Water is cheaper in California than you might think. Just as it is in most of the United States, it's less than a penny a gallon. That is because water is delivered to residents exactly at cost. There are no extra fees or charges on this vital resource. This raises ...Read More
talk to the "How to Cook Everything" author about his upcoming video series on California's changing agriculture and food production systems.
The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in Santa Barbara County not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said.
An underground pipeline that ruptured Tuesday has released at least 21,000 gallons of crude oil onto the beach and into the ocean along the Santa Barbara coast. The U.S. Coast Guard estimates the oil slicks stretch for nine miles.
Broken pipeline spews about 21,000 gallons of crude oil into Pacific, fouling nine miles of coastline.
By now most people have heard that their cells are outnumbered by the bacteria living in and around their body. Each of us is made up on average of 10 trillion human cells and the 100 trillion bacteria of our microbiome. These bacteria aren't just freeloaders and pests either. They ...Read More
Intensive research has laid bare the workings of gigantic "internal waves" that roil the deep seas. The results will advance climate models and make a wide range of marine activities more reliable.
Is California's water too cheap? The drought is prompting many questions about the way water is allocated and priced. As part of our Drought Watch series, we'll look at proposals to reform the system with University of Arizona water expert Robert Glennon, who has advocated for free-market approaches to water-supply ...Read More
Article by Lauren Farrar Manu Prakash, a bioengineer at Stanford University, has created a fully functional microscope out of waterproof paper that uses teeny-tiny lenses to magnify objects. He calls it a Foldscope. The different parts of the microscope are printed on paper, which the user punches out and folds together. ...Read More
Maybe that old song ought to say that April flowers bring May showers. A new study shows that pollen grains break up into huge numbers of tiny pieces that are active in triggering cloud formation.
More than two-thirds of California remains in an extreme drought. Gov. Jerry Brown recently announced the state's first-ever mandatory water restrictions. Many of us in the state want to cut back on our water use, but simply aren't sure how. As part of our Drought Watch series, a panel of ...Read More
A rising number of whales are getting entangled off the coast of California in the lines fishermen use to pull up crab pots. Environmental groups are calling on state officials to protect the cetaceans.
(Ozgur Poyrazoglu via Flickr) In a small study, women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer were 30 percent less likely to see a return of the disease if they had a history of breast-feeding. While previous research has found a small protective effect of breast-feeding and breast ...Read More
Listen to the Story on All Things Considered: http://pd.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/atc/2015/04/20150422_atc_bee_colony_collapse_and_insecticides_aubrey_post.mp3 It has been about a decade since beekeepers and scientists began documenting a decline in honeybee populations and other important pollinators. Even if you're not a lover of bees or honey, you should know that ...Read More
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