Researchers may have discovered the initial steps to helping cocaine abusers overcome their addiction. A study conducted by scientists at UCSF and the National Institute of Health found that activating neurons in the brainʼs prefrontal cortex eliminated cocaine addition in lab rats. The paper, pu ... More >>
"There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it's all dark."Science and religion make for an odious mixture. But tonight, legions of astronomers of the professional and amateur variety will be praying for clear skies to better see a total lunar eclipse. Should their prayers not be an ... 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 >>
"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 >>
A company is dumping questionable materials into the ocean so that you can buy forgiveness in the form of carbon credits
The question of whether to begin saving creatures and habitats from climate change
What makes canines go crazy? The answer is in their genes.
Al Gore was in town last week to remind us all that we're ruining the planet. But do you think the concern about climate change is just a bunch of hot air?
A new museum connects art and the environment
A UCSF professor organizes a scientific boycott to protest apparent censorship of a study that suggests a link between working at IBM and dying of cancer
UC professor Tyrone Hayes found that a highly profitable weed killer causes sexual abnormalities in frogs. Then he found out how nasty a biotech multinational can be.
Two museum events that'll turn your kids into space cadets
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?
Sex, romance, and physics at the Magic Theatre
At the same time hundreds of dead gray whales were washing up on beaches, their birthrate was plunging. Theories abound, but little hard data has been gathered to solve this environmental puzzle.
Pulling the Plug on Electric Cars; Hypocrisy, Pro and Con; God, More Letters
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.
A lawsuit over a proposed Hayward country club promises to be more than just another environmentalists-vs.-developers fight
An elegant experiment at a Bay Area lab echoes through the world of quantum physics
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.
Local scientists are shrinking chips and wires to atomic scale, revolutionizing the electronics industry. But most of the nanotechnological advances you've read about are outsized hype.
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.
Environmental group targets Stanford investment muscle
As they explore M-theory, will Bay Area physicists earn the eternal glory sure to reward the inventors of the Theory of Everything?
Trading with the enemy helps a Berkeley geneticist divine the secrets of the fruit fly
How Arno Penzias, who won the Nobel Prize for confirming the universe started with a Big Bang, turned his back on pure science and became an investment banker for Silicon Valley
A scientist discovers what makes the insects so agile -- and why NASA should care
How the NASA researchers who inspired the film Contact outfoxed Congress and continued the search for intelligent aliens
A scientist wonders what the inscrutable snake has to teach us
Investigation unmasks worldwide James Bond weather-disaster conspiracy
Last year, two Bay Area astronomers said they had discovered planets outside our solar system and became instant media celebrities. Now, Paul Butler and Geoff Marcy face prominent scientific challengers who contend some of the new planets are nothing but