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February 27, 1988
I saw Feynman only once, "live" on stage at Pasadena City College in the early 1960s, where he gave a superbly lucid and uniquely "Feynmanesque" lecture on relativity theory to an entirely enthralled lay audience. The most memorable comment of the evening did not come from Prof. Feynman but from a perhaps 14-year-old listener, who turned to his buddy at the end of the performance and said, "You gotta admit that guy knows what he's talking about!" GORDON D. MUNRO San Bernardino
January 11, 2010
Estimated sales in the U.S. and Canada: Movie (studio) 3-day gross (millions) Percentage change from last weekend Total (millions) Days in release 1 Avatar (Fox/Dune/Ingenious) $48.5 -29% $429.0 24 2 Sherlock Holmes (Warner Bros./Village Roadshow) $16.6 -55% $165.
April 4, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Einstein was right about relativity, again. NASA's Kepler space telescope has beamed back the latest evidence that light can be bent by gravity, an element of the theory of general relativity. It's not that astrophysicists expect observations to contradict Albert. But the findings represent the first time the phenomenon has been detected in a binary star system, according to NASA. In this case, a dead star, known as a white dwarf, bent the light from its partner, a small “red dwarf.”  The density of the much smaller white dwarf is far greater than that of its partner.
December 24, 2010 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
All Santa skeptics, please take a look at the North Carolina State University website. Several professors in the school's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering recently asked their students to explore the aerodynamic and thermodynamic challenges of delivering gifts to millions of children worldwide in a single night from an airborne sleigh. The results, posted at , posit that Santa Claus is a brilliant engineer and physicist.
February 24, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The National Science Foundation announced last week that Livingston, La., near Baton Rouge, and Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington have been chosen out of 19 candidates for one of the largest research projects in foundation history. The project will attempt to detect gravitational waves for the first time, a discovery that could help explain the origins of the universe. The two sites will operate as a single observatory.
October 4, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Squinting into the dark heart of the Milky Way, astronomers have discovered the closest star yet to the galaxy's supermassive black hole. The relatively dim star, S0-102, takes just 11.5 years to circle the black hole.  The previous record-holder, S0-2, took 16 years to make its way around. A black hole is a star whose mass has collapsed to a point, a singularity. Its intense gravity distorts space-time so much that not even light can escape. The one at the center of the Milky Way contains the mass of 4 million suns.
December 24, 1987 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
"Manon of the Spring" (opening Friday at the Royal) brings Marcel Pagnol's great "Water of the Hills" saga, which began with "Jean de Florette," to a towering conclusion. Together, the two films constitute a landmark in French cinema, a tribute to the late writer.
May 23, 2001
Re "Spoiled Americans Here; Big Bad World Out There," Commentary, May 21: Norah Vincent tells us "insular, partisan dodos" that because we've never been "invaded by a foreign power" our views on the issue of missile defense should be summarily ignored. Yet I've not heard that George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld or Dick Cheney have much experience in this regard, either, so are their opinions likewise invalid? Moreover, if Vincent bothered to take even a cursory look at the news she'd learn of countries that have experienced numerous foreign invasions--including France, Russia, China and South Korea--where the leadership and citizens are deeply skeptical of, if not downright opposed to, the deployment of missile defenses.
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