A $100 million effort to push the world's cities toward better disaster resistance is making a test case with a "gang of four" Resilient Cities: Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco.
Local activists are sounding an alarm over four proposed crude oil projects in the Bay Area. They say they're concerned about the health and environmental implications of the developments.
A project that revives traditional food knowledge for Pacific Northwest tribes could leave you thinking about your food choices this Thanksgiving.
For the last few years, hybrids and plug-ins have been the stars at the L.A. Auto Show. This year, the buzzwords are “hydrogen fuel cell.”
Federal regulators say the Mountain View-based personal genomics company has failed to answer concerns about its DNA testing kit.
California overturns a nearly 40-year-old law that made your sofa potentially menacing.
The debate over hydraulic fracturing in California is heating up as oil and gas regulators release draft rules for the controversial oil extraction technique.
Listening to the sped-up vibrations of earthquakes offers a tantalizing glimpse of the deep physics behind seismicity as well as everyday sounds.
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.
Every 11 years, the magnetic field of the sun changes its polarity (in fact, this may already be happening) sending a ripple of changing current out way past Pluto, to the outer reaches of the heliosphere. This solar "flip" is happening now.
Ancient ice is an important source of information about global climates of the past. Although the ice itself is a valuable record, the real prize is the air bubbles preserved in it, some that could be as much as 1.5 million years old.
The Bay Area’s proving to be a trendsetter in yet another way: events that celebrate science. The annual Bay Area Science Festival is getting underway with 50 events over 10 days.
Male California tarantulas are now roaming through the Bay Area looking for love. Find out more about where you can see them, what they're doing and what dangers they face from naturalist Sharol Nelson-Embry.
Scientists who study the rugged continent are on edge as funding for research remains in jeopardy.
Manufacturers who want to sell their products in California now have to start finding safer alternatives to the hazardous chemicals used in baby bottles, laundry detergents, and other everyday products. New rules took effect on October 1 that regulate chemicals under the state’s Green Chemistry Initiative, a 2008 law. Forum host Michael Krasny talks with guests about the environmental health and legal issues at stake in the new regulations.
National Park Service facilities from Alcatraz to Pinnacles National Park will be closed to visitors, and many employees at federally supported research facilities, including NASA Ames in Mountain View and the national laboratories at UC Berkeley and Livermore, face furloughs.
The rise of a small, fuming island after a large distant quake may not be such an exotic event. Look for one when the next Big One strikes California.