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We look at how the spreadsheet accusing men in media of sexual harassment took off, and why the woman who started it outed herself. She lost friends and was fired from The New Republic Magazine. Now there are questions about what happens to women who speak up.
Virgin’s version of the hyperloop is on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company is developing vacuum tubes to shuttle people at more than 200 mph. That means getting to L.A. from Vegas would take about 30 minutes.
Jack Stewart, WIRED
There’s a fleet of electric scooters taking over Santa Monica. Maybe you’ve seen them on sidewalks or rolling down the street. The company that operates them is called BIRD. It was started by former Uber employees. Users can download the BIRD app to find a Scooter nearby and rent one for $1 plus 15 cents a minute. You can leave the scooter anywhere when you’re done.
The U.S. State Department is telling Americans not to travel to five Mexican states. The states are in the same warning category as Syria, Somalia, and Yemen. In the first 11 months of last year, Mexico recorded more than 22,000 deaths due to drug and gang violence.
Photo of a yellow-bellied sea snake courtesy of
the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Researchers are paying close attention to a yellow-bellied sea snake that washed up on Newport Beach. It’s usually found in the waters off Mexico. LA’s Natural History Museum is adding the creature to its collection. Scientists hope the small animal can tell us a larger story about global climate change.
Greg Pauly, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
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The fracturing of the far-right, one year after Charlottesville On Sunday, white nationalists plan to march on Washington -- one year after the rally in Charlottesville. We talk with a reporter who’s been tracking neo-Nazi groups behind that action, and investigating why law enforcement failed to intervene in the violence.
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