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December 28, 2009
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) $75.0 -3% $212.3 10 2 Sherlock Holmes (Warner Bros./Village Roadshow) $65.4 NA $65.4 3 3 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (Fox/New Regency)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
SCIENCE
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.
SCIENCE
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1991
Mr. Peloza attempts to advance a valid argument on a basically flawed premise that creationism, like evolution, is a theory. Creationism does not even qualify as a hypothesis--an educated guess. The word theory has a different meaning to a scientist than to a lay person unfamiliar with the scientific method. A theory is a scientific explanation for natural phenomena based on known facts gathered as data through quantitative and/or qualitative observations and measurements.
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