tribe in Zimbabwe who had been having trouble with elephants raiding their crops. In an interview with AOL, he said...

Go Daddy's Bob Parsons: The Elephant In The Room

Go Daddy founder and CEO Bob Parsons went on a little hunting trip recently. Parsons, who has been to Africa a number of times on similar hunting trips, was ostensibly working with a tribe in Zimbabwe who had been having trouble with elephants raiding their crops. In an interview with AOL, he said...

Man Meets Pilates Machine At Equilibrium Fitness

Photo by Christina Frary. Used with Permission Walking into the Equilibrium pilates studio, you can’t help but feel that this isn’t your typical sort of fitness studio. Surrounding the dozen or so pilates contraptions (that appear, on first glance, to be reconstructed from medieval torture devices) are chandeliers, crystal charms, and black-framed mirrors. People generally consider pilates to be a workout system for women and the décor, even if unusual for a gym, appears...

Man Meets Pilates Machine At Equilibrium Fitness

Photo by Christina Frary. Used with Permission Walking into the Equilibrium pilates studio, you can’t help but feel that this isn’t your typical sort of fitness studio. Surrounding the dozen or so pilates contraptions (that appear, on first glance, to be reconstructed from medieval torture devices) are chandeliers, crystal charms, and black-framed mirrors. People generally consider pilates to be a workout system for women and the décor, even if unusual for a gym, appears...

Man Meets Pilates Machine At Equilibrium Fitness

Photo by Christina Frary. Used with Permission Walking into the Equilibrium pilates studio, you can’t help but feel that this isn’t your typical sort of fitness studio. Surrounding the dozen or so pilates contraptions (that appear, on first glance, to be reconstructed from medieval torture devices) are chandeliers, crystal charms, and black-framed mirrors. People generally consider pilates to be a workout system for women and the décor, even if unusual for a gym, appears...

Her Body, Their Money: Writer Rebecca Skloot at CSUN Tonight

Imagine that your cells were taken from you without your permission, and kept alive. Imagine that those cells launched a medical revolution and multi-million dollar industry, but your children and grandchildren couldn't receive even basic healthcare. Science writer Rebecca Skloot (twitter, blog), is speaking tonight...

Her Body, Their Money: Writer Rebecca Skloot at CSUN Tonight

Imagine that your cells were taken from you without your permission, and kept alive. Imagine that those cells launched a medical revolution and multi-million dollar industry, but your children and grandchildren couldn't receive even basic healthcare. Science writer Rebecca Skloot (twitter, blog), is speaking tonight...

Her Body, Their Money: Writer Rebecca Skloot at CSUN Tonight

Imagine that your cells were taken from you without your permission, and kept alive. Imagine that those cells launched a medical revolution and multi-million dollar industry, but your children and grandchildren couldn't receive even basic healthcare. Science writer Rebecca Skloot (twitter, blog), is speaking tonight...

Monday Midnight Movie: The Inner Life of the Cell

From the video's description: Harvard University selected XVIVO to develop an animation that would take their cellular biology students on a journey through the microscopic world of a cell, illustrating mechanisms that allow a white blood cell to sense its surroundings and respond to an external stimulus. If you want an expert-level explanation of what the visualizations are intended to communicate, check out this video. If not, just enjoy the amazing graphics and soundtrack....

Monday Midnight Movie: The Inner Life of the Cell

From the video's description: Harvard University selected XVIVO to develop an animation that would take their cellular biology students on a journey through the microscopic world of a cell, illustrating mechanisms that allow a white blood cell to sense its surroundings and respond to an external stimulus. If you want an expert-level explanation of what the visualizations are intended to communicate, check out this video. If not, just enjoy the amazing graphics and soundtrack....

Monday Midnight Movie: The Inner Life of the Cell

From the video's description: Harvard University selected XVIVO to develop an animation that would take their cellular biology students on a journey through the microscopic world of a cell, illustrating mechanisms that allow a white blood cell to sense its surroundings and respond to an external stimulus. If you want an expert-level explanation of what the visualizations are intended to communicate, check out this video. If not, just enjoy the amazing graphics and soundtrack....

