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  • Christopher Nolan injects his sci-fi with soul

    Christopher Nolan injects his sci-fi with soul
    Near the end of Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," as this vast science fiction blockbuster-to-be neared its third hour, the floodgates burst: My chin quivered (check), tear ducts filled (check), cheeks grew warmer (check). And yup, I cried. Sneaking a peek behind myself, film publicists cried too; turning farther, I spotted security guards (hired by Paramount Pictures to ensure I didn't bootleg the film) taking clandestine swipes at their own faces. I did not quite understand what had just happened on that (very large Imax) screen, but Nolan, once again, had accomplished something many of his studio contemporaries have not been able to muster:
  • Fireball in space: Astronomers capture images of a star going nova

    Fireball in space: Astronomers capture images of a star going nova
    You don’t see this every day. For the first time, astronomers have captured images of a nova very soon after the stellar explosion flared into existence and have tracked the fireball's dramatic expansion into space. The discovery, described in the...

    Solar eclipse brings observers to Mt. Wilson

    Solar eclipse brings observers to Mt. Wilson
    To mark the solar eclipse that swept across the Southern California sky on Thursday — the first one seen in Los Angeles in 2 1/2 years — the Cosmic Cafe on Mt. Wilson was serving up sandwiches and chili. This was kind of a big deal. After...

    Chicago to see partial solar eclipse Thursday

    Chicago to see partial solar eclipse Thursday
    Attention stargazers: Thursday afternoon's sunset will coincide with a partial solar eclipse. That means the sun — when spied through eclipse glasses or other special viewing devices — will appear crescent-shaped. "It's a dramatic event,"...

    Enthusiasts land at JPL

    Enthusiasts land at JPL
    More than 45,000 science fans took advantage of a free offer to explore the inner workings of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory last weekend when the La Cañada facility opened its doors for its annual Open House. The event, which attracts large...