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February 1, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scientists have discovered that lightning flashes emit X-rays. In a report published in Science, researchers at the University of Florida and Florida Institute of Technology induced artificial lightning flashes during stormy conditions. In 31 of 37 cases, the scientists detected intense bursts of energetic radiation, or X-rays, right before the flashes.
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SPORTS
April 6, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Yasiel Puig, the never-ending story … The Dodgers' uber-talented outfielder was not in the lineup Sunday aginst the Giants and left the clubhouse early to have an MRI exam on his sore left thumb. Puig injured the thumb Saturday sliding head-first into first base in the third inning. He remained in the game and played the full nine innings, but the thumb was sore enough that he had X-rays done after the game. The X-rays came back negative, but the Dodgers decided to send him for the MRI exam Sunday afternoon.
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April 5, 1996 | K.C. COLE, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
Comet Hyakutake, which recently made a close pass by planet Earth on its way to the sun, has developed a bizarre crescent-shaped X-ray glow, scientists at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Max Planck Institute in Germany said Thursday. This is the first time X-rays have ever been seen coming from a comet, which is essentially an ice-packed ball of soot dropping into the solar system from cold storage in space. Since X-rays normally crackle from extremely hot, high-energy sources such as exploding stars, scientists are at a loss to explain what they saw. "A comet is not a blazing object.
SCIENCE
February 20, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Staring into the dramatic corpse of a dead star known as Cassiopeia A, astronomers using NASA's NuSTAR X-ray telescope have for the first time mapped out radioactive titanium in a supernova. Charting this astrophysical frontier, as described in the journal Nature, will help scientists understand what happens when a massive star explodes. Supernova remnants are the leftover shells of gas and dust forged from within the exploding star. The beautiful video above shows how that explosion develops over roughly 150 milliseconds -- less than two blinks of an eye -- and took millions of computer hours to simulate, scientists said.
SPORTS
August 13, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
X-rays were negative on Angels starting pitcher  C.J. Wilson's bruised left hand Monday, and he said he expects to be able to make his next start. Wilson had to leave Monday's 6-2 loss to Cleveland in the seventh inning after he tried to catch a line drive with his bare hand. He did not make the catch and instead hurt his pitching hand in the process.  "It's just a little discolored," said Wilson (9-9), who is winless in his last nine starts. Wilson gave up three runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.  His team, meanwhile, lost for the ninth time in 12 games.  "It's been rough," Wilson said, "because our thought process is, 'OK, it's going to turn around.
NEWS
November 9, 1992 | TED JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Researchers experimenting with a new X-ray method have successfully identified life-threatening cracks in heart valves, suggesting new hope for thousands who live with the potentially defective devices implanted within them, Shiley Inc. of Irvine announced Sunday. Shiley officials were cautious about spreading undue optimism over the success of the procedure, saying that the full extent of the studies will not be completed until late next year. Surgeons at a Michigan hospital removed Marion F.
NEWS
January 15, 1993 | From Associated Press
Ground controllers struggled Thursday in an effort to fix an X-ray spectrometer aboard the shuttle Endeavour that malfunctioned while scanning space. Endeavour's crew continued to conduct medical tests and started up 28 biological tests that included flatworms, flies, miniature wasps and brine shrimp. They also got a gentle scolding for leaving the lid up and the fan running on the $23-million toilet that is being flown in space for the first time.
NEWS
November 26, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Airline passengers suspected of carrying illegal drugs now get a choice from U.S. Customs agents who want to search them: Submit to a strip search or be taken to a nearby hospital for an X-ray. The Customs Service began testing the X-ray option at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Miami International Airport in October in looking at ways to make such searches less intrusive and less embarrassing for passengers and inspectors.
NEWS
January 8, 1987 | Associated Press
X-rays are unnecessary for people who suffer minor bumps and bruises on their heads, and at least half of all emergency room head X-rays could be safely avoided, a researcher has concluded. "At a knee-jerk level at most hospitals, if you fall and bump your head, you get a series of skull X-rays," said Dr. Stuart J. Masters. "Many physicians are reluctant not to take head X-rays, because they are afraid of missing a fracture and getting sued."
