Much of the country had to bundle up this week due to some unusually cold weather. Even in the deep South, residents struggled with temperatures in the low 20s. With the big chill comes the revival of an ominous phrase: "the polar vortex." The sinister-sounding label has been hard to escape.
"Drought poster child" lake sits just 5 feet above record low point, forcing people to rappel down to their boats at Bidwell Marina. If the water surface level drops much more, it could cause problems for hydroelectric power generation at Hyatt Power Plant in the bedrock of Lake Oroville.
As you may be aware, there's a hot new space movie now in theaters — "Interstellar." Learn about the science behind the film.
When a court convicted earthquake scientists of manslaughter, seismologists everywhere feared the worst for their own efforts at informing the public. After the convictions were overturned on appeal this week, experts, journalists and the general public can consider the wider lessons learned.
Yesterday morning, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft successfully launched the landing probe, Philae, to a landing on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a historic first.
President Obama sets ambitious goals for greenhouse gas reductions, but the deal faces political battles here and overseas.
This video story was originally produced by Sheraz Sadiq and was updated by Lisa Landers and Arwen Curry. Be honest – do you ever brag about how little sleep you get? If so, you're not alone. Humans are the only species that seems to deliberately deprive themselves of ...Read More
Move over Billy Beane — baseball isn't the only sport that's buddying up to Big Data. Tennis pros — often driven by their coaches — are increasingly turning to data recorders from the likes of IBM, SAP and other tech firms that track the distance players run, where they ...Read More
Through centuries of exploration, humans have climbed the highest peaks and hacked through the densest jungles. From pole to pole, there isn't a continent left unexplored, and very little land on earth that has not been set foot on by a human being. Yet only 10 percent of the world’s vast oceans have been truly explored. ...Read More
A new initiative from UC San Francisco is spelling out the health dangers of sugar in clear terms. The “sugar science” project distilled mountains of research on the health impacts of added sugar and found links to three chronic illnesses. ...Read More
Birds, salmon and snakes depend on marshes and rivers for survival and migration, and to propagate the species. But many wildlife species are unable to find the water they need as the drought shrinks rivers and dries up wetlands.
During six weeks every summer, for the past six years, University of California-Berkeley astrophysicist Geoff Marcy and five of his students have spent their nights in a small basement room on campus. The room has a microwave oven, a coffeemaker and a couch with two cushions. But none of ...Read More
One-third of the world's energy use relies on the greenhouse gas-producing coal, and the United Nations released a sobering report last week about its ongoing impact on global climate change. Find out about the Bay Area's own legacy with this fuel source.
Fake and stolen passports have become a huge international problem — and it turns out security agents, who should be able to catch them, have blind spots like the rest of us. How big is the problem? Interpol estimates that 9,800 people tried to cross into Europe with false documents ...Read More
The iconic Tuolumne Meadows, in the high Sierra, is a geological puzzle. A newly published study traces the roots of the meadows to an incident deep in time and deep below the ground.
And a trick to prevent seasickness that the skipper swears by (other than staying ashore).
The Wankel T. rex, named for the Montana rancher who found its bones, is destined to be the giant centerpiece for the new dinosaur hall at the National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, D.C. — the first nearly complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex the Smithsonian Institution has ...Read More