Midnight Movie: Baby Pandas!

New-born twin giant pandas made their media debut at a zoo in Japan today. The twins, one male and one female, were born on August 11 to mother Rauhin and father Eimei, by artificial insemination. (video via BBC News)...

Midnight Movie: Baby Pandas!

New-born twin giant pandas made their media debut at a zoo in Japan today. The twins, one male and one female, were born on August 11 to mother Rauhin and father Eimei, by artificial insemination. (video via BBC News)...

USC Students Do Underwater Research in Guam

Imagine spending several weeks diving in the clear waters of Guam and Palau, making scientific measurements in forty feet of water on the reefs of Micronesia. Now imagine getting to do it with some of your closest friends. Now imagine getting college credit for it.

USC Students Do Underwater Research in Guam

Imagine spending several weeks diving in the clear waters of Guam and Palau, making scientific measurements in forty feet of water on the reefs of Micronesia. Now imagine getting to do it with some of your closest friends. Now imagine getting college credit for it.

Midnight Movie: Nuclear Detonation Timeline "1945-1998"

In this video by Isao Hashimoto you can see the 2,053 nuclear tests and explosions that took place between 1945 and 1998 as they are plotted visually on a world map with accompanying sound effects. The first three detonations represent the Manhattan Project and the two bombs that ended World War II. Several minutes later, the USSR and Britain enter the nuclear era as the testing really gets going. As former Scientific American Editor-in-Chief...

Midnight Movie: Nuclear Detonation Timeline "1945-1998"

In this video by Isao Hashimoto you can see the 2,053 nuclear tests and explosions that took place between 1945 and 1998 as they are plotted visually on a world map with accompanying sound effects. The first three detonations represent the Manhattan Project and the two bombs that ended World War II. Several minutes later, the USSR and Britain enter the nuclear era as the testing really gets going. As former Scientific American Editor-in-Chief...

Asbestos in California's State Rock? Not Really

California lawmakers are expected to vote this week on SB 624, which could demote serpentine from its lofty place as California's state rock. This is a spectacularly silly decision based on shoddy scientific evidence, and here's why. According to biologist David Lowry: In a misguided attempt to “educate” Californians about the dangers of asbestos, State Senator Gloria Romero introduced a bill (SB624) to remove serpentine as the state rock. The result has been a widespread...

Asbestos in California's State Rock? Not Really

California lawmakers are expected to vote this week on SB 624, which could demote serpentine from its lofty place as California's state rock. This is a spectacularly silly decision based on shoddy scientific evidence, and here's why. According to biologist David Lowry: In a misguided attempt to “educate” Californians about the dangers of asbestos, State Senator Gloria Romero introduced a bill (SB624) to remove serpentine as the state rock. The result has been a widespread...

Warping Time: New Video from OK Go!

Another awesome music video from OK Go, featuring eighteen hours of the band dancing combined with eight full days of LA skyline footage. The song is called "End Love". Their last video for "This Too Shall Pass" featured a Rube-Goldberg machine; this one messes with your time perception. According to director Jeff Lieberman: "The fastest we go is 172,800x, compressing 24 hours of real time into a blazing 1/2 second. The slowest is 1/32x...

Warping Time: New Video from OK Go!

Another awesome music video from OK Go, featuring eighteen hours of the band dancing combined with eight full days of LA skyline footage. The song is called "End Love". Their last video for "This Too Shall Pass" featured a Rube-Goldberg machine; this one messes with your time perception. According to director Jeff Lieberman: "The fastest we go is 172,800x, compressing 24 hours of real time into a blazing 1/2 second. The slowest is 1/32x...

Go On A Museum Tour This Summer (For Free!)

swims amidst more than 1,500 live fish, kelp & other marine life found off the Southern California coast in the kelp tank at Ecosystems. (Leroy Hamilton, Photographer/California Science Center) LA is home to some of the world's biggest, best, most well-known, and most important museums, as well as some lesser-known gems. The role of museums in providing an informal educational experience for children and adults alike is clear, but it often costs money to...

