November 6, 2013 |
To all you digital Encyclopedia Browns out there: The case of the Google Mystery Barge is now closed. Google has issued a statement explaining the mystery. "Google Barge … A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above," a Google spokesperson said in a statement released Wednesday. "Although it's still early days and things may change, we're exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology.
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November 5, 2013 |
For all Santa Monica has changed over the last 30 years - the tech and entertainment offices, the upscale shopping centers - its skyline has remained largely the same: a few aging towers overlooking the city's coastal bluffs. But that skyline is now poised to be dramatically altered. One project would bring a 21-story hotel to Ocean Avenue, creating the tallest building in the city. Another hotel designed by famed hometown architect Frank Gehry would add a wavy white tower just steps from the sand.
November 4, 2013 |
There's no place like home, but scientists now say that Earth-size planets orbiting sun-like stars in a so-called habitable zone are so common that there could be as many as 11 billion in the Milky Way alone. Using a clever method to detect Earth-size exoplanets they may have missed, astronomers calculated that 1 in 5 stars like the one at the center of the solar system hosts a planet capable of holding liquid water on its surface and - if it had the right chemical ingredients - supporting life.
November 2, 2013 |
Col. Chris Hadfield, who until recently was commander of the International Space Station, has a workout regimen that is out of this world. Sorry. Couldn't resist. Hadfield's new book, "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth," goes into detail about what it takes to be in shape for space travel. What kind of shape do you need to be in to qualify for the space program? To qualify to live on the space station, you have to pass the hardest physical exam in the world. There has to be a high lack of a probability of a problem, whether it's your appendix or an injury.
November 2, 2013 |
The star power under a tented ballroom enclosing a blocklong stretch of Beverly Hills' Crescent Drive was intense. Kevin Spacey, Jodie Foster, Amy Adams, Gwen Stefani, Demi Moore and 1,000 or so other influencers came out in glittering gowns and tuxes for the Oct. 17 opening gala of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. But when the time came to toast the night's most powerful person, all eyes were on a woman few have seen in person, though her name appears on several major Los Angeles buildings.
November 2, 2013 |
The insectoids aren't really buzzing this weekend. After more than a decade of development and a cacophony of fan debate, "Ender's Game" arrived in theaters with a decent but hardly spectacular Friday. The Gavin Hood-directed futurist action movie grossed $9.9 million, including late-night Thursday shows, putting it on track for $27 million for the weekend. Though Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment film will come out on top of the box-office pile, the figure is still modest for a movie that cost more than $100 million to produce.
October 31, 2013 |
With her long blond ponytail floating above her inside the International Space Station, astronaut Karen Nyberg calmly explains the challenges of quilting in weightlessness. "Now that I've tried my hand sewing in space," she said in a video released Thursday by NASA, "I can say one thing with certainty: It's tricky. " As if being a mechanical engineer and astronaut isn't significant enough, the avid quilter brought sewing supplies including fabric, scissors, thread, five needles (but no pins)
October 28, 2013 |
Bernhard Mairinger will cook the last dinner at BierBeisl as we know it Saturday, Nov. 9. Then the young Austrian-born chef-owner is closing the 2-year-old modern Austrian restaurant on Little Santa Monica in Beverly Hills, and taking a break before opening in a larger space next year. “I've been working for two years pretty much 24/7,” says the chef, who will turn 29 in November. He's off to Europe and Asia to attend festivals and do some research in Austria for the new BierBeisl, which is to open on the Westside sometime in 2014.
October 18, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron says he had gotten blasé about filmmaking when his son Jonas revived him. "Jonas injected an energy into the movie that I had lost," Cuaron told the Mexico daily Reforma. "I had become distant from a certain enjoyment of the film experience and the entertainment. " Cuaron is in his native Mexico this week promoting the film, which opens here Friday. He has been joined by Jonas, who co-wrote the screenplay with his father. PHOTOS: Scenes from 'Gravity' That energy is a good thing, many fans would say. "Gravity" broke records as it soared to be the top-grossing film in the U.S. in its first couple of weeks, marking the strongest October opening ever.