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Remember the Music

Scientists are trying to find out why an individual who loses his/her memory can still remember music:

Amazing Arachnid

Darwin's bark spider has the toughest silk of all and is therefore capable of creating the biggest webs in the world, including some that span rivers (story and video):

A Tangled Web

What happens when scientists apply the math used to model natural systems to the global economy? We find out that Occupy Wall Street has been right all along:

Cold Enough fer Ya?

Sixteen-year-old Amelia Hempleman-Adams (whose dad has summited the seven highest peaks) prepares to ski the South Pole by camping in a freezer (video):

Do You Believe in Magic?

Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting techno-illusionist Marco Tempest and his magic iPods! (video):


Cicada magazine for children ages 14 and up is taking submissions of stories, poetry, or artwork on the topic Change: . The winners will be published in upcoming issues!

See the Tree!

The nation's Christmas tree is stopping in L.A. on its way to Washington. The Autry museum gets the honors and has planned a lovely family event around it:

Yeah, and How Many Did They Consume?

The making of the "In Your Arms" music video ~ two years, 288,000 jelly beans, and a WHOLE lot of ingenuity (video):!

Squash History

No, not "squash," the verb, but "squash," the noun! Seeds from 12,000 years ago were found in caves in Equador, and the Iroquois planted them next to two other crops that, together, they called the "Three Sisters":

Forever No More

female Black Western Rhino Hubert Planton
The Western Black Rhinoceros has been declared extinct. Here's the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species, a work in progress (story and video):

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Primordial Stars

It turns out that the first stars were only tens of times the mass of our sun, not hundreds of times, as we had previously thought (duh):

Things To Do ~ Nov. 11 & Beyond

Nov. 11 ~ Veterans' Day Malibu Ceremony, Malibu Legacy Park, Malibu:

Nov. 11 ~ Celebrate Veterans' Day, Nixon Library, Yorba Linda:

Nov. 11-13 ~ Free Entrance Day at the National Parks:

Nov. 11-Jan 16 ~ ICE outdoor skating rink, Santa Monica:

Through Nov. 12 ~ LA5: Sculpture That Shaped the City, PYO Gallery, downtown:

Nov. 12 ~ Dragonflies That Dazzle, King Gillette Ranch, Calabasas:

Nov. 12 ~ Target Free Family Saturdays: "Planet Power," Japanese American National Museum, downtown:

Nov. 12 ~ Safari As a Way of Life Launch Party,  Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism, Malibu:

Nov. 12 ~ Carl Stone: Sonic Excursions From Al-Noor to Zang, Getty Center, Los Angeles:

Nov. 12, 13, 14 ~ Residency: Diavolo Dance Theater open rehearsals, the Plaza, Music Center, downtown:

Things To Do ~ Nov. 4 & Beyond

Nov. 4 ~ The Music of Dirk Fischer, Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita:

Nov. 5 ~ L.A. Opera Open House, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, downtown:

Nov. 5 ~ Peace and Rhythm, Promenade Park, Long Beach:

Nov. 5 ~ 15th Annual Long Beach Veterans' Day Parade, Atlantic Boulevard and Harding Street, Long Beach:

Nov. 5 ~ Art Exhibit in Celebration of Will Rogers's Birthday, Will Rogers State Historic Park, Pacific Palisades:

Nov. 5 ~ Andrew & Polly Mini-Concert, Children's Book World, Los Angeles:

Nov. 5 ~ Theodore Boone and the Thrill of Rights, Geffen Playhouse, Westwood:

Nov. 5-6 ~ Japanese Garden Festival, Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge:

Through Nov. 6 ~ Spider Pavilion, Natural History Museum, Los Angeles:

Nov. 6 ~ Daylight Saving Time ends ~ time to fall back!:

Nov. 6 ~ 11th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival, Canoga Park:

Baby Berg

Scientists are excited about the upcoming birth of a new iceberg, this one approximately the size of New York City or Berlin:

A Poem As Lovely As a 朳

American and Chinese poems are being translated in the latest exercise in cultural exchange and understanding (video):