Three years after California state parks were discovered to have mismanaged millions of dollars, a task force issued recommendations for how to manage and fund the state park system.
For geologists, even with the advent of modern technology, there are instances when older methods are more effective; picks and shovels are sometimes the best complementary tools available for trenching studies.
Five Disney staff members are among California's cases. (David McNew/Getty Images) State health officials report 59 confirmed cases of measles in nine counties. The patients range in age from 7 months to 70 years. The California Department of Public Health has linked 42 of these cases to people ...Read More
An unidentified substance has killed or injured hundreds of birds so far.
Ya gotta love an alert from the National Weather Service that includes the phrase “The sun, moon, and the earth are in proper alignment. …” It has nothing to do with astrology, of course. The NWS is warning that the gravitational force created by the configuration of these celestial ...Read More
Could studying ants reveal clues to reducing highway traffic jams? Physicist Apoorva Nagar at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology thinks the answer is yes. Nagar says he got interested in the topic when he came across a study by German and Indian researchers showing that ants ...Read More
In 2013, millions of sea stars on the West Coast began breaking out in lesions, turning to mush, and dying. Scientists recently identified a virus they think causes this “sea star wasting syndrome.” Now they're trying to figure out why this happened. One place the science of sea star wasting happens ...Read More
Shot in 29 countries, the upcoming PBS series "Earth, A New Wild" shines a spotlight on the close and complex links between people and wildlife. Forum talks to the host of the program, conservation scientist M. Sanjayan.
The annually-averaged temperature was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit over the 20th century average, and easily broke the records set in 2005 and 2010.
A recent study from the San Francisco Estuary Institute shows that the Bay Area's status as a flame retardant (PBDE) "hot spot" has dramatically improved since the 2002 phaseout of the toxic chemicals.
A reassessment of historical data suggests that compared to previous estimates, the world's sea level rose more slowly during the 20th centuryand is rising faster now.
The bar-headed goose is famous for its long, annual migration from the Indian subcontinent to central Asia, a flight that takes it over snow-capped Himalayan Mountains so high and dangerous that human climbers struggle just to stay alive. Scientists had thought these birds might fly up to a high altitude and ...Read More
This Oakland child received a nasal spray flu vaccine at a clinic in Oakland. (James Tensuan/KQED) By Rob Stein, NPR As expected, this year's flu vaccine looks like it's pretty much of a dud. The vaccine only appears to cut the chances that someone will end up sick with the ...Read More
After a turn in the tumbling machine, these conventional russet Burbank potatoes are starting to show signs of bruising. New GMO potatoes called Innate russet Burbanks have been bred not to bruise as easily as these....Read More
Strawberries in the field. Photo: Shutterstock By Jillian Steinberger, Civil Eats (1/12/15) When it comes to growing strawberries, Farm Fuel, Inc., a Watsonville, California-based company, is on the cutting edge. The company grows wild and domesticated mustard and lightly processes the harvest into mustard meal, a soil ...Read More
In November, a United Nations climate panel offered a stark warning to world leaders: time is running out to avoid potentially catastrophic climate change. We'll talk with the chair of that panel, Rajendra Pachauri, about his proposed solutions to the looming crisis. We'll also get his take on the likelihood ...Read More
(Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images) The number of measles cases linked to having visited Disneyland parks in mid-December has climbed to 22 in California, according to state data. There are four more cases in other states — two in Utah and one each in Colorado and Washington. While ...Read More