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UC Berkeley Launches Landmark Study: How Exactly Do Magic Mushrooms Alter the Brain?
The psilocybin research, UC Berkeley’s first human study involving a Schedule 1 drug, comes amid mounting efforts to use psychedelics for medical purposes.
Some San Francisco Police, Fire Stations Are Flawed and Vulnerable to Flooding, Report Says
See the Bay Area Winners of the 2024 Audubon Photography Awards
Fly Metamorphosis is a Beautiful Nightmare
What Does It Mean to 'Contain' a Wildfire? And More Answers to Your Questions
Sonoma County Point Fire Foreshadows a Busy Summer to Come, Climate Expert Says
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Sonoma County Point Fire Foreshadows a Busy Summer to Come, Climate Expert Says
Fuel From Cow Manure Is a Growing Climate Solution, but Critics Say Communities Put at Risk
California Shows Where Insurers Would Need to Boost Coverage in Fire-Prone Areas
Row and after row of a suburban neighborhood lay in shambles. The homes are no longer intact. The plots are strewn about with debris and char from fire. Naked trees line each street.
How a Repurposed Oakland Hotel Is Saving Lives and Easing Hospital ER Overcrowding
A woman smiling wearing blue protective nurse gloves sits in the foreground while an older man sits smiling at her while wearing a blood pressure monitor in the background
California Considers Slew of Bills to Tackle Skyrocketing Fentanyl Overdoses
New UCSF Center Offers Hope for Children With Rare Genetic Disease
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Fly Metamorphosis is a Beautiful Nightmare
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Stingless Bees Guard Tasty Honey With Barricades, Bouncers and Bites
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Some San Francisco Police, Fire Stations Are Flawed and Vulnerable to Flooding, Report Says

A new San Francisco Civil Grand Jury report found degraded infrastructure prone to flooding and lacking transparency into how millions of dollars are spent.

See the Bay Area Winners of the 2024 Audubon Photography Awards

American kestrels and California quails — these are just some of the amazing birdlife captured by wildlife photographers that won the Audubon Photography Awards this year.

Fly Metamorphosis is a Beautiful Nightmare

Like the beloved butterfly, a house fly goes through an incredible metamorphosis. To make its grand entry into the world, it deploys a specialized, fluid-filled balloon on its head called the ptilinum (till-EYE-num) to break open its pupal casing, freeing itself to buzz around your kitchen.

Sonoma County Point Fire Foreshadows a Busy Summer to Come, Climate Expert Says

The Point Fire in Sonoma County is fueled by dry grass and brush, which is expected to drive increased fire activity during a warmer-than-average summer.

How Californians With Lower Incomes Can Buy or Rent Electric Cars

While zero-emission car sales made up a quarter of all new vehicles sold in California last year, the transition to clean cars is rolling out unequally across the state.
A woman smiling wearing blue protective nurse gloves sits in the foreground while an older man sits smiling at her while wearing a blood pressure monitor in the background

How a Repurposed Oakland Hotel Is Saving Lives and Easing Hospital ER Overcrowding

With emergency departments across the nation facing a surge in homeless patients, OakDays in Oakland stands out. Its integration of medical services within permanent housing is a caring model that alleviates strain on overcrowded hospitals.

Fuel From Cow Manure Is a Growing Climate Solution, but Critics Say Communities Put at Risk

California dairy farms are curbing methane emissions by converting cow manure and other organic waste into biomethane for electricity — but environmental groups say it's harming vulnerable communities and entrenching unsustainable animal agriculture.