Here's today's roundup of science, nature and environment news from the Bay Area and beyond.
Cassidy: Space shuttle Endeavour expected to take final flight over Silicon Valley - San Jose Mercury NewsClick photo to enlarge If all goes as planned, the Bay Area will be treated to the stunning spectacle Friday of the space shuttle Endeavour riding across the region's sky and dipping low toward the ground on the back of a 747 carrying a piece of American ingenuity into retirement.
First mother-to-daughter uterus transplant carried out in SwedenSTOCKHOLM | Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:14pm EDT STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Doctors in Sweden have performed the world's first mother-to-daughter uterus transplants, a medical team said on Tuesday. The University of Gothenburg said two Swedish women, both in their 30s, received wombs from their mothers in surgery carried out in a hospital in western Sweden over the weekend.
Filling the Gaps in Oakland's Climate PlanFilling the Gaps in Oakland's Climate Plan Study could help city prepare for impacts already on the way The City of Oakland is forging a comprehensive Energy and Climate Action Plan aimed at mitigating climate change.
A Robot With a Delicate TouchThe sensation that Baxter conveys is not creepy, but benign, perhaps even disarmingly friendly. And that is intentional. Baxter, the first product of Rethink Robotics, an ambitious start-up company in a revived manufacturing district here, is a significant bet that robots in the future will work directly with humans in the workplace.
In 20 Years, More Than Half of Americans in 39 States Will Be ObeseThe national cost of obesity, in terms of lost annual productivity alone, would be around $580 billion. Brian Fung via DIYMaps.net By 2030, high obesity rates will have spread to the vast majority of the country.