In a new poll, many parents said they're worried that schools aren't adequately preparing students for a changing workforce. And too much emphasis on memorizing facts in the classroom, both parents and kids say, is keeping young people from getting excited about science and technology careers. ...Read More
When people think of climate change, they tend to think of it as a science and environmental issue. But climbing levels of greenhouse gases, particulate matter, and rising seas hurts more than the environment. It harms people's health, too. “Climate change is one of greatest public health threats of our time," ...Read More
California's $25 billion fix for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta depends on making wildlife groups and water users happy. With the latest release of the state's plan, it's looking harder to do both.
We should spy on the climate at least as closely as we spy on each other, an expert panel warns. ...Read More
If you had to make a choice to shut down either the Mars rover Curiosity or that explorer of the Saturn system Cassini, would you deliver a pink slip to the young, eager, energetic newbie or force an early retirement on a veteran explorer who has delivered volumes of knowledge?
Parents, does your 18-month-old seem wise beyond her years? Science says you're not fooling yourself. Very small children can reason abstractly, researchers say, and are able to infer the relationships between objects that elude older children who get caught up on the concreteness of things. In experiments at the U.C. Berkeley, children ...Read More
Some men are unknowingly raising kids that are not biologically related to them, but until recently, the numbers were uncertain. Now that DNA testing is becoming cheaper and easier, better data has become available.
The short list of climate proxy species gains a new member in the critical Arctic Ocean region, a crusty red alga named Clathromorphum compactum.
In the 1970s, a Quaker organization helped the people of Lanare build houses and put in water lines. Bonner was one of the first to move into a new home, the one she still lives in today. But she and others stopped drinking the tap water years ago because it ...Read More
Tuesday morning, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it would investigate two incidents in which Tesla Model S sedans caught fire. Both times the cars hit debris on a highway and the undercarriage and batteries were damaged.
The amount of fish that Americans eat is a crucial variable in determining water-pollution limits, limits that may be based on outdated data in some states. ...Read More
The debate over hydraulic fracturing in California is heating up as oil and gas regulators release draft rules for the controversial oil extraction technique.
There's been a great deal of anticipation surrounding Comet ISON—and a great deal of debate about whether it will become a Comet of the Century, or fizzle out like so many other comets of the century have in the past. ISON is now visible in binoculars, which may bode well for a good sky show in the coming weeks.
Fossil DNA suggests ancient European wolf populations are the direct ancestors of most modern dogs. ...Read More
Drought and declining snowpack mean streams are becoming less habitable for Montana's revered trout. ...Read More
A new cap on the number of crab traps could help Bay Area fishermen--and maybe keep fresh crab in your local market a bit longer.
Scientists and researchers are turning to new and innovative online funding methods to pay for their projects. And the public is buying in. ...Read More
After a debate that pitted renewable energy against a threatened tortoise, the Ivanpah solar farm in the Mojave Desert is on the verge of opening.
As vineyards proliferate around this farm town halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, residential wells are starting to go dry. Some are calling the plight of Paso Robles a good example of what's wrong with California's unregulated groundwater supply.