Stories for November 21, 2011
Attendees of "OCCU-PIE San Diego" are likely to leave Monday's event with a full stomach.
The final episode shows how in 1995 Edward Witten of Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, aided by others, revolutionized string theory by successfully uniting the five different versions into a single theory that is cryptically named “M-theory,” a development that required a total of 11 dimensions. But the new 11th dimension is different from all the others, since it implies that strings can come in higher dimensional shapes called membranes, or “branes” for short. These possess truly science-fiction-like qualities, since in principle they can be as large as the universe. A brane can even be a universe — a parallel universe — and we may be living in one right now.
Brian Greene takes us on a tour of a brave new theory at the frontier of physics: that our universe may not be the only one. Instead, it may be just one of an infinite number of worlds that make up the multiverse. It won’t be easy to prove, but if it’s right, our understanding of space, time and our place in the universe will never be the same.
Featuring ample film clips and rare footage of screen tests and interviews, "The Magic Of Audrey" captures the unique allure and charisma of one of the world’s most famous and photographed women. Audrey Hepburn, who lit up the silver screen for decades with her beauty and elegance, is one of Hollywood's all time greatest stars. The film revisits her classic roles; the causes she championed; the people she loved, the clothes she wore and the fashions she inspired, and her leading men — including Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Gregory Peck.
The new major is meant to prepare students for careers in sustainable business, public policy, environmental education and other fields, according to the school.
San Diego Lifeguards today were determining what to do with a dead 50-foot fin whale that washed up ashore on an isolated Point Loma beach yesterday.
It has been called the most spectacular terror attack since 9/11. On the night of November 26, 2008, 10 men armed with guns and grenades launched an assault on Mumbai with a military precision that left 166 dead. FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the mysterious circumstances behind David Headley’s rise from heroin dealer and U.S. government informant to master plotter of the 2008 attack on Mumbai.
San Diego voters will decide in June if they want to eliminate city pensions for most new hires. Backers of the proposal say pensions don’t work in today’s society. But one pension expert who says that’s not exactly the case.