The tiny Delta smelt is famous for being a target in California's water wars, but it's dangerously close to extinction. That's bringing attention to anything that could harm the fish, including something rarely discussed: dredging Delta waterways for big cargo ships.
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 the thing: Water rights in California are based on who got there first. It’s as if you had to line up with all your coworkers to get a cup of coffee at work, and maybe the pot’s empty when the new guy gets to the front. Some are asking, in a drought like the one we’ve been having, is that really fair?
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
California is entering uncharted territory. And very dry uncharted territory at that. The state water board on Tuesday unanimously approved emergency drought regulations in an effort reduce urban use statewide by 25 percent over the next nine months. A response to California's historic 4-year drought, ...Read More
Famed British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough has been lending his calming voice to nature documentaries ever since TV was in black and white. And the 89-year-old is still at it. His new two-part special called Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates premieres May 13 on The ...Read More
Kathy Smith actually heard the almonds coming before she saw them. “It's 11:30 at night, we are trying to sleep, and those tractors are ripping the land right outside our bedroom,” she recalls. She woke up to find giant patches carved out of the grassy foothills above her house, making way ...Read More
Companies are assembling and churning out tailored stretches of DNA faster and more cheaply than ever before. The tool speeds research into diseases of plants and people. But what about eugenics?
Article by Lauren Farrar Manu Prakash, a bioengineer at Stanford University, has created a fully functional microscope out of waterproof paper that uses teeny-tiny lenses to magnify objects. He calls it a Foldscope. The different parts of the microscope are printed on paper, which the user punches out and folds together. ...Read More
Fires are more dangerous when vegetation is dry, and water sources may be more difficult to find.
Mobile devices are teaching modern women something their ancient counterparts knew thousands of years ago: How to track fertility. This may seem like a niche opportunity, but a sizable chunk of the U.S. population suffers from fertility issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6.7 million women ...Read More