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Andrea Borchert, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department

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coloring page from the Hidden Heroes coloring book

Compton's Cafeteria Riot

April 16, 2021

Narratives attached to events in LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) history like the Stonewall riots and other uprisings often de-emphasize the work of transgender people, particularly transgender people of color, in the fight for LGBTQIA rights.


Manuela García coloring page

Octavia Lab Presents Hidden Heroes

October 08, 2020

In celebration of Octavia E. Butler’s birthday this year, the Octavia Lab began making coloring pages to celebrate lesser-known heroes in California. As lab staff, we were deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and inspired by the call to action from the Black Lives Movement.


3D prints made by 3D printer

Your First 3D Print

May 06, 2020

There’s a lot of news right now about 3D printing medical equipment. But what does it all mean, and what is 3D printing?


Rendering of the NASA InSight lander on the martian surface.

Mars: We’ve Been Wrong Before

November 13, 2018

Science is a long and occasionally embarrassing process. Take for example the exploration of Mars. From the natural philosophers of ancient times to the InSight Mars Lander heading to Mars today, we always have some idea of what we’ll find on Mars. But we have been so very, very, gloriously wrong!


Count Rumford

Stoves, Spies, and Scientists

June 12, 2015

It’s Summer! Congratulations to everyone for making it through these last few frigid months. Do you know it got as cold as 37℉ in January here in Los Angeles? That’s cold! But we made it through it. With central heating, and fuzzy slippers, cocoa and stoic expressions we made it through.


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