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April 22nd
Dressed in long sleeves and a sensible safari hat, Dr. Diane Brown carried a sign that read, “My patients need science because lupus is not cured, juvenile arthritis is not cured … CANCER is not cured!” Brown, a rheumatologist at Child…
April 22nd
Scientists and their supporters took to the streets of Washington and other cities around the country and the world Saturday, with many expressing worries about a diminishing role for fact-based research under the Trump administration. Waving signs with …
April 22nd
More than 500 cities around the world, including 40 in California, will host a March for Science on Saturday. In Los Angeles, thousands are expected to descend on downtown. High-profile speakers include seismologist Lucy Jones and billionaire climate cha…
April 21st
The March for Science is kind of a funny thing. The organizers insist that the event will be nonpartisan. But it will feature many of the trappings of a political march — signs, chants and speakers riling up the crowd. The situation presents a quan…
April 20th
For the first time, astronomers have caught a type Ia supernova being magnified by more than 50 times and split into four images in the night sky thanks to gravitational lensing. The discovery, described in the journal Science, could help scientists get …
April 20th
Enthusiasm for science runs so deep in Los Angeles that a March for Science was organized here not once but twice. One of those times was a week after the presidential inauguration. Jennifer Wheeler was scrolling through her Facebook feed at the Temple C…
April 19th
A Boston-based water development company is paying former Sen. Barbara Boxer to push for approval of a proposed seawater desalination plant that has been mired for years in environmental controversy. Boxer, a Democrat, will lobby the California Coastal C…
April 19th
What old brains need is a shot of young blood — and the younger the better. It may sound like a metaphor employed by a randy octogenarian. But new research on mice suggests it can be taken quite literally. Writing in the journal Nature, Stanford Un…
April 19th
Astronomers say they’ve pinpointed a potentially habitable planet that might offer our best chance of characterizing an alien atmosphere in the near future. The planet LHS 1140b, described this week in the journal Nature, provides a tempting target…
April 18th
What’s more amazing than kissing a frog and getting a handsome prince? How about scraping off a bit of the mucus layer that covers his skin and finding in it a potent weapon against influenza? That, quite simply, is what scientists from Emory Unive…
April 18th
Now here’s a contagion that might not be so bad to encounter. A new analysis of the running habits of about 1.1 million people reveals that exercise is indeed contagious — though its communicability depends on who’s spreading it. The fi…
April 17th
The editors of the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine are urging their colleagues in the medical community to join the March for Science. To make sure they leave no room for doubt, the headline on their editorial reads, “Alternative Facts Have…
April 17th
The water spread into every corner of the fields, beckoning wading ibises and egrets as it bathed long rows of sprouting grapevines. Several inches had covered the vineyard ground for a couple of months. But rather than draining it, Don Cameron was pouri…
April 14th
The post-drought good news continued Friday as the State Water Project announced that it was boosting deliveries to the highest levels in 11 years. Most agencies, including the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, will get 85% of the amoun…
April 14th
One of the amazing (and scary) things about artificial intelligence programs is that in learning to mimic their human masters so perfectly, these wonders of computer software hold up a mirror to patterns of behavior we engage in every day but may not eve…
April 14th
A new report lays out one of the consequences of the rise of childhood obesity in America: a corresponding increase in childhood cases of type 2 diabetes.
April 13th
The best chances of finding extraterrestrial life might lie within the water-rich moons in our own solar system. On its deepest dive through the spray that shoots up from Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft picked up signs…
April 12th
Scientists have identified one of the earliest known dinosaur relatives — and it doesn’t look anything like they expected. Researchers had thought that the oldest dinosaur cousins would look rather like small, two-legged dinosaurs themselves.…
April 11th
For men between the ages of 55 and 69, getting screened for prostate cancer is a mixed bag of possible, down-the-road benefits and just-as-possible immediate harms. That means there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the fraught question of whether t…
April 10th
Using that nifty fitness monitor to keep track of your heart rate while you exercise? If you exercise while remaining still, it may work pretty well. If you move while exercising, not so much. A study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine p…
April 7th
A team of astronomers says they’ve caught wind of an atmosphere around a super-Earth known as GJ 1132b, just 39 light-years away. The findings, described in the Astronomical Journal, mark another step on the road to determining whether alien worlds…
April 7th
Startlingly green hills, surging rivers and the snow-wrapped Sierra Nevada had already signaled what Gov. Jerry Brown made official Friday: The long California drought is over. Brown issued an executive order that lifts the drought emergency in all but a…
April 6th
State officials said Thursday that they hope to sign a contract for reconstruction of the heavily damaged Lake Oroville spillway by April 17. “We’re working very fast,” said Bill Croyle, acting director of the Department of Water Resour…
April 6th
Bad news for bats: White-nose syndrome, a disease caused by a fungus that has been killing millions of bats across the Northeast, has reached Texas. Conservationists and state and federal wildlife officials confirmed in March that the fungal infection ha…
April 6th
In the hills of Baja California, Michael Wall and Jim Berrian found a creature that’s the stuff of nightmares for most people: a cave spider nearly the size of a tarantula. For the two San Diego Natural History Museum researchers, it was an excitin…