The Hubble Space Telescope this week celebrates 25 years in Earth's orbit. In that time the telescope has studied distant galaxies, star nurseries, planets in our solar system and planets orbiting other stars. But, even with all that, you could argue that the astronomer for whom the telescope is named made ...Read More
The Apple Watch is due to start shipping pre-orders on Friday, April 24th. The first customers will have their pick from dozens of health and fitness apps for the watch, which offer everything from calorie counting to medication alerts. For more on the health related apps for the Apple Watch, <a target=_blank rel="nofollow" ...Read More
The new health and fitness apps for the Apple Watch can do everything from medication alerts to weight loss management.
Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting Organized About Deborah Gordon's TED Talk The world's largest ant colony stretches over 3,700 miles. It succeeds, biologist Deborah Gordon says, because no one is in charge. The ants communicate with algorithmic patterns to survive and thrive. About Deborah Gordon Deborah Gordon is a ...Read More
Donning a gas mask, a demonstrator participates in the first Earth Day celebration in 1970. (AP)Quick quiz: 1. Which labor organization helped fund and organize the first Earth Day celebration? 2. Who made the following statement: “Restoring nature to its natural state is a cause beyond party and beyond factions … It is ...Read More
As California's drought continues to worsen, the San Francisco Department of the Environment is encouraging people to conserve water by hosting an Ugliest Yard Competition. The goal is to help people realize that in a drought, a green lawn is an ugly lawn. “It's a fun way that the department ...Read More
Photo courtesy of NASAFeeling a bit dry lately? It's not just your imagination. California is mired in its fourth year of historic drought, with snowpack in the Sierra Nevada — which supplies about a third of the state's water — at 6 percent of the long-term April average. From a ...Read More
(Craig Miller/KQED) A controversial bill that would require vaccination for nearly all California children to attend school — both public and private — cleared the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. The bill “still has a long way to go.” The committee voted 7-2 on the bill, co-authored by Sens. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) ...Read More
Imagine walking into a restaurant, and you're handed a menu with no prices. At this hypothetical restaurant, you're told that the cost of the meal will fluctuate based on where you sit, and who happens to serve you. And you'll only receive a detailed copy of the bill four weeks later, ...Read More
Imagine walking into an emergency room with an awful rash and waiting hours to see a doctor until, finally, a physician who doesn't have specific knowledge of your condition gives you an ointment and a referral to a dermatologist. That could change if a technological device like Google Glass, which ...Read More
At the Gulf State Park Pier in Orange Beach, Ala., Wetzel Wood casts his fishing line into the rough surf of the Gulf of Mexico. He pulls his bait, a cigar minnow, through the water just beyond where the waves break for the shore. "On a good day you'd catch king ...Read More
In a recent study in Science reviewed here, human immunologist Beatriz Carreno of Washington University in St. Louis and her coworkers have used a patient's own immune system against their cancer cells. It is too soon to know whether the treatment can cure patients or not but the ...Read More
The task force pointed out that the net benefits in younger women were small and said women should weigh the pros and cons of screening before making a decision.
Update: Tuesday, April 21: Fresno County officials are disputing statements from PG&E that digging by a front-loader operator at a sheriff's gun range on Friday afternoon breached a natural gas line, touching off a blast and fire. Thirteen people were hurt in the incident, several critically. The fire shut down ...Read More
In Hawaii, a battle is going on over the future of a mountaintop. Native Hawaiians say it's sacred ground, while astronomers say it's the best place in the world to build a massive, 18-story telescope. This is not simply a story of religion versus science. Activists consider the construction of a ...Read More
Gov. Brown blasts ruling that some fear could outlaw a valuable tool to enforce water savings.
(Craig Miller/KQED) Over on the KQED News Politics and Government Desk, John Myers hosts a terrific podcast on California politics. The most recent edition (published last Friday) took a hard look at the political debate in California over SB 277, a bill ...Read More
As the federal government prepares itself for a “silver tsunami” of aging baby boomers, Bay Area researchers have launched a study to see whether activity sensors, accelerometers and other technologies can ease the strain on dementia patients, caregivers, and the healthcare budget.
The rural town of Woodside combines the leafy luxury of Marin County with the remoteness of Mendocino. Woodside is nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, but its rustic setting off scenic Highway 280 south of San Francisco is anything but high tech. Woodside has a swanky Zip ...Read More
A mountain lion was holed up under a house in Los Angeles for a little while last week, making headlines across the country. But the puma, known as P-22, was already pretty famous. He's got his own Facebook fan page with more than 2,000 likes, plus a couple of ...Read More