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Exoplanet-hunting CubeSat photographs Los Angeles

Exoplanet-hunting CubeSat photographs Los Angeles

Science
May 17 (UPI) -- NASA's smallest exoplanet-hunting satellite, the CubeSat ASTERIA, recently captured photographs of Los Angeles from 250 miles above Earth's surface. The space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory published the photographs on its website this week. ASTERIA, short for Arcsecond Space Telescope Enabling Research in Astrophysics, is a miniaturized satellite made up of six cubed units measuring 4.5 inches on each size. Most of the time, ASTERIA is pointed away from Earth, searching for alien worlds in the Milky Way, far beyond our own solar system. But in March, the CubeSat trained its camera on the City of Angels. The newly published photos reveal Los Angeles' grid of city streets and freeways -- lots and lots of freeways -- glowing in the night. On the evening that ASTERIA sna...
Los Angeles Kings hire former Oilers, Sharks head coach Todd McLellan

Los Angeles Kings hire former Oilers, Sharks head coach Todd McLellan

Sports
April 16 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Kings agreed to terms with Todd McLellan on a multiyear contract to become the franchise's next head coach, the team announced Tuesday. Sources told the Athletic that McLellan will receive a five-year contract worth about $ 5 million annually. He was also linked to the head coaching job with the Buffalo Sabres before joining the Kings. McLellan replaces Willie Desjardins, who served as the Kings' interim coach last season. Desjardins wasn't retained by the team after the Kings slumped to the league's second-worst record. The Edmonton Oilers fired McLellan in November after a 9-10-1 start to the season. He previously led the Oilers to their first 100-point season since 1987 and their only playoff appearance since 2006. He coached the Oilers since the 2015...
Nipsey Hussle: Tributes to rapper shot dead in Los Angeles

Nipsey Hussle: Tributes to rapper shot dead in Los Angeles

Entertainment
Artists including Drake, Rihanna and J Cole have paid tribute to Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle, who has been shot dead in Los Angeles.The 33-year-old was gunned down outside his clothing shop.Drake described him as "a man of respect and a don", while Rihanna wrote on Twitter: "This doesn't make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this!"Two other people were wounded in the shooting outside Marathon Clothing in south Los Angeles.Lt Chris Ramierez of the Los Angeles Police Department told media at the scene of the shooting that they were looking for a black male suspect.Nipsey Hussle's debut album Victory Lap received a nomination for best rap album at this year's Grammy Awards, where he was nominated against Cardi B, Mac Miller, P...
Northridge earthquake shattered Los Angeles 25 years ago

Northridge earthquake shattered Los Angeles 25 years ago

Technology
Twenty-five years ago this week, a violent, pre-dawn earthquake shook Los Angeles from its sleep, and sunrise revealed widespread devastation, with dozens killed and $ 25 billion in damage. A look back at the damage, deaths and developments in seismic safety since the disaster: ——— THE QUAKE At 4:31 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1994, a hidden fault lurking under the city's San Fernando Valley neighborhoods unleashed a magnitude 6.7 earthquake that shattered buildings, broke water mains and ignited fires. The so-called blind thrust fault — one with no surface features to reveal its presence — caused a block of earth to move upward. Most of the energy was released toward mountains that line the northern side of the valley, but there was more than enough energy sent in oth...
New management strategies may help Los Angeles avoid future water crises

New management strategies may help Los Angeles avoid future water crises

Science
Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Los Angeles' population continues to grow, putting added pressure on the city's water supply. However, scientists have come up with a new to avoid future water crises. The plan recommends new water management strategies and infrastructure improvements for the Southern California metropolis. Earlier this year, Cape Town, South Africa, experienced a severe water crises. Residents were forced to take two-mixture showers, let their lawns and gardens dry and limit their total water intake to approximately 13 gallons per day. Cape Town's climate is similar to Los Angeles. To avoid future crises, scientists spent a decade studying Los Angeles' complex water supply system. Their analysis revealed a number of solutions. Through infrastructure improvements, improved management stra...