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ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2012
The sci-fi action flick "Battleship" got off to a solid start overseas this past weekend, grossing $58 million in 26 foreign countries. That sounds good — until you compare it with the receipts for "Titanic 3D," which has collected that much in China alone. Indeed, the revamped version of James Cameron's 1997 classic posted the biggest opening of all time in China, surpassing the $55-million debut of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" last year. The film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet dominated at the international box office this weekend, raking in $88.2 million from 69 foreign markets and bringing its total abroad to $146.5 million, according to distributor 20th Century Fox. Upon its release in China 14 years ago, "Titanic" played in only 180 theaters, compared with the 3,500 locations the 3-D reissue screened in over the weekend.
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NATIONAL
February 11, 2011 | By Andrew Zajac, Washington Bureau
Three-dimensional mammogram technology, which could reduce the number of women who need additional screening for breast cancer, received approval Friday from the Food and Drug Administration. But experts and advocacy groups were divided over how helpful the new images would be. About 10% of women require follow-up screening because their first set of mammograms is not clear enough, which 3-D images might help resolve, said Kristin Byrne, chief of breast imaging for New York's Lenox Hill Hospital.
SCIENCE
December 8, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
These bots were made for walking - out of rat heart cells and hydrogel. Scientists have paired these unlikely ingredients to create simple biological machines that look something like a front-loaded inchworm and can step their way through fluid at speeds up to 236 micrometers per second. Bioengineers working at the boundary between organics and mechanics dream of harnessing the power of biology's nuts and bolts. Some have built tweezers out of DNA; others have made sensors by sticking bacteria on a chip.
SCIENCE
April 4, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Scientists have built a 3-D printer that creates material resembling human tissues. The novel substance, a deceptively simple network of water droplets coated in lipids, could one day be used to deliver drugs to the body -- or perhaps even to replace damaged tissue in living organs. The creation, described in the journal Science, consists of lipid bilayers separating droplets of water -- rather like cell membranes, whose double layers allow the body's cells to mesh with their watery environments while still protecting their contents.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2006 | Cynthia H. Cho, Times Staff Writer
Parsons Corp., a Pasadena-based engineering and construction company, said it had bought 3D/International, a Houston-based company that specializes in designing and constructing schools and public buildings. "We had been looking for an entity that could fill out our skills and resources" in the educational world, said Charles Harrington, president of Parsons Commercial Technology Group, a unit with about 2,500 workers. The transaction was announced late Thursday. The price was not disclosed.
BUSINESS
December 17, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood isn't seeing as much green in 3-D re-releases as it had hoped. Considered an easy new revenue source after the 3-D re-release of Walt Disney Studios' "The Lion King" popped out of the screen and grossed nearly $100 million last year, most such follow-ups have landed with a thud in 2012. Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and "Finding Nemo" were both disappointments, grossing $47.6 million and $40.7 million, respectively, in the U.S. and Canada. Twentieth Century Fox and Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" took in a similarly unimpressive $43.5 million in February.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Members of the British boy band One Direction are making the most of their moment. The band brought its new ballad, the all-warm-and-gooey "Little Things," to the set of NBC's "Today" show Tuesday morning and then the guys revealed that they're taking their act to the big screen.  "We are gonna do our first-ever movie," said Niall Horan, adding that it's " going to be in 3-D. " The film is scheduled to be in theaters Aug. 30, 2013, and...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik
When Matt Pitts, a writer on "Fringe" and a former assistant to J.J. Abrams, recently began shopping his first film script to movie studios, he knew he had a marketable idea on his hands. The title of his screenplay, after all, was " Spring Break Zombie Cruise" and its storyline followed, well, just that. But the prospect of flesh-eating creatures stalking beautiful young bodies wasn't his script's main hook. The element to catch a studio mogul's eye? A plan to shoot the project in 3-D. "In my mind it just added that extra ounce of fun," Pitts says.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2011
'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' MPAA rating: R for strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Playing: In general release
BUSINESS
January 9, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LAS VEGAS -- Even though 3D printing is all the rage at the Consumer Electronics Show, many people outside the industry are still puzzled by all the fuss. "Explain 3D printers to me. Why are they useful?" one non-techie friend of mine tweeted me this week, after I posted a picture of a 3D printer at the show. By the way, there are 28 3D printing exhibitors at the show, up from just eight in 2013, according to Gary Shapiro, the president and chief executive of the Consumer Electronics Assn., which organizes the show.
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