California Science News Roundup for Week of September 20

September 21 is California Coastal Cleanup Day. Pitch in and help get trash off the beaches!  In July, a football field-sized asteroid came five times closer to Earth than the distance to the moon. And we only noticed it 24 hours before. “the blast wave could have created localized devastation to an area roughly 50 miles across.” (BuzzFeed) …

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California sea life could be imperiled by new ocean “blob”

The “blob” is back.  Or so says a group of researchers from the NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California. The blob was a massive marine heatwave that caused record warming of ocean waters (up to nearly 7 degrees Fahrenheit higher than normal) off the West Coast five years ago. It led to …

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Flying cars perhaps coming to LA sooner than you think

Back in 2017, ride-sharing company Uber held its second Uber Elevate Summit in Los Angeles to push the idea of flying taxis in major metropolitan areas. The idea is to have fleets of these things providing transportation for the same cost as a taxi or an Uber now. While it seems like a Jetson’s future …

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California’s volcano threat, “Lost” Atlantis, the newt’s journey, “Dude” Lawrence of Arabia, building against wildfire.

California’s volcano threat…take it seriously. A new report out from the U.S. Geological Survey documents something many of us already know: California is volcano country. Nevermind that we already face the potential for a massive earthquake sometime in the near future, but the report says the danger from a small- to moderate-sized volcanic eruption in …

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