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Deborah Netburn

Study: Weekend-Only Drug Use Frequently Slips Into Weekday Drug Use

Beware, weekend ragers: A new study suggests that people who use drugs only on the weekends frequently begin using them on weekdays too.

May 11, 2015

Stable Philae Lander Sends Back First Images From Surface Of Comet

Get the latest on the Philae probe’s remarkable journey.

November 13, 2014

Study: 5 Days Away From Computer Screens Boosts Preteens’ Social Awareness

By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times What happens when you take about 50 sixth-graders and send them to a nature camp with no access to computers, tablets, and mobile phones? A new study suggests that after just five days their ability to understand nonverbal social cues improves. Nonverbal social cues are the emotional information we […]

August 22, 2014

Study Finds No Link Between Certain Weather Conditions, Lower Back Pain

By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times Have you ever noticed that your lower back pain flares up during a rainstorm? Or when the temperature suddenly drops? Or when there’s a change in humidity or air pressure? Well, then you’ve been noticing wrong, according to a study published this week in the journal Arthritis Care & […]

July 11, 2014

Study: Not Enough Exercise Is Likely To Blame For Obesity Epidemic

By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A new study suggests that under-exercising, rather than overeating, may be at the heart of America’s obesity epidemic. Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine report a strong correlation between the rise in obesity and a striking drop in the amount of time Americans spend exercising […]

July 8, 2014

Scientists Come Up With Pass Codes You Can’t Forget

By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times Imagine a whole new type of password — one that lets you dispense with all those numbers, letters and symbols, but is still impenetrable to attackers. Researchers at Britain’s University of York and the University of Glasgow have created a new password system that could one day allow users to […]

June 25, 2014

Lab Mice Get Addicted To Sun Exposure

By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Does basking in the sun make you feel relaxed and happy, like nothing can bother you? There may be a biological reason for that. Researchers found that mice who were regularly exposed to UV light had a higher pain tolerance than mice that were not exposed […]

June 23, 2014

Asteroid Impact That Killed The Dinosaurs Also Cooled The Earth

By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs also caused a temporary but devastating “impact winter” — darkening the sky, cooling the Earth and inhibiting photosynthesis, new research suggests. Sixty-six million years ago, a 6.2-mile-wide asteroid known as Chicxulub struck the Earth off the Yucatan coast, setting off […]

May 13, 2014

Small Microbes Almost Killed All Life On Earth, Study Suggests

By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Tiny microbes on the bottom of the ocean floor may have been responsible for the largest extinction event our planet has ever seen, according to a new study. These microbes of death were so small, that one billion of them could fit in a thimble-full of ocean […]

April 2, 2014

Women Can Get HIV From Other Women During Sex, CDC Reports

By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times The first confirmed case of a woman contracting  HIV from another woman during sex was reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week. Although there have been reports of women transmitting the human immunodeficiency virus to other women through sexual activity, they have been difficult to prove. For nearly all […]

March 14, 2014

Scientists Identify Oldest Crystal On Earth — 4.4 Billion Years Old

By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times The oldest known material on Earth is a tiny bit of zircon crystal that has remained intact for an incredible 4.4 billion years, a study confirms. The ancient remnant of the early Earth may change the way we think about how our planet first formed. The crystal is the […]

February 24, 2014