Go On A Museum Tour This Summer (For Free!)

swims amidst more than 1,500 live fish, kelp & other marine life found off the Southern California coast in the kelp tank at Ecosystems. (Leroy Hamilton, Photographer/California Science Center) LA is home to some of the world's biggest, best, most well-known, and most important museums, as well as some lesser-known gems. The role of museums in providing an informal educational experience for children and adults alike is clear, but it often costs money to...

How Your Brain Deceives You: Visual Illusions

Last week, vision scientists from around the world gathered at the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, in Naples, Florida. One of the most highly anticipated events each year at the conference is the Illusion of the Year contest. Here is this year's winning illusion, submitted by Koukichi Sugihara, of the Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences in Japan. In this video, wooden balls roll up the slopes just as if...

How Your Brain Deceives You: Visual Illusions

Last week, vision scientists from around the world gathered at the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, in Naples, Florida. One of the most highly anticipated events each year at the conference is the Illusion of the Year contest. Here is this year's winning illusion, submitted by Koukichi Sugihara, of the Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences in Japan. In this video, wooden balls roll up the slopes just as if...

Does Punishment Help Maintain Cooperation?

Photo by Alberto Cueto via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Humans are, more or less, a cooperative species. But how is cooperation maintained when the potential rewards for being a free-rider are so much greater than the rewards for cooperating? New research by UCLA anthropologist Robert Boyd suggests that cooperation in large groups is maintained by punishment. Consider a small group of individuals: you and your friends. You all have personal relationships with each...

Does Punishment Help Maintain Cooperation?

Photo by Alberto Cueto via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Humans are, more or less, a cooperative species. But how is cooperation maintained when the potential rewards for being a free-rider are so much greater than the rewards for cooperating? New research by UCLA anthropologist Robert Boyd suggests that cooperation in large groups is maintained by punishment. Consider a small group of individuals: you and your friends. You all have personal relationships with each...

More Earthquakes This Year? Scientists Say 'No'

Rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a collapsed building in Yushu county in western China's Qinghai province on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. A series of strong earthquakes struck a far western Tibetan area of China on Wednesday, killing at least 400 people and injuring more than 10,000 as houses made of mud and wood collapsed, trapping many more, officials said. (AP Photo) Los Angeles has been all a-twitter about the apparent...

More Earthquakes This Year? Scientists Say 'No'

Rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a collapsed building in Yushu county in western China's Qinghai province on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. A series of strong earthquakes struck a far western Tibetan area of China on Wednesday, killing at least 400 people and injuring more than 10,000 as houses made of mud and wood collapsed, trapping many more, officials said. (AP Photo) Los Angeles has been all a-twitter about the apparent...

How To Build A Materialistic Teen

"When you grow up, the more money you have, the happier you are." "The only kind of job I want when I grow up is one that gets me a lot of money." These are statements that the majority of 9-14-year-olds agree with, and its got parents and teachers concerned. Many social scientists have concluded that today's teens are "...the most brand-oriented, consumer-involved, and materialistic generation in history."

How To Build A Materialistic Teen

"When you grow up, the more money you have, the happier you are." "The only kind of job I want when I grow up is one that gets me a lot of money." These are statements that the majority of 9-14-year-olds agree with, and its got parents and teachers concerned. Many social scientists have concluded that today's teens are "...the most brand-oriented, consumer-involved, and materialistic generation in history."

Think You're Green? Think Again.

Photo by poloroid-girl via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr You can't walk three steps down an aisle in any store without running into eco-friendly or "green" products. You probably have many of these products. Is your refrigerator or dishwasher Energy-star compliant? Do you have a paperless Kindle? Maybe bamboo guest towels in the bathroom? A Prius? Why do you have all of these products? Is it because you care about the environment? It is?...

Think You're Green? Think Again.

