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August 13, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
With the exception of 2004, director Christopher Nolan has had a movie come out in every even year dating back to the 1990s. That will continue with his ambitious sci-fi project “Interstellar,” due in November 2014. A random bit of trivia, to be sure, but a timely one as domestic distributor Paramount and worldwide studio Warner Bros. announced he's begun shooting the new film in Alberta. Even before the first camera whirred on, plenty has been written about the project, which concerns a group of human explorers jumping through space.
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March 5, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," the new, 13-episode documentary series, premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on Fox, National Geographic and eight other affiliated cable networks -- not to mention 220 channels in 181 countries around the globe.  The project is a reboot of the landmark 1980 PBS series, "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," created and hosted by astronomer Carl Sagan and aims to introduce the wonders of science to a new generation. (For those of you unfamiliar with the original, this weekend NatGeo will air a marathon of all 13 episodes.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
Artist Trevor Paglen has quite literally launched an exhibition of global - and intergalactic -- scope.  He sent an archival disc of photographs -- called “The Last Pictures” -- into outer space Tuesday, meant to orbit Earth for billions of years. Paglen consulted with scientists, artists, philosophers, historians, astronomers, physicists and cultural theorists to whittle down human history into 100 photographs that make a cultural statement about our civilization. He then micro-etched the images onto a disc that was encased in a gold shell designed at MIT and Carleton College.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
"Performing in space is such an honor. " Who else but Lady Gaga could utter such a phrase and still be taken seriously? "I want to challenge myself to come up with something that will not only bring everyone together but will also have a message of love that blasts into the beyond," she says in the March issue of Harper's Bazaar , referring to her planned one-song performance on a Virgin Galactic flight, which was announced back in November....
SPORTS
December 10, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Monday's edition of our NFL Google+ hangout -- "NFL Slam with Mark and Sam," with Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer and Mark Thompson of "Mark and Brian" radio fame -- covered a host of topics. One was Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who has come back from an injured knee to put together another amazing season. Thompson: "You know, I don't know anything about an ACL injury. I don't know what it is, but I heard that most of the people who suffered the injury, it takes them two years to come back.
MAGAZINE
June 2, 1996 | David Wong Louie, Louie is an assistant professor in UCLA's English Department and Asian-American Studies Center. His story collection "Pangs of Love" won The Times' Art Seidenbaum Award for first fiction in 1991. This story is taken from his novel-in-progress, "The Barbarians Are Coming," due in 1997 from Alfred A. Knopf. "A lot of people who find themselves in relationships wake up one day--two kids deep in it--and realize they're not where they belong," Louie says
Sterling opens the front door, and the sight of the spaceman there almost kills him. It's too much, especially that hour of the morning--his goldfish-bowl head opaque like a Mafioso's limo, his smooth reflective glass face. He talks at Sterling, but all Sterling hears are muffled sounds, "Vuhvahvuhouhvuh . . . ." Behind the astronaut are two more spacemen who Sterling has not noticed until now.
NEWS
July 8, 2013 | By Carla Hall
When I read Monday that it was the 66th anniversary of the notorious report of a flying disk crashing to Earth on a ranch near Roswell, N.M., sparking endless theories that it was an alien spacecraft, I couldn't help but remember my own summer years ago looking for life in outer space. My search, though, didn't involve hunting down reverse-engineered spacecraft or photographing the sky for strange forms. Instead, I sat at a desk in an astronomer's office at the University of Chicago running a routine data reduction program on radio telescope data and cataloging the basic descriptions of the stars that telescope had been pointed at. And it was more thrilling than scanning the night sky for little green men because this project carried the possibility of really finding something legitimately extraterrestrial.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 1988 | Ellen Farley
As with any project involving Steven Spielberg and his Ambling Ent., there's extreme secrecy regarding exactly what happens in the Pepsi commercial that begins shooting in L.A. later this month featuring the famous visitor from outer space, E.T. But we have gleaned a few tidbits. * According to Ambling spokesman Marvin Levy, E.T. will speak in the ads. * The spots will promote "E.T." videocassettes, which MCA Home Video puts on sale Oct. 27.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
"Performing in space is such an honor. " Who else but Lady Gaga could utter such a phrase and still be taken seriously? "I want to challenge myself to come up with something that will not only bring everyone together but will also have a message of love that blasts into the beyond," she says in the March issue of Harper's Bazaar , referring to her planned one-song performance on a Virgin Galactic flight, which was announced back in November....
