Newly-Identified Dwarf Snake Species Named for California Academy of Sciences ResearcherThree snake specimens are the only known members of a new snake genus, called Levitonius, and a new snake species (Levitonius mirus) named for Alan Leviton, a researcher at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
SpaceX-Launched 'Mighty Mice' Stay Swole After Month in OrbitBulked-up, mutant “mighty mice” held onto their muscle during a monthlong stay at the International Space Station, returning to Earth with ripped bodybuilder physiques, scientists reported Monday.
27 Percent Decline In Earth's Land Insect Population Over 30 Years Called 'Jaw-Dropping'The world has lost more than one quarter of its land-dwelling insects -- from bees and other pollinators crucial to the world’s food supply to butterflies that beautify places -- in the past 30 years, according to a study in published in the journal Science.
SF Startup's Lab-Grown Chicken Nugget Passes Taste TestThe future of meat production may be in a lab, and food startup Just can grow a chicken nugget from animal cells that passes the taste test.
East Bay Biochemist Sells 'Gene-Editing Kit' For The MassesAn East Bay entrepreneur wants to put the power of gene-editing in everyone's hands through his company's "Genetic Design Kits."
Count Finds 86 Percent Decline in Monarch Butterflies on California CoastResearchers with an environmental group have labeled as "disturbingly low" the number of western monarch butterflies that migrate along the California coast.
Science: Plants Perceive, Respond Like Animals, When AttackedIf the ability to think, feel and respond separates humans and beasts from plants, there's new evidence that shows we are not so different, after all. In fact, when attacked, the response, whether flora or fauna is almost the same.
Gov. Brown: Sept. 7 Now 'California Biodiversity Day'Gov. Brown directed state agencies to work together to protect plant and animal species in the face of climate change, declaring Sept. 7 will be known as "California Biodiversity Day" in an executive order.
'Survival Of The Laziest' May Be Key To Evolution, Study SuggestsScientists used to believe evolution was all about the "survival of the fittest." A new study is suggesting that the key to survival may actually be laziness.
Does a Bear Sow Seeds in the Woods? In Alaska, Shoot YeahResearch shows that brown and black bears are primary distributors of small fruit seeds in southeast Alaska, spreading the seeds through their excrement.
Volunteers Document Health of Marine Life on California Coast in 'BioBlitz'The California Academy of Sciences is calling all citizen scientists to help document the biodiversity of the California coast.
'Butterfly Whisperer' Leads Rare Species' Comeback In San FranciscoA rare, native California butterfly is making a comeback in San Francisco. thanks to a dedicated biologist at the Academy of Sciences.
Nevada Biologist Sues Lake Tahoe Bear Activists For DefamationA Nevada biologist is suing bear-protection advocates at Lake Tahoe he accuses of harassing and threatening him through a social media campaign portraying him as a bear murderer.
Butterfly Long-Vanished From SF Presidio Is Re-IntroducedThe habitat for the Variable Checkerspot was wiped out when the Presidio was a U.S. Army post from 1846 to 1994.
Dead Redwoods Felled To Restore Salmon Habitat In Lagunitas CreekThe redwood logs will form deep pools that stay cool even in summer to help sensitive fish survive.