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Tortoise’s Slow and Steady Pace Outruns L.A. Fire

A pet 75-pound tortoise has been reunited with his owners who were forced to leave him behind, after sheriff’s deputies found the animal trying to escape the wildfire that had prompted an evacuation order in Los Angeles County. That evacuation order was among those lifted on Monday, giving relief to many Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Tortoise’s Slow and Steady Pace Outruns L.A. Fire →

As Storms Erode California’s Cliffs, Buried Village Could Get Washed Away

Winter storms have been eroding coastal bluffs at California’s Redwood National Park, and as the cliffs disappear, the buried remains of Native American archaeological sites are at risk for falling into the ocean. One such site is called Summer Place, says Suntayea Steinruck, a member of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation and Read More … Source:: … Continue reading As Storms Erode California’s Cliffs, Buried Village Could Get Washed Away →

Odor Test May Identify Alzheimer’s

Two studies released at an international Alzheimer’s meeting Tuesday suggest doctors may eventually be able to screen people for this form of dementia by testing the ability to identify familiar odors, like smoke, coffee and raspberry. One study found that people who had trouble identifying odors were three times more Read More … Source:: Future … Continue reading Odor Test May Identify Alzheimer’s →

Sand Fire: L.A. County Declares State of Emergency

Los Angeles County Supervisors on Tuesday declared a local state of emergency for the Sand Fire. The wildfire has torn through more than 58 square miles of dry brush, burned 18 homes and temporarily displaced about 20,000 people in Santa Clarita. The move from the county allows Gov. Jerry Brown Read More … Source:: Newsfix … Continue reading Sand Fire: L.A. County Declares State of Emergency →

Environmental Group Seeks to Reintroduce Grizzly Bears to California

Ursus arctos horribilis, the grizzly bear, roamed California in large numbers until the early 1900s, when Gold Rush settlers decimated the population. Now, an environmental group is circulating a petition asking California’s Fish and Game Commission to study the feasibility of reintroducing the bear into remote parts of the Sierra Read More … Source:: Forum … Continue reading Environmental Group Seeks to Reintroduce Grizzly Bears to California →

Smoke From Big Sur Fire Prompts Second Spare the Air Alert

That unusual coppery cast to the sunlight Tuesday morning? It’s caused by smoke that continues to spread from the Soberanes Fire, burning in the Monterey County mountains along the northern end of the Big Sur coast. Smoke from the blaze, which Cal Fire said Tuesday morning Read More … Source:: Newsfix – Science

L.A. County Sues SoCalGas to Force Installation of Safety Shut-Off Valves

In the latest legal fallout from the massive Porter Ranch natural gas leak, Los Angeles County went to court Monday seeking to force Southern California Gas Co. to install underground safety shut-off valves on every active gas storage well and distribution pipeline it operates in the county. The suit, filed Read More … Source:: Newsfix … Continue reading L.A. County Sues SoCalGas to Force Installation of Safety Shut-Off Valves →

Oakland Hackers Try to Make Insulin and Disrupt Biotech

How many times have you had a conversation about when are “they” going to find a cure for the common cold, or make decent-tasting vegan cheese? Well, what if you had a chance to do it yourself? That’s the idea behind the trend of do-it-yourself biohacking: to get regular people involved Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Oakland Hackers Try to Make Insulin and Disrupt Biotech →

California Imposes New Fee on Rail Cars Carrying Dangerous Chemicals

SACRAMENTO — California plans to levy a $45 fee later this year on rail cars carrying dangerous chemicals across the state. The move follows several oil train derailments in the country, including in neighboring Oregon. A recent analysis conducted by the Office of Emergency Services found gaps in California’s ability to Read More … Source:: … Continue reading California Imposes New Fee on Rail Cars Carrying Dangerous Chemicals →