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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

  • Diabetes nation? Half of Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes

    Diabetes nation? Half of Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes

    About half of all Americans have either diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to a new report. And experts in the field say that's good news. That's because the study finds that after two decades of linear growth, the prevalence of diabetes in the United States has finally started to plateau. In...

  • Dark, star-filled skies draw visitors to national parks, survey finds

    Dark, star-filled skies draw visitors to national parks, survey finds

    What do you look for in a vacation -- rest and relaxation? Gorgeous vistas? Cultural experiences? How about a view of the cosmos?  A new study suggests that gazing upon a naturally dark sky that is unpolluted by artificial light plays a significant role in visitors' enjoyment of national parks....

  • We finally know how many trees there are in the world

    We finally know how many trees there are in the world

    How many trees are there on planet Earth? According to a new study, the answer is somewhere around 3.04 trillion. That's about 400 trees for every person. And while that may seem like a lot, scientists say that before humans began clearing forests, the Earth was home to nearly twice as many trees....

  • A 6-foot-long 'sea scorpion' swam and scuttled in ancient seas

    A 6-foot-long 'sea scorpion' swam and scuttled in ancient seas

    Scientists have found evidence of a giant scorpion-like animal that roamed the seas hundreds of millions of years before the dinosaurs. The research team named the newly discovered creature Pentecopterus decorahenis because it looks like early Greek warships known as penteconters. "Decorahenis"...

  • What the dust in your house reveals about you

    What the dust in your house reveals about you

    Even if you live by yourself, you do not live alone. In a new analysis of dust samples collected from 1,200 homes across the United States, researchers report that most of us cohabitate with a few thousand species of bacteria and about 2,000 species of fungi. But don't reach for the scrub brush...

  • Birth order may affect weight in women study finds

    Birth order may affect weight in women study finds

    Bad news, big sisters: A new study finds that firstborn girls are more likely to be overweight or obese than their second-born sisters. The findings are based on data collected from more than 13,400 pairs of sisters born in Sweden. According to the study, older sisters are 29% more likely to be...

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