What's the secret to a happy marriage? Communication? Openness? A willingness to have and to hold your partner's hand even when they're purchasing that tub of Red Vines from Costco again?According to a new study released today, scientists at UC Berkeley and Northwestern University posit that the key ... More >>
Cross your robot fingers if you hope to get a vinyl copy of Daft Punk's new album Random Access Memories, which was released today: Many local stores are sold out, and the ones that aren't had only a handful of copies as of this afternoon. "They're just selling really quickly," said a clerk at Rasp ... More >>
While many students work their way through college serving coffee or giving lap dances, Julio Galvez, aka The Whooligan, spent his years rubbing shoulders with Ghostface Killah and hosting hip-hop appearances at S.F's Amoeba Records. Already a budding DJ and producer, he found his push to fame when ... More >>
A study involving drunken, mutant mice and a DNA sequence researchers cleverly nicknamed "lightweight" may lead to a greater understanding of human alcoholism. According to a paper penned by U.C. San Francisco researchers appearing in the current edition of PLoS Genetics, the "lightweight" mutant ... More >>
Cassius V. Stevani / Chemistry Institute, University of Sao PauloThe luminous Mycena luxaeterna (eternal light) owes its name to lyrics from Mozart's requiemProfessor Dennis Desjardin is a well-named man. The San Francisco State mushroom specialist's handle, translated from French, literally mean ... More >>
Another genetic mutation...Milli Vanilli finally has the excuse they've been waiting for: It's not that they can't sing -- they just don't have musical talent in their blood. In the latest edition of the American Journal of Human Genetics, U.C San Francisco researchers say they've discovered a regio ... More >>
Elvis Costello and Jim LauderdaleMonday, June 22, 2009Amoeba MusicBetter than: Concerts you have to pay for.Sure, it's finally feeling like summer in San Francisco today, but a good couple hundred people skipped work this morning for more reasons than just working on their tan. The line that stretch ... More >>
A local author turns his body into a testing ground. Results vary.
The Virgin megastore died? Drag. The plaintive statements from city officials when the Virgin megastore announced it was closing shop seemed slightly un-San Francisco. Isn't this the city that hates big box stores with such a vengeance that they're blocked from taking root by anti-corporate ... More >>
"Back off, I'm a scientist." Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center have discovered a region of the human genome that determines how the body reacts to jug wine, according to findings announced in the Dec. 8 online edition of the Proceedin ... More >>
The question of whether to begin saving creatures and habitats from climate change
What makes canines go crazy? The answer is in their genes.
Observing the mating rituals of horny dudes at the Noc Noc
Arts gadfly Jonathon Keats tries to map the one true Lord on the genetic tree of life via fruit flies, prayer, and KGO radio
By Lessley Anderson
Plans for a biodefense "hot lab" at Lawrence Livermore have ecologists, disarmament advocates, and mainstream scientists up in arms
Jellyfish DNA in a rabbit? It's science; it's art; it's "Gene(sis)" at the Berkeley Art Museum.
An explosion of federal funding has Bay Area researchers at the forefront of America's counter-terrorism program. Will the money make us safer - or just make science a military secret?
Environmental groups sent out a worldwide call to save the gray whale from a Mexican salt plant. They got millions of dollars and thousands of new members. But scientists found no threat to the whales.
In Berkeley, researchers have found a way to identify deadly spores, which could lead to simple, smoke detector-like devices. So why isn't anyone interested?
A San Francisco firm thinks it's time people started copyrighting their DNA
God and Science; Potshot or Put-on? You Decide.; Dancing Around the Issue
A provocative theory called "intelligent design" claims evolution is hogwash. But it's not the usual religious zealots leading the latest attack on Darwin. It's scientists and professors at Cal.
Mycological Society of San Francisco
The Western Pacific gray whale, once thought extinct, clings to life in a remote Siberian sea. Biologists fear their research is serving as cover for massive oil drilling that could wipe out this lost tribe once and for all.
A lawsuit over a proposed Hayward country club promises to be more than just another environmentalists-vs.-developers fight
Disney's Computer-Animated Feature Dinosaur
After billionaire pedophile Larry Hillblom died, illegitimate children began stepping forward to demand part of his estate. It took cutting-edge genetic sleuths to prove that they were, indeed, to the mogul born.
The so-called gene chip could revolutionize the way we treat cancer patients. That is, if biotech firms don't keep it out of doctors' hands.
Buying Dolly the duplicated sheep has brought researchers at the Bay Area's Geron Corp. to the threshold of remarkable frontiers in transplants and cloning. Do we want to follow their lead?
UCSF's Stanley Prusiner is a Nobel laureate and superstar of medical research. But employees don't feel safe working for him.
Trading with the enemy helps a Berkeley geneticist divine the secrets of the fruit fly
A scientist discovers what makes the insects so agile -- and why NASA should care
A scientist wonders what the inscrutable snake has to teach us
Human excrement in the parks -- dangerous or just dirty?