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The pipeline that ruptured on May 19, spilling thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean, runs right through Santa Barbara County on its way to refineries in the Central Valley. Yet the county has no regulatory authority over it. “Our county actually had very strict regulations, but then they ...Read More
What do these ten digital health startups have in common? They aren’t particularly trendy or flush with venture capital, but their technologies are highly promising.
Access to healthcare and diagnostic tools aren't always easy to come by in many parts of the world. In this e-book from KQED, discover how engineers from Stanford University designed an easy-to-use, easy-to-fix, paper microscope that costs $1 to produce in order to help people in remote areas diagnose diseases.
Bay Area digital health startups raised $1 billion in venture capital in 2014, a 125 percent increase from the previous year. The sector promises better management and treatment of diseases like diabetes and improved access to health data. But health care is a notoriously challenging business and the rapid growth ...Read More
Earlier this spring, headlines around the world trumpeted an exciting bit of news that seemed too good to be true: “Eating that bar of chocolate can HELP you lose weight,” as Britain's Daily Mail put it. From India to Australia and Texas to Germany, news organizations shared findings published ...Read More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given a Marin therapist the green light to study whether the illegal drug ecstasy, or MDMA, is effective in treating severe anxiety and depression when taken in conjunction with psychotherapy. A notorious party drug, ecstasy has previously shown promise as a treatment for ...Read More
Imagine being an otter in a virtual world where colors and landscapes unfold in endless possibilities. You engage in a game of paintball with other frisky otters. You follow a river as it travels through time and seasons, and the environment responds to your mood, calming anxiety and reinforcing relaxation. This ...Read More
You can't tell by looking which students at Mount Sinai's school of medicine in New York City were traditional pre-meds as undergraduates and which weren't. And that's exactly the point. Most of the class majored in biology or chemistry, crammed for the medical college admission test and got flawless grades and ...Read More
A decapitated whale washed up on a Point Reyes beach on Tuesday, the apparent victim of a killer whale. It's the twelfth dead whale found on Northern California beaches since mid-April. Scientists are investigating various causes, from boat collisions to changing ocean patterns that drive the whales closer to shore. ...Read More
Water is cheaper in California than you might think. Just as it is in most of the United States, it's less than a penny a gallon. That is because water is delivered to residents exactly at cost. There are no extra fees or charges on this vital resource. This raises ...Read More
From KQED Education Do Now: A bioengineer at Stanford University has designed an inexpensive, origami microscope--called a Foldscope--to allow people from around the world to make discoveries and answer their own questions. What would you explore with a Foldscope?
As California's drought continues, social media and smart phone apps let just about anyone call out water waste, often very publicly.
talk to the "How to Cook Everything" author about his upcoming video series on California's changing agriculture and food production systems.
A robotic butt named Patrick gives instantaneous feedback about the prostate exam he’s receiving.
A couple extra minutes attached to the umbilical cord at birth may translate into a small boost in neurodevelopment several years later, a study suggests. Children whose cords were cut more than three minutes after birth had slightly higher social skills and fine motor skills than those whose cords were cut ...Read More
The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in Santa Barbara County not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said.
An underground pipeline that ruptured Tuesday has released at least 21,000 gallons of crude oil onto the beach and into the ocean along the Santa Barbara coast. The U.S. Coast Guard estimates the oil slicks stretch for nine miles.