The strongest natural material in the world has just been discovered: limpet teeth. Learn more about how this discovery could improve our future technology and innovations through biomimicry.
Railroads and oil companies stage a show-and-tell in Sacramento to highlight safety measures they've put in place. Environmentalists and community activists remain skeptical.
Until recently scientists have not been able to figure out the information coded in the folding of our DNA in the nucleus. A new map now makes this task simpler. This kind of map will not only tell us how the instructions in our DNA lead to making each one of us, but it may also provide new ways to understand and even treat diseases like cancer.
Scientists must play catch-up to industry as we figure out ways to use the deep underground without triggering earthquakes.
The measles outbreak that started in December has sickened 141 people in 17 states. California is has the most cases by far: 113 as of last Friday with about half traced to Disneyland.
For the past three winters, starving California sea lion pups have been beaching themselves along the California coast. This year, the die-offs have occurred earlier and in higher numbers, increasing concerns about the impacts of rising ocean temperatures and a depleted fish population. We'll discuss the scope of the problem ...Read More
Our best climate models, combined with our best climate records, foresee at least a century of profound drought in the Midwest and Southwest.
On March 6, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will become our first encounter with a dwarf planet when it arrives at Ceres.
After a parliamentary vote earlier this week, the United Kingdom is set to become the first country to legalize making a baby with DNA from three parents. The controversial procedure, which prevents mothers from passing on genetic diseases to their children, involves replacing faulty DNA in a mother's eggs with ...Read More
Emily Neblett stands next to a mobile maker space at at Monroe Caroll Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Noah Nelson/Youth Radio By Noah Nelson, Youth Radio For students, the benefit of tinkering with tools and developing hands-on creative projects is that they get concrete lessons in what can otherwise ...Read More
From KQED Education Do Now: Animal testing in scientific and commercial research has a long and controversial history. When should animals be used for research or industry testing, if ever?
Nursing student administers flu shot. (queensu/Flickr) By Lauren M. Whaley, CHCF Center for Health Reporting Kids without all their vaccinations are falling through the cracks at schools across California. Over 80 percent of kindergarteners at some Oakland schools entered this year without all of their state-required vaccinations. ...Read More
By Olivia Allen-Price and Lisa Aliferis Under California law, all kindergarteners must be vaccinated against a range of communicable diseases before they can start school. But California also permits parents to opt-out of vaccines on behalf of their children. The opt-out rate doubled over a seven year period ...Read More
Newest Earth science mission could extend the accuracy range of weather forecasts, fine-tune flood forecasts.
A dose of measles, mumps, rubella vaccine, known commonly as MMR. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) By Amanda Stupi An outbreak of measles and a new report that identified clusters of vaccine refusals in Northern California have become this week's hot topics. As such, KQED's daily talk show <a target=_blank rel="nofollow" href="http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201501230900" ...Read More
For geologists, even with the advent of modern technology, there are instances when older methods are more effective; picks and shovels are sometimes the best complementary tools available for trenching studies.
Five Disney staff members are among California's cases. (David McNew/Getty Images) State health officials report 59 confirmed cases of measles in nine counties. The patients range in age from 7 months to 70 years. The California Department of Public Health has linked 42 of these cases to people ...Read More
Could studying ants reveal clues to reducing highway traffic jams? Physicist Apoorva Nagar at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology thinks the answer is yes. Nagar says he got interested in the topic when he came across a study by German and Indian researchers showing that ants ...Read More