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April 20, 1998
It's a beautiful Southern California day--the sky is blue and the waves are crashing on the shore. But did you realize that the sky appears blue because of what happens when the white light coming from the sun passes through our atmosphere? And that the waves are caused by the gravitational pull of the moon on the earth's oceans? Exploring these types of questions--What are the principles of nature? And how does the natural world work?--is what physics is all about.
April 12, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
The 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S is impressive enough in a straight line, ripping from zero to 60 in less than three seconds. But what happens on a smooth mountain road, at the apex of an uphill, right-hand sweeper, must be experienced to be believed. While G-forces are pressing your face sideways, the car seems to barely notice it is death-gripping a curve at 70 mph. This is a high-tech weapon aimed at the limits of physics. Lurking beneath the shapely body panels is an intelligent all-wheel-drive system, active aerodynamics and suspension, twin-turbocharging, torque vectoring, and rear-wheel steering, among other delights.
July 3, 2011 | By Sara Lippincott, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For the Love of Physics From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time — A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics Walter Lewin, with Warren Goldstein Free Press, 302 pp., $26 For more than 30 years, the pioneering X-ray astrophysicist Walter Lewin taught core curriculum physics courses to undergraduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For this alone, he probably ought to be put on the fast track for canonization. To most career physicists in exalted places like MIT and Caltech, undergraduates are things you bump into in the hall.
April 5, 2014 | By Hillel Italie
Peter Matthiessen, a rich man's son who rejected a life of ease in favor of physical and spiritual challenges and produced such acclaimed works as "The Snow Leopard" and "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," died Saturday. He was 86. His publisher Geoff Kloske of Riverhead Books said Matthiessen, who had been diagnosed with leukemia, was ill "for some months. " He died at a hospital near his home on Long Island in New York. Matthiessen helped found the Paris Review, one of the most influential literary magazines, and won National Book Awards for "The Snow Leopard," his spiritual account of the Himalayas, and for "Shadow Country.
December 24, 2003
"It's No Small Matter" (Dec. 20), your Column One article, always a treat, was especially good this time. It has managed to make the search for the sterile neutrino quite understandable to us who know no physics -- not to mention quite human (even comic), heroic in its tedious progress and somehow beautiful as well. Thank you for publishing challenging concepts quite lucidly explained. Ellen Swallow Manhattan Beach
July 18, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
A Jet Propulsion Laboratory researcher has solved the so-called Pioneer anomaly -- the unexpected slowing of the two Pioneer spacecraft -- and shown that it is not due to unknown physics, as some theoreticians had speculated. Instead, it is the result of heat radiated by the spacecraft. Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 were launched in 1972 and 1973, respectively, on a trajectory toward the edge of the solar system. In the early 1980s, controllers at NASA's JPL detected a slight deceleration in the crafts' speeds.
June 7, 2012 | By Holly Myers
The Institute for Figuring, a nomadic entity since its inception in 2003, has new headquarters in Chinatown: a cozy, thoughtfully appointed exhibition space that gives friendly form to a slippery bundle of concepts. Founded by Margaret Wertheim, a science writer, and her sister Christine, a poet, as a venue for exploring “the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of science, mathematics and engineering,” the IFF is best known for its Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project, an increasingly global community art initiative that  encourages the crocheting of reef-like forms according to principles of hyperbolic geometry.
December 4, 2013 | KTLA News
At least five students were hospitalized after a science experiment malfunctioned at a Watts charter high school on Tuesday. A physics teacher at Animo Watts College Preparatory Academy asked his students to estimate the speed of a marble that was being blown out of a wooden and PVC pipe cannon, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Scott Miller. The cannon exploded at about 9:30 a.m., injuring 10 students, five of whom were taken to the hospital, Miller said.
October 7, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
Three American "masters of light" who created technologies that made it possible to capture digital images and transmit them and other electronic information long distances today won the 2009 Nobel Prize in physics. Charles K. Kao, a naturalized American who did most of his work in England and Hong Kong, will share half the $1.4-million prize for demonstrating that highly purified fibers of glass can carry light waves for long distances, setting the stage for the globe-girdling fiber-optic networks that transmit the bulk of everyday television, telephone and other communications.
