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

  • Check out Mars tonight: It's closer to Earth than it has been in 11 years

    Check out Mars tonight: It's closer to Earth than it has been in 11 years

    As you wind down from your Memorial Day festivities tonight, take a minute to find Mars glowing yellow and bright in the eastern sky. On the evening of May 30,  the Red Planet will come closer to Earth than it has in 11 years.  Because Mars and Earth are so close to each other tonight, our planetary...

  • Why male fruit flies have such enormous sperm

    Why male fruit flies have such enormous sperm

    Don't underestimate the manliness of the humble fruit fly: He may be small, but his sperm is not. In fact, the sperm of the fruit fly Drosophila bifurca can stretch up to nearly 6 centimeters in length. That's several times the length of the male fruit fly himself, and about 1,000 times the length...

  • The work of Neanderthals: Ancient ring-like structures from 176,000 years ago

    The work of Neanderthals: Ancient ring-like structures from 176,000 years ago

    Deep in a dark cave in southwestern France lie half a dozen mysterious structures that scientists believe were built by Neanderthals 176,000 years ago -- about 140,000 years before the first modern humans arrived in Europe. The structures, described Wednesday in the journal Nature, are located...

  • Public space: Shuttle tank delights big crowds during its ride through Los Angeles

    Public space: Shuttle tank delights big crowds during its ride through Los Angeles

    As the space shuttle external tank called ET-94 rolled toward them on Inglewood's Arbor Vitae Street on Saturday afternoon, 6-year-olds Jonah Levy and Christopher Urbano offered a play-by-play of the slow-moving action.  "It's getting closer!"  "Whoa! That's so giant!" "Look, everyone! That's ginormous!"...

  • 'It's getting closer, Mom! I can see it!' #ET94

    'It's getting closer, Mom! I can see it!' #ET94

    Space shuttle tank move: ET94 arrives home May 21, 2016, 9:11 p.m. The fuel tank arrived at Exposition Park at about 6:15 p.m. It sailed through its route from Marina Del Rey to the California Science Center, arriving far ahead of schedule. 4:41 P.M. Deborah Netburn 'It's getting closer, Mom! I...

  • So many selfies with #ET94

    So many selfies with #ET94

    Space shuttle tank move: ET94 arrives home May 21, 2016, 9:11 p.m. The fuel tank arrived at Exposition Park at about 6:15 p.m. It sailed through its route from Marina Del Rey to the California Science Center, arriving far ahead of schedule. 1:13 P.M. deborah netburn So many selfies with #ET94 l...

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