Natalie Westerman

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Sulfur-dioxide leak at Phillips 66 refinery sickens workers

Eleven workers at the Phillips 66 oil refinery in Wilmington were hospitalized Tuesday after being exposed to sulfur dioxide gas, authorities said.<p>Hazardous-material crews responded to the incident around 10 a.m. at 1660 W. Anaheim St., according to Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department.<p>…

FTA pushes for greater rail safety in wake of worker deaths

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Federal Transit Administration on Tuesday directed all rail agencies nationwide to review safety practices of track workers and report back in coming months, with the goal of eliminating those that rely exclusively on workers to steer clear of trains.<p>The move comes in the wake …

Freeway pothole was a patch job that unraveled, Caltrans says

The large pothole that damaged roughly 22 vehicles Tuesday morning on a 5 Freeway connector in Boyle Heights stemmed from a patch job performed the day before after a big rig overturned, damaging the bridge deck.<p>Engineers with the California Department of Transportation had used epoxy to patch the …

To cut sea lion and bird stink, city puts gate in La Jolla Cove fence

SAN DIEGO -- In hopes of eliminating the stench left by birds and sea lions on the rocks next to La Jolla Cove, a work crew hired by the city Tuesday installed a gate in the fence that has kept people off the rocks.<p>The theory is that if people start walking on the rocks, the sea lions and …

Of Her and Humanoids: The Year in Robotics

Follow robotics closely enough, and every year seems like a big year. But these tipping points are often false, or at the very least over-reported, as dispatches from academic labs are confused with actual, historic deployments.<p>2013 was another matter. Robots became synonymous with Google. Robots …

How To Save The Electrical Grid

Extreme storms such as Hurricane Sandy have pushed the U.S. electrical grid to its breaking point. The technology exists to keep the lights on—we just need to implement it.<p>The explosion lit up the Manhattan skyline. A sudden boom, a one-two punch of yellow light—then everything went black. After …

Lost In 2013: Three Nobel Scientists Who Saw Something In Us

<i>Before turning the page on 2013,</i> All Things Considered <i>wanted to tell you stories you haven't heard — unknown stories about people you've heard of, and unknown people who have affected your lives in ways you can't imagine.</i><p>Medicine got smarter in 2013. Scientists figured out how to use our own immune …

EPA report on fracking in Texas raises new concerns

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency was justified in intervening to examine possible risks of gas drilling to Texas drinking water, the agency's internal watchdog reported Tuesday.<p>But environmentalists say the report raises fresh concerns about the EPA's 2012 decision to halt its …

Environmentalists Split Over Need For Nuclear Power

California is regarded as the leading state when it comes to addressing climate change. But in 2012, according to analysts at Rhodium Group, California's carbon emissions actually increased more than 10 percent, bucking the national trend of decreases. That's in large part because California shut …

Hormone-disrupting chemicals found in water at fracking sites

Water samples collected at Colorado sites where hydraulic fracturing was used to extract natural gas show the presence of chemicals that have been linked to infertility, birth defects and cancer, scientists reported Monday.<p>The study, published in the journal Endocrinology, also found elevated …

Air district moves ahead on Newport Beach plan for fire pits

Air quality officials on Friday approved $600,000 for contractors to design and install gas fire rings on public beaches, taking a new step in the fight over hundreds of wood-burning fire pits on Los Angeles and Orange County coast.<p>The South Coast Air Quality Management District will pay two …

Air quality officials say South L.A. oil field modifying operations

Air quality regulators say that an urban oil field blamed for chronic respiratory illnesses and<p>nosebleedsin a South Los Angeles neighborhood is modifying its operations to prevent leaks and upgrade air pollution controls.<p>Allenco Energy Co., which voluntarily suspended operations Nov. 22 at the …

Cambridge don Michael Green shares $3m Fundamental Physics prize

The man who took on Stephen Hawking's prestigious post at Cambridge University has won $1.5m (£918,000) for pioneering work on string theory, an idea that describes the world as tiny strings in eleven-dimensional space-time.<p>Michael Green, who became the Lucasian professor of mathematics at …

Second Code Uncovered Inside the DNA

Scientists have marveled at the ingenuity of the DNA code since it was first deciphered in the early sixties, but now it appears that there is much …