NEWS
November 5, 2001
Researchers at Cornell University have used the brilliant but tiny burst of X-rays emitted by vaporizing wires to create striking images of tiny subjects, such as the fruit fly. The machine that produced the images runs a powerful electric current through a pair of crossed wires, each many times finer than a human hair. The current causes the wires to explode, forming a very small plasma--a dense gas so hot that the atoms in it break down, emitting X-rays.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It is, Kristen Stewart agrees, just like falling in love. "It's just a very familiar, necessary feeling when you read a script you want to do," the actress says, coming alive at just the memory. "I've gone with my gut, taken a lot of the thinking away, and been very lucky. "As an artist," she continues, her energy rising, "If you view what you do as product, you'll never do anything true to yourself, never do anything you're proud of. I've never thought, 'My career should go in this direction.' There's no way to be tactical for me. " PHOTOS: Sundance Film Festival 2014 | The Scene Stewart got that familiar feeling when she read writer-director Peter Sattler's script for "Camp X-Ray," which has its debut Friday as part of the Sundance Film Festival's dramatic competition.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The Sundance Film Festival, which opens Thursday, does not have an annual motto, but if it did the one this year might be "We Hear You. " Understanding that its frigid Park City, Utah, location makes standing in the festival's endless lines something only Sgt. Preston of the Yukon might enjoy, Sundance has come up with an electronic system this year that, at least in theory, "allows you to sign up for a wait list number from virtually anywhere....
HEALTH
December 20, 2013 | By Emily Dwass
When my son and daughter were youngsters, once a year I'd have a disagreement with their pediatric dentist. He wanted to do routine annual X-rays, and I would protest because neither child ever had any cavities. His response: Dental X-rays are an important diagnostic tool, representing a small speck in the sea of radiation that we receive by inhabiting planet Earth. It turns out we both were right. Dental X-rays are essential for detecting serious oral and systemic health problems, and generally the amount of radiation is very low. But new thinking on dental X-rays is that the "one size fits all" schedule is outdated.
HEALTH
December 20, 2013 | By Emily Dwass
In 2012, the American Dental Assn. updated its guidelines for dental X-rays, including this caveat: "Radiographs can help the dental practitioner evaluate and definitely diagnose many oral diseases and conditions. However, the dentist must weigh the benefits of taking dental radiographs against the risk of exposing a patient to X-rays, the effects of which accumulate from multiple sources over time. " For more information about dental X-rays: American Dental Assn. Guidelines for Radiography: www.ada.org/5160.aspx?
SPORTS
October 12, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
ST. LOUIS -- The Dodgers scratched shortstop Hanley Ramirez as well as center fielder Andre Ethier from their lineup for Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday. Ramirez has bruised ribs after being hit by a pitch in the first inning of Game 1 on Friday night. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez did not have X-rays on Friday but might do so when the team returns to Los Angeles after Saturday's game. Ramirez, who is also playing with an irritated nerve that causes discomfort in his back, played all 13 innings of the 3-2 loss in Game 1. The Dodgers included him in their original lineup Saturday, then scratched him. "He's sore, and he's moving slow," Mattingly said.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2013 | By Shan Li
Stylish glasses company Warby Parker is launching a line of Clark Kent-inspired eyewear, part of a tie-in with the upcoming Superman film "Man of Steel. " Called the Man of Steel Collection, the retailer will be offering two styles inspired by the reporter alter-ego of the man in tights -- one tortoiseshell number called Percey and another dubbed Chamberlain. Both are priced at $95. PHOTOS: Top 10 richest people ever The collaboration is just part of the rising visibility of Warby Parker, a start-up built around the idea of offering quality glasses at discount prices by cutting out the middlemen.
NEWS
March 5, 1987 | Associated Press
The American Cancer Society announced Wednesday that it will provide low-cost breast X-rays for thousands of women and send 2 million volunteers door-to-door in a campaign to promote early detection of breast cancer. The volunteers will distribute leaflets, and programs in some major cities will offer breast X-rays for as little as $40 during the Breast Cancer Detection Awareness Program, the society said.
NEWS
December 26, 1991 | From Associated Press
Widely used X-ray tests have been implicated for the first time as a cause of breast cancer, apparently raising the risk in women with an inborn susceptibility, researchers report. A study at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill found that moderately strong X-rays significantly raise the risk of breast cancer in women who carry a particular gene that occurs in more than 1 million American women.
SCIENCE
June 13, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
A powerful X-ray machine, that shines a light brighter than the sun, has helped science detectives determine the color of a 150-million-year-old feather that once belonged to an  archaeopteryx, an ancient animal that shared traits with both birds and dinosaurs. In an article published in the Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, scientists say the archaeopteryx feather was patterned: light in color with a black tip, rather than all black, as previously thought. The archaeopteryx, sometimes called a "dinobird," is thought to be a transitional species between dinosaurs and birds.
SPORTS
April 10, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Erick Aybar appears headed to the disabled list because of a bruised left heel the shortstop said "hurt a lot more" Wednesday than it did Tuesday night, when his heel hit the front of the bag as he lunged to beat out an infield single. "Today, it's more sore," Aybar, who was awaiting results of an MRI test and X-rays Wednesday night, said through an interpreter. "I'm not sure if anything is broken. I just know it hurts right now. I'm pretty worried. I want to play and help the team win. I don't like to miss games.
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