HOME & GARDEN
January 24, 2009 | Chris Iovenko
Architecture aficionados sometimes liken Bart Prince's soaring, layered residential designs to the work of John Lautner and Frank Lloyd Wright, but drive by one of his projects in a pleasant, tree-lined South Pasadena neighborhood, and you'd never suspect what hides behind the unassuming exterior. Perhaps the biggest clue is the entrance, set at the far side of the house, recessed under the roof and tucked behind an elegant curved-stone planter filled with blossoming bird of paradise.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Darcey Steinke
Jenny Offill's riveting new novel, "Dept. of Speculation," is steeped in weird and geeky facts. It opens, for example, with the information that antelope have "10x vision" and on a clear night can see the rings of Saturn. It's a fitting beginning to a book that combines eclectic minutia with a laser-like narrative of a family on the edge of dissolution. The wife, the novel's nameless main character, is in crisis, threatened by abandonment. This has fragmented her interior life, and Offill's prose reflects this chaos: paragraphs shatter, surreal details rise up and into the narrative.
SPORTS
October 31, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
The New Orleans Pelicans have unveiled their new mascot. His name is “Pierre the Pelican,” but some critics think he resembles a feathered version of "Chucky. " Pierre replaces sweet "Hugo The Hornet" following the NBA team's name change in April. Pierre has a freakishly large red beak that's wide open as if he's about to eat you and his eyes seem slightly crazed. Here's some reaction around Twitter to Pierre.     The Pelicans mascot looks like a cross between Howard the Duck and the clowns from Killer Klowns from Outer Space.
SCIENCE
October 28, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Even the United Nations is taking the threat of asteroids hitting our planet seriously. Last week, the U.N. General Assembly approved measures to coordinate detection and response to asteroid strikes that could level cities and possibly destroy our civilization. Specifically, the agency voted to create an International Asteroid Warning Network made up of scientists, observatories and space agencies around the planet to share information about newly discovered asteroids and how likely they are to impact Earth.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron says he had gotten blasé about filmmaking when his son Jonas revived him. "Jonas injected an energy into the movie that I had lost," Cuaron told the Mexico daily Reforma. "I had become distant from a certain enjoyment of the film experience and the entertainment. " Cuaron is in his native Mexico this week promoting the film, which opens here Friday. He has been joined by Jonas, who co-wrote the screenplay with his father. PHOTOS: Scenes from 'Gravity' That energy is a good thing, many fans would say. "Gravity" broke records as it soared to be the top-grossing film in the U.S. in its first couple of weeks, marking the strongest October opening ever.
WORLD
October 15, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A quirky habit of German insomniacs and "chill-out" music fans has come to world attention thanks to the U.S. government shutdown. "Space Night," a nearly 20-year-old late-night broadcast by Bavarian Television, provides a music-sharing platform against a backdrop of NASA's video feed from the International Space Station. But the 15-day-old U.S. government shutdown has idled the NASA archivists responsible for relaying the imagery beyond Mission Control, cutting off fresh backdrops to mix with the music for "Space Night" broadcasts that were to have launched a new season Nov. 1. NASA archivists were put on unpaid leave at the start of October, when 700,000 government workers whose jobs weren't deemed essential to defense and security were furloughed until the contentious U.S. Congress passes a budget for the new fiscal year.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Gravity" is out of this world. Words can do little to convey the visual astonishment this space opera creates. It is a film whose impact must be experienced in 3-D on a theatrical screen to be fully understood. Though the strong work of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney - the only two actors who appear on camera - is essential to what the film accomplishes, the great lure of "Gravity" is the way director Alfonso Cuarón, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and visual effects supervisor Tim Webber have collaborated to make us feel we're stranded in outer space ourselves, no questions asked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2001 | K.C. COLE
Science has a long history of making strange bedfellows. The steady, stately orbits of heavenly bodies are intimately connected with the unpredictable plop of falling apples from a tree. Electric sparks are tied to magnetic attraction. Waves are the flip side of particles. No one understood this better than Albert Einstein, who showed that time is entangled with space, gravity is in the grip of geometry and matter is a "frozen" form of energy.
NEWS
May 4, 1988 | Associated Press
One day after an uproar about the use of astrology at the White House, President Reagan said today he often wonders what would happen if the Earth were invaded by "a power from outer space." Reagan made the comment during a question and answer session after a Chicago speech when someone asked what he felt was the most important need in international relations.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2013 | By Shan Li
NASA is planning to send a 3-D printer into space and use it as a mini factory to churn out tools and instruments, sparing astronauts the hassle of lugging spare parts on each mission, according to a report. The printer is slated to go into space in the fall of 2014 on a supply mission, Associated Press said. NASA engineers envision a time when 3-D printers can print virtually any part that is needed and avert potential catastrophes in outer space. PHOTOS: Best states for doing business in 2013 "Any time we realize we can 3-D print something in space, it's like Christmas," Andrew Filo, a consultant with NASA on the printing project, told AP. "You can get rid of concepts like rationing, scarce or irreplaceable.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
With the exception of 2004, director Christopher Nolan has had a movie come out in every even year dating back to the 1990s. That will continue with his ambitious sci-fi project “Interstellar,” due in November 2014. A random bit of trivia, to be sure, but a timely one as domestic distributor Paramount and worldwide studio Warner Bros. announced he's begun shooting the new film in Alberta. Even before the first camera whirred on, plenty has been written about the project, which concerns a group of human explorers jumping through space.
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