A new video game designed by computer scientists and ecologists is poised to shed light on the best way to manage biofuel farms. »
Students at John Muir Elementary sort for composting and recycling. (Courtesy of Green Schools Initiative) By Mary Flaherty, Berkeleyside Berkeley schools are making a renewed commitment to recycling and composting after efforts slacked off over the past five years. This … Continue reading
"The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always," wrote John Steinbeck. Today, 96 percent of the original old-growth coast redwoods have been logged. But the magic of the big trees lives on in Northern California's parks and preserves. We discuss the history of the redwoods, current preservation efforts and the best places to experience them. We'll also examine the latest research on redwoods, including new studies on the potential impacts of climate change. »
After ten months of studying a small patch of Mars half a mile from its landing point, NASA's Curiosity rover pulls up stakes, packs its bags and prepares to set forth on a trek to reach the base of Mount Sharp, a layered mound of Martian geologic history with secrets just waiting to be discovered.
California's multibillion-dollar biotech industry is taking in Thursday's landmark Supreme Court ruling on human genes. In short, genes are not patentable. It's not a huge surprise for the industry. »
A US Supreme Court ruling issued Thursday has big implications for Bay Area biotech companies and medical researchers, not to mention patients who want genetic testing or gene-based therapies. The Justices ruled that no one has the right to patent natural human genes, but synthetic DNA material can be patented.
Condors are on the road to recovery, but scientists say the endangered birds are being poisoned by fragments of lead bullets left in their prey.
By Susanne Rust and Serene Fang, The Center for Investigative Reporting A growing demand for milk and cheese in China has the potential to bring California’s beleaguered dairy industry back to life – and with it, renewed concern about its … Continue reading
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday morning that human genes are not patentable. The case centered around Myriad Genetics, the holder of patents on two genes, BRCA 1 and BRCA 2. Some mutations of these genes are associated with an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. For women with a strong family history of these cancers, the only place they could be tested was Myriad Genetics, which sometimes charged more than $3,000 for the test. Breast Cancer Action, an advocacy group based in San Francisco, was a plaintiff in the case and executive director Karuna Jagger sounded jubilant »
Some 13 million tons of tomatoes are grown in California for processing into sauce, soup and paste. This year's tomato crop is facing a worse than usual case of a virus called Curly Top, with some fields completely lost. »
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that companies cannot patent parts of naturally-occurring human genes, a decision with the potential to profoundly affect the emerging and lucrative medical and biotechnology industries.
The permanent closure of San Diego's San Onofre nuclear power plant raises questions about what's going to fill the electricity gap for Southern California in the long term. But it also poses a challenge for California's efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. »
After more than 150 years on the California landscape, eucalyptus trees have iconic status for some Californians. But the stately trees may not only disrupt the native ecology, but seem to have evolved special adaptations that allow them to thrive after intense fires.
According to legend, Cherubini's 18th-century opera Medea dragged on a bit. Maybe that's why Cherubini, or someone, used charcoal to scratch out a page and a half of the score.
The reactors at the San Onofre nuclear plant in San Diego County haven't generated any power since being sidelined over a year ago following the discovery of a radiation leak and erosion of some generator tubes. After failing to overcome a host of regulatory hurdles needed to restart the ailing facility, Southern California Edison announced plans to shutter the plant. So how do you mothball a nuclear power plant? »
It appears that drones are here to stay. And Silicon Valley drone makers are going beyond military and spy applications, creating new environmental uses for unmanned aerial vehicles.
Workers began demolishing parts of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge over the San Pablo Bay this week in preparation for repairs on the east-bound section. The work is expected to take 90 days. (Tawanda Kanhema / Richmond Confidential) More than 10 … Continue reading