Biology

Birds Fly Over Central Valley Rice Field

Conservationists Rent California Rice Fields As Habitat For Drought-Threatened Migrating Birds

With severe drought covering 95 percent of California, ‘pop-up wetlands’ are one of the few tools that conservationists have to help stave off possible bird die-offs this fall.

09/13/2014

Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog

Threat To Endangered Frogs Puts Tahoe Tree-Thinning Project On Hold

The U.S. Forest Service will postpone a tree-thinning project intended to decrease the wildfire risk at Lake Tahoe after a lawsuit raised concern about its effect on an endangered frog species.

08/11/2014

A contact lens with embedded circuitry designed to monitor glucose levels of diabetes patients. (Google)

Google Teams Up With Swiss Firm To Develop Smart Contact Lens For Diabetics, Visually Impaired

Google takes a giant step forward in bringing its smart contact lens technology to the masses by partnering with a Swiss pharmaceutical company that plans to use the lens to improve vision and monitor health conditions.

07/15/2014

Praying Mantises are exclusively predatory. Larger species have been known to prey on small lizards, frogs, birds, snakes, and even rodents. Most species are known to engage in cannibalism. Sexual cannibalism is common among mantises in captivity, and under some circumstances may also be observed in the field. The female may start feeding by biting off the male's head and if mating had begun, the male's movements may become even more vigorous in its delivery of sperms. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Sexual Cannibalism: Who Are The Most Feared Lovers In The Animal Kingdom?

Pat Benatar famously sang “Love is a Battlefield”, but for some species that practice sexual cannibalism, it couldn’t be clearer.

02/14/2014

Lake Tahoe, California & Nevada

Lake Tahoe Scientists Press For Research To Remove Invasive Fish

Scientists studying invasive species at Lake Tahoe are looking forward to a chance to press for more long-term research when Al Gore returns to an environmental summit next weekend.

08/11/2013

Bono's Spider

California Spider Species Named For U2’s Bono

A scientist from Alabama’s Auburn University named a species of trapdoor spider found in California’s Joshua Tree National Park after U2’s lead singer.

01/19/2013

Great Gray Owl in Flight

Voice Software Helps Study Of Rare Yosemite Owls

Scientists working in Yosemite National Park are eavesdropping on forest creatures, hoping to gain a greater understanding of a rare subspecies of Great Gray Owls

10/21/2012

Study Finds Rock Music Makes Us Act Like Animals, Literally

Study Finds Rock Music Makes Us Act Like Animals, Literally

A study published in the Journal of Biology Letters, within UCLA’s Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, found that distorted, jarring music shares the same characteristics as distress calls in animals…

08/28/2012

Coho Fingerlings

Ecologists Lead Salmon Spawning Tours In Marin County

Recent heavy rains have left local creeks in Marin County swollen, and one Marin County organization is seizing the wet conditions as an opportunity to teach people about endangered salmon.

11/27/2011

A human skull is displayed at the Hall of Human Origins of the American Museum of Natural History. (AP Photo)

Stanford Study Traces Human Origins To Southern Africa‎

Modern humans may have originated in southern Africa, where hunter-gatherer populations had the greatest genetic diversity, a team of Stanford University researchers said Tuesday.

CBS San Francisco–03/08/2011

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