Even the certainty of big losses doesn't dissuade most people from moving into harm's way. ...Read More
People who fight and study fire generally agree that one of the best tools for preventing massive wildfires is prescribed burning: intentionally setting smaller fires before the big ones hit. But there are major challenges to fighting fire with fire.
The debate over hydraulic fracturing in California is heating up as oil and gas regulators release draft rules for the controversial oil extraction technique.
This week's news around the Bay Area in photos ...Read More
There's been a great deal of anticipation surrounding Comet ISON—and a great deal of debate about whether it will become a Comet of the Century, or fizzle out like so many other comets of the century have in the past. ISON is now visible in binoculars, which may bode well for a good sky show in the coming weeks.
Methods to protect trout from ranching are helping the fish become resilient to environment changes. ...Read More
San Francisco cleans up a lot of graffiti every year. In the past, the city has used standard industrial solvents for this task, but now, workers will be cleaning up with non-toxic materials, in an effort to protect people and reduce toxic runoff.
Listening to the sped-up vibrations of earthquakes offers a tantalizing glimpse of the deep physics behind seismicity as well as everyday sounds.
Fossil DNA suggests ancient European wolf populations are the direct ancestors of most modern dogs. ...Read More
Drought and declining snowpack mean streams are becoming less habitable for Montana's revered trout. ...Read More
Harvard neuroscientist and philosopher Joshua Greene has brought a new dimension to the study of morality by scanning the brains of people as they struggle with philosophical dilemmas. Greene argues that humans are hardwired with a "tribal" mentality, an "us-versus-them" perspective that leads to clashes over political and social issues ...Read More
A new cap on the number of crab traps could help Bay Area fishermen--and maybe keep fresh crab in your local market a bit longer.
Rather than traffic jams, kayak commuter Stephen Linaweaver has to look out for container ships. ...Read More
The popular shuttle helped Emeryville, Calif., reinvent itself as a business hub. ...Read More