Towing icebergs // California’s amazing seamounts // New surprises from Saturn’s rings // Meet Cassie, Cal Berkeley’s rollerskating robot // Flying cars coming to LA sooner than you think // Big Macs by drone // California science news roundup

California companies lead the effort to save the world with microbes, California connection: meet 2018 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry Frances Arnold, Carnegie Observatories and the GMT, Questioning “Disaster tourism” in California, Feeling the Force in Anaheim and more

Towing an iceberg from Antarctica isn’t a new idea.

It was proposed 70 years ago by a maverick California scientist at Scripps. Sign up for the California Science Weekly newsletter. Fresh California science every Friday! A year ago, Cape Town, South Africa was suffering one of the worst droughts in its history. The city of 4 million made headlines by being one of the first …

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Using California reservoirs like a battery // NASA’s Mars Helicopter // A gazillion ladybugs fill the sky // The fish with Dragonglass teeth // Lighter than air metal

California companies lead the effort to save the world with microbes, California connection: meet 2018 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry Frances Arnold, Carnegie Observatories and the GMT, Questioning “Disaster tourism” in California, Feeling the Force in Anaheim and more

How California Companies are Leading the Effort to Save the World with Microbes

Synbio startups like NovoNutrients are developing novel products to help feed the world and stop climate change. (Sign up for the California Science Weekly newsletter, delivered fresh to your inbox every Friday) Overfishing is arguably one of the most significant threats to the human food supply on the planet. Approximately three billion people in the …

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Mountain lions could disappear by 2050, Hydraulic mining’s destructive power, an ode to Yosemite’s Lyell glacier, Descanso Gardens’ dinosaur era plants, More mosquitos, LAFD drones

CalTech’s famous fly lab, Saving California’s rare fruit, Atomic microscope, Winter snowfall earthquakes, Brain enhancement drugs, Mars copter

Exploring the ocean’s deepest depths, Cabo Pulmo, Great white shark genome, collapsing bluff, and thwarting cactus thieves

Brave new efforts to explore the ocean’s depths Only three people have ever been to the bottom of the ocean, and none of them were there for very long. In 1960, Swiss explorer Jacques Piccard and U.S. Navy lieutenant Don Walsh rode in the bathyscaphe Trieste to the bottom of the Challenger Deep in the …

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