Melissa Block talks to Abe Davis, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Davis helped author a paper on a visual system to detect sound, which can recover intelligible speech from the vibrations of a potato chip bag photographed through soundproof glass. Copyright 2014 NPR. To see ...Read More
Update, 1 p.m. Tuesday: There's good news overall on most of the state's various fire fronts, thanks to light rain and increased humidity, although the threat of thunderstorms could complicate things. The Eiler Fire in Shasta County is now 20 percent contained and has burned 28,600 acres, according to ...Read More
As reservoir levels dwindle, many regions are pumping water from underground. On the Central Coast, that's causing ocean water to pollute underground aquifers. The seawater is making groundwater unusable for crops like strawberries. ...Read More
A performance artist will stand in San Francisco Bay for a tidal cycle of thirteen hours to dramatize the challenge of rising seas. At high tide, she'll be covered up to her neck.
Photo by Guy Mendes Farmer and environmentalist Wendell Berry is known to many as the father of the sustainable food movement. He is an outspoken advocate for an agrarian revolution to end industrialized practices that he says are poisoning the land and destroying rural communities. In recent years Berry has promoted ...Read More
Characterized by hallucinations and psychotic episodes, schizophrenia affects about 1 percent of people worldwide. Scientists are just beginning to uncover the underlying biological basis for the illness, which is still little understood.
The sky over Burney, a town of about 3,500 northeast of Redding, as the nearby Eiler Fire tripled in size on Saturday. (Courtesy Ryan Albaugh) Update, Monday 8:25 a.m.: We're still waiting for updated acreage numbers on the major fires burning in Shasta, Siskiyou and Modoc counties, but cooler, moister weather ...Read More
For two generations, psychiatrists have treated schizophrenia by medicating its most obvious symptoms: delusions and hallucinations. Were they wrong?
Note: This post was originally published on May 20, 2014 “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Mark Twain may never have actually said it himself, but that doesn't make the statement any less true. As any naive tourist shivering miserably in a tank top and Bermuda ...Read More
The Eiler and Bald fires burn Friday in eastern Shasta County. (Ryan Albaugh via Twitter) Update, 12:20 a.m. Saturday: Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency and ordered a further mobilization of the National Guard to respond to a series of large, rapidly spreading wildfires in Northern ...Read More
“Aug. 1, 2014, image of California from NASA's Terra Earth Observing System satellite. NASA, that space agency we all pay for, has a multitude of satellites up there in orbit on all sorts of missions, including probes checking out the sun, the moon, our sister planets, the borders of the Solar ...Read More
It takes a special breed to jump (a) out of a perfectly good airplane, and (b) into an active fire zone. But smokejumpers have been doing it for decades.
What's next for the oyster farm, its employees and the natural environment of Drakes Estero.
A new paper marshals evidence detailing the catastrophic landslide and mega-tsunami that struck Lake Tahoe during the late Pleistocene.
Fill up a glass of water to quench your thirst. Wonder where it comes from? Chances are it's from underground water sources called aquifers, which provide fresh water for most people on Earth. Unlike highly visible rivers and streams or lakes and ponds, aquifers are beneath the surface, so ...Read More
Stanford launches a major investigation of the state's dwindling groundwater resources and finds "alarming" gaps.