July 11, 2013 |
Care to go for a hike in a national park? How about one on the moon? A bill introduced in Congress would protect U.S. Apollo lunar landing sites by making the detritus that astronauts left behind a part of the national park system. It may sound like a loony proposal, but the Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act, or HR 2617, would seek to protect the spots where the Apollo missions left an artifact on the moon from 1969 to 1972. The U.S. hasn't sent a human to the moon in decades, and hasn't announced any plans to return anytime soon.
July 9, 2013 |
Like it were planned, and perhaps it was, American fans of Chris O'Dowd left bereft by the end of Christopher Guest's HBO series "Family Tree" may jump, as from a lovely frying pan into a really nice fire, to O'Dowd's own "Moone Boy," which begins streaming Wednesday on Hulu. As it happens - and not surprisingly, given that the improvisatory "Family Tree" made much use of O'Dowd's own voice - the two series have a lot in common. Both are sweet and a little eccentric, interested in small things and informed by the creator-star's seeming good nature, though perhaps that is just the soft music of the accent.
July 4, 2013 |
L.A. Times TV critic Robert Lloyd highlights the week's television: "Drunk History" (Comedy Central, Tuesdays) . A great and terrible idea that yields hilarity pretty consistently: Heavily intoxicated narrators (comics, comic actors) retell episodes from history as accurately as they can manage; other comic actors (and assorted ringers), costumed and bewigged, mouth the speaker's words as dialogue in what might be called ahistorical reenactments. Offering actual drunkenness rather than play-drunkenness as something to laugh at feels a little fraught, morally, and, indeed, there will be those for whom the whole enterprise (originally created by Derek Waters, who hosts, for the website Funny or Die)
July 2, 2013 |
All the Pledge in the world couldn't keep the dust off a lunar rover parked in the wrong part of the moon, according to a new study. Presenting at a meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society in Scotland, Farideh Honary of the University of Lancaster used computer simulations to show that moon dust becomes electrically charged, like a plasma, in a region of the moon called “the terminator.” This region is at the boundary between night and...
July 2, 2013 |
Sorry, William Shatner. The International Astronomical Union decided not to name either of Pluto's two smallest moons after Mr. Spock's home planet of Vulcan, despite an online campaign that garnered global support for the “Star Trek” star's suggestion. Vulcan was the top vote-getter during a “Pluto Rocks” contest to come up with official names for the moons previously known as P4 and P5. According to results released by election organizer Mark Showalter , a planetary astronomer with the SETI Institute, Vulcan blew away the competition with 174,062 votes from people all over the world.
June 28, 2013 |
The setting of Benjamin Percy's "Red Moon" - an alternative universe in which humans and lycans coexist - may seem unhappily familiar to anyone familiar with the words "Team Edward" or "Team Jacob. " Readers will also encounter teen angst, thuggery, interspecies love, domestic terrorism, torture and, upon occasion, tenderness and yearning. The movie rights have been sold and the novel's conclusion can signal only one thing: sequel. But banish all thoughts of "Twilight" - Percy has something far more ambitious in mind: an intelligent, topical thriller that also serves as a social commentary on the culture at large.
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June 22, 2013 |
The largest and brightest full moon of 2013 will light up the sky this weekend when it passes the closest point to the Earth in its elliptical orbit. The so-called supermoon will reach its closest distance to the Earth at exactly 4:32 a.m. PDT Sunday, but both Saturday night and Sunday morning will offer good opportunities to observe the spectacle, according to NASA. The supermoon will be up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon. When the moon reaches its perigee, it will be just 221,824 miles away from Earth -- or 16,176 miles closer than usual.
June 21, 2013 |
It's supermoon time. Look to the sky this weekend to see the biggest, fullest and brightest moon of 2013. The supermoon is the largest full moon of the year. On Sunday at 4:32 a.m. PDT the moon will be at its most full, just 22 minutes after it passes the closest point to the Earth in its eliptical orbit around our planet. The average distance of the moon from the Earth is 238,000 miles. On Sunday morning, it will be just 221,824 miles away -- or 16,176 miles closer than usual.
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June 17, 2013 |
I don't know what her students' test scores are like, or what her principal thinks. But I do know that if I had a child in third grade, I'd want someone like Kaylie Gomez to teach her. Gomez is a rookie teacher at a tiny charter school in South Los Angeles. She's got 23 students in her class at Wisdom Academy for Young Scientists. I met them this spring on a field trip they took to Cal State Northridge. I'd received a personal invitation in the mail, handwritten and decorated by Gomez's students.
June 3, 2013 |
UFO watchers' eyes were set ablaze recently by reports of what looked like a stony rodent lurking among the rocks on Mars. The so-called Mars rat, spotted in an image taken last year by the NASA rover Curiosity's Mast Camera, captured imaginations even as it inspired several new parody Twitter accounts. But, just so it's clear, this Red Planet rodent - which looks rather more like a guinea pig to this reporter's eye - is no more real than the Man in the Moon. In fact, the rat likely comes from the same source as that lunar visage: the human brain.