Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting Organized About Deborah Gordon's TED Talk The world's largest ant colony stretches over 3,700 miles. It succeeds, biologist Deborah Gordon says, because no one is in charge. The ants communicate with algorithmic patterns to survive and thrive. About Deborah Gordon Deborah Gordon is a ...Read More
In a recent study in Science reviewed here, human immunologist Beatriz Carreno of Washington University in St. Louis and her coworkers have used a patient's own immune system against their cancer cells. It is too soon to know whether the treatment can cure patients or not but the ...Read More
The rural town of Woodside combines the leafy luxury of Marin County with the remoteness of Mendocino. Woodside is nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, but its rustic setting off scenic Highway 280 south of San Francisco is anything but high tech. Woodside has a swanky Zip ...Read More
The number of planets we have found orbiting other stars has snowballed in recent years, thanks to discoveries by the Kepler spacecraft. Now, NASA's next missions toward understanding the Milky Way's abundant worlds are preparing for launch.
Last November, to illustrate the severity of the drought, we published these photos of Lake Oroville over a 20-month period. (The lake was “sort of a drought poster child,” wrote Lisa Pickoff-White.) In that same vein, here are three satellite images from NASA of the Lake Tahoe region, ...Read More
Builders and developers are pondering the governor's new water mandates -- and scratching their heads.
Why not check bloodwork a few times a year as some celebrities advise? Because too much testing can lead to false positives (and abnormalities that don’t threaten health) and to unnecessary treatment.
Last week, Governor Jerry Brown made water conservation mandatory in the drought-stricken state of California. "As Californians, we have to pull together and save water in every way we can," he said. But if the four-year drought continues, conservation alone — at least what's required by the governor's plan — ...Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown has taken the unprecedented step of ordering mandatory water reductions for the first time in California's history. There are hundreds of ways that homes and offices can save water, like by installing low flow toilets and shower heads, building a rainwater collecting system or altering ...Read More
The drought is causing some tap water in the East Bay to taste bad this week, and the water district that serves more than a million customers there says it's the drought's fault. A change in how the East Bay Municipal Utility District pulls water from its main Sierra ...Read More
Scientists in California are hoping to use your smart phone to solve a cosmic mystery. They're developing an app to turn your phone into a cosmic ray detector. If enough people install the app, the scientists think they'll be able to figure out once and for all what's producing the ...Read More
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