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
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.
Image showing the latest on the #RimFire. The area impacted continues to grow! http://t.co/sBpqQVnbmF pic.twitter.com/lMz6BpOFAB — NWSBayArea (@NWSBayArea) September 4, 2013 This image tweeted by the National Weather Service illustrates the size of the Rim Fire burning in and around Yosemite as overlaid on a map of ...Read More
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.
In 1972, an Apollo 17 astronaut glimpsed a strange phenomenon of streaming light from the window of the command module as it orbited the dark side of the moon. Now, a new NASA mission aims to discover what caused that phenomenon, and whether it could be a hazard for future lunar landings.
Crown Memorial State Beach in Alameda is set to be replenished in a long-awaited project to replace sand lost in high storm years. Learn about the beach and sand mining in San Francisco Bay.
Found only in California within the U.S., one of the most common salamanders throughout the state is about to become even more abundant this month. Baby arboreal salamanders have been hatching during the past few weeks and will be making appearances in backyards, parks and hiking trails.
Before I met Claudio Gratton, an entomologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, my idea of a “bee” was a little striped insect that lives in a hive and makes honey, pollinating the flowers whose nectar it collects. But according to Gratton, the honeybee that I’m imagining is only one of ...Read More
Loop of NOAA satellite images shows smoke plume from Rim Fire in Tuolumne County (at right of image in center) spreading out toward Lake Tahoe and the Carson City-Reno, Nev., area early Friday afternoon. (NOAA). The fire racing through forests on the western boundary of ...Read More
There's a joke among scientists: prediction is difficult, especially about the future. For Ross Stein, it wasn't a joke after the Indian Ocean quake and tsunami in 2004. It killed some 275,000 people. "I just felt almost a sense of shame," Stein says, "that this tragedy could have been so ...Read More
What is going on at Stinson Beach? Last week we reported on salmon sharks that had washed up on shore at the popular Marin recreation area. Then yesterday a 42-foot juvenile fin whale died after it stranded on the beach.