When orcas kill and eat a gray whale, they often don't finish the whole thing in a single serving. For up to three days after the feast, chunks of blubber float around the area, drawing hungry orcas like leftovers in the fridge. Marine biologist Nancy Black and her assistant encountered such a scen ... More >>
A video posted on YouTube called "The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger," a witty parody of a National Geographic wildlife documentary, has garnered more than 48 million views since January 2011 and officiated a meme and catchphrase: "Honey badger don't care!" More recently, it has inspired a new line of ... More >>
Each week we take a quick, cautious look at what's going on with televised cooking. This week: Stuffed: Food Hoarders, a one-hour special that sours as you watch it, Feb. 11 and 12 on the Cooking Channel. Kudos to the Cooking Channel for showing food in as disgusting a light as possible, and for pr ... More >>
Thursday night I checked out La Femme Fatale, a monthly all-female fashion and art event at the tucked-away John Colins, slightly SoMa. The evening featured body-painting by Gina Bernardino, live art from the art collective Black Diamond Shining, and a fashion show from Urban Vintage. The event is ... More >>
Scott Gardner/National GeographicA blackspot tuskfish prepares to use a rock to get to its dinner• National Geographic has a series of pictures of a fish using tools because fish are so much smarter than people want to think they are so they can feel fine eating them. Well, they're a ... More >>
Lotsa people, lotsa attitude.You've got to love New Yorkers for their blatant honesty. Speaking to Jared Tankel, baritone saxophone player in 10-piece Staten Island global-funk group The Budos Band, he makes it clear to aspiring rappers that his instrumental band is not interested in collaboratin ... More >>
Ahhhhhhh!Not exactly -- at least not yet. But who's to say the adorable baby anteater who just came into this world at the San Francisco Zoo won't one day be a match for the likes of Godzilla and Mothra?Bear with us, folks. This isn't just scare journalism. As we all know too well, the beasts of ... More >>
It's a page-turner all right...When the Oakland Zoo yesterday sent out a press release announcing preschool children donating toys and books to the Oakland Zoo, your humble narrator figured the zoo would sell them and use the money for a good cause. Wrong. It turns out, the toys and books are for ... More >>
It seems like just yesterday that David de Rothschild's Plastiki, a vessel constructed of 12,500 recycled bottles, was setting sail from Sausalito. But 130 days and 8,000 miles later, reports indicate that the Plastiki has reached its destination: Sydney, Australia. It apparently wasn't ea ... More >>
The ongoing porn scandal within the city's planning department has just gotten a bit more hardcore. Dozens of planners are now facing termination for offenses such as using work computers for fantasy sports or sending around National Geographic-worthy images, sources say. Planner Jim Miller, who has ... More >>
Journalist-filmakers go to war in "Restrepo."
I am going to get offline right now and buy a magazine. Imagine that you are the head of a American magazine publishing company. You publish Vogue, or Sports Illustrated, or National Geographic. Your ad revenue has plummeted. You have recently shuttered several magazines. The Web site ... More >>
Bollywood goes east — Far East — for Chandni Chowk to China.
Jef Stott's current address may be in California (LA/San Francisco), but his music is a global endeavor. Pulling from the instruments and sonic styles of the Middle East and North Africa, among other locales, Stott records and DJs with an international population in mind. He says there's no excuse ... More >>
Doc treats Sudanese lost boys as feel-good fodder, ignoring their plight and their history
The Chronicle's series of stories on Golden Gate suicides goes "radioactive."
Robots settle the score
Art, tunes, and 'toons
A solid but overwritten tale of international politics and self-discovery
One definition of heaven: A week, a t-top Camaro, and the Pacific Coast Highway.
The choices are dark and dreary, but the only candidate for governor is (be still, pounding heart) Gray Davis
Holiday Event Lisitngs
The schools' low-wire act leaves students dangling
The demons -- personal andfantastical and pop cultural -- that have shaped the art of a San Francisco illustrator
The Bridges of Madison County drips with corn syrup