April 30, 2013 |
In the new sci-fi movie "Oblivion," Earth's most precious resource is Tom Cruise. But running a close second (spoiler alert) is water. Aliens want it. All of it. This is old hat, science fiction-wise. In "The War of the Worlds," H.G. Wells had Martians coming to Earth to quench their thirst. The extraterrestrial lizards (cleverly disguised as human catalog models) in the 1980s TV series "V" came here to steal our water too - though they wanted it in part to wash down the meal they intended to make of us. In the more recent "Battle: Los Angeles," pillaging Earth's oceans was the only motivation we're given for why aliens were laying waste to humanity.
August 21, 1992 |
It's the voice you notice first, measured and mechanical and asking the most unnerving questions, as if Robby the Robot had ended up with Albert Einstein's brain. "Where did the universe come from and where is it going?" the voice asks, calm but insistent. "Did the universe have a beginning and what happened before then? Where does the difference between the past and the future come from? Will time ever come to an end?" The body behind the voice is no less arresting.
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February 8, 1997 |
A motorized wheelchair with a single headlight and two red taillights methodically swerved through the sidewalk traffic on Pasadena's nouveau-trendy Colorado Boulevard. Apparently reluctant to stare at a severely disabled person, pedestrians discreetly looked away. If they had looked closer, they would have seen that the person in the chair was the most celebrated scientist of his generation, the true "master of the universe." It was Stephen Hawking. And he was late for the movies.
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May 13, 1997 |
Software creator Walter Woltosz got a mysterious phone call from Cambridge University in 1985, shortly after he started selling a computer system he had designed to allow severely disabled people to write and even "speak" by manipulating a single button. News of the system had reached the caller, who wondered if it might be right for "a very bright fellow" at the English university who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
April 30, 2013 |
Although Pier Paolo Pasolini was best known as an Italian filmmaker, he called himself a poet and his Wikipedia entry begins by also describing him as a journalist, philosopher, linguist, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, columnist, actor, painter, political figure and all-around visionary thinker. The Monday Evening Concerts biography of Rolf Riehm describes the 75-year-old German composer as "a political being" whose work encompasses "philosophical reflection, historical fact, myth, fairy tale, recollection, scientific argument, the elevated and the trivial, current social and political findings" and whatnot.
March 14, 1998 |
A combination elf, oracle and rock star, Cambridge University physicist Stephen Hawking makes waves in physics that other people ride. So scientists listened when Hawking proposed in a technical talk Thursday at Caltech that the universe sprang from nothing into something in the shape of a wrinkly pea, and that the universe can be both open and closed, depending on how you look at it.
April 1, 1990 |
Silent and apparently inert, Stephen W. Hawking sits in the wheelchair to which he is confined, as members of a film crew buzz around him on a sound stage, shooting him from almost every conceivable angle. However you look at it, Hawking is not your average leading man. Yet here he sits, up on a pedestal in front of a blue screen, as the cameras bestow upon him all the attention usually reserved for a Redford, Eastwood or Costner.
April 13, 2013
Stephen Hawking's Southern California lecture series continues Tuesday night at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium, where the renowned theoretical physicist will discuss the big bang, black holes and more in a lecture titled "The Origin of the Universe. " The event is free and open to the public, with 500 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be handed out as early as 6:45 p.m. An overflow audience can watch the talk on a live video feed elsewhere on campus.
January 15, 2010 |
Who would have thought that one of the world's most famous scientists finds time to take in a little television? Whether it's crime dramas or "The Simpsons," Stephen Hawking tunes in. He'd even like to participate in a certain popular dance reality competition. "I'm still waiting for my invitation to 'Dancing With the Stars,' " Hawking joked via a taped message at the Television Critics' Assn. press tour in Pasadena. Until then, he's part of the upcoming Discovery Channel special "Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking."
January 24, 2011
'Anti-immigrant' is the wrong term Re "Putting a human face on the immigrant," Opinion, Jan. 19 Most fair-minded individuals are open to developing a reasonable work permit process for hardworking, legal immigrants, and a path to citizenship. However, the continued use of the term "immigrant" provides a disingenuous way for the left to claim that anyone who wants strict border enforcement and respect for our laws is "anti-immigrant. " The fact is that many who are here illegally are drug cartel killers and others who are most definitely not "immigrants.