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SCIENCE
June 27, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
IRIS, as NASA's newest scientific satellite is known, will launch into space Thursday at 7:27 p.m. Pacific, and you can watch it leave the planet live, right here on latimes.com. The satellite the size of a motorcycle is being sent to space to help scientists solve a longstanding solar mystery: Why is the sun's upper atmosphere so much hotter than the sun's surface? The hottest temperatures of the sun are found at its core, where a fusion reaction continuously turns hydrogen atoms into helium atoms.
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BUSINESS
June 21, 2013 | By Mark Davis
Dish Network Corp. said Friday that it has abandoned its pursuit of Sprint Nextel Corp., clearing the path for Sprint's $21.6-billion deal with SoftBank Corp. Dish's announcement did not end the company's quest to acquire shares of Clearwire Corp., Sprint's wireless network partner that has agreed to merge with Sprint. In a filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Dish did not give an explanation for its decision to drop its bid for Sprint. On Tuesday, the company said that a new agreement between Sprint and Tokyo-based SoftBank made a Dish offer "impractical" for the satellite television company.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
When it comes to Southern California's increasingly perilous fire season, you can blame it on the rain. That's the paradoxical case made by satellite data from NASA and India. Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at Chapman University said the satellites show the effects of a steady and largely forgettable rainfall that fell during a roughly four-day period at the end of January. JPL scientist Son Nghiem, the principal investigator in the project, said the rain came just as much of the vegetation throughout the region was awakening from a dormant stage.
SCIENCE
May 7, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
What does a volcano look like from 438 miles above the Earth's surface? Thanks to NASA and its new Landsat Data Continuity Mission satellite (LDCM), you can see for yourself. On April 29, the satellite captured two images of the Paluweh volcano spewing a plume of smoke that drifted for miles off the 5-mile wide volcanic island. The volcano, which looks like a wrinkly green blob from space, sits in Indonesia's Flores Sea. The satellite actually sent two images of the volcano using different imaging techniques.
SCIENCE
April 23, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Talk about roaming charges. NASA has launched three smartphones into orbit as part of a low-budget, experimental satellite program that uses off-the-shelf components. The three Google-HTC Nexus One smartphones are circling Earth at an altitude of about 150 miles and will burn up on re-entry within the next two weeks, NASA said. The smartphones, which are encased in 4-inch metal cubes, are running the Android operating system. The mission of each PhoneSat is simple: Snap photos of Earth and send back periodic radio messages.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2013 | By Joe Flint and Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Dish Network Corp. is taking a run at Sprint. The satellite television company made an unsolicited $25.5-billion bid for Sprint Nextel Corp. on Monday in an attempt to marry one of the nation's biggest pay-TV providers with the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier. A merger would give Dish the ability to package Internet and phone service with its satellite offerings. "A transformative DISH/Sprint merger will create the only company that can offer customers a convenient, fully integrated, nationwide bundle of in- and out-of-home video, broadband and voice services," Dish Chairman Charles W. Ergen said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2013 | By August Brown
As L.A.'s center of musical gravity shifts east to Coachella for the next two weekends, night life in the city will finally get some breathing room. No lines at the bar, cabs when you need them, an entire population of trustafarian party people otherwise occupied - why, it's a veritable Eden of going out close to home. Take advantage of the reprieve by hitting up some of these local events. Some are deliberate ripostes to Coachella, others just happen to fall on the calendar this week.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
On Feb. 14, a Hollywood delegation showed up at the White House. Motion Picture Academy President Hawk Koch, Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and film mogul Harvey Weinstein had come to explore a rather important matter (for them): They wanted to see if they could secretly work out the details for Michelle Obama to present best picture at the Oscars 10 days later. Senior members of the first lady's team met with the group, discussing a series of questions from the big to the picayune, according to a person present who requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to talk about the meeting.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE -- A 19-story white rocket successfully lifted a NASA science satellite into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base, located northwest of Santa Barbara. The picture-perfect launch, which took place Monday at 10:02 a.m. PST, occurred at the base's Space Launch Complex-3 along the Pacific Ocean. The Atlas V rocket, built by United Launch Alliance, boosted the Landsat 8 satellite about 410 miles above the Earth. The satellite's first signal was received 82 minutes into the mission at a ground station in Svalbard, Norway, the space agency said.
BUSINESS
February 10, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
United Airlines has been one of the last major airlines to jump into the business of offering on-board wireless Internet. But it's trying to make up for its tardiness. The Chicago-based carrier offers Wi-Fi in about 3% of its fleet of about 700 planes, one of the lowest rates of any major carrier in the nation, according to a recent study. But United recently became the first U.S.-based international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi Internet for passengers traveling on long-haul overseas flights.
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