Why More Trees in the Sierra Mean Less Water for...09/15/14
California water districts are eyeing a potential new source of water: trees. After a century of fire suppression, Sierra Nevada forests are more dense than ever before. And those pine trees are taking up a lot of water that might otherwise run off...
Finding the Next Ebola Before it Breaks Out
Scientists at UC Davis are scouring the globe to find new viruses that can jump from animals to humans. Their goal is to prevent the next pandemic.
Drought Myth-Busting: Why El Ni¤o Is Never A Good Bet
The peculiar set of ocean conditions is known as a California rainmaker -- but El Ni¤o's reputation has been greatly exaggerated.
A Year After Rim Fire, Debate Sparks Over Replanting Trees
Reforestation is common after large fires in the West, but some scientists say it’s time to rethink how forests are replanted.
Schizophrenia: What It's Like to Hear Voices
People who hear auditory hallucinations say the voices can be quiet or cacophonous, singular or crowd-like, but they are almost always harsh and disapproving.
What Is Schizophrenia? Scientists Call for New Thinking
For two generations, psychiatrists have treated schizophrenia by medicating its most obvious symptoms: delusions and hallucinations. Were they wrong?
New Clinics in California Seek to Stop Schizophrenia Before it Starts
A psychotic break can lead to social isolation, hospitalization or medications with sometimes disabling side effects. Now some clinics are taking a controversial approach and trying to intervene earlier.
California Has Little Say Over Oil Train Safety
The state can't set speed limits on trains. It can't tell railroads to choose less hazardous routes. It can't tell oil companies not to bring trains carrying volatile crude through cities.
Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots
Activists are hoping local residents will do what state legislators haven’t done -- shut down the controversial oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing.
New Way to Save Endangered Species: Make Predators Puke
Marbled murrelets are rare seabirds that lay just one egg a year, and those eggs are a favorite food item for another bird: Steller’s jays. Scientists are hoping to trick the jays into avoiding the murrelet eggs using decoy eggs with a rude surprise...
Drought Lessons From Down Under
Australia's nine-year "millennial drought" transformed attitudes toward water. Could California duplicate the gains without the pain?
As Water Prices Soar, Some Profit From California’s Drought
Fights are breaking out over controversial water sales. Some farmers say they need the water to keep trees alive, while others say groundwater pumping depletes supplies for neighboring farms, and could threaten California's already-stressed aquifers.
California Drought Dries Up Honey Supply
Mountain meadows that would normally be covered with wildflowers have nothing to offer the bees this year, as the flowers lie dormant in the drought. Beekeepers are looking at drastically reduced production, and in some cases are just trying to keep...
Saline Shortage Plagues Hospitals
Hospitals use saline for everything from wound care to surgeries, but it could be next year before drug companies can catch up with demand. Turns out, it's not as simple to manufacture salty water as you might think.
Drought Drives Drilling Frenzy for Groundwater in California
The unrestrained race to drill new wells could put California's biggest water source in jeopardy.
Veterans of Long-Past Wars Find Hope in PTSD Diagnosis
More than a quarter-million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, but younger vets aren't the only ones dealing with it. Even today, veterans from conflicts as far back as World War II...
California Wildfires: Training for a Tough Season
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.
For San Francisco Bone Collector, Skulls Are a Lifelong Love Affair
San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences opens a skull exhibit this week, featuring the work of Ray Bandar, a man who has devoted 60 years to cleaning the skulls and bones of some of California's most beloved animals.
Consumer Gene Tests Face Uncertain Future
Personal genetics companies that offer health insights are working to satisfy federal regulators and keep up with changing science.
True Water Restrictions Rare, Even in California's Record-Breaking...
With California deep in a drought, communities are cracking down on water wasters, right? Demanding that residents take shorter showers and stop watering their lawns? Not exactly.
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