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 By Benjamin Kay    Science    January 17, 2017 

Barrage of Plastic Pollutants Entering Santa Monica Bay from Monday Rains Goes Viral

I bumped into local photographer, Fabian Lewkowicz, on the bike path next to the Pico-Kenter Storm Drain this past Monday morning at 7:30am. I was in a hurry to get to work, but took my ninth annual...

 

Nuclear Powered Greenland Shark Lives 430 Years After Exposure to US Radioactive Waste

A secret buried under the Greenland ice sheet could satisfy man's eternal quest for immortality. Like so many of science's great discovery (photography, alcohol, electricity, viagra), the discovery...

 

Sequioa Tree With Tunnel Through It Is Victim of California's Latest Storm

The iconic Pioneer Cabin Tree, also known as "The Tunnel Tree", fell during a rainstorm on January 7, 2017. Since it was first hollowed out in imitation of Yosemite's Wawona Tunnel Tree, thousands of...

 

Bobcat 332 Dies of Mange Brought on by Rat Poison, in Santa Monica Mountains

"We are sad to report that another wild cat has died in the Simi Valley area," said Zachary Behrens of the National Park Service, in a press release to the Santa Monica Observer Newspaper. "Bobcat...

 
 By Liz Miller    Science    January 11, 2017

Bacteria-powered Battery is a Single Sheet of Paper

Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York, have created a battery on a single sheet of paper that is powered by the aspiration of bacteria. The design could revolutionize the...

 

UFO Crash Lands in Santa Monica Alley, After Being Sighted Over Devon, UK

A crashed UFO was found in a Santa Monica alley on New Years day, 2017. The object was lying near trash cans, it's alien occupant having fled the wreckage. But not before munching on discarded...

 

Global Green Goes Dumpster Diving in Westside Alleys, Seeking to Improve Trash

When I bring home something I find in the alley, everyone makes fun of me for dumpster diving. But when three highly educated recent college grads do it, apparently it's research. I ran into three...

 

Morro Bay, CA is Calling all Bird Lovers and Lovebirds: Winter is For the Birds

Winter is the perfect time to visit Morro Bay, CA and enjoy the fantastic coastal destination with sunny days perfect for lovebirds, romantic hikes, cozy nights by the fire, and amazing bird watching...

 

We Have Detected 234 Alien Civilizations, Say Laval, Cornell University Astronomers

Two Cornell University astronomers have published a paper postulating that light modulations visible in 234 stars, are most likely signals generated by Extraterrestrial Intelligence....

 

2016: Another Fatal Year for Elephants

Elephants continued to be slaughtered for their ivory this year. More than 18 tons of illegal ivory, plus 949 elephant tusks and more than 3,000 pieces were reportedly seized in 2016, with at least...

 

UFO Crashes Into Arctic Sea; Causes Mysterious Arctic Pinging, Siberian Snow Eggs

The villagers of Igloolik, Nunavut were asleep when a streak quickly crossed the sky and struck the ice with a bang. 200 villagers came out their doors, but there was nothing to see except black...

 

If Trump Builds That Wall, He'll Keep Out More Than Illegals. Second Jaguar Prowls Arizona

PHOENIX - Taking advantage of the lack of fencing on the US Arizona border, a second Jaguar from Mexico has been confirmed to have wandered into Southern Arizona. It was perhaps inevitable, that the...

 

Mountain Lions are Cute, Furry and Hated: "They Should All Be Hanging On Someone's Wall."

Santa Monica and the City of Los Angeles, are full of latte sipping city folk with great sympathy for mountain lions. But not everybody loves the big cats, which are also called cougars, pumas and...

 

Sargassum Called a Serious Threat to LA's Coastal Waters. But There's an App For That.

Sargassum horneri was brought to LA's waters in 2003 on shipping vessels. Known as devil's weed, it's causing concern for kelp forests, in particular, because local groups did an intensive effort...

 
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Car Kills Mama Mountain Lion, Leaving 3 Six Month Old Cubs Near Chatsworth, California

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- National Park Service (NPS) biologists confirmed this week that a mountain lion recently struck and killed by a vehicle on the 118 Freeway was P-39, an adult female with...

 

Can Orphaned Mountain Lion Kittens Survive? Some Experts Say it's Possible

We wondered about the fate of Mountain Lion P-39's three cougar cubs. Their mother's death occurred on the 118 freeway east of the Rocky Peak exit on the evening of Saturday, December 3, but NPS...

 

Space Station-bound Cargo Vessel Crashes Minutes After Launch

Just minutes after blast-off, the unmanned Progress 65 cargo ship crashed on December 1, along with the 700 pounds of supplies it carried. The communication was lost only 383 seconds after it had...

 

Mountain Lion P-45 Gets Apparent Reprieve From Death Sentence for Eating Alpacas, Llamas

Update 12/1: An attorney for the woman who has the permit to kill P 45 said at a public meeting, that she would be happy to have CDFW relocate him instead. Ideally, to a nature reserve far away. The...

 

Enigmatic Illness Destroys Seastars ("Starfish") from the Gulf of Mexico to the Bering Sea

While the people of North America have been squabbling over truck routes and pipelines across the continent, there is a population that really could not care less. Their arms are falling off. And no...

 

Flightless Dodo Bird Remains Sell For $416,000 at Auction in England

A Billinghurst, England auction of a Dodo bird skeleton garnered $416,000. The rare bird was extirpated by hungry sailors in its native New Zealand during the 1700's. Adult Dodo birds were the size...

 

Buzz Aldrin Medically Evacuated from South Pole Station, Antarctica

Now here's a headline you probably never expected to read: Former NASA Astronaut Buzz Aldrin was medically evacuated form South Pole Station, Antarctica on Wednesday. He will travel by air from South...

 

Feed lettuce to a giraffe, watch Penguins, then walk on the beach, all in an afternoon.

In the scintillating Pacific Coast's cradle, where palm trees soar and cactus flowers bloom, the Santa Barbara Zoo rises boldly to smile at the oil tankers encroaching from the horizon. In this...

 

Report: UFO Following President Elect Donald Trump's Helicopter

When Donald Trump said he intended to deport illegal aliens, he was referring to the Earthly kind. But like Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, President Elect Donald Trump's helicopter has been...

 

NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins Returns From the Space Station

NASA astronaut and Expedition 49 crew member Kate Rubins, who became the first person to sequence DNA in space, returned to Earth Saturday after a successful mission aboard the International Space...

 
 By Liz Miller    Science    November 3, 2016

New Green Energy Could Change the Way We Move

Wood pulp, a common waste material, could allow homeowners and communities to create their own energy by just walking around. UW–Madison associate professor Xudong Wang, graduate student Chunhua...

 

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