Photo by poloroid-girl via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr You can't walk three steps down an aisle in any store without running into eco-friendly or "green" products. You probably have many of these products. Is your refrigerator or dishwasher Energy-star compliant? Do you have a paperless Kindle? Maybe bamboo guest towels in the bathroom? A Prius? Why do you have all of these products? Is it because you care about the environment? It is?...

What's New at the California Science Center? A lot!

What if I told you that just minutes from downtown Los Angeles, situated between USC and the LA Memorial Coliseum in historic Exposition Park, there exists a kelp forest, which is home to more than 1,500 fish and other marine animals? Would you believe it? Well, you should, because this "Rainforest of the Sea" is just one part of a brand new permanent exhibition wing at the California Science Center. The California Science Center will...

What's New at the California Science Center? A lot!

What if I told you that just minutes from downtown Los Angeles, situated between USC and the LA Memorial Coliseum in historic Exposition Park, there exists a kelp forest, which is home to more than 1,500 fish and other marine animals? Would you believe it? Well, you should, because this "Rainforest of the Sea" is just one part of a brand new permanent exhibition wing at the California Science Center. The California Science Center will...

Happy Pi Day!

Tomorrow, March 14, is World Pi Day. For those not in the know, pi (π) is the Greek letter that stands for the ratio of the circumference (distance around) of a circle to its diameter (width). Pi is an irrational number, which means that it can't be expressed as a fraction. That also means that its decimal representation never ends or repeats - it continues on, and on, and on. Forever. Here's the first...

Time Change Science: Be Careful Tomorrow!

Photo by didier burton via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Did you remember to move your clocks forward last night? If you live in the United States (as well as many other countries), you did. How will that affect you and other people? Well, for one thing, you are more likely to suffer a heart attack tomorrow than on any other Monday of the year. Why? Almost all biochemical, physiological and behavioral...

Happy Pi Day!

Tomorrow, March 14, is World Pi Day. For those not in the know, pi (π) is the Greek letter that stands for the ratio of the circumference (distance around) of a circle to its diameter (width). Pi is an irrational number, which means that it can't be expressed as a fraction. That also means that its decimal representation never ends or repeats - it continues on, and on, and on. Forever. Here's the first...

Time Change Science: Be Careful Tomorrow!

Photo by didier burton via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Did you remember to move your clocks forward last night? If you live in the United States (as well as many other countries), you did. How will that affect you and other people? Well, for one thing, you are more likely to suffer a heart attack tomorrow than on any other Monday of the year. Why? Almost all biochemical, physiological and behavioral...

Early Habits

Children age 2 and younger spend two hours per day watching the tube. The average age at which infants begin watching programming designed for their age group (like Baby Einstein) is five months. Those who create and sell those DVDs often claim that they can encourage, or even jump-start, various aspects of cognitive and language development in children. A new study (read it in full) from the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, conducted...

Early Habits

Children age 2 and younger spend two hours per day watching the tube. The average age at which infants begin watching programming designed for their age group (like Baby Einstein) is five months. Those who create and sell those DVDs often claim that they can encourage, or even jump-start, various aspects of cognitive and language development in children. A new study (read it in full) from the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, conducted...

Yeah, We Knew That

Thirteen percent of UCLA undergrads join fraternities and sororities, and almost twenty-five percent of USC undergrads go Greek. According to a new study published in the journal Sex Roles, undergraduate women who join sororities are more likely to objectify themselves. In other words, they judge their own bodies from an outsider's perspective. They also display higher levels of disordered eating attitudes and behaviors, and show higher levels of body-related shame than those who don't...

Yeah, We Knew That

Thirteen percent of UCLA undergrads join fraternities and sororities, and almost twenty-five percent of USC undergrads go Greek. According to a new study published in the journal Sex Roles, undergraduate women who join sororities are more likely to objectify themselves. In other words, they judge their own bodies from an outsider's perspective. They also display higher levels of disordered eating attitudes and behaviors, and show higher levels of body-related shame than those who don't...

