(Getty Images) New research from Stanford shows that physical activity — or lack thereof — may be a bigger driver of the obesity epidemic than diet is. The rate of Americans reporting inactivity has skyrocketed. The researchers looked at national survey results of people's health habits — including diet and exercise — from ...Read More
Polar ice sheets are shrinking, sea level is rising and 44% of the world's population lives within 90 miles of the sea in the coastal zone. Oceanographer John Englander's addressed these topics in a recent talk, "Melting Ice, Rising Seas, and Shifting Shorelines: the New Normal" at the Aquarium of the Bay.
Community-supported fisheries seek to reverse the trend of diminishing local seafood supplies.
Because of heavy logging in the 1800s and early 1900s, only about five percent of the old-growth redwoods remain, with much of that acreage in state and national parks. Now they face another threat: poachers.
Scientists may have identified the source of the Pacific Northwest's legendary rich waters, in a submarine canyon in the deep ocean. ...Read More
The Obama administration dropped the proverbial climate change bomb earlier this month when it announced a groundbreaking plan, without congressional approval, to significantly reduce the nation's carbon emissions over the next 15 years. Cartoon journalist Andy Warner explains what the new rules set out to do. View as slideshow Andy ...Read More
Bear, the narcoleptic dog who stole the heart of a Stanford specialist in the disease, has died.
Rising seas will likely lead to unprecedented flooding along parts of California's coast within 20-60 years, according to a new report.
Crude-by-rail has been a growing concern as an oil boom in North Dakota has meant more and more crude is traveling to refineries by rail. A series of fiery derailments in the past year has focused attention on the need for accident prevention and emergency response preparation.
New evidence from high-pressure experiments and earthquake waves suggests the presence of water-rich melt at the base of the upper mantle, far deeper than previous estimates.
Though there are no wild wolves in California, state officials, expecting them to get here eventually, voted to protect them.
Disease-causing pathogens, like MRSA and E. coli bacteria, can linger for days on surfaces in airplane cabins, according to new research results from Auburn University.
Data about volcanic eruptions and industrial pollution are encoded in great works of art.
To start, a beautiful time-lapse film by Simon Christen … “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Mark Twain may never have actually said it himself, but that doesn't make the observation any less accurate. As any naive tourist shivering miserably in a tank ...Read More
Seasonal firefighters started training months earlier than usual this year. It may seem like common sense that it's dry out there, but there is a science to knowing how dry, and to knowing when the threat of wildfire is at its worst.
If you think about the kinds of bugs you'd find in a city, you might imagine ants, cockroaches, bees -- maybe mosquitoes or even bed bugs. But that doesn't even begin to scratch the surface. In fact there are probably millions of different insects out there. And now a large ...Read More
Recent cutting-edge techniques are opening a new approach for earthquake forecasts by matching foreshocks -- small quakes occurring on the same stretch of fault that subsequently fails in the large mainshock -- to changes on the seafloor.
While coastal communities debate the merits of desalting seawater as a drought solution, a new approach to desalination could be a boon to farmers far inland.