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BUSINESS
November 17, 1987 | David Olmos, Times Staff Writer
It looks like a cross between R2D2, the robot of "Star Wars" fame, and a garden hose with a sprinkler attached. Called the Cobra RPB-2010, or "flying boroscope," it is a computer-controlled small camera system used to conduct visual inspections of jet engines, steam turbines, pipes and other places where people can't go.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2012 | By Susan King
May the gavel be with you. Heritage Auctions-Beverly Hills' latest vintage movie posters auction has a few goodies for “Star Wars” fans. Among the treasures from a galaxy of offerings is a 1978 poster for a concert by composer John Williams. It's autographed by writer-director George Lucas, art directed by Suzy Rice and illustrated by John Alvin, who depicts C-3PO and R2-D2 holding orchestra instruments. The poster is valued from $5,000-$8,000 because it was never used in promotions or released publicly -- and of course, there's that famous signature.
FOOD
January 7, 1993 | CHARLES PERRY
Mrs. Paul's has introduced a fishy product called Sea Pals: minced cod shaped like anchors, sea horses, sharks, starfish and just plain fish. A 5.8-ounce box has a suggested retail price of $1.59. Going Against the Gator A & W Brands, the root-beer outfit, is getting into the sports drink market with a colorless isotonic beverage bearing the hard-bodied name Everlast.
BUSINESS
February 17, 1997 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Forget about ISDN lines and fiber optic cables, Kelly Christensen helps manage a network with really huge bandwidth: the Orange County sewer system. As a source control supervisor with the county Sanitation Districts, Christensen is responsible for catching companies that dump hazardous materials in the sewer. The high-tech industry is one of the worst offenders, he said, but it is also part of the solution.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 1998
Tim Appelo accurately paints a picture of declining enthusiasm and hope in our culture ("The Future Isn't What It Used to Be," Jan. 4). This trend is prime fodder for the debate as to whether Hollywood and the arts community reflect societal attitudes or create them. Nevertheless, the author seems to slightly deride the Disney view of a great big beautiful tomorrow as passe and irrelevant--a perspective that couldn't be more off the mark. Philosophies, faiths and self-help gurus around the world know that "without vision a people perish," and you generally get what you expect.
NEWS
September 13, 2005 | Scott Doggett, Times Staff Writer
IT wasn't long ago that telescope manufacturers thought amateur astronomers were millionaires or majored in astrophysics. Telescopes were too expensive and complicated, and offering a product that was simple to use and easy on the pocketbook was an engineering challenge. Until now. Meade's new ETX Premier Edition proved heaven sent during a test gaze last week -- and just in time for amateurs to home in on Mars, which on Oct. 29 will pass closest to Earth.
OPINION
April 1, 2008
How much do Americans love their cars? So much that when it seemed a vehicle on the planet Mars might be taken off the road, the media, government and public all stepped in to put a stop to the idea. At issue: A relatively measly $4-million cut proposed in NASA's Mars program, detailed in a recent letter to program directors from planetary science director James Green.
NEWS
March 22, 1998 | JANET KINOSIAN
So where are Demi, Julia, Jodie and Barbra? Granted, not every deserving movie star can have hand and footprints immortalized in the pavement in Mann's Chinese theater's famed forecourt, but take a look at these figures. Since Ted Mann bought Grauman's Chinese Theater in 1973, 28 men, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson and, most recently, Denzel Washington in January, have been enshrined in cement at the Hollywood Boulevard landmark.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2008 | Jia-Rui Chong, Chong is a Times staff writer.
It was a little like the scene in "The Empire Strikes Back" when C-3PO tells R2-D2, "You know better than to trust a strange computer!" Computerized sensors in California detected what appeared to be a couple of small regional earthquakes early Monday morning, but seismologists quickly realized the computers had picked up waves rippling out from an earthquake near Russia.
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