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June 12, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
A quadriplegic has used thought to make a robotic hand feed her chocolate. A monkey moved a computer cursor using brain waves. But how the brain “learns” to control something without sending the signal through a spine and nerves remains a mystery. It turns out we learn to move a robotic arm or computer cursor with the same neurons we use to learn to ride a bicycle or catch a ball. On a neurobiological level, that deceptively simple truth could have profound impact on how future devices could help those who have suffered a stroke or paralysis.
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SPORTS
October 3, 2013 | By David Wharton
Golf isn't the only game at the President's Cup this week. Over the years, members of the American squad have shared a passion for ping-pong, spending their off-time battling each other on a table in the team room. Matt Kuchar is considered the best among them, but now Phil Mickelson is getting some help. "There were some reports that I took some lessons for pong prior to this tournament, and those reports would be correct," Mickelson said from Muirfield Village, where Cup play began on Thursday.
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SPORTS
February 20, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - With their first Cactus League game not scheduled until Saturday, the Dodgers are finding different ways to amuse themselves. A double-elimination doubles ping-pong tournament started on Wednesday, with the team of nonroster relievers Peter Moylan and Mark Lowe defeating Carl Crawford and Tony Gwynn Jr. in straight sets. Later, tournament organizer Clayton Kershaw and Shawn Tolleson beat A.J. Ellis and Mark Ellis. Earlier in the day, Andre Ethier overtook Hyun-Jin Ryu as the chopsticks competition leader.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 8 - 14, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Wynton Marsalis: A Young - Arts Masterclass The trumpeter advises three young musicians and helps them hone their improvisational skills as they prepare for a live performance in this new episode. 7:30 p.m. HBO The Million Second Quiz This new game show hosted by Ryan Seacrest claims to offer the biggest prize in history.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
For its latest Chrome browser video game, Google Inc. has created a modern version of the classic arcade title Pong that lets users play against their friends over the Internet and see one another using Web cams. The game is called "Cube Slam" and was released Wednesday. Like Pong, the point is to use paddles to direct balls at your friend's wall and away from yours. Once a user hits his or her opponent's wall three times with a ball, they win. But unlike Pong, "Cube Slam" is filled with obstacles and power ups that enhance the game.
SPORTS
May 4, 1989 | JEFF MEYERS, Times Staff Writer
You stand across the Ping-Pong table from Mike Dempsey, one of the best players in the world. He sends a serve spinning over to your side. The ball hits and flies crazily in an unexpected direction, but you recover and backhand a weak return to Dempsey's left. With a flick of his paddle, he fires a scorcher that bounces over your shoulder at a velocity approaching Mach 1. Dempsey is embarrassing you despite being at an obvious disadvantage: He is sitting in a wheelchair. You think that anybody in a wheelchair shouldn't have lateral movement, but Dempsey, throwing the paddle from one hand to the other like a gunslinger, has deceptive range.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
The U.S. operations of iconic but long-troubled video game maker Atari have filed for bankruptcy in an effort to break free from their debt-laden French parent. Atari Inc. and three of its affiliates filed petitions for Chapter 11 reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York late Sunday. Its leaders hope to break the American business free from French parent Atari S.A. and in the next few months find a buyer to take the company private. They hope to grow a modest business focused on digital and mobile platforms, according to a knowledgeable person not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2011
MOVIES Cinephiles and boozehounds will unite at the "Naked Gun" and "Airplane" Drink Along, the latest installment of the Downtown Independent's sudsy screening series. The comedic double feature will toast the late actor Leslie Nielsen, and rooftop beer pong will continue "till late. " The first drink is on the house. Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St., L.A. 7 p.m. Sat. (8 p.m. show time). $10 in advance, $12 at the door. (213) 617-1033. http://www.downtownindependent.com
NEWS
December 2, 2010 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
When athletes are having a good game they often talk about things moving in slow motion. A study out of Purdue University finds that altered perceptions may be somewhat universal and tied to performance. The study, published recently in the journal Perception , tried out various scenarios on tennis players and on people who played a version of the old-school video game Pong. In the tennis experiment 36 male and female tennis students at various levels were tested on their perception of ball speed.
SPORTS
March 7, 1992
I keep reading Jim Murray's article on Sam Snead (Feb. 27), in which he refers to the golfer as "one of the most natural athletes I've ever seen." I would like to ask what is so athletic about anyone who hits a little ball with a stick, something I've been doing for more than 60 years? Golf is a game for old men, and old ladies such as me, but I don't think it's any more athletic than playing Ping-Pong. Would Jim Murray like to come and do a story about my foursome, all of us in our late 60s and as unathletic as can be?
