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

  • How L.A.'s March for Science came to be

    How L.A.'s March for Science came to be

    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 City Library while her 2-year-old played in...

  • Why doctors are being urged to join the March for Science on Saturday

    Why doctors are being urged to join the March for Science on Saturday

    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 No Place in Science.” Published by the American...

  • Having a common cold feels worse if you're lonely

    Having a common cold feels worse if you're lonely

    Sometimes, life kicks you when you’re down. According to new research, that crummy, achy, sneezy feeling you get when you have a cold is worse if you are also feeling lonely. In the study, published Thursday in the American Psychological Assn.’s journal Health Psychology, the authors report that...

  • Exploring the magic and mystery of mushrooms with the L.A. Mycological Society

    Exploring the magic and mystery of mushrooms with the L.A. Mycological Society

    There was a dump truck driver from Baldwin Park, a humanities professor from Long Beach, a conceptual artist from Altadena and a stay-at-home dad from Mid-City. They didn’t have much in common, except for one thing: They’d all fallen for fungus. Hard. Their shared obsession led them to the Los...

  • As the planet gets hotter, some mammals may get smaller

    As the planet gets hotter, some mammals may get smaller

    Fifty-six million years ago, about 10 million years after the dinosaurs went extinct, something strange happened to our planet. It got hot. Really hot. Hotter than it had ever been since the Earth formed a few billion years earlier. Carbon signatures in the geological record show that global temperature...

  • Your kids aren't killing you; one day they may actually help you live longer

    Your kids aren't killing you; one day they may actually help you live longer

    Sometimes — a lot of times — it feels as if being a parent is shaving years off your life, but a new study suggests that’s not the case. In fact, just the opposite may be true. In a paper published Monday in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, a team of Swedish researchers report...

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