Researchers are now studying a new kind of pain reliever with less side effects than morphine, using the Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
Scientists in Florida have tracked the development of a new hybrid species of termite — one whose colonies grow twice as fast as the parent species. Termites are among the world's most destructive pests — causing more than a billion dollars in damage each year in the U.S. alone. Researchers say the ...Read More
Health care is undergoing major technological changes, from an explosion of consumer tools used to access medical information to advancements in genetics. But in the booming health-tech economy, just like in the health care industry at large, this transformation is primarily being led by men. Just 6 percent of digital health startups ...Read More
Motherboard, the science and technology site published by Vice, asked a non-idle copyright question last month: When Elon Musk's SpaceX launches a flight paid for by NASA — and by us, the Great American Taxpaying Public — who owns the very cool pictures of the mission? The ...Read More
Spring is officially here and that means flowers, gardens and bugs. At least one man couldn't be happier about the return of insects — especially the ones that hurt.>...Read More
For the first time, biologists have caught a rare type of coral in the act of reproducing, and they were able to collect its sperm and eggs and breed the coral in the laboratory. The success is part of an effort to stem the decline in many types of ...Read More
New data from the ancient ice of a tropical glacier shows that lead in gasoline tainted the Earth with the toxic metal far more than any other source, past or present, human or natural.
Well at least some in the Bay Area are getting more housing. Two marine sanctuaries off the coast of Northern California will more than double in size, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has ruled.
Florida might not like to talk about climate change, but here in drought-stricken California, the topic's not so taboo. Mired in year four of the worst drought on record, Californians are witnessing the climate literally change before their eyes. As the state nears the end of one of ...Read More
Scientists who warn that the earth's climate is changing have been subjected to hacking, hate mail, and even court action in recent years. That ire usually comes from conservative groups and climate skeptics seeking to discredit the research findings.
The South Africa exhibit at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is home to more than 100 animals, and rhinos are at the top of the pecking order. The sweeping enclosure is designed to replicate their African habitat. This is Jane Kennedy's domain. She is lead keeper and she knows many ...Read More
A couple who used a fertility clinic to conceive was ready to sue when the child’s blood type didn’t match up with mom and dad’s. Obviously the clinic had used the wrong sperm or made some other awful mistake. Except in this case they probably hadn’t. The couple, whose case I worked on, gave me […]
It's March, and that means college basketball fans are gearing up for the NCAA tournament. But there's another tournament taking place this month — and animals aren't the mascots, they're the competitors. "Mammal March Madness" is organized by a team of evolutionary biologists. They choose 65 animal competitors and then ...Read More
A new documentary examines the state of the Russian River in the context of other troubled watersheds around the world.
In Florida, archaeologists are investigating a site that a century ago sparked a scientific controversy. Today, it's just a strip of land near an airport. But in 1915, it was a spot that became world-famous because of the work of Elias Sellards, Florida's state geologist. Sellards led a scientific excavation of ...Read More
As diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba thaw, the island could see a new wave of tourism — with visitors treated to music and scenery that's been closed to most U.S. residents for more than half a century. But beyond the beaches and cabarets, there's a spectacular world of ...Read More
Explore the connections between engineering and science with KQED’s new, free e-book, Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves. Learn how researchers designed a new, more efficient cookstove to improve the quality of life for families in Darfur.