The notice from Kaiser came in the mail about ten days ago. Luke Donavan's health insurance premiums were going up. A lot. Donavan, 41, of San Francisco, currently pays $841 per month for health insurance for himself, his wife and three young children. Effective Jan. 1, that's going up to ...Read More
Imagine if instead of digging oil up out of the ground and refining it into gasoline, we could just have bacteria make it for us in a big vat somewhere. Researchers from South Korea have done just that -- engineered bacteria to make gasoline -- but many challenges remain before large scale production becomes viable.
Covered California will not be releasing any enrollment figures until mid-November, but San Franciscan Paul Cello says he's already in -- and reports his new insurance will have better benefits, at lower monthly cost than the plan he's on now. Cello originally hails from Florida and says he has friends there ...Read More
New research shows that market squid may have something to offer the engineering sector: skin cells that can switch between transparent and white. Humans could use these cells to develop new bio-inspired materials; squid probably use them for cross-dressing.
Sea otters once inhabited the San Francisco Bay. Learn about a new study at Elkhorn Slough that holds some hope for re-establishing otters in our estuary someday.
How leaf-cutter ants and fungus gardens could provide the model for sustainably producing biofuels. ...Read More
The first time Jackson Landers spotted a black widow spider on his front porch, he was transfixed. The nature writer grew curious about the poisonous arachnids and even kept one as a pet in a jar for months. "When you're confronted by this deadly, venomous thing day after day, you can't ...Read More
Birds of prey across North America are heading south for the winter and will be at their highest concentration for viewing in the next couple of weeks. More raptors fly by Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands than anywhere else along our country's Pacific coastline.
There are now three finalists for creating a cultural institution on one of the most beautiful stretches of parkland in the country, at mid-Crissy Field in the Presidio. Which do you favor? A museum devoted to "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' art collection? An institute focused on sustainability and exploring ...Read More
On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a link between antibiotics given to livestock and the increase of antibiotic-resistant bacteria infections in people. At least 70 percent of all antibiotics in the U.S. are used to treat animals on farms and feedlots, and critics are urging for ...Read More
Protestors staged a demonstration against fracking in California outside of the Hiram W. Johnson State Office Building on May 30, 2013 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Environmental measures seem to be struggling in Sacramento, despite Democrats holding sizable majorities in both houses. This legislative session ...Read More
Terns can be found in the Bay Area year round, but they're not all the same species. Learn more about the diversity of tern populations that visit us.
When they're getting grief from all directions for something they've aired or written, reporters like to console themselves with the old saying, "If you're making both sides mad, you must be doing something right." Perhaps state Sen. Fran Pavley, a Southern California Democrat, can take some solace in ...Read More
Studying the "wildlife" of San Francisco's Market Street isn't exactly what you might think. Turns out it's a habitat that seems to attract butterflies and other critters.
A tectonic "Big Drip" beneath the southern Sierra Nevada is connected to the creeping faults of Northern California in a new paper published in Geology.
(Getty Images) By Shankar Vedantam, NPR Obstetricians perform more cesarean sections when there are financial incentives to do so, according to a new study that explores links between economic incentives and medical decision-making during childbirth. About 1 in 3 babies born today is delivered ...Read More
The San Jose Children's Discovery Museum has a new program that introduces seventh, eighth and ninth graders to digital SLR cameras and the basic principles of photography. It's also a first-time science experience for many students.