Advocates say the San Joaquin Valley Air District should focus on sources it can control, like farming machinery. (David McNew/Getty Images) By Alice Daniel California's Central Valley grapples with some of the dirtiest air in the nation. The culprits range from its vast agriculture industry to trucks on Highway 99. But one ...Read More
The drought hasn't held back the wildflowers this year. See what's blooming in naturalist Sharol Nelson-Embrys blog.
Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, talks about the future of our national parks.
The green sea turtle typically lives in tropical waters, like the shores of Mexico or Hawaii. But recently, scientists have discovered a population swimming year round in a river just south of Los Angeles. It's the northernmost group of these turtles known to science. Visit the three-mile stretch of the San Gabriel ...Read More
Last year 4 million people visited SeaWorld's theme parks, where the top shows feature killer whales, also known as orcas. For years, activists have charged that keeping orcas in captivity is harmful to the animals and risky for the trainers who work with them.
Far beneath the icy crust of Saturn's small moon Enceladus, hydrothermal activity may be at work, activity similar to what is found in some life-friendly environments on Earth.
Matt Wandell is a biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences. His work involves feeding the animals, cleaning the tanks and making sure everything in the aquarium stays healthy. Wandell also participates in research expeditions to survey coral reefs and collect organisms.
Columbia University psychiatrist Jeffrey Lieberman has spent over 25 years studying the treatment of mental illnesses. In his new book "Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry," he traces the field from its birth as a mystic pseudo-science to its current position as a respected medical field. We talk to the ...Read More
A little known fact about Tim Ferriss, 37, author of the bestselling “4-Hour” books: He started out as a competitive wrestler. In high school, Ferriss routinely shed 20 or 30 pounds a week to compete in wrestling matches. “You have to get very meticulous,” said Ferriss in an interview, shortly after a ...Read More
(Justin Sullivan: Getty Images) By Rafael Johns, Youth Radio via NPR Leon Richardson is 18 years old and tall, charismatic and thoughtful about his sexual health. He understands that as a young, gay black man, he is in the demographic with the highest rate of HIV infections in ...Read More
A new earthquake forecast model by the U.S. Geological Survey has mixed news for Californians. The new model estimates the state will have fewer moderate-sized earthquakes in the next 30 years than was previously estimated.
If living long and prospering is a measure of success, then the arthropods are life's winners. These are the most common form of life: insects, spiders, crustaceans and centipedes, to name but a few. And now scientists have their hands on the remains of one of the first ever.
Southern California struck back in the water (conservation) wars slightly in December, and significantly in January, according to new statistics on H2O savings released Tuesday by the state Water Resources Control Board. State regulators started publishing the data on year-over-year residential water conservation last June. Since then, the San ...Read More
When you leave the house, do you ever turn on some music to keep your cat company? What kind do you choose? Tom Jones crooning "What's New Pussycat?" A ballad by Cat Stevens? Perhaps Al Stewart's "The Year of the Cat"? Nonsense. Cats don't to want to hear humans singing about them, ...Read More
Scientists working in Ethiopia say they've found the earliest known fossil on the ancestral line that led to humans. It's part of a lower jaw with several teeth, and it's about 2.8 million years old. Anthropologists say the fossil fills an important gap in the record of human evolution. Although it's ...Read More
Uneven rainfall across the state has helped replenish Northern California reservoirs, while those to the south remain in mostly abysmal shape. Meantime, the latest snow report is in, and it's not good.
George Dante fell in love with taxidermy as a small child. His parents took him to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and he couldn't tear his eyes away from the dioramas in the Hall of African Mammals. When Dante was seven he preserved his first specimen: ...Read More