New research shows that market squid may have something to offer the engineering sector: skin cells that can switch between transparent and white. Humans could use these cells to develop new bio-inspired materials; squid probably use them for cross-dressing.
The Rim Fire is calling attention to a big problem: California’s forests are overloaded with fuel after a century of putting out fires. There’s a new push to use that fuel to make renewable energy, but it's sparked a heated debate.
Sea otters once inhabited the San Francisco Bay. Learn about a new study at Elkhorn Slough that holds some hope for re-establishing otters in our estuary someday.
Scientists have struggled for a long time to explain why 85-90 percent of people are right-handed. They’ve known genetics plays an important role in people occasionally ending up left-handed, but they also know it is not the whole story.
It's common sense: If you want to study the brain, open it up and take a look. That's not an opportunity scientists often get. One rare exception: patients with severe epilepsy, who volunteer their time as research subjects in the course of their treatment.
Join a research team from University of California, Santa Cruz as they track, tranquilize and collar a wild puma. The special GPS collars collect data on the puma’s location and behavior, and they reveal how the big cats survive in their shrinking habitat in the Bay Area.
Terns can be found in the Bay Area year round, but they're not all the same species. Learn more about the diversity of tern populations that visit us.
Studying the "wildlife" of San Francisco's Market Street isn't exactly what you might think. Turns out it's a habitat that seems to attract butterflies and other critters.
Some parents are choosing to delay, space out or forgo their children's recommended vaccinations. But according to a new study, every shot parents choose to skip greatly increases their children's risk of getting a potentially fatal infectious disease.
Ever since AIDS emerged as a deadly disease in the early 1980’s, scientists have been looking for a cure. And now, using a very precise set of DNA scissors, they may finally be taking baby steps towards one.
Local scientists have developed a small, portable device that can quickly test a person’s level of radiation exposure and could be used for victims in a large-scale radiological accident or terrorist attack.
In California, polling shows that most people think climate change is already having an effect. But scientists are concerned that politicians are not acting fast enough. Now a UC Berkeley professor is urging other scientists to speak out.
Bats help humans by eating insects that annoy us, carry disease and impact our agricultural operations. But they're often misunderstood and feared by the general public. Learn how the East Bay Regional Park District and kids are helping bats by providing shelter to local bat populations.
Since 2005, the incidence of suicide deaths in the U.S. military began to sharply increase. A new study shows that the same factors that influence suicide risk in civilian populations--including mental health problems and substance abuse--appear to play more of a role in military suicides than combat duty. But experts say the issue is far more complex than any single factor.
The world's biggest trees are experiencing a growth spurt, and scientists think climate change may be playing a part in it.
In some alcoholics, the act of overriding one's better judgment to have another drink can be traced to a specific network in the brain. The question is, can you make it do something else?