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ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2008 | Gregory Benford and Elisabeth Malartre, Special to The Times
The mobile trash compactor is a symphony of squeaks, thunks and rattles, rolling forward on treads to bring its pivoting eyes to bear on us. Within moments we identify completely, launching "Wall-E," one of the rare films to feature robots as the lead characters. Pixar knows how to create identity in a few signals. Research on "facebots" at MIT shows that the mere impression of a face's essentials -- sympathetic eyes and a mouth -- can evoke emotion from us. We read facial features in machines and take them as social signatures.
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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.
NEWS
February 11, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
NEW YORK -- The fashion force was with Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy on Tuesday when they presented the strongest collection of their career, capped off by five stunning finale gowns incorporating classic artwork from the "Star Wars" films. The sweeping silk charmeuse looks, made with the blessing of Disney and the films' creator George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson, avowed fans of the brand who have been spotted before at Rodarte shows, featured the most beloved characters of the epic story, Luke Skywalker, Yoda, C-3PO and R2-D2.
NEWS
March 23, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Star Tours 2.0 promises the possibility of 54 different experiences when the updated attraction reopens at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida on May 20 and Disneyland in California on June 3. Photos : Concept art for Star Tours 2.0 Star Tours 2.0, set between the " Star Wars " prequels and the original trilogy, will update the 1980s simulator ride with high-definition 3-D technology...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Walt Disney Co. held its annual meeting in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday and used the occasion to reveal a few tidbits about its forthcoming film projects, including a pair of animated sequels and the company's first "Star Wars" picture. Shareholders of Disney, the world's largest entertainment company, also confirmed all 10 members of the board of directors who were up for reelection. The meeting was also notable for what did not transpire there. The Burbank company was able to avoid a vote on a proposal put forward by a group of activist investors who wanted to amend the process by which candidates are nominated to the board.
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.
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