'A+' Attitude, 'A+' Results?

What do the letters "A" and "F" mean to you? If you're like most people, you associate "A" with success and "F" with failure. Psychologists Keith Ciani and Ken Sheldon from the University of Missouri wondered if subtly exposing students to the letters "A" or "F" before a test affected their performance. In one experiment, students completed identical exams, but some were labeled "Test Bank ID: A" and some were labeled "Test Bank ID:...

'A+' Attitude, 'A+' Results?

What do the letters "A" and "F" mean to you? If you're like most people, you associate "A" with success and "F" with failure. Psychologists Keith Ciani and Ken Sheldon from the University of Missouri wondered if subtly exposing students to the letters "A" or "F" before a test affected their performance. In one experiment, students completed identical exams, but some were labeled "Test Bank ID: A" and some were labeled "Test Bank ID:...

Robot Lizards

The famous Larchmont Lizard (read more about this guy here) (Photo by manmadepants via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr) Lots of Angelenos like to hike. Here at LAist, hiking seems pretty popular too. We've covered hikes in Franklin Canyon, Limekiln Canyon, Malibu, and of course, Griffith Park, among others. And what do all these hikes have in common? Good exercise, fantastic views, sweat, dirt, and lizards. Have you ever been hiking and...

Robot Lizards

The famous Larchmont Lizard (read more about this guy here) (Photo by manmadepants via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr) Lots of Angelenos like to hike. Here at LAist, hiking seems pretty popular too. We've covered hikes in Franklin Canyon, Limekiln Canyon, Malibu, and of course, Griffith Park, among others. And what do all these hikes have in common? Good exercise, fantastic views, sweat, dirt, and lizards. Have you ever been hiking and...

Hollywood Keeps You Entertained By Using Chaos Theory

What is it about some movies that keeps you entertained, while other movies just can't seem to hold your attention? Why do old movies sometimes just "feel" different from newer movies? The answer, according to cognitive psychologist James Cutting may lie in chaos theory. Cutting, along with two of his graduate students, Jordan DeLong and Christina Nothelfer, from Cornell University, recently published a paper in the journal Psychological Science, in which they deconstructed, frame...

Hollywood Keeps You Entertained By Using Chaos Theory

What is it about some movies that keeps you entertained, while other movies just can't seem to hold your attention? Why do old movies sometimes just "feel" different from newer movies? The answer, according to cognitive psychologist James Cutting may lie in chaos theory. Cutting, along with two of his graduate students, Jordan DeLong and Christina Nothelfer, from Cornell University, recently published a paper in the journal Psychological Science, in which they deconstructed, frame...

Can USC Film Students Make Learning Science More Engaging?

A new project called the “Creative Science Studio” or CS2, co-sponsored by the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the National Science Foundation (NSF), aims to connect scientists with filmmakers to “inspire mass media audiences about science..."

Can USC Film Students Make Learning Science More Engaging?

A new project called the “Creative Science Studio” or CS2, co-sponsored by the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the National Science Foundation (NSF), aims to connect scientists with filmmakers to “inspire mass media audiences about science..."

ScientIST: When Less is More

In 1892, psychologist William James wrote: "So we have the paradox of a man shamed to death because he is only the second pugilist or the second oarsman in the world. That he is able to beat the whole population of the globe minus one is nothing; he has 'pitted' himself to beat that one; and as long as he doesn't do that nothing else counts..."

ScientIST: When Less is More

In 1892, psychologist William James wrote: "So we have the paradox of a man shamed to death because he is only the second pugilist or the second oarsman in the world. That he is able to beat the whole population of the globe minus one is nothing; he has 'pitted' himself to beat that one; and as long as he doesn't do that nothing else counts..."

Starry Decisis: LAX Confidential

In the days before 9/11, the biggest hassle in airport travel was having to turn down the pleas of the old women in nurses costumes standing by the escalators. Now, after 9/11, the fake nurses are still there, but they move down the long security lines that line the curbs. In this age of strict airport regulation, it's surprising that airport solicitors and proselytizers didn't get the steel-toed boot a long time ago. Instead,...

