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.
Researchers wanted to know: Now that they've been banned, how soon would a controversial class of flame retardants called PBDEs start disappearing from women's bodies? The answer: Sooner than they thought.
A lake near Santa Cruz has the highest levels of toxic algae in the state, and some of the highest in the country, according to a new study. The report highlights Pinto Lake, which is in a park just outside of Watsonville.
Scientists have struggled for a long time to explain why 85-90 percent of people are right-handed. They’ve known genetics plays an important role in people occasionally ending up left-handed, but they also know it is not the whole story.
Birds of prey across North America are heading south for the winter and will be at their highest concentration for viewing in the next couple of weeks. More raptors fly by Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands than anywhere else along our country's Pacific coastline.
Along with cigarette butts, water bottles and candy wrappers, volunteers at the statewide beach cleanup this Saturday may find debris from the Japanese tsunami.
NASA's two Voyager spacecraft, launched in 1977, have made history in a dramatic fashion by exploring the outer planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Now Voyager I is the first spacecraft to leave the vast bubble of hot gas that surrounds our solar system.
A team of federal scientists is surveying areas burned by the Rim Fire to identify where the worst erosion danger is. An environmental group says restoration could cost tens of millions of dollars.
Some parents are choosing to delay, space out or forgo their children's recommended vaccinations. But according to a new study, every shot parents choose to skip greatly increases their children's risk of getting a potentially fatal infectious disease.
The first "Women Hacking Glass" meetup, a new monthly gathering for women developers interested in creating apps for Google Glass, was hosted at Mozilla headquarters in downtown San Francisco.
A comet named ISON has been hailed as a possible "comet of the century." But scientists aren't sure yet if it will survive a hairpin turn around the sun.
The one-bedroom, one-bath cottage is their entry in the Department of Energy’s biennial Solar Decathlon, in which students from around the world compete to design the most affordable green dwelling.
A new court order may be the final blow for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company, located within the Point Reyes National Seashore. The oyster farm will not be allowed to continue operating while it awaits an appeal to the decision not to renew its lease.
A major feature of the Earth has escaped notice — until now. Scientists report Thursday that they've discovered a vast canyon, twice as long as the Grand Canyon. It carves a deep scar from the center of the world's largest island out to the coast.
Fire officials say crews are making steady progress against the Rim Fire on the western boundary of Yosemite National Park. They say a California Air National Guard drone is playing a key role in helping firefighters respond to new outbreaks around the edge of the giant blaze, which has now consumed 192,737 acres, or 301 square miles.
A longstanding experimental forest lies perilously close to the wildfire raging near Yosemite. Scientists are holding their breath, hoping the voracious Rim Fire doesn't set back years of research into...fire management, among other things.
That fire that’s been burning all week just west of Yosemite took another giant leap in size overnight, with U.S. Forest Service and CalFire reporting the blaze, named the Rim Fire, has now covered more than 105,000 acres.
From truck bed farms to guerrilla gardening, urbanites have found a way to bring small scale farming into the city. But despite the benefits – from reducing urban blight to teaching kids about where their food comes from – farming in some cities can be difficult.