The world had been awash in news about how we can see the evidence in our DNA of ancient humans mating with Neanderthals and their close relatives, the Denisovans. Now in a new study out in the journal Nature, a group of researchers has found the strongest evidence to date that this mating mattered.
A decade ago, NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the largest and most complex robotic probe yet built, arrived in the Saturn system to begin a marathon exploration of the gas giant, its famous and awe-inspiring rings and what has turned out to be a collection of some of the most eye-opening moons in the solar system.
The state of Washington is launching legal recreational marijuana sales this week, once again raising the question of whether California will someday follow suit. But a report from state wildlife officials is raising concern about the environmental cost of expanding cannabis cultivation in the Golden State — especially amid ...Read More
Drakes Bay Oyster Co. workers harvest strings of oysters on Schooner Bay near Point Reyes. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Federal government lawyers are expected to discuss a plan for “the prompt and orderly wind-down” of Drakes Bay Oyster Co. operations at Point Reyes National Seashore — marking the possible end of a ...Read More
Drew Jaffe, Berkeleyside Students at John Muir Elementary sort for composting and recycling, but more Berkeley residents need to recycle in order for the city to meet its 2020 zero waste goal. Photo: Green Schools Initiative A recent audit of several City of Berkeley departments has ...Read More
By Garance Burke Associated Press Folsom Lake, east of Sacramento, pictured in January as it reached its winter low. (Dan Brekke/KQED) Throughout California's desperately dry Central Valley, those with water to spare are cashing in. As a third drought year forces farmers to fallow fields and lay off workers, two water districts ...Read More
Pelvic exam has no benefits, lots of harms, for healthy, asymptomatic women. ...Read More
An online service called Promethease allows you to convert your genetic ancestry data into health data. If you do, keep in mind that you may miss key health data because your ancestry test might not have been designed to find important health markers.
Vaccines are key, and pregnant women should be vaccinated in their 3rd trimester to protect their babies. ...Read More
Squid fishermen in and around Monterey Bay are experiencing early success this season with California market squid, which may be a result of a couple happy accidents.
When Laurel Braitman's Bernese Mountain dog jumped out her apartment window, she knew something wasn't quite right. Her subsequent research into animals with mental illnesses exposed her to a world where mice pluck out their own whiskers, dogs are prescribed Prozac and dolphins beach themselves in mass suicides. In her ...Read More
Two prominent California water experts advise: don't bet on wet.
How big can an Earth-like planet be? Astronomers thought they had a pretty good handle on this question but have just been given a fresh example of how nature never ceases to outpace our imaginations and show us something unexpected.
A new report echoes some of the worst fears of a fourth straight drought year.
USC researchers report that fruit juices have almost as much fructose as soda, making them just as unhealthful for you. ...Read More
Beginning Saturday, railroads must notify states when large shipments of crude oil come through by train. The new rule is in response to safety concerns with crude-by-rail.
New rules for existing power plants could mean more partners for California's carbon market.
Moody's Investors Service says even in agricultural counties, the financial effects are limited. ...Read More