Last summer, a group of top scientists warned that our penchant for growth and consumption may be pushing earth toward an irreversible tipping point. The days when scientists could share their results with just their colleagues are over, says NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco. It's time for scientists to help solve our "wicked problems."
From the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to killer whales, bicycles to cheese — it's been another year of diverse storytelling from the KQED Science and Environment team. Here's a round-up of the top 10 stories shared on our website (based on page views) that you've enjoyed in 2012.
See America's largest area of rock from the Earth's mantle, west of Mount Shasta.
Lidar mapping unveils one of the Bay Area's best places to visit the San Andreas fault.
There's nothing like role models for inspiring the scientific spirits of women, today and tomorrow! And Marie Curie isn't the only one out there–history is rife with lesser-known but no less fabulous female scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.
A rigorous study shows that fracking is unharmful when the stakes are high. Not much should be made of it.
Journeying through the Great Valley's southern rampart is time better spent than inching up the Grapevine.
What are earthquakes? Gain a new perspective on these powerful phenomena with an e-book and iTunes U course co-produced by the California Academy of Sciences and KQED.
Sometimes you need a break when you're taking Interstate 80 to or from the Sierra. Try this historic quarry in the foothills.