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The Mismeasure by Man – How We Overstate the Length of the Blue Whale, Earth’s Largest Creature

Many articles and references about blue whales will tell you, blue whales can reach lengths of up to 100 feet long or more. But not a single blue whale has ever been scientifically verified as being 100 feet long. That’s right. Not one.

Photo: Erik Olsen

Vasquez Rocks: Where Plates Collide and Captain Kirk Roamed

It’s not every day that you can drive down the highway and personally witness one of the great tectonic collisions in Earth’s history. But, if you happen to be motoring along Highway 14, the Antelope Valley Freeway, towards Palmdale near Santa Clarita, there they are:  great slabs of rock stretching skyward at steep angles out …

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The Majesty and Mystery of California’s Bristlecone Pines

Bristlecones are the longest living organism on earth. Gnarled and oftentimes squat, especially when compared to the majestic coastal redwoods and giant sequoias living near the coast further west, they hardly seem like mythical beings. But to scientists, they are a trove of information, offering clues to near immortality and to the many ways that the earth’s climate has changed over the last 5,000 years.

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The genius of Luther Burbank, father of the most famous potato in the world

Luther Burbank created some of the most successful fruits and vegetables in the world, all from his California farm.

The little-known California scientist who may have saved millions of lives.

At Caltech, Clair Patterson’s relentless determination to understand the health impacts of atmospheric lead changed the world for the better.

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