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

  • The human eye can detect a single photon, study finds

    The human eye can detect a single photon, study finds

    Your eyes may be more sensitive than you ever thought possible. In a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications, researchers report that our warm, wet, multicellular eyes have evolved such a high level of sensitivity that they can, on occasion, detect a single photon aimed at the retina. ...

  • Why we feel emotions in our guts, and what microbes have to do with it

    Why we feel emotions in our guts, and what microbes have to do with it

    In the dark, oxygen-free zone of our large intestines, a vast community of life is flourishing. Scientists say there are more than 100 trillion microbes living there, and if you gathered them all together, they would weigh more than our brains. In his new book, “The Mind-Gut Connection,” Dr. Emeran...

  • Why scientists are surprised by this strange giant planet and its three suns

    Why scientists are surprised by this strange giant planet and its three suns

    In a strange solar system 320 light years from our own, scientists have spotted a planet with three suns that rise in the morning and set at night. Luke Skywalker’s two-sunned home planet of Tatooine has nothing on this real-life world in our own galaxy. The newly discovered planet is described...

  • What germs are riding the subway with you? You'll be surprised

    What germs are riding the subway with you? You'll be surprised

    What microbes are lurking in the Boston subway system? A team of scientists armed with sterile cotton swabs and a bit of soap rode the Red, Orange and Green lines of the T to find out. What they discovered surprised them. It turns out that the slick metal poles and well-worn hand grips used by...

  • British scientists are freaking out about 'Brexit' too

    British scientists are freaking out about 'Brexit' too

    Brexit updates: What’s happening now that Britain voted to leave the EU June 28, 2016, 8:27 a.m. Britons voted Thursday to leave the 28-nation European Union, a stunning decision that appeared to defy economic reason and cast doubts over the future of the bloc that been a bulwark for peace and...

  • British scientists are freaking out about 'Brexit' too

    British scientists are freaking out about 'Brexit' too

    Britain’s decision to exit the European Union has affected all aspects of British society – even science.  On Friday, the Royal Astronomical Society, which works to advance science research, took a break from promoting new findings in astronomy and geophysics to weigh in on the results of the referendum....

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