September 19, 2010 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Physics of Imaginary Objects Tina May Hall University of Pittsburgh Press: 160 pp., $24.95 In hard times, as you well know, fewer risks are taken when it comes to potential profit and potential loss. In the publishing world, this means less experimental fiction published by large houses. It also means an upwelling of creative new houses and imprints that publish raw experiments with language. Tina May Hall's pungent writing breaks down walls between poetry and prose, narrator and reader, humor and horror.
March 19, 2014 | By Chris Foster
When UCLA's basketball team prepares to open the NCAA tournament against Tulsa on Friday in San Diego, Norman Powell and Tony Parker represent the unknown. “They are our X factors,” Coach Steve Alford said. The Bruins have talent: Playmaker Kyle Anderson can score and leads UCLA in rebounding and assists; deadeye shooter Jordan Adams is cool in the clutch; the Wear twins, Travis and David, are a double-barreled matchup challenge; and UCLA even has a projected NBA lottery pick, Zach LaVine, coming off the bench.
March 13, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Cincinnati 8, Dodgers 2 AT THE PLATE: Hanley Ramirez hit his second home run of the spring, a towering fifth-inning shot to left field. Dee Gordon, the favorite to claim the second-base job, was two for four to raise his exhibition season average to .212. ON THE MOUND: Paul Maholm pitched 2 2/3 innings, serving up six runs - five earned - and five hits. Maholm said nothing was wrong with him physically and that he wasn't particularly disturbed by his performance. "Just location," he said.
March 12, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- As Zack Greinke pitched in his first exhibition game in nearly two weeks, Matt Kemp made a breakthrough of his own Wednesday in a minor league intrasquad game on a nearby practice field. For the first time this year, Kemp played center field. Kemp is 41/2 months removed from surgery on one of the major weight-bearing bones in his left ankle. He was limited to hitting in the two previous minor league games in which he played. "I feel a little weird being out there, but I'm having a lot of fun," he said.
March 3, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has passed a physical exam, clearing him to play and earn his $20-million paycheck in 2014, according to reports. Manning is required to undergo an exam of his neck every spring under the 2012 contract he signed with the Broncos after missing all of the previous season following neck surgeries. But this year's test was considered a formality. After all, there was nothing about Manning's record-setting season in 2013 that indicated his neck was still an issue.
February 26, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
With the launch of a new cloud-based movie service from Walt Disney Co., the marketplace of Web-based movie services just got more crowded and possibly confusing for consumers. After eschewing UltraViolet, a technology standard backed by its main movie business competitors, Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. has debuted Disney Movies Anywhere, a proprietary service that gives users online access to their digital and physical Disney movie purchases. Disney Movies Anywhere launched Tuesday and is available on Apple iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. Users can also stream films by logging into the Disney Movies Anywhere website.
February 18, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Angel Jennings
They were pitched as small, quiet homes for the physically and mentally disabled - safe places in the heart of Los Angeles' historic Adams district. But court papers paint a much grimmer picture of Agape Mission House and Agape Home Church. Swarms of flies filled the living areas. Broken furniture was scattered, bedroom doors were missing and plaster was falling off the walls, according to court documents. Some residents slept in bunk beds crowded into small rooms with 1-inch pads instead of mattresses.
October 9, 2012 | By Eryn Brown and Jon Bardin, Los Angeles Times
Two scientists who invented methods to observe and measure the behavior of tiny particles, a key step toward developing powerful quantum computers, were awarded the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday. Working independently, American David J. Wineland of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Serge Haroche of France developed ways to study individual particles of matter and light without destroying them, a feat that was previously thought to be impossible because quantum particles lose their special properties when anything interacts with them.
May 30, 1991
The 10th annual physics class boat race at Sunny Hills High School was held Wednesday, and 49 of 70 boats made it across the campus pool without capsizing. Each year, physics teacher Marcia Dison assigns her students to the building of boats from butcher paper, quarter-inch wood strips, wood glue and waterproof varnish. The students earn 15 points for creating a boat and 25 points if it can be paddled across the pool.
February 14, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Days after the NFL said it was ready to make history by welcoming its first openly gay player, a report indicates that one team in the league promoted an intolerant locker room culture that harassed a player to the brink of suicide. Three Miami Dolphins players used "racial slurs and other racially derogatory language" as well as "homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching" to bully teammate Jonathan Martin as well as another player and an assistant trainer, both unnamed, according to independent investigator Ted Wells, who filed his report to the league on Friday.
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