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Broken pipeline spews about 21,000 gallons of crude oil into Pacific, fouling nine miles of coastline.
This is a perspective from Halle Tecco, founder and managing director of digital health venture fund Rock Health. One of the biggest mistakes would-be digital health entrepreneurs make is building a product based on what they think needs to be fixed in healthcare, irrespective of what the industry is willing ...Read More
Justin Butchert drops bags of ice into huge coolers and lifts them onto his pickup truck. “This is our only form of refrigeration up there,” says Butchert, owner of Kings River Expeditions. He's referring to his company's base camp on the Kings River, east of Fresno in the Sierra Nevada. The ...Read More
By now most people have heard that their cells are outnumbered by the bacteria living in and around their body. Each of us is made up on average of 10 trillion human cells and the 100 trillion bacteria of our microbiome. These bacteria aren't just freeloaders and pests either. They ...Read More
Shrinivas Kulkarni, an astronomy and planetary science professor at the California Institute of Technology, is a serious astronomer. But not too serious. "We astronomers are supposed to say, 'We wonder about the stars and we really want to think about it," says Kulkarni — in other words, think deep thoughts. ...Read More
In order to be successful, women’s digital health products have to be designed for and with women in mind.
The California Senate advanced a controversial bill that would require virtually all schoolchildren to be vaccinated following a long and divided debate Thursday morning. SB277 would end the “personal belief exemption” which allows parents to opt-out of vaccines on behalf of their children and send their child to school ...Read More
Elijah Martin is a second-year graduate student in the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology program at University of California, San Francisco. He works in the laboratory of Dr. Deepak Srivastava at the Gladstone Institutes. Martin studies how the heart forms to try to understand the causes of ...Read More
D-Rev CEO Krista Donaldson on selling medical devices to hospitals and clinics in the world’s poorest communities.
The seasons appear to influence when certain genes are active, with those associated with inflammation being more active in the winter, according to new research released Tuesday. A study involving more than 16,000 people found that the activity of about 4,000 of those genes appears to be affected by the season, ...Read More
From KQED Education Do Now: The California drought is bringing increased attention to resource use in agriculture--not only within the state, but around the world. With a growing global population, use of land and water resources will have to change to meet future demand for animal protein. Would you eat insects as part of a sustainable, earth-friendly diet?
Is California's water too cheap? The drought is prompting many questions about the way water is allocated and priced. As part of our Drought Watch series, we'll look at proposals to reform the system with University of Arizona water expert Robert Glennon, who has advocated for free-market approaches to water-supply ...Read More
This is a perspective from Cyrus Khambatta, a person with Type 1 Diabetes and the founder of Mangoman Nutrition and Fitness Continuous glucose monitoring, which uses tiny sensors under the skin to check blood sugar levels, is going to be a very big deal — and not just for people ...Read More
Thanks to so-called first-in-time federal agreements established nearly 100 years ago, Imperial County drinks up the lion’s share of Colorado River water that flows into Southern California, buffering it from much of the drought anxiety gripping the rest of the state.
Back in the 1960s, the U.S. started vaccinating kids for measles. As expected, children stopped getting measles. But something else happened. Childhood deaths from all infectious diseases plummeted. Even deaths from diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea were cut by half. Scientists saw the same phenomenon when the vaccine came to England and parts ...Read More
As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers. Listen to the audio from “My Big Break” below: <audio preload="none" ...Read More
For Julia Hallisy, putting medical information into the hands of patients isn't just a professional crusade; it's a personal one. Hallisy learned the hard way that patients and their families, and not just doctors, can benefit from accessing personal medical documents, including scans, test results and written notes. That's because her daughter ...Read More
The possibility of humans colonizing outer space may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but British astronomer Chris Impey says that, if only the U.S. hadn't slashed the budget of its space program four years ago, the sci-fi fantasy would be well on its way to a modern-day ...Read More
Here's a job that sounds perfect for either a superhero or a glutton for punishment: Get nearly 200 countries to finally agree to take serious action on climate change. Two men have willingly — willingly! — taken on this challenge. They're leading some international negotiations that will wrap up later this ...Read More
It's been more than 20 years since Jurassic Park came out, and scientists have been cloning animals almost as long. So where are the baby velociraptors already? In Russia, there is a park all ready for woolly mammoths and scientists there say it's just a matter of time before they can ...Read More