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Andrea Borchert, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department


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.

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.

Funky Skull Nail Art by Kayleigh O'Connor

Nail Art!

September 10, 2014

I tell everyone, all the time, that the Science, Technology & Patents Department is a very serious place.

A picture with water, the sun, stones in yellow and orange color background

Mindful Meditation

January 21, 2014

Having a brain can be exhausting, especially when you feel like you are not using it particularly well. Like, for example, when you lock your keys in the car because you’re so busy thinking about how to open a blog post.

Library Yurt


February 20, 2013

Sometimes you wake up in the morning and decide you want to build a house. But you don’t just want to build any house. You want an amazing house. The Science, Technology & Patents Department has a collection of books that can help with that.