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Write, Then Write Some More: Writing Tips From 29 Authors

If you’ve ever wanted to sit down with your favorite author, grab him or her by the shoulders, and ask <i>How?</i>, you’re not alone.<p>Plenty of people want to know exactly how authors do it — grind through the doubt, become inspired, write, get published, and start all over again. In fact, so many people …

World’s top exorcist saw the Devil in Harry Potter, yoga, and thousands of middle-aged, middle-class women

Father Gabriele Amorth, who has died at age 91, was the Catholic Church’s best-known and most controversial exorcist, and honorary president for life …

New algorithm accurately identifies depression using Instagram photos

We’ve long associated color with emotion. Intuitively, each of us associates colors with feelings. Brighter colors often signify good moods, while neutrals and grays are typically associated with negative feelings.<p>This simple concept led researchers Andrew Reece (Harvard) and Chris Danforth …

Mars-Like Environment Lies Deep Beneath Earth's Surface

While NASA discusses how to one day send humans to Mars, a group of scientists has delved more than a half-mile (1.1 kilometers) beneath the Earth's …

5 SoCal Serial Killers Still on the Loose

While it's been some time since we've had an active serial killer stalking the Hollywood Hills or other parts of the region, there are still Southern …

Here's How Much You Need to Save to Buy a Typical L.A. House

A new analysis by realtor.com looked at median home prices in America's 15 largest cities to come up with an estimate of how much you'd need to save …

Scientists still have questions about the mysterious Eye of the Sahara

For millennia, the Eye of the Sahara was hiding in plain sight.<p>That's because this huge and mysterious geologic formation is hard to spot from ground level, walking around on Earth.<p>It turns out that we really discovered this incredible bull's-eye in the sand only when we began sending humans into …

6 of L.A.'s Greatest Urban Legends

Here, then, are our six favorite urban legends:<p><b>6. Earthquake weather</b><p>The idea that a certain kind of weather precedes or even causes earthquakes is …

Yes, L.A. Drivers Suck

But you're go-getters. And when you get up and go, you're some of the very worst drivers in the United States, according to a new report from …

Prefab steel frame makes California net zero home a breeze to build

Mark Jacobson is the head of the Atmosphere and Energy Program at Stanford University. Having initially wanted to avoid having a house built, he was …

He Kills. He Rapes. And He's on the Loose in California.

The killer operated from 1976 to 1986, committing 12 murders, about 45 rapes and dozens of home break-ins, the bureau says.<p>He's known more for his …

People Are Leaving L.A. Because it's Just Too Damn Expensive (MAP)

We have the least affordable rents in the nation. And you'd officially have to be wealthy to afford just a median-priced ($600,000!) home in this …

The 20 Best Songs Ever Written About L.A. (VIDEO)

Dr. Dre<p>Photo by Jay Blakesberg<p><b>20. Dr. Dre, "Let Me Ride"</b><br>In 1992, all eyes were on Los Angeles. On April 29, the four white LAPD officers who had been …

SF ice pick stabbing leaves man fighting for his life

A pair of stabbings in San Francisco left two men hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, including one who was attacked on a Tenderloin street by an assailant wielding an ice pick, police said Wednesday.<p>Police were searching for up to six people involved in the two unrelated attacks, …

Display manufacturing supplier gives more evidence for OLED iPhone in 2017

Applied Materials, a firm that makes equipment to build screens for smartphones, is reporting a huge leap in orders, reports <i>Bloomberg</i>. The four-fold increase adds credence to a series of reports claiming that Apple is planning a brighter, 5.8-inch OLED display in an iPhone for a 2017 launch.<p>The …