Comet ISON is gone, Comet Lovejoy remains and a sun-grazing asteroid, 3200 Phaeton, is showing comet-like behavior. An interesting December to say the least.
After the Cold War, Russia converted surplus uranium to nuclear fuel for power plants — in the U.S. ...Read More
These charismatic critters draw a lot of attention and are thriving in local creeks, lakes and estuaries.The River Otter Ecology Project is working on the first-ever population assessment of these animals throughout the Bay Area.
The Chelyabinsk meteor was a 65-foot hunk of space rock that entered the Earth's atmosphere at about 12 miles per second before exploding with a force equal to 600,000 tons of TNT, enough to level buildings and send 1,200 people to local hospitals.
A NASA scientist sums it up: “If we ever get star travel, we’ll probably see a lot of traffic jams.”
On KQED's "Forum," the governor said fracking is only one small part of climate change. ...Read More
With the World Series in full swing, most Americans would probably say they know the basic rules of baseball: the pitcher throws it, the batter hits it, three strikes and you’re out. But underneath it all, the rules that truly govern this game are the laws of physics. “When you go to a ballgame you’re […]
Some lessons of this summer's blaze will take years to be revealed. But the immediate impact is dramatic. ...Read More
There are now strains of bacteria that are resistant to even the strongest antibiotics, and they're causing deadly infections. On Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviews journalist David Hoffman, who says that understanding and fighting these bacteria should be a national priority.
The $286 million tunnel is the first ever to cross under the Bay, and -- once it comes online in 2015 -- will carry 300 million gallons of water a day from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir to San Francisco and Peninsula residents.
Nature shows almost no signs of the Loma Prieta earthquake 24 years later. But the human landscape still carries scars that should remind us to practice continual preparedness.
By Kelley Weiss, CHCF Center for Health Reporting Children's advocates are hoping for a big Christmas present this year – a billion dollars to remove toxic lead paint from homes. A Santa Clara Superior Court judge has until the end of the year to decide if paint companies should pay ...Read More
Now that California's legislative session is now over, here's a roundup of the environmental bills that passed -- and a review of some big ones that didn't.
Governor Jerry Brown has approved the first statewide lead bullet ban for hunters, in the hope of helping endangered California condors.
UC Berkeley molecular biologist Randy Schekman won the Nobel Prize for Medicine with two other scientists this week. But he says the kind of basic science research that led to his prize might have never gotten funded if he were applying for grants today. We talk with Schekman and UCSF ...Read More
NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars has raised some eyebrows by something it has not detected: methane. And, much farther out, the Cassini spacecraft has made a positive detection of plastic in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan.
The quest for ever-smaller and faster computers has taken a significant step forward. Engineers at Stanford have developed a process to build computers that use carbon nanotubes instead of silicon.
Most American high school students aren't leaning toward careers in math or science -- actually, they're leaning away. While higher education will need to address reasons kids drop out of math and science majors, professionals in the STEM fields are stepping forward hoping to get younger kids excited ...Read More