Friday, October 17, 2014 4:44 am
(NAPSI)—Good news for anyone who has ever wondered how astronomers track objects like comets or what it would be like to study an asteroid belt up close. The new Great Balls of Fire interactive exhibit at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex lets you do that and much more, while discovering the risks that asteroids, comets and meteorites present to the planet. The exhibit explores how to keep track of near-Earth objects while examining the effects of possible impacts. It includes the Asteroid Encounter experience that lets you climb aboard a “spaceship” and blast off to the asteroid belt and Jupiter while compiling data about asteroids and comets. You can also explore what would happen if one of these celestial bodies were to hit close to home, determine Science Fact or Science Fiction of Hollywood movie clips and take part in many other activities. While at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, you can also see the historic Atlantis spacecraft, a Saturn V moon rocket, IMAX 3-D space films, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame and tour Kennedy Space Center itself. Further facts and fun can be found at (855) 378-0167 and www.KennedySpaceCenter.com. You may even win a bit of space all your own. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Astronomy magazine have partnered to host the Great Balls of Fire Sweepstakes, giving away a 9.6-pound authentic meteorite collectible and a space adventure trip for four to the Visitor Complex. You can enter the sweepstakes online at www.astronomy.com/KennedySweeps until midnight on Nov. 30.
Sunday, May 25, 2014 10:00 pm
Here is a remarkable film about the cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky whose ambitious attempts to create a film based on Frank Herbert's seminal science fiction novel, "Dune," failed but ultimately changed modern science fiction filmmaking forever. The names dropped in this film are nothing short of fantastic and the story insightful - not just for the world of filmmaking but life in general. When is a failure not a failure? "When I first started watching this film, I thought it was a story about a director but, it is completely different, unexpected and unique," comments KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O, age 12. His full review is below.
Thursday, May 8, 2014 4:44 am
(NAPSI)—The 30th annual awards event celebrated the winners in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests before a packed hall and hundreds more from around the world who watched the event as it streamed live. Keynote speaker NASA astronaut Leland D. Melvin, a previous NFL player for the Detroit Lions, spoke about the importance of keeping one’s dreams and not giving up and how science fiction indeed was the inspiration for so much of what we find now in space exploration.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:00 pm
(StatePoint) Long breaks from reading, writing and critical thinking can be detrimental for students. That’s why savvy parents ensure that kids keep learning over summer. With the implementation of the Common Core and Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Standards, bridging the gap between school years is more important than ever.
Sunday, December 22, 2013 10:00 pm
(StatePoint) Sometimes it can be hard to convince kids that learning is fun. While parents can’t necessarily control how exciting the school day is, they can make off-hours learning more fun and exciting -- especially when it comes to a potentially hands-on subject like science.
Friday, May 24, 2013 12:00 am
Obaid Rehman is a soft-spoken young man with a bright future ahead of him. Independence High School’s graduation ceremony is no sweat compared to the news he is waiting for.
Monday, May 13, 2013 12:27 pm
As a high school kid, I had never seen anything like it.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:00 am
Now let's see if I have this straight: If it's colder, it's global warming. If it's hotter, it's global warming. If there's more snow, it's the same answer. If there's less snow? Well, you guessed it.
Friday, November 9, 2012 12:00 am
Sixteen-year-old Ian Holt wore a blue dog collar with a tag labeled "Blaze," a T-shirt depicting a wolf on a mountain range, and had a soft grey faux-fur tail clipped to the belt loop of his jeans on Oct. 31.
Friday, August 17, 2012 7:24 am
The back cover is closed, and the book is set down with a sigh that is half-satisfaction, half-accomplishment.
Friday, February 17, 2012 2:49 am
I am a big science fiction fan. I find that science moves far too slowly and I am ready to travel light years into the abyss of space. Having said that, it is easy to understand why I found the X-47B so interesting.
Friday, September 16, 2011 8:13 am
We’re moving into the fall movie season this week with a look at
Steven Soderbergh’s disease pot-boiler “Contagion,” with a review
of Nicolas Winding Refn’s hotly anticipated crime thriller “Drive”
coming next time. After that we’ll hit a bit of a lull with
(tentatively scheduled) reviews of the lighthearted inside-baseball
flick “Moneyball” and the cancer dramedy “50/50,” but I’m confident
that things will pick up again soon. And, as I said before, be on
the lookout for periodic horror-themed DVD picks as we approach
Friday, September 9, 2011 12:00 am
The vine mealy bug has been pestering winegrape growers in Lodi
for more than a decade, but the Lodi Winegrape Commission and pest
control experts are fighting back with a wasp that savagely attacks
Friday, September 2, 2011 8:02 am
Times like these, you have to seek comfort wherever you can find
it. I often look to movies for some extra degree of solace, and it
seems that sometimes it can be found in the unlikeliest of
Friday, August 26, 2011 8:10 am
We’re back to standard reviews with a largely ambivalent look at
the “Fright Night” remake, which if nothing else has at least
gotten me psyched for the roster of horror and thriller titles
rolling out over the next few weeks.
Friday, August 19, 2011 8:32 am
Do not miss tomorrow's Ducks In Lodi comic by Marc Lutz.
Friday, August 19, 2011 8:26 am
I had intended to tackle “30 Minutes or Less” this week, but
horrible reviews and the film’s highly questionable subject matter
have tilted me toward using this column as an opportunity to take a
quick look back on the summer movie season as it winds down, and
preview some promising fall/winter releases.
Friday, August 12, 2011 8:18 am
Summer is winding down, and I find myself unburdened by the
bitter cynicism that typically plagues me this time of year. It’s a
pretty good time to be a moviegoer, relatively speaking, as it’s
rare thing indeed to look at a multiplex marquee and actually find
a handful of films that are worth seeing (“The Smurfs,” of course,
Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Jon Favreau star in “Cowboys
Friday, August 5, 2011 7:52 am
See, I told you things were looking up for the summer movie
season. This weekend sees the debut of “Rise of the Planet of the
Apes,” which is garnering some very favorable early reviews (I’ll
have a look next week), and I hear that “Captain America: First
Avenger” is an increasingly rare example of a superhero flick done
right. (I was supposed to do a dual review this week to include it,
but life intervened. Assume that you have my blessing to see
Friday, July 22, 2011 10:18 am
The history lover: Tom Kohlhepp
What I’ve been reading: I picked up
“Smithsonian Timelines of the Ancient World,” by Chris Scarre.
Favorite reads: I read history books designed
for junior high and high school.
Biggest sellers in your bookstore, Tom’s Used
Books: “Jaycee Dugard: A Stolen Life” — It sold out in the
Saturday, June 11, 2011 12:00 am
Brianne Plines is walking, talking and breathing all on her
These abilities sound effortless, but less than two weeks ago
Plines could not even take a breath without a machine's help.
Now, Plines has new strength — and fresh hope — after undergoing
a double-lung transplant. The surgery could mark major progress in
Plines' lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis, a debilitating and
sometimes fatal genetic disease of the body's mucus glands that
often causes severe respiratory and digestive disorders.
Saturday, June 4, 2011 12:00 am
There will be a number of programs for children at the Lodi
Public Library this week. All programs are free to the public.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 12:00 am
Looking to take a break from the summer heat and travel to
foreign lands? The Lodi Public Library is hoping to take children,
teens and adults on an adventure with its summer reading
Thursday, May 12, 2011 7:34 am
More than 100 women attended the Lodi Branch American
Association of University Women’s Authors’ Tea, which was held on
April 9 to raise funds for scholarships for senior girls at all
four Lodi Unified School District high schools and for middle
school girls to attend Tech Trek science/math summer camp.
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