From KQED Education Do Now: A bioengineer at Stanford University has designed an inexpensive, origami microscope--called a Foldscope--to allow people from around the world to make discoveries and answer their own questions. What would you explore with a Foldscope?
A scientific discovery in Kenya, first reported in April, challenges conventional wisdom about human history, say the scientists who made the discovery and are now releasing the details. The scientists say the collection of stone tools they turned up near Lake Turkana were made long before the first humans ...Read More
Justin Butchert drops bags of ice into huge coolers and lifts them onto his pickup truck. “This is our only form of refrigeration up there,” says Butchert, owner of Kings River Expeditions. He's referring to his company's base camp on the Kings River, east of Fresno in the Sierra Nevada. The ...Read More
D-Rev CEO Krista Donaldson on selling medical devices to hospitals and clinics in the world’s poorest communities.
This is a perspective from Cyrus Khambatta, a person with Type 1 Diabetes and the founder of Mangoman Nutrition and Fitness Continuous glucose monitoring, which uses tiny sensors under the skin to check blood sugar levels, is going to be a very big deal — and not just for people ...Read More
Color Genomics is offering an affordable genetic test for breast and ovarian cancer that will make this testing accessible to many more women.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday defended a plan that dramatically scales back the amount of habitat restoration for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta while two giant tunnels are built to deliver water to farms and millions of city dwellers to the south. Brown said the new approach would accelerate the pace ...Read More
Sure, California drought imagery may be reaching its saturation point in the media, but the images are just too darn striking to ignore. Case and point. In average precipitation years, the snowpack in California's Sierra Nevada range is usually deepest in March, at the tail-end of winter storms. High elevation peaks ...Read More
After their populations plunged in the mid-20th century, bluebirds have made a comeback with help from volunteers who make and monitor nest boxes.
A young paleontologist has figured out how to tell male and female stegosaurs apart from the rows of plates upon their backs.
Esthetics and water conservation clash as California cities find their own laws at odds with the governor's water reduction mandates.
At the Gulf State Park Pier in Orange Beach, Ala., Wetzel Wood casts his fishing line into the rough surf of the Gulf of Mexico. He pulls his bait, a cigar minnow, through the water just beyond where the waves break for the shore. "On a good day you'd catch king ...Read More
A mountain lion was holed up under a house in Los Angeles for a little while last week, making headlines across the country. But the puma, known as P-22, was already pretty famous. He's got his own Facebook fan page with more than 2,000 likes, plus a couple of ...Read More
A new study of fossils on an island in the Arctic Ocean show a major episode of extinction that qualifies as a new "great dying."
Agriculture consumes about 40 percent of the state's water, or 80 percent of water available for human use. Critics question the viability of growing water-intensive crops like almonds and rice, but others argue the state's water woes are too complex to pin on a single industry.
From KQED Education Do Now: On March 9, 2015, Apple announced the release of a new tool that enables researchers to build iPhone apps for collecting health data directly from iPhone users. Should we allow apps to collect private health data for research?
Investment in the cleantech industry has seen major growth in the San Francisco Bay Area over the last decade, jumping from less than half a billion in venture capital dollars to $3 billion, according to figures from the State of the Valley conference in February. Yet, a closer look at ...Read More