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By Jason Wells | January 30, 2007
Students in Cathi Garcia's science class went around the world in 30 minutes — and learned a few things along the way. Kindergarten through eighth-grade students at Holy Redeemer School filed into the gymnasium during their science-class period Monday and got a crash course in geography using a huge, inflatable globe measuring 19 feet high and 22 feet in diameter. "It's just a really beautiful, big thing for the kids to see," said Garcia, who brought a similar prop into the gym four years ago. Earth's geographic features were printed on the globe using satellite images, creating a much more accurate representation of the planet than a textbook map, Garcia said.
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Dan Kimber | June 4, 2010
Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber's “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece. L ast Friday I wrote about a new world fashioned by my 11th-grade students whose goal was to avoid the fate of planet Earth, which had been destroyed by thermo-nuclear war. The human experiment turned out to be a dismal failure, and it was incumbent on my students to work out a better way. Here are some of their suggestions, some of which did not pass, and some of which did, with laws requiring a two-thirds majority.
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June 16, 2004
I don't know what prompted Ray Shelton's Community Commentary on June 1 declaring environmentalism the biggest threat to mankind, but he fails to make his case. Much of his article is unsupported opinion without any reference as to source. He has to reach 15 years into the past for a quote to support his thesis, while I spent a few minutes on the Internet searching a few environmental organizations that came to mind. I found the following current information: Greenpeace mission statement excerpt: "Greenpeace organizes public campaigns for: The protection of oceans and ancient forests; The phase-out of fossil fuels and the promotion of renewable energy to stop climate change; The elimination of toxic chemicals; The prevention of genetically modified organisms being released into nature; An end to the nuclear threat and nuclear contamination; Safe and sustainable trade.
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By Jeff Klemzak | May 16, 2009
The ?Earth? experience, a compelling documentary from the Disney Nature Series, is one that shouldn?t be missed, even if you feel that you may have already seen enough of that from the old days of ?The Wonderful World of Color.? ?Earth? is a wonderful motion picture. The film crew assembled for this project counted almost 60 cameramen who followed their quarry via Jeeps and trucks, mini-submarines, and in at least one sequence in a two-man hot-air balloon that found itself tangled in the top of a tree during a particularly dicey film shoot.
FEATURES
July 15, 2006
Yahoo.com has offered opportunities for celebrities to ask questions to Yahoo users. Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has reportedly chimed in with a question ? "In a world that is in chaos politically, socially and environmentally, how can the human race sustain itself?" Hawking has reportedly said that the ability for humans to continue living depends on our ability to colonize away from Earth as the planet is increasingly threatened by disaster. From a faith perspective, what do you think humans must do to sustain the human race?
NEWS
June 22, 2013
The largest and brightest full moon of 2013 will light up the sky this weekend when it passes the closest point to the Earth in its elliptical orbit. The so-called  supermoon  will reach its closest distance to the Earth at exactly 4:32 a.m. PDT Sunday, but both Saturday night and Sunday morning will offer good opportunities to observe the spectacle,  according to NASA.  The supermoon will be up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon. When the moon reaches its perigee, it will be just 221,824 miles away from Earth -- or 16,176 miles closer than usual.
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March 25, 2008
The Glendale News-Press visited Fremont Elementary School and asked students: “What have you learned about the seasons since you’ve been tracking the sun with a compass?”   “I’ve learned that during fall, the sun’s rays are long and in winter the sun’s rays are long. Spring is kind of shorter. The sun is reflecting at a different angle.” Jennifer Mendez, 11 Glendale       “I learned that winter has longer shadows and summer has shorter ones because the sun has to go around the Earth.
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By Mary O’Keefe | July 18, 2008
Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge has launched a new website that has gone global, literally. The website http://climate.jpl.nasa. gov allows the viewer to explore the global climate change. ?This website has attracted more attention than any other website I have worked on,? said Michael Gunson, JPL chief scientist for Earth science technology. The website covers a multitude of areas concerning climate change from raising sea levels to carbon dioxide levels.
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September 17, 2012
William O. Meichtry January 5, 1922 - August 19, 2012. The true miracle is not walking on water, it is not walking in air, but simply walking on this earth. Rest in peace, you walked this earth with vigor and influenced all who were fortunate to call you son, brother, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, uncle and friend. Your achievements were many, among them a World War II Navy pilot, honored Stetson Hat salesman and avid golfer. Now we know you are golfing under par with your friends and family in Heaven!
