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2006-08-30 01:25:00

By Carly Mayberry LOS ANGELES -- Men's cable channel Spike TV is joining other Viacom properties that have taken their content digital in a significant way with Wednesday's official launch of a broadband player on SpikeTV.com. PC and Mac users can access the Flash-based player to view original programming as well as content tied to the cable channel itself and a "cam-in" feature where users can interact with Spike talent during live events. Steve Farrell, Spike vp digital media, divided the...

2006-07-25 00:10:00

By Amanda Beck NEW YORK -- The longest foot race in the world is 3,100 miles, long enough to stretch from New York to Los Angeles. Those who run it choose a different route, however: they circle one city block in Queens; for two months straight. The athletes lap their block more than 5,000 times. They wear out 12 pairs of shoes. They run more than two marathons daily. In the heat and rain of a New York summer, they stop for virtually nothing except to sleep between midnight and 6 a.m. "I...

2006-07-06 06:30:00

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK -- A discerning guest at a Manhattan cocktail party removed a scorpion from its bed of cheese on an endive leaf and popped it in his mouth, determined to savour the taste unadulterated. "Nutty, sweet," was the verdict of Gourmet magazine food editor Ian Knauer at the recent soiree. "That's an antenna," he added, pointing to a morsel of cricket left poking through lips of his companion at the Explorers Club in New York, which likes to entertain its well-traveled...

2006-07-04 07:45:00

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK -- A discerning guest at a Manhattan cocktail party removed a scorpion from its bed of cheese atop an endive leaf and popped it in his mouth, determined to savor the taste unadulterated. "Nutty, sweet," was the verdict of Gourmet magazine food editor Ian Knauer at the recent soiree. "That's an antenna," he added, pointing to a morsel of cricket left poking through lips of his companion at the Explorers Club in New York, which likes to entertain its well-traveled...

2006-04-24 05:20:00

By Sheigh Crabtree LAS VEGAS -- "Titanic" director James Cameron, warning that Hollywood is "in a fight for survival," wants the movie industry to offer films in digital 3-D to counteract declining sales and rampant piracy. "Maybe we just need to fight back harder, come out blazing, not wither away and die," Cameron said during his keynote address Sunday at the National Association of Broadcasters' Digital Cinema Summit. "D-cinema can do it, for a number of reasons, but because d-cinema is an...

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2006-04-13 07:30:00

LOS ANGELES -- During the past four months, Apple iPods, Macs and other products have been featured 250 times on 38 different network primetime shows, including such hits as "CSI: NY" and "The O.C." That adds up to 26 minutes of free exposure for one of Hollywood's biggest brand stars, according to Nielsen's Place Views tracking service. With its cultural cachet and storied history of giving away tens of thousands of Apple computers to the Hollywood creative community, Apple has had perhaps...

2006-02-17 17:20:00

By Alexandria Sage LOS ANGELES - White clothing -- once banished after Labor Day -- is everywhere this February, from the fashion houses of New York's Fifth Avenue to middle America's mall. But some analysts worry that white may not translate into green. While fashionistas are applauding this spring's trend, white -- which has historically conjured up images of lawn tennis, yachting and cocktails on the veranda -- can also be problematic, some analysts say. Beyond the dirt-attracting nature...

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2005-11-18 04:30:00

By Gail Schiller LOS ANGELES -- Faced with promoting its movie version of C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe," a book that many readers consider a contemporary classic, the Walt Disney Co. decided to tread carefully with a "classy" promotional program that highlights the book's literary heritage. The movie, which opens December 9, will be linked to about 80 different brands ranging from Honey Nut Cheerios to Quilted Northern bath tissue to McDonald's...

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2005-11-04 06:15:00

Astrobiology Magazine -- Monkeys have a semantic perception of numbers that is like humans' and which is independent of language, Duke University cognitive neuroscientists have discovered. They said their findings demonstrate that the neural mechanism underlying numerical perception is evolutionarily primitive. Jessica Cantlon and Elizabeth Brannon described their findings with macaque monkeys in an article published online the week of Oct. 31, 2005, in the Early Edition of the Proceedings...

2005-07-28 16:30:00

WASHINGTON -- Tuna, swordfish and other species favored by fishing fleets gather in "hotspots" across the world's oceans -- but these are in serious decline, according to a survey published on Thursday. The hotspots -- off the east coasts of the United States, Australia, and Sri Lanka; south of Hawaii; and in the southeastern Pacific -- seem to be linked to a type of zooplankton, the researchers found to their surprise. Writing in the journal Science, they said overfishing had clearly caused...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'