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  • Tunnel construction

    Dig it: Hawthorne approves Elon Musk’s test tunnel beneath city streets

    Hawthorne leaders have signed off on construction of tech tycoon Elon Musk’s first test tunnel for electric vehicles extending west from SpaceX headquarters. The City Council approved the two-mile underground track Tuesday night in a 4-1 vote, with only Councilman Nilo Michelin dissenting. Digging the tunnel beyond the SpaceX property line, extending to beneath city streets, could begin any day. But don’t expect to see any dirt-covered construction workers or feel...

    Sandy Mazza
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  • Hacking

    HBO regains control of hacked social media accounts for ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘John Oliver’

    NEW YORK (AP) — HBO says it has regained control of its social media accounts after the latest security breach to hit the entertainment company. The hacking group OurMine on Wednesday night took over several of HBO’s Twitter accounts, including ones for “Game of Thrones” and John Oliver’s show. The group posted that “we are just testing your security” and asked HBO to contact it for an upgrade. HBO said in a statement Thursday that...

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  • Global positioning systems

    GPS going in circles? El Segundo firm tasked with predicting interference above Earth

    Has a GPS navigation system ever guided you to a nonexistent street or led you in circles when you’re just trying to find the nearest coffee shop? Changing weather phenomena at the edge of Earth’s atmosphere routinely scramble invisible radio communications, and are one major cause of dropped signals and other GPS miscommunications. The problem often is the result of broiling gas bubbles, wind and flares emanating from the sun and can be especially disruptive to...

    Sandy Mazza
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  • Astronomy

    Space telescope that will peer into galaxies past nears final tests in Redondo Beach

    Two of the three main pieces that make up the world’s next most powerful space telescope were just integrated into one massive, shiny, strange assemblage in Redondo Beach. The custom-designed James Webb Space Telescope’s 72-foot-long sun shield was married this week to the self-propelling robotic “bus” that will carry it 1 million miles beyond Earth, according to officials from Northrop...

    Sandy Mazza
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  • Consumer services

    Stater Bros. begins home delivery service in Inland Empire

    Home delivery of Stater Bros. groceries arrived in the Inland Empire on Tuesday. Stater Bros. is partnering with a five-year-old delivery company called Instacart to provide service to several ZIP codes between Pomona and Coachella. Inland service is part of a major expansion by Instacart to reach 1 million additional households throughout Southern...

    Fielding Buck
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  • Technology

    Why fiber optics is key to future Silicon Beach tech expansion

    In the future, doctors will meet virtually with patients via video-conferencing apps linked to body sensors that can monitor health and detect ailments like never before. Libraries will serve as community high-tech centers and research-and-development hubs for young tech startups. Public safety officials will have digital eyes that can scan for lawbreakers in all public areas. And apps will direct autonomously driven vehicles to available parking spaces that double as...

    Sandy Mazza
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  • Real Estate

    How drones are changing the real estate business

    Banking low over the trees, the small quadcopter slows and begins a gradual climb. Rising above the roof, it hovers in place for a moment before flying over a fountain in the courtyard and sweeping along the edge of a swimming pool. Welcome to the modern world of real estate. Drone photography and videos and sophisticated software programs are seeing increased use among Realtors looking to up their game with eye-catching visuals that will help sell homes. “Drones...

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  • Space technology

    Cosmic Girl, Virgin Orbit’s space launch plane, touches down in Long Beach

    Cosmic Girl, Virgin Orbit’s specially modified jumbo jet designed to serve as a flying launchpad, touched down Monday afternoon at Long Beach Airport to the delight of those working to help the company join the United States’ nascent private spaceflight industry. “We’re here to redefine the word ‘launchsite.’ And we’re here to celebrate that,” Virgin Orbit President Dan Hart said after Cosmic Girl had taxied from a Long Beach...

    Andrew Edwards
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  • Solar eclipses

    Cellphone service could be spotty for rural eclipse-watchers

    ST. LOUIS >> If you plan to livestream next month’s solar eclipse from one of the prime viewing spots, here’s a thought: Keep your phone in your pocket, put on your paper shades and just enjoy the celestial wonder. The Aug. 21 solar eclipse, when passage of the moon completely blocks out the sun, will be seen first in Oregon and cut diagonally across 14 states to South Carolina. It will be the first total solar eclipse visible coast-to-coast since 1918. The...

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  • Tunnel construction

    ‘Rest of the world’ looking at Hawthorne as Elon Musk prepares to dig test tunnel

    The first electric-vehicle freeway tunnel designed and built by Elon Musk’s Boring Co. could begin construction as soon as October across from SpaceX in Hawthorne. The City Council late Tuesday unanimously approved an agreement among The Boring Co., global design firm WSP, and the city to uncover and offset any potential environmental and health effects from the project. That review will go on for up to three months but could finish as early as next month, officials...

    Sandy Mazza
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