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
Imagine a grove of trees you can sail down into, 80 feet tall, filled with wildlife. In the Pacific Ocean, that's called a kelp forest. Southern California has lost vast amounts of these underwater forests. In order to restore kelp in a patch of ocean off the Palos Verdes Peninsula, ...Read More
It's common sense: If you want to study the brain, open it up and take a look. That's not an opportunity scientists often get. One rare exception: patients with severe epilepsy, who volunteer their time as research subjects in the course of their treatment.
The Environmental Protection Agency's second stab at a proposal to set the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants would make it impossible for companies to build the kind of coal-fired plants that have been the country's biggest source of electricity for decades. Under the proposal, released Friday, ...Read More
Two new papers shed light on the deepest earthquakes: one by documenting the largest deep event yet recorded, the other by reproducing these events at the nanoscale in the high-pressure lab.
How often do whales clean their ears? Well, never. And so, year after year, their ear wax builds up, layer upon layer. According to a study published Monday, these columns of ear wax contain a record of chemical pollution in the oceans.
Three new monitors to measure vehicle emissions are going up this year at congested traffic corridors in the Bay Area.
A new climate chronology for California has come from one of our quintessential trees, the blue oak.
Ray Dolby (Dolby Laboratories)Dolby Laboratories just announced that founder and sound pioneer Ray Dolby has died at ago 80. The company says Dolby "had been living with Alzheimer's Disease in recent years and was diagnosed in July of this year with acute leukemia." More from ...Read More
Fungal spores that cause valley fever are carried in the dust. Activities including farming in the Central Valley contribute to the spread of the spores. (Robin Beck/Getty Images) BY GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press The annual rate of hospitalizations for valley fever, a potentially ...Read More
Mount Diablo burns in image taken Sunday evening, the first night of the Morgan fire. (Photo courtesy of Karl Frankowski, @karlfrankowski) CalFire is reporting that crews have made significant progress overnight in containing the wildfire burning on and around Mount Diablo. Officials downsized ...Read More