Week in science: Oil spill threat spreads | James Cameron helping to bring 3-D to Mars | A monster jellyfish of the deep

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Image: Dr. Erica Miller, left, and Danene Birtell with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research work Friday to help a Northern Gannet bird, normally white when full grown, which is covered in oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico, at a facility in Fort Jackson, La. (AP Image)

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    The still-spreading Gult Coast oil spill is threatening to become a full-fledged environmental disaster that may eclipse Exxon Valdez in cost and impact. [WaPo]

    • Today, the Obama administration put pressure on BP America to do more to stop the leak and clean up its aftermath. [NYT]
      • Experts and volunteers are scrambling to aid the wildlife affected by the spill. [Discovery News]

        Image: This satellite photo provided by NASA shows the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico as it closes in on the Pass a Loutre area of Plaquemines Parish, La. (NASA photo)

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        Weekend guide: All the Doo Dah day; South Pasadena turns up the volume; and the Homestead Museum takes you back in time

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        Saturday, May 1
        • Doo Dah Parade
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        It’s that time again; Pull your crazy hat out of the closet for the 34th occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. It’s the best free fun you could imagine, and by fun we mean hanging with the zaniest of the Pasadena underground as they shed their inhibitions (Ed. note: Did they have any?) kinda like your crazy aunt Margie did that one time after imbibing too much sherry on Thanksgiving. On Doo Dah day, they’re not-so-underground anymore, invading the normally-staid Pasadena streets in the form of more than 1,000 marchers, each of them wearing their wacky, wacky hearts on their sleeves. Take in your perennial favorites like the Men of Leisure and the BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill Team along with the regal new Queen Erica Valentine, the Electric Squirrels, Martinis in the Morning and the Howdy Krishna. This year, the parade moves eastward for the first time in its colorful history.
        Saturday, 11 a.m., kick-off at Colorado Boulevard between Sierra Madre and San Gabriel boulevards, free, (626) 590-1134, pasadenadoodahparade.info, live-streaming at doodahlive.com

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        Nose Diving: It’s a wine world (after all) at Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival

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        Nose Diving is a feature column, in which a novice wine writer fumbles toward grace.
        My feet are dangling freely as we coast, hang-glider style, over the vast expanse of California below us. It’s a gloriously sunny day as we float by the majestic Golden Gate Bridge; seconds later, we’re looking down on the winding Redwood Creek watershed.
        Then, it’s on to Napa. I think, “Mmm, let’s stop for a drink.”
        And how fortuitous: Outside this popular simulator ride at Disney’s California Adventure — Soarin’ Over California, it’s called — the theme park’s fifth annual California Food & Wine Festival is just kicking off.

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        Photos: Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Rose Bowl

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        Organizers of Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks announced today that the Saturday event at the Rose Bowl raised more than $1 million.

        Thousands of walkers turned out to raise money and awareness for autism research.

        More photos after the jump.

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        Photos: Raquel Welch book signing at Vroman’s in Pasadena

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        Last Thursday was a good one for celebrity sightings – and signings — in Pasadena.
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        Tim Gunn was doling out fashion tips at Kate Spade in the One Colorado complex, and Raquel Welch was signing copies of her book “Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage” at Vroman’s Bookstore.
        The book is partly Welch’s own autobiography — beyond the surface image of enduring sex symbol — and partly her philosophical take on topics like love, sex, style, health, body image, career, family, forgiveness and aging.
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        Week in science: Hubble telescope celebrates 20 years | Spitzer ‘tastes’ a methane-free planetary puzzler | Adoptive parents bring biases to process

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          The Hubble Space Telescope is celebrating its 20th anniversary. In the spirit of the occasion, the famous telescope has captured this phantasmagorical image deep within the Carina Nebula. Not too shabby for a telescope with two decades under its belt. NASA and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team describe it best: “This craggy fantasy mountaintop enshrouded by wispy clouds looks like a bizarre landscape from Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ or a Dr. Seuss book, depending on your imagination. The NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, which is even more dramatic than fiction, captures the chaotic activity atop a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby bright stars. The pillar is also being assaulted from within, as infant stars buried inside it fire off jets of gas that can be seen streaming from towering peaks.” [NASA and Discovery News]

        Image: Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 observed the pillar of gas and dust within the Carina Nebula, 7,500 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina. (NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team)

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        Lecture and tour: Lloyd Wright, architect of sunshine and shadow

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        Architectural historian and writer Dana Hutt reconstructs in a May 1 lecture the story of Lloyd Wright, eldest son of Frank Lloyd, who moved to Los Angeles before his father had even built his first structure in the city.
        The younger Wright designed buildings and landscapes in the vein of his father’s pioneering modern style, but the stamp of Southern California and its brash vitality was all his own.
        Photo, at top: Lloyd Wright’s Journey’s End/Gainsburg House in La Caada Flintridge. (Credit: Michael J. Murray)

        More photos plus lecture and tour details after the jump.

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        Botanical jewelry at Saturday’s Art on Palm showcase in Altadena

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        Altadena jewelry maker Ellen Dinerman will be part of Sunday’s Art on Palm showcase, featuring ceramics, glass, textiles, painting, collage, woodworking, photography and jewelry by 30 local artists and designers.
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        Dinerman’s work has roots in nature: Many of her pieces are inspired by the natural world, refashioned in silver or brass and accented by stones and beads.
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        She told Michelle Mills of the Star-News: “Sometimes I see something and I think, ‘What a fabulous shape!’ and I can see how it would be an interesting shape translated into another material. Then I take the actual seed and make a mold of it.”
        Dinerman is also a featured jewelry designer for the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, where her organic-inspired designs feel, well, natural.
        Visit ellendinerman.com and shop online at etsy.com
        More photos after the jump.

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        Tim Gunn of ‘Project Runway’ makes an appearance at Kate Spade in Pasadena

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        “If getting fashion right were easy, everyone would look fabulous. This is a pretty good-looking Kate Spade crowd, but not everyone does look fabulous.”
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        – Tim Gunn, telling it like it is, at Kate Spade yesterday in Old Pasadena
        Make it work, people!
        More at the Star-News.