In 1997, UCSF neurologist Stanley Prusiner won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of infectious proteins called "prions" that cause mad cow disease. That revelation has led to an increased understanding of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and ALS. We talk with Stanley Prusiner about the future of brain ...Read More
With 2013 the driest year on record in California and 2014 looking like it might be even drier, farmers are struggling with shrinking yields and possibly up to a half-million acres taken out of production. This is expected to drive up prices for many foods such as fruits, nuts and ...Read More
Farmers are looking to the sky for the latest water-saving tool. But will aviation authorities allow it?
Researchers are working to revive the passenger pigeon, once the most abundant bird in the world, and the woolly mammoth, which they say could slow down the melting of Arctic permafrost. It may be possible, but is it right to turn back the clock?
Over the last few weeks, we've been getting to know some of the people who live and work in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. We've met farmers, fishing guides and marina owners. All of them rely on levees that form rims around the dozens of islands in the Delta, holding back ...Read More
SpaceX, a private space company, is trying again on Friday to launch its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. Its first attempt to launch this mission was scratched on Monday because of a helium leak.
Modern explorers have found a previously unknown ocean -- but this one's on Saturn's moon Enceladus. Learn more from Chabot Space & Science Center's Ben Burress at KQED Science.
Coffee. Some days your morning cup leaves you jittery and overly chatty, and other days you can barely lift your head off your keyboard. Turns out that coffee, like so many caffeinated items, is unpredictable and unregulated -- the amount of caffeine in a cup of the same brand, made ...Read More
A group of biologists asks their peers to start documenting newly discovered and "rediscovered" species by non-destructive techniques instead of killing a specimen to bring home.
In this video, photographic artist Chris Jordan talks with QUEST television host Simran Sethi about the passion, purpose, and creative process behind his eye-opening works of art that depict the collective impacts of human activities on our society and environment. ...Read More
Track wolves from their prey's POV, explore seed diversity, and see the Great Plains from a new angle. Also, tag along with a scientist encouraging native bees to pollinate crops. ...Read More
Chevron wants to begin a billion-dollar construction project at its Richmond refinery after environmentalists sued to stop a similar plan a few years ago. The company points to the environmental impact report and says the new facility will be cleaner and safer, but community advocates worry the plan could increase ...Read More
Despite some of the strongest renewable energy incentives in the country, California produces less than half the wind energy generated in the Lone Star State.
One of Governor Jerry Brown's more controversial budget proposals has gained new support. The state Senate's top Democrat Darrell Steinberg said on Monday he now favors the idea of using climate pollution fees to help fund high-speed rail. ...Read More
Low battery life, bulky appearance and lack of integration are some of the obstacles in the way before health trackers become the next gadgets we can’t live without.