Science & Medicine
[LESS INFO] 77 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 04/02/08
It looks like frozen smoke. And it's the lightest solid material on the planet. Aerogel insulates space suits, makes tennis rackets stronger and could be used one day to clean up oil spills. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientist Alex Gash shows us some remarkable properties of this truly unique substance.
[LESS INFO] 45 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 03/27/08
SEASON 2 SNEAK PREVIEW. A mysterious sea creature up to 7 feet long, with 10 arms, a sharp beak and a ravenous appetite has invaded ocean waters off Northern California. Packs of fierce Humboldt Squid attack nearly everything they see, from fish to scuba divers. Marine biologists are working to discover why they've headed north from their traditional homes off South America.
[LESS INFO] 28 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 09/26/07
It's been called "Burning Man for science geeks." The annual Maker Faire attracts thousands of amateur inventors and scientists, displaying their home-made prototypes and gadget hacks. In a world where the technological race is speeding up, the Maker movement has revealed that the do-it-yourself culture is in no danger of dying out.
[LESS INFO] 35 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 09/26/07
It's a virtual world, but the transactions are real. Go inside Second Life, an online game where millions of people are creating digital personalities called avatars and are living virtual lives-- meeting other avatars, going to events, and even buying property with real money.
[LESS INFO] 30 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 09/19/07
For more than 100 years, south San Francisco Bay has been a center for industrial salt production. Now federal and state biologists are working on a 40-year, $1 billion project to restore the ponds to healthy wetlands for fish, wildlife and public recreation.
[LESS INFO] 49 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 09/19/07
The human brain was once a black box, but scientists are finding ways to peer inside and explore some of our most complicated thought processes. Using MRI scanners in innovative ways, Stanford scientists are learning how children's brains process words when they read.
[LESS INFO] 44 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 09/19/07
Using sound and laser technology, researchers have begun to reveal the secrets of the ocean floor from the Sonoma Coast to Monterey Bay. By creating complex 3-D maps, they're hoping to learn more about waves and achieve ambitious conservation goals.
[LESS INFO] 47 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 09/12/07
Can earthquakes be predicted? Northern California researchers are now identifying the slow-moving clues that may foreshadow violent quakes. Their work may provide even a few seconds of warning to open elevator doors, slow down trains or alert firefighters.ment officials to find creative solutions for at-risk areas like West Oakland, California.
[LESS INFO] 39 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 09/12/07
QUEST launches a new photography feature about viewers like you who love documenting science, environment and nature imagery here in the Bay Area. This week, meet Russ Morris, who takes pictures using 2 cameras at once-- one old, one new-- to create unique images.ment officials to find creative solutions for at-risk areas like West Oakland, California.
[LESS INFO] 25 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 09/05/07
What's the most harmful kind of air pollution? It's soot generated by diesel engines found in trucks, buses and ships. Diesel engines are the durable workhorses of transportation, but as they get older, they spew unhealthy soot. They are now challenging community activists and government officials to find creative solutions for at-risk areas like West Oakland, California.
[LESS INFO] 34 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 09/05/07
In search of the common ancestor of all mammals, UC Santa Cruz scientist David Haussler is pulling a complete reversal. Instead of investigating fossil remains, he's comparing the genomes of living mammals and constructing a map of our common ancestors' DNA. His technique holds promise for providing a better picture of how life evolved on Earth.
[LESS INFO] 25 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 09/05/07
The urban forest is going digital. Thanks to volunteers with laptops and handheld devices, San Francisco is creating an online map of every street tree in the city, getting a leg up on keeping the urban landscape healthy and growing. interfering with the way grapes ripen. Local scientists and wineries are beginning to look at how to prepare.
[LESS INFO] 30 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 08/01/07
The Napa and Sonoma microclimates produce world famous wines, but what happens if the climate changes? Scientists are predicting that global warming could increase the number of super-hot days in the California wine region, interfering with the way grapes ripen. Local scientists and wineries are beginning to look at how to prepare.