Out of This World: The Los Angeles Times Launches Its First VR Story

The Los Angeles Times is setting its sights on the stars, or more accurately, on Mars. Utilizing virtual reality and coding technology, the newspaper built its first ever VR story, “Discovering Gale Crater,” an immersive look at the Mars Gale crater. While there’s been a lot of discussion about VR as an empathy machine, Len DeGroot, director of data visualization, and Armand Emamdjomeh, Web developer and visual journalist, wanted to explore other human emotions through virtual reality: wonder,

Titan dances between school and motherhood

Walking up to the cafe, Krista English looks like a dancer. English, 24, has been dancing since she was 3 years old. “I quit for a year,” she recalls. “I was five and Power Rangers was on at the same time that dance was … but then I instantly wanted to go back.” When Derek looks up at her with his bright blue eyes, English looks like a mother. English discovered she was pregnant with her first child, a son, at age 22. The dance major was three months pregnant when she began in fall 2011. B