Students leaving a vaccine clinic after being vaccinated against whooping cough at a middle school in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) On Wednesday morning in Sacramento, a MoveOn.org member is expected to deliver a petition with 21,000 signatures calling on the state's government to abolish the personal belief ...Read More
The Voyager spacecraft have revolutionized our understanding of our solar system since their launch in 1977. After decades of sending back data on our planetary neighbors, Voyager 1 and 2 are entering new territory: interstellar space. In a new book, The Interstellar Age: Inside The Forty-Year Voyager Mission, planetary scientist Jim ...Read More
Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain About Jill Bolte-Taylor's TED Talk When neuroanatomist Jill Bolte-Taylor felt her brain shut down during a stroke, she was more fascinated than panicked. Even though she spent eight years recovering, she's grateful for the stroke. About Jill Bolte-Taylor Jill Bolte Taylor ...Read More
A decade ago, physicist Robert Davies wasn't all that interested in Earth's climate. His field was quantum optics. But while he was working at the University of Oxford in England, he became intrigued by what was going on at Oxford's Environmental Change Institute, just down the road ...Read More
Vi Rapp is a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who designs clean, efficient, wood-burning cookstoves for communities around the world.
After a 17-year back story that involved politics and agency peacemaking, the Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, has now begun a million-mile journey that will take it to a place where the gravitational forces between the sun and Earth are balanced. Riding a SpaceX Falcon rocket, DSCOVR took off at ...Read More
In the Internet age, many scientists are questioning the traditional publishing model. As we flounder through the digital revolution, it's intriguing to look back at the print revolution of the early Renaissance, which created comparable social and scientific upheaval.
Lake Oroville, Then and Now July 2011 (Paul Hames/CA DWR) August 2014 (Justin Sullivan/Getty) Despite some stormy December days and predictions in Northern California for a wet weekend ahead, the state is bracing ...Read More
If you want to know which NBA team is going to perform the best, watch for the high-fives and chest bumps. In his newest book "Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind," David J. Linden explains how touch relates to success in teams, relationships and can even result in ...Read More
City of Hope hospital and research center in Duarte is pioneering a new way to treat cancer that involves genetically modifying a patient's own immune system so it can better detect and attack tumors. Clinical trials are still in early stages, but the approach is catching on and could be ...Read More
If a glacier cracks and nobody hears it, does it still make a sound? "Oh, they moan and they groan," says Grant Deane, a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. "They crackle and rumble and fizz, and they have all kinds of amazing sounds that they make." Deane is one of ...Read More
Mystery goo in the San Francisco Bay has affected hundreds of sea birds along the East Bay shoreline. Sharol Nelson-Embry of the East Bay Regional Park District recounts their efforts to rescue these birds from this unidentified substance.
Charles Townes, a pioneering physicist who won the Nobel Prize for his role in developing the laser, has died at age 99. UC Berkeley, where Townes was still a professor emeritus, said he died Tuesday in Oakland. In a short video made last year shortly before ...Read More
Rhett Krawitt, outside a classroom at Reed Elementary, in Tiburon. (Courtesy: Carl Krawitt) Carl Krawitt has watched his son Rhett, now 6, fight leukemia for the last four and a half years. For more than three of those years, Rhett has undergone round after round of chemotherapy. Last year, he finished ...Read More
There is a common belief that requiring the use of "politically correct" language in the workplace stifles creativity. Michelle Duguid, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, tells NPR's Arun Rath that, intuitively, that assumption makes sense. "People should be able to freely think, throw any crazy ideas, and any constraint ...Read More
In today's world it can be easy to feel like there's nothing left to discover, that all the blank bits of the map have long been filled. Gregory Asner begs to differ, and he's developed a lab in the sky to prove it. In the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, Asner ...Read More
Ya gotta love an alert from the National Weather Service that includes the phrase “The sun, moon, and the earth are in proper alignment. …” It has nothing to do with astrology, of course. The NWS is warning that the gravitational force created by the configuration of these celestial ...Read More
The bar-headed goose is famous for its long, annual migration from the Indian subcontinent to central Asia, a flight that takes it over snow-capped Himalayan Mountains so high and dangerous that human climbers struggle just to stay alive. Scientists had thought these birds might fly up to a high altitude and ...Read More