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1. New aging: 'Crystallized intelligence' compensates for diminished brain power (KPCC)
Unless you've already forgotten, you know that humans lose cognitive ability as we age. Now, a UC Riverside study finds that our hard-earned wisdom helps make up for that loss of brain power.
The study looks at two kinds of intelligence — "fluid intelligence," which gives us the ability to learn and process information (that's what degrades as we age), and "crystallized intelligence," or accumulated life experience, seems to pick up the slack.
2. In 1948, LA banned comic books. MEANWHILE... (KPCC)
In September 1948, the L.A. City Council passed a ban on comic books. This Sunday at El Cid, Captured Aural Phantasy Theater will present its "Night of Noir" variety show that brings some of these banned comics to life in the style of an old radio program.
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1. Weekend warriors may be battling the devil winds (KPCC)
The weather may be mild right now, but dry air coming off the desert will push the marine layer back to its watery lair on Thursday. Santa Ana gusty winds are forecast for the mountains and inland valleys, accompanied by a sharp drop in humidity levels to single digits.
The National Weather Service has issued extreme fire danger warnings for late Thursday night through Saturday, with Santa Ana winds gusting up to 55 miles an hour in local mountains. Friday's highs in the valleys are set to climb to around 90 degrees — even higher Saturday.
2. The best-kept secret of local musicians opens its doors to the public (KPCC)
RZA will headline a block party in Echo Park this weekend in celebration of Bedrock Studios — a 40,000 square-foot former jewelry factory that now operates as a rehearsal space, recording studio, and vintage pinball arcade.
Walk in the shoes of our science reporter Sanden Totten as he takes us inside JPL and let our data journalist Chris Keller show you the massive lines of code behind our Fire Tracker.
Wednesday marks the start of our fall pledge drive. That means that over the next 10 days, we'll be introducing you to our staff, highlighting some of our favorite coverage, throwing a big bash — and hosting a slew of Twitter chats.
- SCIENCE REPORTER SANDEN TOTTEN: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, October 3
Sanden covers everything from advances in medical technology to dinosaur fossils and space exploration. Some recent highlights of his work include a feature on the blue-footed booby and a series on the ecology of SoCal beaches.
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1. Government shutdown: How Southern California is coping (KPCC)
Impact of the shutdown on Southern California is affecting offices and facilities overseen by federal agencies, resulting in furloughs, sending ripples through the economy, and touching the lives of ordinary people who want to renew a passport or travel.
For example: EDD reports an average of 246,217 people were employed by the federal government in California over the last 12 months; NASA celebrated its 55th birthday on the day it was forced to close, and Joshua Tree could be turning away up to 7,000 people per day.
2. California GOP Congressman disagrees with his party strategy on shutdown (KPCC)
Not all Republicans in Congress are pleased with current strategy. One California GOP member is disgusted with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and the Tea Party House members he blames for the impasse and for pushing the party off a cliff.
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People enjoy the view from a lifeguard structure as the sun sets at Seal Beach, south of Los Angeles on July 9, 2012.
1. 'Revenge porn' bill signed by Gov. Brown (KPCC)
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill outlawing so-called "revenge porn" in California. It takes effect immediately and is aimed at people who post nude pictures of their exes online after bitter breakups — an increasing problem in the age of social networks.
The law makes it a misdemeanor to post nude pictures of someone without permission with the intent to cause emotional distress or humiliation. The penalty is up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The ACLU had opposed the bill, arguing it might restrict free speech rights.
2. Santa Monica airport reopens; crash investigation stalls in government shutdown (KPCC)
Santa Monica Airport reopened for business Tuesday following a private jet crash that killed at least four people on Sunday.