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Water district vote deals major blow to California's delta tunnel project

The board of the Westlands Water District on Tuesday dealt a potentially fatal blow to the most ambitious California water project planned in decades. By a 7-1 vote, the board of the state's largest irrigation district decided not to join the California WaterFix, a $17-billion project that would...

Domestic violence homicide rate drops with stricter gun law, study finds

When domestic violence offenders are required to relinquish their guns, instead of simply being barred from owning firearms, the risk that those offenders may kill their partners goes down, a new study finds. The paper, described in the Annals of Internal Medicine, highlights a simple method for...

Pediatricians may view tattoos, piercings as red flags. They should discuss it instead, report says

Tattoos or pierced body parts have long been considered a red flag for pediatricians who found them on their patients. Physicians who came across an inked symbol or a navel ring while examining an adolescent or young adult were taught to probe for other dangerous behaviors, including drug use,...

Cassini scientists celebrate the mission's end with a few hundred of their closest friends

Hundreds of scientists and their families gathered at Caltech in the wee hours of Friday morning to bid farewell to Cassini, the NASA spacecraft that spent the past 13 years exploring Saturn.

How soon can NASA go back to Saturn? This is what has to happen first

Cassini team members at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory hugged and shed tears in the dark hours of Friday morning after hearing the doomed spacecraft’s final signals as it dove into Saturn’s atmosphere. But officials made it clear: While it may have been the end for Cassini, it’s not the end for...

See Enceladus set behind Saturn and Cassini's last view of the ringed planet

See Cassini's last views of Saturn before the spacecraft crashed into the ringed planet.

As NASA’s Cassini mission flames out over Saturn, scientists mark bittersweet end of mission

In the dark of the early morning, planetary scientist Andy Ingersoll stood alone and slightly stooped at a coffee cart at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. More than 900 million miles across the solar system, the 2-ton Cassini spacecraft that he worked on for more than 20 years was being ripped...

Cassini, the NASA spacecraft that expanded the search for life beyond Earth, dies in Saturn’s sky

Cassini, the NASA spacecraft whose breakthrough discoveries about Saturn and its many moons revolutionized the search for life beyond Earth, disintegrated Friday morning in the skies above the ringed planet. It was one month shy of its 20th anniversary in space. The explorer’s death was swift and...

Watch live as NASA's Cassini spacecraft says goodbye from 900 million miles away

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere early Friday morning, vaporizing like a small meteor in the Saturnian sky. Here on Earth, mission leaders will gather at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge to await the signal that their beloved spacecraft is no more...

UCLA scientists create an air conditioner that fits in your pocket

Imagine being able to put an air conditioner in your pocket or never worrying about your smartphone overheating again. Those dreams could one day be reality, thanks to a pocket-sized cooler developed by researchers at UCLA. The tiny device, described in the journal Science, could potentially be...

Caltech scientists make robots out of DNA that can pick stuff up and move it around

In the future, swarms of robots could be called in to build impressive structures or clean up dangerous messes too small to be seen with the naked eye. Just ask researchers at Caltech, who have designed surprisingly simple robots made of DNA. The findings, published in the journal Science, mark...

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is on final approach for its fatal rendezvous with Saturn

The course has been set. The end is in sight. There’s no turning back now. After 13 years of making dazzling discoveries in the Saturn system, Cassini’s time is just about up. In the wee hours of Friday morning, the NASA spacecraft will dive into Saturn at 76,000 mph. Within minutes it will vaporize...

'OK. Let’s do it!' An oral history of how NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn came to be

An oral history of the early days of Cassini, including the many times NASA nearly pulled the plug on its ambitious mission to Saturn.

Get up at least once every 30 minutes. Failure to do so may shorten your life, study finds

You can spend a lot of accumulated time on your bottom in the course of a day. Or you can sit for lengthy spells without a break. Both, it turns out, are very bad for you. Whether you’re a heavy sitter or a binge-sitter, racking up prolonged sedentary time increases your risk of early death, according...

Epic storms, new moons and worlds that might host life: Here are Cassini's greatest discoveries

So long Cassini, and thanks for all the science. Here are highlights of NASA's 13-year-long mission at Saturn.

Check out Cassini’s jaw-dropping discoveries of Saturn’s moons

Saturn is famous for its rings, but more than 60 moons orbit the planet as well. The lunar line-up includes some of the most intriguing worlds in the solar system, including two that are promising candidates in the search for life beyond Earth. Thanks to NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, we know more...

Meet Jim Bridenstine, Trump's pick to lead NASA

President Trump’s pick to lead NASA is a congressman who wants to mine fuel from the moon and has denied human activity’s role in climate change. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, a Republican from Oklahoma, has been nominated by Trump to head the space agency. If confirmed by the Senate, Bridenstine would...

Lasker Awards honor Planned Parenthood and research on preventing and fighting cancer

Planned Parenthood, the embattled nonprofit health provider that specializes in reproductive health, has won the 2017 Lasker Award for public service. The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation also honored Dr. Douglas Lowy and John Schiller of the National Cancer Institute with its clinical research...

After California got rid of personal exemptions for vaccines, medical exemptions went way up

The rate of medical exemptions for immunizations for incoming kindergartners rose sharply the year after California eliminated the personal-belief exemption, a new study finds. The results, published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., hint that some parents who don’t want to vaccinate...

PSA screening for prostate cancer saves lives after all, study says

After years of growing doubt about the value of screening men for prostate cancer, a new analysis of existing clinical trial evidence has found that when men between 55 and 70 get the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, the result is lives saved. In 2009, a New England Journal of Medicine editorialist...

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