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  • Without mandatory helipads, L.A. skyline can take off

    Without mandatory helipads, L.A. skyline can take off
    For four decades, the Los Angeles skyline has been shaped by one rule: Every tall building must have an emergency helicopter landing pad on its roof.
  • Daylight saving time: 13 ways to survive the time change

    Daylight saving time: 13 ways to survive the time change
    Daylight saving time is little more than an annoyance to many people. But for some of us, the "spring forward" aspect -- the loss of one hour's sleep -- creates a national case of jet lag. And it's not just a bad case of grogginess, or the feeling of...

    Federal funding drives innovation [Commentary]

    Federal funding drives innovation [Commentary]
    The nation suffers from more than a federal deficit. Studies by congressional and scientific panels repeatedly warn of an "innovation deficit" that weakens our technological edge. Decades of strong federal support for university research and education...

    Earthquakes on the brain

    Earthquakes on the brain
    I'm generally not an alarmist about earthquakes. As a California native, I've experienced my share of small to moderate reminders that our fair state is fractured from head to toe and we're all standing on broken plates. But the shaking is putting me on...

    New and improved atomic clock: A revolution in timekeeping is coming

    New and improved atomic clock: A revolution in timekeeping is coming
    With a new and improved atomic clock, the standard of time in America is about to change -- a teeny, tiny bit. For the first time in 15 years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, is adding a new official atomic clock,...