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
Drakes Bay Oyster Co. workers harvest strings of oysters on Schooner Bay near Point Reyes. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Federal government lawyers are expected to discuss a plan for “the prompt and orderly wind-down” of Drakes Bay Oyster Co. operations at Point Reyes National Seashore — marking the possible end of a ...Read More
Drew Jaffe, Berkeleyside Students at John Muir Elementary sort for composting and recycling, but more Berkeley residents need to recycle in order for the city to meet its 2020 zero waste goal. Photo: Green Schools Initiative A recent audit of several City of Berkeley departments has ...Read More
Can you hear the difference between hot and cold? A British marketing firm called Condiment Junkie wanted to know the answer. They specialize in sound design for all sorts of advertisements, like this one for Twinings Tea. The marketers wanted to know: Can people hear the difference between a hot ...Read More
Polar ice sheets are shrinking, sea level is rising and 44% of the world's population lives within 90 miles of the sea in the coastal zone. Oceanographer John Englander's addressed these topics in a recent talk, "Melting Ice, Rising Seas, and Shifting Shorelines: the New Normal" at the Aquarium of the Bay.
Marbled murrelets are rare seabirds that lay just one egg a year, and those eggs are a favorite food item for another bird: Steller’s jays. Scientists are hoping to trick the jays into avoiding the murrelet eggs using decoy eggs with a rude surprise inside.
A trio of anthropologists has decided it's time to rewrite the story of human evolution. That narrative has always been a work in progress, because almost every time scientists dig up a new fossil bone or a stone tool, it adds a new twist to the story. Discoveries lead to new ...Read More
A new study adds strong evidence that deep-injection wells can occasionally nudge a fault into activity. The key is figuring out how it happens, then learning to avoid whatever is making it happen.
Community-supported fisheries seek to reverse the trend of diminishing local seafood supplies.
By Lance Williams, The Center for Investigative Reporting Former San Francisco Chief Trial Deputy Joanne Hoeper (Courtesy of Joanne Hoeper) San Francisco city officials steered millions in public funds to a handful of plumbing companies for unneeded repairs of private sewer lines, a former top lawyer in the city attorney's office ...Read More
(Getty Images) By Charles Siler, Berkeleyside Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to include a proposal that would tax distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages on the November ballot. Voters will decide on penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages.The measure, which proposes a one-cent-per-ounce charge at the distributor level, would ...Read More
By Garance Burke Associated Press Folsom Lake, east of Sacramento, pictured in January as it reached its winter low. (Dan Brekke/KQED) Throughout California's desperately dry Central Valley, those with water to spare are cashing in. As a third drought year forces farmers to fallow fields and lay off workers, two water districts ...Read More
In the U.S. 95 percent of mammography machine are now digital.(Mychele Daniau/AFP/Getty Images) By Kara Manke, NPR Medicare spending on breast cancer screening for women age 65 and older has jumped nearly 50 percent in recent years. But the rise in price was not associated with an improvement in the ...Read More
For the second time, NASA has had to scrub an attempt to put a new carbon-tracking satellite into space. Tuesday's try for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, dubbed OCO-2, was aborted at 2:56am with less than one minute before launch. OCO-2 is designed to circle Earth from pole to pole, mapping ...Read More
A cyclone approaches Australia's western coast. Image from Nasa Earth Observatory. He discovered the trend by accident. Jim Kossin, a NOAA scientist stationed in Madison, Wisconsin, started tracking tropical cyclones to settle a disagreement about the temperature at the bottom of the stratosphere. When he looked at all the data he'd gotten ...Read More
Poachers have chopped the burl from the base of this redwood. (Sally Schilling/KQED) California is home to the tallest trees in the world: coast redwoods. To forest visitors, staring up at the towering canopy of a 300-foot-tall old-growth redwood can feel surreal. “For a lot of people, this is an almost religious ...Read More