Photo courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History Earlier this summer, you may have heard about a surprising paleontological discovery from southern Peru. In a paper published in the journal PNAS, a team of paleontologists announced the discovery of two new species of fossil penguins, Icadyptes and Perudyptes, from an area a few hundred […]
Years back, I took my Second Grade class to Slide Ranch in Marin, a working educational, ecological farm. There, we visited the hen house and observed the hens sitting calmly on their nests. One clucked and strutted away, revealing a perfect, white egg. I directed Adina to pick it up and bring it to us. […]
Link to Tulare Lake Map for larger imageOnce upon a time, the San Francisco Bay watershed contained the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. The lake is no more, but sometimes, in wet years, its spirit still haunts the cotton fields that have taken its place. Up until the last century, Tulare Lake was […]
Editor's Note: Producer Amy Miller, who was reporting the story on camera in tonight's 7/24 episode on premature births titled "Born Too Soon: Preterm Births on the Rise", was placed on bed rest for preterm labor 2 weeks after filming. She is at day 27 of mandatory bed rest at the hospital. In this post […]
The United States has the highest rate of premature births of any developed nation in the world. But why? QUEST meets Bay Area researchers working to answer that question, and discovers some of the technology and cutting-edge medical procedures used to care for the most vulnerable newborns. You may view the "Born Too Soon" TV […]
Last blog I talked about the current revolution in DNA sequencing. Within the next five years you'll probably be able to get all 6 billion letters of your DNA on a CD to look over at your leisure. Someone who read the blog asked me if I would have my DNA sequenced for 1000 dollars. […]
Reycling graywater from sinks, showers, and washing machines to irrigate your garden is the latest in green living — in many cases, it's also against the law. QUEST reports from the frontlines of D.I.Y eco-plumbing. You may listen to the "Graywater Guerrillas" Radio report online, as well as find additional links and resources. Amy Standen […]
If you do, then you don't sweat at all — you thermo-regulate by getting wet or muddy. "Sweating like a pig" is myth #1. I spent an hour with a Pot Bellied Pig zookeeper who dispelled this and other myths. Elizabeth Abram Mark is a zookeeper at The Oakland Zoo and cares for the Vietnamese […]
California farmers depend on bees to pollinate the state's multi-million dollar fruit and nut crops, but last season thousands of bee colonies disappeared around the country. Meet two Northern California researchers looking for ways to make sure we always have bees to pollinate our crops. You may view the "Better Bees: Super Bee and Wild […]
California farmers depend on bees to pollinate the state's multi-billion-dollar fruit and nut crops, but in recent years thousands of bee colonies have disappeared around the country. Meet two Northern California researchers looking for ways to make sure we always have bees to pollinate our crops.
I spent the 4th of July at the Marin County Fair, befriending llamas, riding the Ferris wheel, eating ice cream, and exploring an oversized floor map of Marin watersheds–part of an "Aquatic Adventures" exhibit that The Bay Institute helped to put together for the Fair. It was fun to watch kids and grown-ups alike wander […]
The timeline on the redwood cross section said it had been born when the Roman Empire was at the height of its power, around 100 A.D. I was standing in front of a 30-foot-wide tree trunk in the Northern Californian logging town of Fort Bragg. Tiny little monkey brains, like mine, find it difficult to […]
Our DNA is more than its genes. Credit: Genome Management Information System, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Remember the good old days? Back when our DNA was relatively easy to understand? Well, those days have passed. We used to think our DNA worked in a pretty straightforward way. We called it the central dogma. The central […]
Golf courses may look green, but they aren't that kind of "green." At least not to many environmentalists. For many, golf courses take away valuable habitat and use too many resources. But there’s a movement afoot to make them more eco-friendly. You may listen to the "Eco-golf, Anyone?" Radio report online, as well as find […]
From body work and acupuncture for giraffes, to pachyderm pedicures, come see how the Oakland Zoo is using alternative treatments to guarantee the well-being of its residents.