Brain researchers are joining forces with computer hackers to tackle a big challenge in neuroscience: teaching computers how to tell a healthy neuron from a sick one. “Sick neurons have a withered appearance, much like a sick plant has a withered appearance,” says Jane Roskams, an executive director at the ...Read More
If you have two legs, there are a variety of ways you can get around. Walking, running, leaping, hopping, skipping, prancing, powerwalking, heck, even grape-vining. The list goes on and on. But what is the most efficient? Not the fastest, but the most efficient: requiring of ...Read More
From KQED Education Do Now: For centuries, museums and scientists have been collecting animals, plants and other organisms from the wild for research purposes. To what extent do you think collecting living and nonliving specimens should be allowed?
San Bruno city officials are calling on the California Public Utilities Commission to uphold a proposed $1.6 billion fine against Pacific Gas & Electric for the 2010 pipeline blast that killed eight people. At a press conference Tuesday outside PUC headquarters in San Francisco, Mayor Jim Ruane said “a historic penalty ...Read More
Half Moon Bay resident Marika Holmgren had no family history of breast cancer, so she was pretty surprised when she was diagnosed eight years ago, at the age of 37. Holmgren, a longtime environmentalist, started looking into what could have caused her illness.
The drought is causing some tap water in the East Bay to taste bad this week, and the water district that serves more than a million customers there says it's the drought's fault. A change in how the East Bay Municipal Utility District pulls water from its main Sierra ...Read More
Advocates say the San Joaquin Valley Air District should focus on sources it can control, like farming machinery. (David McNew/Getty Images) By Alice Daniel California's Central Valley grapples with some of the dirtiest air in the nation. The culprits range from its vast agriculture industry to trucks on Highway 99. But one ...Read More
Scientists use a high-speed camera to film hummingbirds' aerial acrobatics at 1000 frames per second. They see, frame by frame, how neither wind nor rain stop these tiniest of birds from fueling up.
As the chief innovation officer at USAID, Steven VanRoekel coordinated the U.S. government's response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Scientists in California are hoping to use your smart phone to solve a cosmic mystery. They're developing an app to turn your phone into a cosmic ray detector. If enough people install the app, the scientists think they'll be able to figure out once and for all what's producing the ...Read More
The drought hasn't held back the wildflowers this year. See what's blooming in naturalist Sharol Nelson-Embrys blog.
Your surgeon's favorite new assistant? A robotic arm. It may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but nimble robot hands are routinely used by surgeons in complex surgeries today. The field has grown dramatically in recent years, with hospitals around the country performing thousands of robot-assisted surgeries every year. And now, ...Read More
Researchers are now studying a new kind of pain reliever with less side effects than morphine, using the Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Press Play About Isabel Behncke's TED Talk Primatologist Isabel Behncke explains how bonobo apes learn by constantly playing. She says play isn't frivolous; it appears to be a critical way to solve problems and avoid conflict. About Isabel Behncke Primatologist Isabel Behncke studies the ...Read More
The Antarctic is far away, freezing and buried under a patchwork of ice sheets and glaciers. But a warming climate is altering that mosaic in unpredictable ways — research published Thursday shows that the pace of change in parts of the Antarctic is accelerating. Many of the ice sheets that blanket ...Read More
Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, talks about the future of our national parks.
(Stephen Chin/Flickr) Talk of robots in the classroom may have seemed far fetched a few years ago, but it's safe to say that the future has arrived – at least in some classrooms. Educators are beginning to experiment with how robots can add value to their classrooms, and while it's by ...Read More
Six years ago, husband-and-wife scientists used gene therapy to cure colorblindness in monkeys. Now they’re trying to make it work for the millions of people with faulty color vision.
Tsunamis are a worldwide menace with specific local threats. It pays to learn your local situation and keep the knowledge fresh in your community.
Scientists in Florida have tracked the development of a new hybrid species of termite — one whose colonies grow twice as fast as the parent species. Termites are among the world's most destructive pests — causing more than a billion dollars in damage each year in the U.S. alone. Researchers say the ...Read More