Latest threat to Pompeii's treasure: Italy's red tape

By By RACHEL DONADIO and ELISABETTA POVOLEDO, Los Angeles Times April 20, 2013, 06:22 PM

Crumbling under the weight of Italian red tape, Pompeii is a metaphor for the country.

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This fish's DNA may hold the key to how fish learned to walk...

By Los Angeles Times April 20, 2013, 04:29 PM

In the hope of reconstructing a pivotal step in evolution — the colonization of land by fish that learned to...

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Is this the missing link? Evidence suggest yes

By Los Angeles Times April 13, 2013, 05:37 PM

With long arms, high shoulder blades and powerful fingers, the ancient creatures were built for climbing trees. But they also...

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How galaxies get their swirl

By Mark Johnson, Los Angeles Times April 06, 2013, 06:38 PM

Researchers revealed a new understanding on the spiral arms of galaxies in a step forward in explaining how the stars...

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Obama announces initiative to research the brain

By Los Angeles Times April 06, 2013, 06:32 PM

President Obama last week outlined a government-sponsored initiative to map the human brain, casting the proposal as a way to...

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A walk in the woods does a brain good, researchers confirm

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS, Los Angeles Times April 06, 2013, 05:03 PM

Scientists have known for some time that the human brain’s ability to stay calm and focused is limited and can...

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Plate pileup likely formed mountains of Western U.S.

By Elizabeth Lopatto Bloomberg News, Los Angeles Times April 06, 2013, 05:01 PM

Researchers using new scanning technology describe “a slow dance of tectonic plates over the past 350 million years” forming the...

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Rocket engines used in Apollo program raised from ocean depths

By Mark K. Matthews, Los Angeles Times March 23, 2013, 06:00 PM

NASA, which intended for the engines to splash into the Atlantic, had nothing but praise for the “historic find.”

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Voyager 1 has left the solar system? Not so fast, NASA says

By Los Angeles Times March 23, 2013, 06:00 PM

For about three hours, Voyager 1 left the solar system. Voyager 1, one of two spacecraft NASA launched in 1977...

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Science notes: A clue to the origin of Falkland Islands wolf

By Los Angeles Times March 16, 2013, 05:10 PM

The Falkland Islands wolf, long extinct, is the only land-based mammal native to the islands. European explorers in the 17th...

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Teen's algae biofuels study wins top Intel prize

By Kevin Simpson Denver Post, Los Angeles Times March 16, 2013, 05:06 PM

She’ll use her $100,000 Intel prize money to help pay her tuition at MIT.

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Physicists say they are confident they have found a 'God particle'

By JOHN HEILPRIN , Los Angeles Times March 14, 2013, 08:36 PM

It helps solve one of the most fundamental riddles of the universe: how the Big Bang created something out of nothing 13.7 billion years ago.

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Volcanoes may counter rise in global temperatures

By Sid Perkins, Los Angeles Times March 09, 2013, 11:54 PM

Global average temperatures have been rising in recent years, but not as much as they might have, thanks to a...

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Astronomers offer new spin on black holes: They're fast

By Alicia Chang, Los Angeles Times March 02, 2013, 11:08 PM

One hole was moving close to the speed of light, an international team calculated.

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Ancient continent lost under the ocean?

By Los Angeles Times March 02, 2013, 05:01 PM

Researchers from Norway, Germany and Britain have suggested that the Indian Ocean is harboring fragments of ancient continental crust.Those fragments,...

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War of the ants intensifies in North America

By Los Angeles Times March 02, 2013, 04:56 PM

An aggressive species of ant may be losing ground in North America to a more aggressive species, a study said...

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Science briefs: At age 62, albatross produces a chick

By Los Angeles Times February 16, 2013, 05:58 PM

She is described as awesome. And maybe a little weird. She is the world's oldest known living wild bird at age 62, and she gave birth to a healthy chick.

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Feb. 16: Voyager finds another surprise

By ERYN BROWN, Los Angeles Times February 16, 2013, 05:55 PM

Leaving solar system, probe detects new neighborhood.

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Pigeon genome unlocks clues to evolution

By CARL ZIMMER, Los Angeles Times February 10, 2013, 06:57 PM

A team of scientists -- following Charles Darwin's example -- are studying pigeons to find clues to the way evolution works in general. The DNA sequencing has revealed how mutations can produce new Summary.

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Robot spacecraft drills hole in rock on surface of Mars

By AMY HUBBARD, Los Angeles Times February 10, 2013, 06:56 PM

Powder created by the drill was sucked up into the robot for analysis. Will it show evidence of moisture?

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