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ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2000 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Supernova" isn't so super, which is no doubt why MGM opened it Friday without early press previews. Despite the distinctive presences of James Spader, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster and Lou Diamond Phillips and a great high-tech look, the film is a relentlessly routine outer-space adventure further hampered by a load of technical jargon.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1999
Caltech astronomers say a burst of cosmic gamma rays--one of the most powerful explosions ever observed--probably originated in a supernova explosion and the formation of a black hole. The observation leaves astronomers more convinced that these brief but brilliant cosmic flashes are generated by the fiery collapse of massive, dying stars. The short-lived gamma ray burst occurred March 26, 1998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1999
Astronomers from Argentina and South Africa have provided the first direct evidence for the origin of the most common cosmic rays, atomic particles that bombard the Earth at nearly the speed of light. Earlier observations showed that cosmic ray electrons are propelled toward the Earth by supernovas, but the origin of cosmic ray protons--which outnumber electrons 10 to one--has been in doubt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1999
Spanish astronomers have obtained the first evidence of a direct link between a supernova explosion and the formation of a black hole. Stars with masses more than about 10 times that of our sun are thought to end their lives either as a supernova or in gravitational collapse, either of which would produce a black hole. A team from the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias in the Canary Islands studied emissions from a star orbiting a black hole in the binary system Nova Scorpii 1994.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1998
Astrophysicists have found a remnant from what would have been the biggest, brightest explosion in the galaxy, a supernova that appeared in AD 1250, but there is no historical record of it ever being seen, two teams report in today's issue of the journal Nature. That is perplexing because someone, somewhere should have seen it.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 1998 | MIKE BOEHM
Supernova has fallen off the wagon--the kiddie wagon, that is. The punk-pop trio from Costa Mesa pioneered the band-as-Saturday-morning-cartoon concept that the Aquabats have subsequently seized upon. Now, three years after debuting with "Ages 3 and Up," a self-explanatory CD title if ever there was one, Supernova has graduated from elementary school, where they sang about the delights of drooling, eating Oreo cookies and taking vitamins.
NEWS
February 27, 1998 | K.C. COLE, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
In what may be a major insight into the nature of space itself, astronomers have discovered evidence that the universe is expanding rapidly under pressure of an anti-gravity-like force first proposed by Albert Einstein. Although he later called his proposal the worst blunder of his life, the great scientist's idea has resurfaced over the past decade as a way to solve a host of cosmological conundrums, including suggestions that the universe is younger than some of its stars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1998
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured images of a cosmic collision between a supernova's shock wave and a gaseous ring around the dying star. The supernova, known as 1987a for the year its explosion was detected, has been sending a shock wave out for nearly 11 years, but this is the first time that scientists have seen the shock wave slamming into the wide gaseous ring that encircles the doomed star.
SPORTS
January 18, 1997 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They are two of the greatest players of this generation or any other, having performed at such an extraordinary level for so long that they're referred to simply as Wayne and Mario. Some day, Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne may also be known by a single name, because the two Mighty Duck forwards are seen as the standard-bearers who will lead the NHL into the 21st century after New York Ranger center Wayne Gretzky and Pittsburgh Penguin center Mario Lemieux have set their final records.
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