Deborah Netburn

Writer

Deborah Netburn is a science reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She began her journalism career at the New York Observer in 1999, and has covered residential real estate, rich kids in Manhattan, entertainment, home and garden, national news, and technology. She has worked at the Los Angeles Times since 2006.

Recent Articles

  • L.A. takes on San Francisco in the first City Nature Challenge

    L.A. takes on San Francisco in the first City Nature Challenge

    Get out those cellphone cameras, nature lovers. The citizens of Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area have begun a weeklong battle to see who can take the most pictures of the plant and animal life in their respective corners of the Golden State. It’s the City Nature Challenge, sponsored...

  • Chauvet cave: The most accurate timeline yet of who used the cave and when

    Chauvet cave: The most accurate timeline yet of who used the cave and when

    Slowly but surely, the mysterious and haunting Chauvet cave is giving up its secrets. The cave, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site two years ago, was discovered in the south of France in 1994. Before the three amateur spelunkers found the cave in December that year, scientists believed, no human...

  • The "R" in RNA can easily be made in space, and that has implications for life beyond Earth

    The "R" in RNA can easily be made in space, and that has implications for life beyond Earth

    New research suggests that the sugar ribose -- the "R" in RNA -- is probably found in comets and asteroids that zip through the solar system and may be more abundant throughout the universe than was previously thought.   The finding has implications not just for the study of the origins of life...

  • Losing a partner can literally break your heart

    Losing a partner can literally break your heart

    The death of a life partner can throw your heart out of whack -- not just emotionally but physically, according to a new study. Researchers found that people who lost their partner within the previous 30 days are 41% more likely to develop an irregular heartbeat compared with those who were not...

  • This 'Kite Runner' arthopod kept its young tethered to its body with strings

    This 'Kite Runner' arthopod kept its young tethered to its body with strings

    Modern-day parents aren't the first to put their kids on a leash. This week researchers describe an unusual 430-million-year-old arthropod that appears to have kept its young tethered to its body with strings in order to keep them safe. Arthropods are a diverse group of animals that include crustaceans,...

  • What does it mean to have a 'good death'?

    What does it mean to have a 'good death'?

    What do you see when you picture an ideal death? Are you surrounded by friends and family members, or is the setting more intimate? Are you at a hospital or at home? Are you pain-free? Were you able to feed yourself up until your death? Is there a spiritual element to your experience?  "We talk...

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