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  • 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...
  • Study casts doubt on rate of Antarctic sea ice growth

    Study casts doubt on rate of Antarctic sea ice growth
    A new study suggests that scientists must reexamine records that show increases in Antarctic sea ice since 1979. Researchers found that something changed in the way satellite data get converted into ice cover, but they can’t yet identify the exact...
  • Rain of asteroids melted early Earth, boiled its oceans, study shows

    Rain of asteroids melted early Earth, boiled its oceans, study shows
    When you look up at the moon’s pockmarked face, you’re actually staring at Earth’s early history. The rain of asteroids that pummeled the lunar surface hit our planet too — it’s just that erosion and plate tectonics blotted...
  • Indulge your inner kitchen geek: Genuine Ideas is the place

    Indulge your inner kitchen geek: Genuine Ideas is the place
    Have you ever wanted to stick a thermocouple in a carrot and chart the rate at which it heats in a steamer, in a pot of boiling water and in a hot oven? Does the phrase “latent heat of condensation” fill your heart with joy? Boy, are you...
  • During penalty shootouts, goalies fall prey to 'gambler's fallacy'

    During penalty shootouts, goalies fall prey to 'gambler's fallacy'
    Penalty kick shootouts are not a goalkeeper’s favorite way to settle a soccer match. Alone in the net, goalies must face off against a string of kickers and try to anticipate which way the ball will come hurtling toward the goal. Psychologists...
  • A wrinkle in time: Finding the ice age in urban Los Angeles

    A wrinkle in time: Finding the ice age in urban Los Angeles
    Just beyond the traffic and palm trees of Wilshire Boulevard, hidden beneath the shadows of nondescript office buildings, lie the tar-slicked bones of many thousand long-dead creatures. These unfortunates found themselves mired in the sticky bitumen...
  • Dinosaur hunter is making prehistory

    Dinosaur hunter is making prehistory
    Scott Richardson is up at dawn, standing atop a rocky ridgeline near his base camp, a solitary figure in the slanting light. He surveys a primordial wilderness of dry creek beds and stands of juniper and pinyon pine. "This is dinosaur country," he says,...
  • New robot learns from plain speech, not computer code [Video]

    New robot learns from plain speech, not computer code [Video]
    In a small kitchen, an amateur cook roots around in the cupboard for a package of ramen. He fills a pot with water, tosses in the noodles, and sets them on the stove to cook. But this chef won’t enjoy the fruits of his labor. That’s because...
  • Southland falls short of achieving 20% voluntary cut in water use

    Southland falls short of achieving 20% voluntary cut in water use
    Southern Californians have fallen far short of achieving the 20% voluntary cut in water use sought by Gov. Jerry Brown in the face of the deep drought afflicting every corner of the state. A recent statewide survey found that urban water use in...
  • NASA Mars test a success. Now to master the parachute

    NASA Mars test a success. Now to master the parachute
    Halfway to space in the skies above Hawaii, NASA successfully tested its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, a vehicle equipped with new technology for ferrying heavy payloads to Mars. A massive balloon lifted the saucer-shaped vehicle from a naval base...
  • Blocking Californians' beach access will soon carry a hefty fine

    Blocking Californians' beach access will soon carry a hefty fine
    Frustrated beachgoers this summer will finally have a remedy against anyone who blocks public access to California's shoreline. Under a new law that takes effect Tuesday, the California Coastal Commission will for the first time have the authority to...