Eight-five years after its discovery in 1930, the distant and mysterious Pluto will finally become an "explored" planet. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has been en route to Pluto for nearly ten years, and is almost there, speeding toward a close encounter in July.
A robotic butt named Patrick gives instantaneous feedback about the prostate exam he’s receiving.
The “Living Heart Project” lets doctors take a virtual tour of the human heart to simulate the effects of common medical procedures.
The House of Representatives' approval last week of a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks brings into sharp focus the issue of early access to abortion. Abortion rights supporters say more than a dozen states have banned one option that could improve early access: telemedicine. Iowa and Minnesota are ...Read More
This is a perspective from Halle Tecco, founder and managing director of digital health venture fund Rock Health. One of the biggest mistakes would-be digital health entrepreneurs make is building a product based on what they think needs to be fixed in healthcare, irrespective of what the industry is willing ...Read More
A collaboration between NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Poland's Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) project has recently discovered one of the most distant extrasolar planets known to date.
The California Senate advanced a controversial bill that would require virtually all schoolchildren to be vaccinated following a long and divided debate Thursday morning. SB277 would end the “personal belief exemption” which allows parents to opt-out of vaccines on behalf of their children and send their child to school ...Read More
From KQED Education Do Now: The California drought is bringing increased attention to resource use in agriculture--not only within the state, but around the world. With a growing global population, use of land and water resources will have to change to meet future demand for animal protein. Would you eat insects as part of a sustainable, earth-friendly diet?
Fires are more dangerous when vegetation is dry, and water sources may be more difficult to find.
The longest core ever taken from Cuban coral arrived in Santa Cruz today. The core contains data on past environmental changes that will tell scientists why Cuban reefs are so healthy and how corals might respond to future climate change.
Article by Lauren Farrar “What if you could drop microscopes literally around the world from an airplane?” Manu Prakash, a professor of bioengineering at Stanford University would often joke with his team. This musing actually heavily influenced the design of their new microscope, a paper origami microscope. They call it a ...Read More
Squid and octopuses are famous for their "live fast, die young" strategy, but scientists have just discovered a striking exception: the bizarre species known as vampire squid.
100 years ago, cervical cancer reigned as the leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States Then, a doctor at Cornell University began conducting studies on the sex cycle of guinea pigs and in 1915 realized that a similar “smear” technique could be applied to the study ...Read More
The Apple Watch is due to start shipping pre-orders on Friday, April 24th. The first customers will have their pick from dozens of health and fitness apps for the watch, which offer everything from calorie counting to medication alerts. For more on the health related apps for the Apple Watch, <a target=_blank rel="nofollow" ...Read More
Imagine walking into an emergency room with an awful rash and waiting hours to see a doctor until, finally, a physician who doesn't have specific knowledge of your condition gives you an ointment and a referral to a dermatologist. That could change if a technological device like Google Glass, which ...Read More
Water agencies win some relief valves in the latest version of draft water regulations designed to achieve the governor's 25 percent statewide savings.
Do you read from a smartphone late at night, or charge it next to your bed? Here are three tricks to stop the artificial light onslaught.
The state of California just launched a $3 million “Precision Medicine” initiative. The project’s leader, Dr. Atul Butte, opens up to KQED about some of the key challenges, including efforts to safeguard patient privacy.
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.