December 29

L.A. County population up less than 0.5%

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champStill, state demographers do not expect the county to begin losing population anytime soon. Long-term projections call for population growth through at least 2050, when the county’s population is expected to top 13 million. “Natural increase – births over deaths – will continue to drive population growth within Los Angeles County,” said Mary Heim, chief of the state’s demographic research unit. “It’s a relatively young county, in terms of age. It has a lot of ethnic diversity and it has some of the groups that have higher fertility. So that portion of the components of population change continue to cause L.A. County to grow.” State demographic experts said Los Angeles has a higher birth rate than the state average, mostly because of the high number of Hispanic immigrants who have traditionally had higher fertility rates than any other ethnic group. The county also has a younger population – Los Angeles County’s median age is 36.6 years, while the state median is 39 years. SACRAMENTO – Los Angeles County’s population grew by less than one-half of 1 percent this year, reflecting a long-term slowing as more people are moving to less expensive areas of the country. The county’s population reached 10.3million as of July 1, according to the state Department of Finance. That was a one-year increase of 0.45 percent. By comparison, in 2000 the county’s population grew by 1.93 percent. The only thing keeping the county growing now has been a healthy birth rate, with 152,479 new babies delivered in the past year and 60,800 deaths. At the same time, 45,071 more people moved out of Los Angeles than moved in. [email protected] 916-446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

July 20

Weird state of matter produced in space for first time

first_imgThe German team edged out their U.S. competitors in the race for the first BEC in space. In May, physicists in the United States launched NASA’s fully automated Cold Atom Laboratory to the International Space Station, where it can study BECs essentially indefinitely. In July, the researchers announced that they’d achieved a BEC in space. If all goes as planned that’s just a first step toward more complex and exciting results. By Adrian ChoOct. 17, 2018 , 1:50 PM Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Email Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Weird state of matter produced in space for first time Stephan Seidel For decades, experimenters have used laser light and electromagnetic fields to chill puffs of gas to within a billionth of a degree of absolute zero. At such frigid temperatures, something bizarre can happen: The atoms can crowd into a single macroscopic quantum wave and form a bizarre state of matter called a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). Now, a team of physicists from Germany has created a BEC in space.Working in space has one major advantage over a terrestrial lab: an absence of gravity. To be probed, a BEC must be released from its trap of light and electromagnetic fields, and within a fraction of a second it falls to the floor of the vacuum chamber that houses the experiment. But in the weightlessness of space, a BEC released from its trap should just float there, allowing researchers to attempt experiments they can’t do on the ground—such as making bubbles of BEC to probe its quantum nature.To create the BEC in space, the researchers designed a special automated rig in which rubidium atoms were trapped on a chip. The rig flew on a small rocket (above) launched from northern Sweden on 23 January 2017 and zoomed to an altitude of 243 kilometers. During the 6 minutes of weightlessness the flight provided, researchers achieved a BEC and performed more than 100 measurements on it, as the team reports today in Nature.last_img read more