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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

  • Scientists aim to fight malaria with genetically engineered mosquitoes

    Scientists aim to fight malaria with genetically engineered mosquitoes

    Watch out, malaria — scientists are coming for you with genetically engineered mosquitoes. A team of researchers has altered the DNA in mosquitoes so they can fight and kill the parasites that cause malaria inside their own bodies. That way, the insects can’t transmit the deadly parasites to humans....

  • There are 6 quintillion gallons of water hiding in the Earth's crust

    There are 6 quintillion gallons of water hiding in the Earth's crust

    Most of us think of the water cycle as something that occurs above ground: water falls from the sky, evaporates back into the atmosphere and then condenses into rain or snow once again. But the water that’s above ground is just a fraction of our planet's total water story. Hidden in the Earth's...

  • Dangerous dirt: Why the animal world is obsessed with staying clean

    Dangerous dirt: Why the animal world is obsessed with staying clean

    Going without a shower for a few days might make you feel gross, but for small animals like bees and houseflies, keeping clean is a matter of life or death. A mosquito flying through the fog of the early morning may find its wings so weighed down by water droplets that it can no longer search for...

  • Leonid meteor shower 2015: Watch it live, right here

    Leonid meteor shower 2015: Watch it live, right here

      The annual Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak late Tuesday and early Wednesday, and you can watch it live, right here. Beginning at 5 p.m.,  astronomy website Slooh.com will provide a live feed of the night sky from telescopes in five countries on four continents. Watching the celestial...

  • Why we need a new definition of the word 'planet'

    Why we need a new definition of the word 'planet'

    Is it time for a new definition of “planet”? UCLA astronomer and planetary scientist Jean-Luc Margot says the answer is yes. The current definition was decreed by the International Astronomical Union just nine years ago. The problem is, it applies to only bodies within our solar system. Margot...

  • Scientists think they just found the most important planet outside our solar system

    Scientists think they just found the most important planet outside our solar system

    A small planet, just a bit bigger than Earth, has been spotted in our stellar neighborhood, just 39 light-years away.  Known as GJ 1132b, it is the closest rocky exoplanet to have ever been found, and astronomers say it could provide our most in-depth look yet at an alien world not so different...

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