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Los Angeles Times

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

  • Computer glitch doesn't stop New Horizons: Pluto encounter almost a week away

    Computer glitch doesn't stop New Horizons: Pluto encounter almost a week away

    All systems are go for New Horizons' flyby of Pluto on July 14, members of NASA's New Horizons team said two days after a technical glitch caused the spacecraft to briefly lose touch with our planet. "The spacecraft and all the instruments are operating flawlessly," New Horizons principal investigator...

  • New Horizons spacecraft sees strange black spots on Pluto's equator

    New Horizons spacecraft sees strange black spots on Pluto's equator

    Recent images taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveal four mysterious dark spots that appear to be evenly spaced along Pluto's equator. Each of the spots is about 300 miles in diameter and has a surface area similar in size to the state of Mississippi, NASA scientists report.  "It's a real...

  • Science proves what you suspected: hiking's good for your mental health

    Science proves what you suspected: hiking's good for your mental health

    Do not underestimate the power of a walk in the woods: A new study suggests that even a 90- minute stroll in a natural environment can lead to measurable changes in the brain, and may help combat depression. Previous research has shown that just a 50-minute walk in nature can improve your mood,...

  • Astronomical sleuth reveals the timing of the iconic 1945 'Kiss'

    Astronomical sleuth reveals the timing of the iconic 1945 'Kiss'

    It's an iconic image: A sailor kisses a nurse in Times Square after hearing the news that World War II was officially over — just after 7 p.m. on August 14, 1945. Or maybe not. Some skeptics are now challenging that widely accepted story. In their version of events, the famous kiss captured by...

  • Giant sinkholes spotted on Rosetta's comet

    Giant sinkholes spotted on Rosetta's comet

    Giant pits nearly 600 feet deep on the surface of Rosetta's comet are likely caused by massive sinkholes, scientists say. In a paper published in the journal Nature, researchers describe 18 mysterious depressions on the speeding comet that they say could only occur by sinkhole collapse.  On average,...

  • 'Leap second': Why June 30 will have one extra second

    'Leap second': Why June 30 will have one extra second

    On June 30, the world will receive a gift of time: a single, extra second known as a "leap second." At that moment, the official atomic clocks that keep Universal Coordinated Time will mark the time as 23h 59m 59s, followed by the leap second 23h 59m 60s. July 1 will continue as usual, beginning...

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