The State Water Resources Control Board is California's top arbiter of water supply conflicts. Lately it's been caught in a tug of war between those who would have it tread lightly with local water agencies and those calling for aggressive statewide rationing.
Spring is officially here and that means flowers, gardens and bugs. At least one man couldn't be happier about the return of insects — especially the ones that hurt.>...Read More
HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell toured UC San Francisco Mission Bay Thursday, to discuss the White House precision medicine initiative with UCSF’s scientists and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.
Far beneath the icy crust of Saturn's small moon Enceladus, hydrothermal activity may be at work, activity similar to what is found in some life-friendly environments on Earth.
During the SXSW tech conference in Austin, Texas, this past week, we stopped by the office of Chiron Health, a local company that is helping bring virtual doctor visits to patients.
Matt Wandell is a biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences. His work involves feeding the animals, cleaning the tanks and making sure everything in the aquarium stays healthy. Wandell also participates in research expeditions to survey coral reefs and collect organisms.
Large earthquakes are in our future. When one strikes, there are ways you can help scientists study the event using your phone.
For the first time, biologists have caught a rare type of coral in the act of reproducing, and they were able to collect its sperm and eggs and breed the coral in the laboratory. The success is part of an effort to stem the decline in many types of ...Read More
Columbia University psychiatrist Jeffrey Lieberman has spent over 25 years studying the treatment of mental illnesses. In his new book "Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry," he traces the field from its birth as a mystic pseudo-science to its current position as a respected medical field. We talk to the ...Read More
As California plods into its fourth year of drought, critics say the latest round of statewide water restrictions are too little -- and possibly too late.
The State Water Board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on new mandatory conservation measures that may include more limits on outdoor watering and bans on serving water at restaurants unless requested -- with a $500 fine for violations. This is the fourth year in a row that California faces a ...Read More
From KQED Education Do Now: As we face the consequences of a changing climate, many people wonder how we can most effectively change the consumptive habits of U.S. citizens. Is it more effective to change people’s behavior and attitudes or have the government implement regulations?
Dear Boston, We would like your snow. Like the civic-minded folks at Gawker, we've looked at your pictures on the Internet and thought, “Wouldn't it be great if we had gotten all 108.6 inches of that snow?” Gawker's idea was to take the mountains of snow that have ...Read More
A little known fact about Tim Ferriss, 37, author of the bestselling “4-Hour” books: He started out as a competitive wrestler. In high school, Ferriss routinely shed 20 or 30 pounds a week to compete in wrestling matches. “You have to get very meticulous,” said Ferriss in an interview, shortly after a ...Read More
Every winter, California newts leave the safety of their forest burrows and travel as far as three miles to mate in the pond where they were born. Their mating ritual is a raucous affair that involves bulked-up males, writhing females and a little cannibalism.
With recent news headlines proclaiming that dozens of people have been selected as finalists for a Martian astronaut corps, it might seem like a trip to this alien world might finally be close at hand. But let's have a little reality check — what are the chances that we really will ...Read More