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | August 14, 2013
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is known for its exploration of space, but the La Cañada Flintridge facility is starting to focus its gaze back to Earth. Three new missions scheduled to launch in 2014 will examine soil moisture, wind, and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The data obtained from the orbiters sent on these missions can be used by farmers, meteorologists and others in understanding how the planet works, scientists said. PHOTOS: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visits JPL “Last year was the year of Mars,” said JPL Director Charles Elachi on Tuesday.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | July 9, 2013
A rover that NASA plans to launch to Mars in 2020 is slated to collect samples of the Red Planet while setting the stage for a future human mission, the space agency announced Tuesday. The mission, which is estimated to cost $1.5 billion, also has science goals similar to previous Mars rover missions, including the search for past habitable environments. The Mars rover Curiosity, which landed on the planet last August, discovered clues earlier this year, that Mars could have once supported life.
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June 22, 2013
The largest and brightest full moon of 2013 will light up the sky this weekend when it passes the closest point to the Earth in its elliptical orbit. The so-called  supermoon  will reach its closest distance to the Earth at exactly 4:32 a.m. PDT Sunday, but both Saturday night and Sunday morning will offer good opportunities to observe the spectacle,  according to NASA.  The supermoon will be up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon. When the moon reaches its perigee, it will be just 221,824 miles away from Earth -- or 16,176 miles closer than usual.
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February 15, 2013
The meteor that created a shock wave when it entered Earth's atmosphere early Friday is not connected to the asteroid that is slated to pass by the planet today, according to scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Hundreds of people were injured as a meteor, brighter than the sun, streaked over Russia Friday. The blast was caught on several homemade videos. The meteor was about 15 meters in diamter and weighed 7,000 tons before enetering Earth's atmosphere, according to JPL. Asteroid 2012 DA14, a rock expected to fly in a close distance over our planet around 11 a.m., is 150 meters in diameter.
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February 14, 2013
The largest asteroid to come in close contact with Earth is set to fly by our planet Friday morning. The rock, called Asteroid 2012 DA14, is 150 feet in diameter and will fly around 27,000 km above the surface of Earth. The moon is roughly 384,400 km from Earth. NASA astronomers have said there is no chance of an impact. The close encounter will take place around 11 a.m. Unfortunately, you won't be able to see the rock during the day, even with a small telescope. But NASA will stream images and live commentary from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on NASA TV . Images from Europe and Australia will be shown starting at 9 a.m. Commentary from JPL starts at 11 a.m. The broadcast is available online at: www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2 and www.nasa.gov/ntv . -- Tiffany Kelly, Times Community News Follow Tiffany Kelly on Google+ and on Twitter @LATiffanyKelly .
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September 17, 2012
William O. Meichtry January 5, 1922 - August 19, 2012. The true miracle is not walking on water, it is not walking in air, but simply walking on this earth. Rest in peace, you walked this earth with vigor and influenced all who were fortunate to call you son, brother, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, uncle and friend. Your achievements were many, among them a World War II Navy pilot, honored Stetson Hat salesman and avid golfer. Now we know you are golfing under par with your friends and family in Heaven!
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By Andy Klein | February 10, 2012
The title of this sequel to the 2008 “Journey to the Center of the Earth” gets points as marginally clever. Since the center of the earth doesn't figure into the new film, the filmmakers have retained the word “journey” and branded it with the numeral “2” to drive home the connection; at the same time, it reads aloud as “Journey to the Mysterious Island.” The film itself can likewise be regarded as marginally clever. It employs the same conceit as its predecessor - that 21st century characters can rediscover the world within Jules Verne's novels, because the novels themselves were only disguised as fiction.
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By Pat Grant | February 4, 2012
Lift off. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and I were pulling G's and climbing toward the stars. And that's the closest I ever got to space travel - sharing an elevator ride with this famous voyager to the moon. I was 15 when the Russians launched the first satellite in 1957; a spindly little aluminum ball that did nothing but whirl around the Earth and beep. At night we strained our eyes to catch a glimpse of this tiny moving dot in the sky. The first feeble efforts of the U.S. to launch a satellite were almost comical; one Redstone rocket after another crashed and burned on the launch pad. Rocket scientist Werner Von Braun became that contradiction in terms: a good Nazi.
THE818NOW
January 17, 2012
NASA is scheduled to announce which of the names submitted by more than 11,000 students from across the nation will be picked for two lunar space probes that will map the moon like never before. The solar-powered GRAIL twins will give scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory an unprecedented amount of data on the moon, such as its gravitational field, which will allow them to better understand how Earth and other planets in the solar system came to be. More than 11,000 students from 45 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, took part in a contest to name the twin orbiters, according to NASA.
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By Raul Roa, raul.roa@latimes.com | November 10, 2011
Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists hit the desert this week to get eyeball to eyeball with a passing asteroid, using a massive satellite dish to ping microwaves off the huge space object and gain a sense of what it is made of and when it is coming around again. Scientists at NASA's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex 30 miles north of Barstow were just 200,000 miles or so from asteroid 2005 YU55. Lance Benner, the lead scientist on the project, said the close encounter “significantly refined [understanding of]
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