A day after hearing from dozens of people about Chevron's $1 billion proposal to upgrade its refinery in Richmond, the city's Planning Commission is meeting again Thursday evening to hear more comments.
A stress system gone awry can quite literally make people sick. (Getty Images) By Richard Harris, NPR Ask somebody about stress, and you're likely to hear an outpouring about all the bad things that cause it — and the bad things that result. But if you ask a biologist, you'll ...Read More
Despite the fact we're in the thick of the worst drought since the 1970s, the state has been relying on Californians to cut back water use voluntarily. Now the Water Resources Control Board is proposing fines of up to $500 on people who water their lawn, sidewalks or cars too ...Read More
Stanford scientist Sue McConnell will receive $1 million over the next five years to sustain a program that teaches biology seniors to communicate science to the public through art.
In case you missed the buzz on Facebook, scientists recently determined that "beer goggles" do in fact exist, though not precisely in the way we thought. Consuming alcohol, it seems, tends to elevate desire and reduce inhibitions more than alter our actual perception of another person's attractiveness. But there's another ...Read More
An audacious quest to reconnect with a vintage NASA spacecraft has suffered a serious setback and is now pretty much over. The satellite launched in 1978 and has been in a long, looping orbit around the sun for about three decades. Earlier this year, NPR told you about an effort to ...Read More
Wasting water outdoors amid the state's drought will begin hitting Californians in the wallet under get-tough restrictions being proposed by state regulators.
The state of Washington is launching legal recreational marijuana sales this week, once again raising the question of whether California will someday follow suit. But a report from state wildlife officials is raising concern about the environmental cost of expanding cannabis cultivation in the Golden State — especially amid ...Read More
Misplace your car keys? Forget to buy milk at the store? For those coping with a memory-impairing disease or injury, memory loss can be debilitating. New therapeutic brain implants could help patients overcome memory deficits.
Most of us have heard about good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. But it's not the cholesterol that causes harm, it's the particles that carry it. And routine blood tests don't measure them.
Science and technology help strawberries thrive in hostile environments like North Carolina. Photos: David Huppert It's not your fault, gardeners. Strawberries are not very well suited to this hot, dry climate. That's why your garden-variety strawberries probably don't look — or taste — much like the plump varieties found ...Read More
According to new research, plants can actually hear the sounds of insects chewing. A University of Missouri study is the first work to report that plants can recognize the sound of a predator through the vibrations of their leaves. To learn more, Robert Siegel speaks with Heidi Appel, senior research ...Read More
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health made an unpleasant discovery last week as they cleaned out an old laboratory: The lab contained vials of the smallpox virus, previously unknown to authorities. The vials have since been transferred to a secure lab at the federal Centers for Disease Control and ...Read More
Important story about the backlash against the “Pinkification” of STEM in the San Francisco Chronicle. “It creates the idea that women need sort of a separate universe in which women can be tech professionals,” said UCSD professor Elizabeth Losh. “Instead of trying to be inclusive, it's an alternate reality ...Read More
(Getty Images) By David Gorn, California Healthline CMS officials released federal guidance for states on Medicaid coverage of autism therapy on Monday, and that guidance indicates it is covered for beneficiaries under age 21. “ABA therapy must be covered (by Medi-Cal). It's very, very clear.” “It's a good day. ...Read More
The secret to more productive meetings? You might simply need to stand up. This we know, to some degree. Just take as examples the growing popularity of standing desks, which took off after a flurry of reports found that sitting for long periods of time can significantly, negatively, impact employees' health. That ...Read More
Camp director Levi Felix goes by Fidget Wigglesworth and encourages campers to shake free of the city. Photo: Daniel N. Johnson. I'm 50 feet from the entrance to an adult summer camp in Northern California and “Honey Bear,” a short, bearded man with a long blond wig, is giving me ...Read More
In his new book "American Catch," author Paul Greenberg reveals how the U.S. imports about 90 percent of the seafood we eat, even though we control more ocean than any other country in the world. Why is some of the best seafood caught in U.S. waters ending up on dinner ...Read More
(Getty Images) New research from Stanford shows that physical activity — or lack thereof — may be a bigger driver of the obesity epidemic than diet is. The rate of Americans reporting inactivity has skyrocketed. The researchers looked at national survey results of people's health habits — including diet and exercise — from ...Read More