A new study suggests how early life might have survived without some of the cellular machinery that is absolutely required for life today. Turns out that having a fairly leaky membrane may have been the key.
Two people have died of West Nile virus in Sacramento and Shasta counties, the first reported deaths in the state this year. Last year, 15 people died in California from the virus, which is usually transmitted to humans from a bite by an infected mosquito. One variety of mosquito found recently in San Mateo, Madera and Clovis is particularly worrisome because it can carry a number of deadly diseases, including yellow fever and West Nile. The state's entomologists are mobilizing to fight this new, bloodsucking threat.
New work shows that the simple mineral sphalerite has geochemical powers suitable for helping life to arise from precursors in the mineral kingdom.
A performance artist will stand in San Francisco Bay for a tidal cycle of thirteen hours to dramatize the challenge of rising seas. At high tide, she'll be covered up to her neck.
A new paper marshals evidence detailing the catastrophic landslide and mega-tsunami that struck Lake Tahoe during the late Pleistocene.
Stanford launches a major investigation of the state's dwindling groundwater resources and finds "alarming" gaps.
A team of Bay Area scientists is biohacking baker's yeast, in an effort to produce proteins that are just like milk proteins, only they're aren't from milk.
Europe's Rosetta mission is poised to add another extraterrestrial landfall to a very short list, and top a new list as it becomes the first mission to land a probe on a comet.
The Richmond City Council is considering Chevron's plans for a $1 billion project at its refinery there. If it's approved, this is one of the last steps before construction on the project would actually begin.
This week, All Things Considered is exploring how people interpret probability. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a 70 percent chance of success? One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take ...Read More
(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) by Seth Borenstein AP WASHINGTON (AP) — The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month's average global temperature was 61.2 degrees, which is ...Read More
In November of 1969, astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon. His mission, Apollo 12, arrived at the moon a few months after Apollo 11 made the first moon landing. That historic event celebrates its 45th anniversary Sunday. Apollo 12 got off to a dramatic start: ...Read More
Watering your lawn or washing your car may become a lot more expensive. State regulators have approved new fines aimed at water wasters, hoping the penalties will lead to a reduction in water use.
Activists are hoping local residents will do what state legislators haven’t done -- shut down the controversial oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing.
Planetary scientist Alan Stern is counting down the days — just 365 of them now. He's spent the past 8 1/2 years waiting for the New Horizons spacecraft to make a close encounter with Pluto. Next year, on July 14, the spacecraft will reach its destination. "Not only did we choose ...Read More
Company says it has ‘grave concerns’ about new environmental proposals attached to project. Read more ...
Stanford scientist Sue McConnell will receive $1 million over the next five years to sustain a program that teaches biology seniors to communicate science to the public through art.
In case you missed the buzz on Facebook, scientists recently determined that "beer goggles" do in fact exist, though not precisely in the way we thought. Consuming alcohol, it seems, tends to elevate desire and reduce inhibitions more than alter our actual perception of another person's attractiveness. But there's another ...Read More
Most of us have heard about good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. But it's not the cholesterol that causes harm, it's the particles that carry it. And routine blood tests don't measure them.