SPORTS
August 22, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Clayton Kershaw, who won the Dodgers' spring training table tennis tournament handily, will play host to a charity ping-pong event Aug. 29 at Dodger Stadium. “Ping Pong 4 Purpose” will benefit the pitcher's nonprofit foundation, which works to improve the lives of children in Los Angeles, Dallas and Zambia. The single-elimination competition will feature Kershaw and some of his Dodger teammates, with celebrities including Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, comedian George Lopez and former manager Tony La Russa also expected to attend.
SCIENCE
June 12, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
A quadriplegic has used thought to make a robotic hand feed her chocolate. A monkey moved a computer cursor using brain waves. But how the brain “learns” to control something without sending the signal through a spine and nerves remains a mystery. It turns out we learn to move a robotic arm or computer cursor with the same neurons we use to learn to ride a bicycle or catch a ball. On a neurobiological level, that deceptively simple truth could have profound impact on how future devices could help those who have suffered a stroke or paralysis.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
For its latest Chrome browser video game, Google Inc. has created a modern version of the classic arcade title Pong that lets users play against their friends over the Internet and see one another using Web cams. The game is called "Cube Slam" and was released Wednesday. Like Pong, the point is to use paddles to direct balls at your friend's wall and away from yours. Once a user hits his or her opponent's wall three times with a ball, they win. But unlike Pong, "Cube Slam" is filled with obstacles and power ups that enhance the game.
NEWS
March 27, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Travel + Leisure magazine has selected Ping Pang Pong of Las Vegas in its new list of best Chinese restaurants in the United States . The restaurant, inside the Gold Coast Casino -- on Flamingo Road across from the Palms resort -- opened in 2001. It quickly became a favorite with the local Asian community, despite its location just a few blocks south of Sin City's Chinatown, with its bevy of eateries. Not surprisingly, several restaurants in the L.A. area also made the list (Din Tai Fung Dumpling House, Sea Harbour Restaurant, Chung King)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Once upon a time not so very long ago I was a young woman living a writerly life of working poverty in New York City, which, for better or worse, engendered certain expectations from HBO's "Girls. " I admired though did not love the first season and felt hopeful about the second - creator Lena Dunham is smart and sharp-eyed, unafraid to wallow in the sticky brine of self-love and self-loathing that marks a certain time of many people's lives. But lately watching "Girls," which has its second-season finale Sunday night, just makes me feel old. And impatient in a vaguely maternal way, like when you see a lovely but irritating wild child running naked around the playground, shouting "vagina" at everyone and peeing in the sandbox.
SPORTS
February 20, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - With their first Cactus League game not scheduled until Saturday, the Dodgers are finding different ways to amuse themselves. A double-elimination doubles ping-pong tournament started on Wednesday, with the team of nonroster relievers Peter Moylan and Mark Lowe defeating Carl Crawford and Tony Gwynn Jr. in straight sets. Later, tournament organizer Clayton Kershaw and Shawn Tolleson beat A.J. Ellis and Mark Ellis. Earlier in the day, Andre Ethier overtook Hyun-Jin Ryu as the chopsticks competition leader.
SPORTS
February 20, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - While working with Hyun-Jin Ryu in the first week of spring training, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt was reminded of another top-heavy left-hander who used to pitch for the Dodgers: Fernando Valenzuela. "He has a presence about him," Honeycutt said of Ryu. Honeycutt hasn't seen enough of Ryu to draw any conclusions about how he'll transition from the Korean league to the majors, but he's certain of this: The 25-year-old's oversized torso is bursting with self-belief. Others see it too. "He does seem confident," Manager Don Mattingly said.
SPORTS
June 27, 1997 | DANA HADDAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nick Weiss vaguely remembers playing a primitive video game called Pong. All that appeared on a black screen were two short lines on each side, supposed table-tennis paddles, and a small, ball-like dot that traveled from side to side, back and forth, slowly at first but increasingly faster. The object was to keep the dot in play by making it strike the lines. "I had it," Weiss said. "It was a great game."
SPORTS
February 20, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - While working with Hyun-Jin Ryu in the first week of spring training, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt was reminded of another top-heavy left-hander who used to pitch for the Dodgers: Fernando Valenzuela. "He has a presence about him," Honeycutt said of Ryu. Honeycutt hasn't seen enough of Ryu to draw any conclusions about how he'll transition from the Korean league to the majors, but he's certain of this: The 25-year-old's oversized torso is bursting with self-belief. Others see it too. "He does seem confident," Manager Don Mattingly said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
The U.S. operations of iconic but long-troubled video game maker Atari have filed for bankruptcy in an effort to break free from their debt-laden French parent. Atari Inc. and three of its affiliates filed petitions for Chapter 11 reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York late Sunday. Its leaders hope to break the American business free from French parent Atari S.A. and in the next few months find a buyer to take the company private. They hope to grow a modest business focused on digital and mobile platforms, according to a knowledgeable person not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
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