A Bay Area researcher found evidence that an ancient human ancestor was using stone tools nearly a million years earlier than previously documented.
Post on Aug 11, 2010 by Sheraz Sadiq
On October 5, 2009, UCSF molecular biologist Blackburn learned that she had received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for her co-discovery of an enzyme that plays a key role in aging and cancer. Blackburn discusses a life in science. We encourage both scientists and non-scientists to come hear her reflections on an unfettered childhood, skirting the 'safe' scientific projects, the benefits of not listening to naysayers, and the difference between good and bad stress.
Post on Aug 04, 2010 by Kishore Hari
The volume of oil recently spilled in the Gulf of Mexico is several thousand times what was spilled in San Francisco Bay in 2007, but the ecological studies conducted in the wake of the SF spill give us an idea of what we can expect in the Gulf.
Post on Aug 02, 2010 by Jennifer Skene
The Open Science Summit is the first and only event to consider what happens throughout the entire innovation chain as reform in one area influences the prospects in others. The three day conference will cover many aspects of the Open Science spectrum and is open to anyone.
Post on Jul 28, 2010 by Kishore Hari
QUEST traveled along the San Joaquin River to produce our story on the restoration of more than 150 miles of the San Joaquin River, California's second-largest river. See behind-the-scenes photos in our narrated slideshow of the journey we took to document the historic comeback of the mighty San Joaquin.
Flowing 330 miles from the Sierras to the delta, the San Joaquin River is California's second longest river. But since the construction of Friant Dam near Fresno in the 1940s, most of the San Joaquin's water has been siphoned off to farmland in the Central Valley. Now, after years of lawsuits, a new effort to restore the river is offering hope that fish and farmers can co-exist.
Researchers at UC Davis are collecting DNA from dogs seized in police raids on dogfighting operations. The goal is to create a database to help identify and prosecute the extensive underground breeding programs that sell puppies for as much as $50,000 to dogfighting rings. But the database is controversial among some animal rights activists, who believe it would allow shelters to euthanize dogs whose DNA match fighting lineages.
Dogfighting rings, as we report in this story, rely on a sophisticated, interstate network of breeders, just like you'd find for any other breed.
Post on Jul 16, 2010 by Amy Standen
Most of us think ants are just pests. But not Brian Fisher. Known as "The Ant Guy," he's on a mission to show the world just how important and amazing these little creatures are and in the process, catalog all of the world's 30,000 ant species before they become casualties of habitat loss. But he can't do it without our help.
If you've ever had small, black ants in your kitchen, chances are they're Argentine Ants. These invasive insects have spread across California, forming what some scientists say is one of the largest colonies on Earth. They're also harming native ants. Now, scientists are developing ways to stop the invasion, by learning the language ants use to communicate. Lauren Sommer reports.
Ants aren't just foragers. They're ranchers, farmers and even blood-suckers. Meet some of the amazing ants found in the Bay Area and find out why they're the favorites of local ant scientists.