Laura Bliss

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California Throws Down New Regulations on Olive Oil Purity

By proving its product is the real deal, the state hopes to gain ground in the European-dominated market.

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Hey, I'm Bikin' Here! A Buffer Zone Is Now Law for California Cyclists

California drivers are now legally required to give cyclists at least three feet of clearance when passing. But do these laws really work?

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On September 17, Remember the Amphicar

49 years ago, two of history's greatest boat-car hybrids heroically traversed the English Channel.

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The Most Viciously Addictive Stoner Snack Ever Has Arrived in Los Angeles

It's Stoned Oven Gourmet Pizza, served piping hot at select L.A. dispensaries.

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In Los Angeles, Can #Droughtshaming Go Too Far?

A giant waterslide is heading to downtown L.A., whipping up understandable ire from water-conscious citizens. But when is pro-conservation just anti-fun?

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The New Alchemy: How Self-Healing Materials Could Change the World

Scientists are cooking up asphalt, concrete, and metals that heal themselves. That means smarter and stronger infrastructure—and just a dash of magic.

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There's Evidence That Fracking Increases Health Risks for Those Living Nearby

Skin problems and upper respiratory symptoms were reported by those living less than a mile from actively fracked gas wells.

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Networking Can Make People Feel Physically Dirty

Research shows schmoozing for career growth can make you feel slimy—literally. It doesn't have to be that way.

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This Tiny Tool Will Have You Nailing Wall Art

The Eyeballer: An easy alternative to banging a bunch of holes in your wall.

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How Will We Eat Once We've Colonized Mars?

We might be able to garden. 

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What Can We Learn From the Wealth of Virtual Nations?

Economists look to massively multi-player online games for insight into real-world money questions. 

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The Next Telecommunications Frontier Is Here—and It's All In Your Head

Forget Skype. Direct, brain-to-brain communication is possible. 

SDvision interactive visualization software by DP at CEA/Saclay, France

The Milky Way's 'City' Just Got a New Name

Astronomers have named and mapped the supercluster of galaxies that contains our own. 

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How the Global Population Boom Really Began

The Industrial Revolution gets credit for kicking off the world's human population explosion, but new research suggests we should look further back.

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Is Anyone Happy With Their Local Schools?

Hispanics largely are, but African Americans aren't, according to the State of the City Poll. 

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Moving This Weekend? So Are Your Microbes

Each of us has a unique bacterial fingerprint. New research indicates it's stamped all over our homes.

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A Pot That Makes Plants Too Adorable to Neglect

Are you guilty of forgetting your succulents? Meet Rainy Pot.

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Shanghai to San Francisco in Under Two Hours? Don't Hold Your Breath

Chinese scientists say super-fast submarine technology could achieve torpedo speeds for passengers. File this one under fascinating but unlikely. 

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It's Just Not That Easy to Get Rid of Your Car

Research proves we're prone to emotional attachments with our vehicles. So here's some advice from someone who finally let go of hers.