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  • Smooth surfaces help make cities into sizzling urban heat islands

    Smooth surfaces help make cities into sizzling urban heat islands
    Nineteen years ago this month, Chicago experienced one of the worst heat waves in its history. Nearly 500 people, mostly poor and elderly residents of the city’s dense urban core,  perished in sweltering temperatures and oppressive humidity. The...
  • Tibetans get high-altitude edge from extinct Denisovans' genes

    Forget climbing Mt. Everest — for most humans, just eking out a living on the harsh Tibetan plateau is challenge enough. But Tibetan people have thrived there for thousands of years, and a new study says it's thanks to a genetic adaptation they...
  • U.S. reverses proposal to list wolverine as threatened species

    U.S. reverses proposal to list wolverine as threatened species
    A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official has ordered federal biologists to withdraw their conclusion that the last 300 wolverines in the continental United States deserve threatened species status. The biologists had recommended the protection on...
  • Mantis shrimp wear tinted shades to see UV light

    Mantis shrimp wear tinted shades to see UV light
    When you look at a mantis shrimp, you see a vivid lobster-like crustacean whose forearms can strike with the force of a .22-caliber bullet. But when a mantis shrimp looks at you, we have no idea what it sees. That’s because the mantis shrimp...
  • Colorado River researchers find signs of ancient, devastating floods

    Colorado River researchers find signs of ancient, devastating floods
    Scientists say it would have been a catastrophe of unprecedented proportions. If the Glen Canyon Dam had failed, it would have changed the lives of millions of people and reshaped the history of the American West. Only a lucky break in the weather...
  • 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...