Fans of Boulder County's osprey nest cam saw a bit of drama last season. Two females and a male were living in the nest, when a third female arrived and kicked the original female out. Observers said she bonded with the male. "People called it ... the 'home-wrecker osprey,' " says ...Read More
River otters in the Bay Area finally have the first-ever census of their population published this year. After decades of no sign of the species, their numbers are expanding to nearly all nine counties in the Bay Area. Find out more from naturalist Sharol Nelson-Embry.
Investment in the cleantech industry has seen major growth in the San Francisco Bay Area over the last decade, jumping from less than half a billion in venture capital dollars to $3 billion, according to figures from the State of the Valley conference in February. Yet, a closer look at ...Read More
Many media pundits wrote off a genetic-testing start-up called 23andMe in November of 2013, when federal regulators ordered an immediate halt to sales of its flagship product. In exchange for a swab of spit, Google-funded 23andMe provided people with direct access to over 200 health reports, detailing their risk of ...Read More
The valve at the center of two investigations into a major cement spill in a creek in Oakland's Rockridge neighborhood was inspected nearly a week ago, a spokeswoman for the East Bay Municipal Utility District said. The non-standard valve, which closes in a counter-clockwise direction, may have been opened accidentally or ...Read More
Madera County's DA tries to get out in front of an expected wave of water-related thefts.
Activity trackers have become increasingly popular over the past few years, monitoring everything from how many steps you walk, to the quality of your sleep. Now, John Hancock, a U.S.-based insurer, hopes that health conscious people will exchange activity data for lower life insurance premiums and other perks. Those who ...Read More
Tambora brought the world a taste of apocalypse 200 years ago. Today we have better tools to monitor volcanoes like it, but the next eruption of its size will still challenge civilization.
Our geneticist, Dr. Barry Starr, weighs in on the current debate surrounding the latest gene-editing technique. Ever since we've been able to alter DNA, there have been discussions about what this means for the human race. In some far off future, when we can make wholesale changes to human DNA, what ...Read More
Would you lead a more active lifestyle if it meant lower life insurance premiums? Insurer John Hancock and Vitality, a global wellness firm, are hoping the answer is yes. But there is a condition: They get to track your activity. The practice is already employed in Australia, Europe, Singapore and South ...Read More
Courtesy LA Times Looking to minimize your water footprint at the dinner table? How about a wholesome meal of eggs, carrots, potatoes and beer? Nutritious and downright water efficient (although perhaps not age-appropriate for the whole family). According to a new Los Angeles Times data analysis, the raw ingredients in that meal ...Read More
The latest figures on water conservation in California would seem to bear out the need for more strict, mandatory measures, such as the governor recently announced.
Builders and developers are pondering the governor's new water mandates -- and scratching their heads.
Why not check bloodwork a few times a year as some celebrities advise? Because too much testing can lead to false positives (and abnormalities that don’t threaten health) and to unnecessary treatment.
It began when she hopped onto the side of my bathtub, plastic bag in hand, and told me to turn on the shower. Sue Tensfeldt hates to be called a water cop. And she's not really a cop at all, but she is on the lookout for water wasters. She's a ...Read More
Last week, Governor Jerry Brown made water conservation mandatory in the drought-stricken state of California. "As Californians, we have to pull together and save water in every way we can," he said. But if the four-year drought continues, conservation alone — at least what's required by the governor's plan — ...Read More
A total lunar eclipse, also known as a "blood moon," will be visible from the Bay Area early Saturday morning.
NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is soon to end its 10-year mission in a fiery touchdown on the surface of the planet Mercury--but not before giving us our most up-close look yet at this little understood and elusive world.