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Deborah Netburn

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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

  • This 'Kite Runner' arthopod kept its young tethered to its body with strings

    This 'Kite Runner' arthopod kept its young tethered to its body with strings

    Modern-day parents aren't the first to put their kids on a leash. This week researchers describe an unusual 430-million-year-old arthropod that appears to have kept its young tethered to its body with strings in order to keep them safe. Arthropods are a diverse group of animals that include crustaceans,...

  • What does it mean to have a 'good death'?

    What does it mean to have a 'good death'?

    What do you see when you picture an ideal death? Are you surrounded by friends and family members, or is the setting more intimate? Are you at a hospital or at home? Are you pain-free? Were you able to feed yourself up until your death? Is there a spiritual element to your experience?  "We talk...

  • FDA softens restrictions on 'abortion pill' Mifeprex

    FDA softens restrictions on 'abortion pill' Mifeprex

    The FDA has approved new labeling for the drug Mifeprex that could make it easier for women in some states to access medical abortions. Mifeprex (its generic name is mifepristone) is also known as "the abortion pill" or the "early option pill." It was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration...

  • Scientists are sending fungi into space in the hope of developing new medicines

    Scientists are sending fungi into space in the hope of developing new medicines

    Scientists are sending four strains of fungi to the International Space Station to see what happens when the tiny organisms contend with the stress of microgravity and space radiation. It's not just for kicks. Researchers say that putting these fungi in an extraterrestrial environment could cause...

  • Historic double comet flyby coming Monday and Tuesday: Here's what you need to know

    Historic double comet flyby coming Monday and Tuesday: Here's what you need to know

    Two comets are headed for a historic flyby of Earth this week, and you don't want to miss them. The bigger of the two bodies, known as 252P/LINEAR, is about 750 feet in size and surrounded by an emerald green cloud of gas. It is expected to make its closest approach to our planet on March 21 at...

  • Pluto is defying scientists' expectations in so many ways

    Pluto is defying scientists' expectations in so many ways

    Ask Alan Stern to name the most surprising thing learned from NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto, and he'll tell you to rephrase the question. “A better question would be, ‘What isn't puzzling or mysterious?’ Because that's a much shorter list,” said Stern, the planetary scientist in charge of...

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