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Scientists want to pull peer review out of the 17th century

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To change the way scientific advancements are evaluated, they'll have to overcome the traditional journal vetting process — and the power structure supporting it.

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Why do we feel more comfortable talking to a robot?

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Can a robot fulfill our deep need for companionship? Alexander Reben created BlabDroid to find out. It asks people to share their deepest secrets.

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Plastic additive BPA not much of a threat, government study finds

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Many consumers avoid plastic products containing the chemical BPA, but a large study of rats suggests those water bottles and food cans are safe.

Climate change could take a $1 billion bite from winter sports

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As the climate warms, a new report finds that low-snow years like this one can cost the U.S. winter sports industry up to $1 billion. That can bring economic pain well beyond ski resorts.

Cold weather strains local gas supply

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SoCal Gas has reduced supplies to local power generators like LADWP as it withdraws gas from the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility.

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Blowout well near Porter Ranch was severely corroded

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The well casing was corroded deep underground. SoCal Gas made repairs to casings of at least 20 of its aging wells before returning them to service.

California's coastal marshes could be washed out to sea by 2110

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We could lose one of California's most defining, and important, ecological features by the end of the century, due to climate change.

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The father of the Internet sees his invention reflected back through a 'Black Mirror'

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The titans of Silicon Valley have a grand vision of the future. But they have a tendency to miss the downside of their inventions — think cybercrime and online harassment.

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7.2 earthquake slams Mexico

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The earthquake caused people to flee buildings and office towers in Mexico City, where residents were still jittery after a deadly quake last September.

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Water use climbs in California enclaves as drought returns

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Overall water use is climbing in Southern California as that part of the state plunges back into drought, driving state and regional water managers as they consider permanently reinstating some watering bans and conservation programs.

Emissions from deodorant, bug spray may rival cars and trucks

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A new study finds volatile organic chemical emissions from many familiar household products have been underestimated in greater Los Angeles.

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Second bald eagle hatches near Big Bear

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The first fluffy white chick made its on-camera debut when it poked its head out of the shell Sunday near Big Bear Lake east of Los Angeles.

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California officials set up invasive swamp rodent hotline

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Nutria can grow up to 2.5 feet, weigh 20 pounds and wreak destruction wherever they go. State authorities believed they were extinct but recent sightings have led to a call for the public to help.

Bald Eagle eggs hatch in Big Bear Valley

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Two bald eagle eggs have hatched in Big Bear Valley. You can see the chicks, and the protective parent eagles, on a live Nest Cam.

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Can cannabis save us from the opioid crisis?

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A new study adds to a body of research suggesting medical marijuana may help reduce opioid deaths. But experts say ending the epidemic will take much more than pot.

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The 3.8-billion-mile photo

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NASA's New Horizons probe captured an image from 3.8 billion — yes, billion — miles away. It's the farthest from our planet an image has ever been made