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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

  • 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...

  • Researchers determine what really killed Knut the polar bear

    Researchers determine what really killed Knut the polar bear

    More than four years after Knut the celebrity polar bear's death, scientists have finally uncovered the cause of his premature demise.  In a study published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers say that Knut died from inflammation of the brain caused by an autoimmune disease...

  • Couples who split child care have more sex, study finds

    Couples who split child care have more sex, study finds

    Sharing the pain and joy of child care with your spouse could pay off in the bedroom, a new study finds. Moms and dads who split child-rearing duties down the middle have a lower level of couple conflict, higher overall couple satisfaction, and higher quality sexual relationships for both partners...

  • Goodyear's Spirit of America blimp floats out of Carson and into history

    Goodyear's Spirit of America blimp floats out of Carson and into history

    On her final flight, the Spirit of America did not go down easily. The Goodyear blimp had sailed gracefully down the Pacific coast from Carson flashing the message "THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES, CALIFORNIA." But when the pilot tried to land her in front of a towering World War II-era hangar in Tustin,...

  • Seeing the Perseid meteor shower

    Seeing the Perseid meteor shower

    The Perseid meteors will continue through Aug. 26, according to NASA. However, prime viewing time will coincide with a new moon with a new moon on Thursday between 3 a.m. and dawn. Perseid meteors seem to originate from the constellation Perseus. Pegasus Cassiopeia Triangulum Perseus Looking northeast...

  • Why the 2015 Perseid meteor shower is going to be especially awesome

    Why the 2015 Perseid meteor shower is going to be especially awesome

    The Perseid meteor shower maximum is upon us, and this year especially, you don't want to miss it. The annual August meteor shower is one of the most prolific natural light shows of the year with up to 100 shooting stars streaking across the sky per hour at its peak. It's also the brightest of...

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