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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)
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
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.
October 23, 2004 | John Johnson, Times Staff Writer
A key prediction of Einstein's general theory of relativity has been confirmed by an experiment showing that the Earth's rotation drags the surrounding fabric of space-time along with it. The phenomenon, known as frame-dragging, was one of the last untested predictions of general relativity. "Frame-dragging is like what happens if a bowling ball spins in a thick fluid, such as molasses," said Erricos C.
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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