Newest Earth science mission could extend the accuracy range of weather forecasts, fine-tune flood forecasts.
(Courtesy: Centers for Disease Control) A patient suspected of being infected with the Ebola virus was transferred to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento Thursday morning. the hospital said in a statement. We have no other details about the patient at this time — except that the patient was ...Read More
A magnitude-5.7 earthquake just off the Humboldt County coast rattled parts of far Northern California early Wednesday afternoon. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake shook at 1:08 p.m. PST Wednesday about 40 miles southwest of Eureka. That shake was followed by at least three aftershocks. Lt. Wayne Hanson of ...Read More
Last weekend, I marched my husband and two kids around the corner, past bright green lawns to meet Burlingame neighbors. I asked the Argeris family if we could visit after reading an online community thread in which another neighbor posted pictures of his newly installed, 275-gallon rain-collection tank. Nini Argeris responded, ...Read More
Rhett Krawitt, outside a classroom at Reed Elementary, in Tiburon. (Courtesy: Carl Krawitt) Carl Krawitt has watched his son Rhett, now 6, fight leukemia for the last four and a half years. For more than three of those years, Rhett has undergone round after round of chemotherapy. Last year, he finished ...Read More
Ultrasound is often used for prenatal screening. It's just one of several prenatal screenings available to pregnant women. (Getty Images) By Nell Greenfield-Boyce, NPR When Amy Seitz got pregnant with her second child last year, she knew that being 35 years old meant there was an increased chance of ...Read More
A new study confirms that at the DNA level, people in the U.S. are more similar than many might think. People who self identify as African-American, Latino or European-American very often have traces of one or both of the other ancestries in their DNA.
There is a common belief that requiring the use of "politically correct" language in the workplace stifles creativity. Michelle Duguid, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, tells NPR's Arun Rath that, intuitively, that assumption makes sense. "People should be able to freely think, throw any crazy ideas, and any constraint ...Read More
A dose of measles, mumps, rubella vaccine, known commonly as MMR. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) By Amanda Stupi An outbreak of measles and a new report that identified clusters of vaccine refusals in Northern California have become this week's hot topics. As such, KQED's daily talk show <a target=_blank rel="nofollow" href="http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201501230900" ...Read More
Scientists hope a stubborn high-pressure bubble over the West Coast isn't a replay of the last two winters.
In the last decade, innovations in 3D printing, advanced bionics and other technologies have led to marked improvements in the form and function of prosthetics. These days, it's not uncommon to see amputees rock climbing, dancing and showing off custom-designed limbs. We explore the changing field of prosthetics. ...Read More
In today's world it can be easy to feel like there's nothing left to discover, that all the blank bits of the map have long been filled. Gregory Asner begs to differ, and he's developed a lab in the sky to prove it. In the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, Asner ...Read More
From KQED Education Do Now: Every year, millions of Americans come down with a case of the common cold, resulting in many missed days of school and work. Should cold sufferers wear medical masks to help prevent spreading germs? Would you wear one the next time you have a cold?
For geologists, even with the advent of modern technology, there are instances when older methods are more effective; picks and shovels are sometimes the best complementary tools available for trenching studies.
Five Disney staff members are among California's cases. (David McNew/Getty Images) State health officials report 59 confirmed cases of measles in nine counties. The patients range in age from 7 months to 70 years. The California Department of Public Health has linked 42 of these cases to people ...Read More
An unidentified substance has killed or injured hundreds of birds so far.
Ya gotta love an alert from the National Weather Service that includes the phrase “The sun, moon, and the earth are in proper alignment. …” It has nothing to do with astrology, of course. The NWS is warning that the gravitational force created by the configuration of these celestial ...Read More
Could studying ants reveal clues to reducing highway traffic jams? Physicist Apoorva Nagar at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology thinks the answer is yes. Nagar says he got interested in the topic when he came across a study by German and Indian researchers showing that ants ...Read More
In 2013, millions of sea stars on the West Coast began breaking out in lesions, turning to mush, and dying. Scientists recently identified a virus they think causes this “sea star wasting syndrome.” Now they're trying to figure out why this happened. One place the science of sea star wasting happens ...Read More