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  • On Santa Cruz Island, rising seas present archaeological emergency

    On Santa Cruz Island, rising seas present archaeological emergency
    Archaeologist Torben Rick watched with frustration as pounding surf clawed at one of North America's oldest homesteads, a massive heap of village foundations, cutting tools, beads and kitchen discards left behind over the last 13,000 years.
  • NASA's flying saucer takes a supersonic flight, and you can tag along

    NASA's flying saucer takes a supersonic flight, and you can tag along
    By the time NASA’s flying saucer splashed down in the Pacific in June, the engineers who designed it already knew their experiment had been a huge success. From the control tower at Kauai’s Pacific Missile Range Facility, they had watched...

    Cargo ship plan aims to protect whales, air quality off Santa Barbara

    A pilot program starting this summer will tackle two environmental problems posed by thousands of cargo ships that use the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach each year: The hulking vessels are major sources of air pollution and the shipping lanes overlap...

    L.A.'s Mt. Wilson Observatory inspires the future of cosmology

    L.A.'s Mt. Wilson Observatory inspires the future of cosmology
    The first thing I notice as we climb the steep stairs is an old hand crank telephone — the kind that looks like a face with two brass bells for eyes and a black trumpet for a mouth. It sits in a cubby along with a rotary telephone from the 1950s and...

    Volunteers get their hands dirty — and like it — at La Brea Tar Pits

    Volunteers get their hands dirty — and like it — at La Brea Tar Pits
    Every Thursday morning, Judith Sydner-Gordon puts on the same simple uniform: khaki cargo pants and an electric orange T-shirt with a saber-toothed cat emblazoned across the front. Recently, she added an accessory, a miniature canine skull that dangles...