Starry Decisis: LAX Confidential

In the days before 9/11, the biggest hassle in airport travel was having to turn down the pleas of the old women in nurses costumes standing by the escalators. Now, after 9/11, the fake nurses are still there, but they move down the long security lines that line the curbs. In this age of strict airport regulation, it's surprising that airport solicitors and proselytizers didn't get the steel-toed boot a long time ago. Instead,...

Starry Decisis: Our Bodies, Our Cells

As anyone who's seen Doc Hollywood knows, Los Angeles has a fairly secure footing in the medical community, or at least the cosmetical medical community. The city is also home to one of the world's premiere research hospitals, the UCLA Medical Center, which recently benefited from a $200 million donation by David Geffen. Last year, the hospital suffered a PR blow when one of the workers in its morgue was arrested for selling body...

Starry Decisis: Our Bodies, Our Cells

As anyone who's seen Doc Hollywood knows, Los Angeles has a fairly secure footing in the medical community, or at least the cosmetical medical community. The city is also home to one of the world's premiere research hospitals, the UCLA Medical Center, which recently benefited from a $200 million donation by David Geffen. Last year, the hospital suffered a PR blow when one of the workers in its morgue was arrested for selling body...

Starry Decisis: The Ex Files

Cynics of the world will not be surprised to find out that divorce became a whole lot easier thanks to a Los Angeles case. Citizens of this city of exes have a bad rap for treating marriage like, well, a bad wrap - chucking it easily into the nearest trash can. Yet, the legal decision that makes divorce doable evinces nothing but the highest respect for institution of marriage. It's a case worth revisiting,...

Starry Decisis: The Ex Files

Cynics of the world will not be surprised to find out that divorce became a whole lot easier thanks to a Los Angeles case. Citizens of this city of exes have a bad rap for treating marriage like, well, a bad wrap - chucking it easily into the nearest trash can. Yet, the legal decision that makes divorce doable evinces nothing but the highest respect for institution of marriage. It's a case worth revisiting,...

Starry Decisis: Los Angeles's Lusty Legal History

This column is the first in a series of articles on important Supreme Court cases that have developed out of events in Los Angeles. "Stare Decisis" is the guiding principle of the American legal system - the court should "let the decision stand" and respect precedent for the sake of the rule of law. Even though it is known for shaping American pop culture, Los Angeles has shaped American legal culture in more ways...

Starry Decisis: Los Angeles's Lusty Legal History

This column is the first in a series of articles on important Supreme Court cases that have developed out of events in Los Angeles. "Stare Decisis" is the guiding principle of the American legal system - the court should "let the decision stand" and respect precedent for the sake of the rule of law. Even though it is known for shaping American pop culture, Los Angeles has shaped American legal culture in more ways...

Yahoo! Picked LAist

We're proud to announce that LAist was a Yahoo! Pick of the Day last week! We hope any new readers enjoy our take on life in LA......

Yahoo! Picked LAist

We're proud to announce that LAist was a Yahoo! Pick of the Day last week! We hope any new readers enjoy our take on life in LA......

Letter from the Publisher

Today marks the beginning of public beta for LAist.com. If all goes well, after a week or so we'll take off the beta label and launch the site officially. We're thrilled to be bringing the Gothamist brand of optimistic, city-centric blogging to the West Coast. Los Angeles means a lot to Gothamist- in fact, we're moving the whole Gothamist operation over to LA for two weeks in August, when one of us will be getting...

Letter from the Publisher

Today marks the beginning of public beta for LAist.com. If all goes well, after a week or so we'll take off the beta label and launch the site officially. We're thrilled to be bringing the Gothamist brand of optimistic, city-centric blogging to the West Coast. Los Angeles means a lot to Gothamist- in fact, we're moving the whole Gothamist operation over to LA for two weeks in August, when one of us will be getting...

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