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Gorgeous photos of autumn leaves to help you experience fall in SoCal

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Here in Southern California, our only seasons may be "hot" and "slightly less hot," but it's always autumn in our hearts.

High school students help NASA develop virtual reality technology

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The space agency is scaling up its use of VR, which scientists can use to study space and Earth — without leaving their offices.

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The sea level threat to cities depends on where the ice melts — not just how fast

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In New York City, the sea level would be affected more by melting ice in northern Greenland than Canada.

To save water, should you stop hand-washing dishes?

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The sustainable choice may come down to your washing style — but it's hard to beat today's efficient machines.

SoCal's great white sharks return to migrating behavior

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The baby and juvenile white sharks that spent the past couple years along Southern California's coast have largely left the area in recent weeks.

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'Huge and unexpected drop' in California's carbon emissions

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New data shows greenhouse gas emissions from California's largest polluters fell in 2016, mostly from electricity generation.

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LA breaks records for hottest Thanksgiving ever

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Downtown Los Angeles hit 92 degrees, a statistic that goes all the way back to 1877, when records began being kept.

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Could Redwood Friday be the new Black Friday?

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All California state parks with redwood trees are giving out free parking passes the day after Thanksgiving.

Adult siblings can make our lives healthier and happier

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Or they can make them hell.

Man who thinks the earth is flat will launch himself in a rocket he built in his own backyard

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"I don't believe in science. I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics... but that's not science, that's just a formula," says Mike Hughes.

Earth is lit, and that's a problem

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Over the last five years, global light pollution has increased nearly 10 percent, a new study shows, The fastest rise occurred in developing nations.

LA's weather will be hot and dry — just like your Thanksgiving turkey

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Gobble gobble GASP! We could see record heat on Thanksgiving, thanks in part to two high pressure systems.

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This fly dives into Mono Lake, but doesn't get wet

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Now scientists have figured out how the fly stays dry even though it can stay submerged for 15 minutes. Yet another otherworldly aspect of Mono Lake.

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Record-breaking heat forecast for Thanksgiving week

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Wednesday's high is forecast at 92 degrees, while Thanksgiving day is expected to top out at 90.

To save their water supply, Colorado farmers taxed themselves

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The recent drought in the West forced people to take a hard look at how they use water. In Colorado, some farmers tried an experiment: make their water more expensive without hurting business.

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FAA approves drone as 'cell phone tower in the sky' for Puerto Rico

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The aircraft is called the Flying COW, for Cell on Wings. Developed by AT&T, it can provide voice, data and Internet service for 40 square miles and up to 8,000 people at a time.