Science

Healthcare experts break down how new birth control rules will affect Californians

Under the regulations issued by the Trump administration in early October, more employers, based on their religious beliefs or moral convictions, could choose to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees.
Peter Gleick, co-founder of the Pacific Institute, holds up the group's first publication from 1988. The organization, founded in 1987, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Pacific Institute celebrates 30 years of groundbreaking environmental research

Over the last 30 years, Pacific Institute has studied the effect climate change could have on the environment and promoted strategies to make more efficient use of water and pushed California officials to consider climate...

Wine country wildfires create hazardous air conditions for Bay Area residents

Wildfires raging throughout California’s wine country have ravaged more than 170,000 acres and killed 21 people so far, with hundreds missing. The blazes are sending a cloud of ash and smoke over the bay, threatening...
Students at Brookfield Elementary School in East Oakland play on the school's blacktop after school. A vegetation barrier was installed at the school by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in an attempt to reduce air pollution at the school, which is situated by one of the busiest freeways in the Bay Area.

Environmental barrier gives students at one Oakland school a chance at fresh air

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several Bay Area-based organizations have planted a vegetation barrier to try to reduce air pollution at an East Oakland elementary school.
A National Drug Take-back day poster it's taped to a street pole outside of the Alameda County Family Justice building, where DA inspectors collected old prescriptions drugs on Saturday, April 29, 2017. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

Preventing accidental overdoses by taking back old medications

Last weekend was the 12th National Drug Take Back Day, held at locations across the country, including Oakland. The Drug Enforcement Agency and local law enforcement groups collect unused prescription drugs on this day as part of...
Imperfect Produce is a start up company with a mission to end food waste. On Tuesday, April 19, Oakland residents signed up for their services at Vivian's booth as part of an Earth Day celebration at the Oakland City Center. (Aileen Macalintal | Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

Business reduces food waste by providing “ugly” produce to Bay Area residents

"Just because it's imperfect doesn't mean its bad."
A Star Trek fan examines a painting of Captain Picard in the exhibit. (Photo Cameron Clark)

Star Trek fans celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary

February 3rd marked the opening of the "Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years." exhibition at the Chabot Space & Science Center. This event drew Trekkies from all over the Bay Area to examine the wide...
An AP Computer Science Principles class at Castlemont High School in Oakland Unified School District. (Photo by: Stefanie Le)

Oakland Unified School District takes on tech, with corporate help

Over the last year and a half, the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) has been making an effort to deepen its science, technology, engineering and math programs, but so far it has had to depend...
Dani Geen preps her quartz nail for dabbing, her method of taking cannabis for fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

During an opioid epidemic, can cannabis be an alternative pain treatment?

Dani Geen was 18 when she was in a severe accident: the car spun violently and was smashed on all four sides. The force of the seatbelt broke all of Geen’s ribs and caused internal...
View from Fruitvale. Photo by Craig Hickerson

The future of tech in Oakland, as seen in 11 new spaces

Oakland’s technology scene is in flux. Like other cities, its government, its residents, and its businesses are trying to evolve with new technologies. Schools are trying to incorporate them into their curriculums, the owners of...
Oakland resident Gabby Falzone is a doctoral candidate of Social and Cultural Studies at UC Berkeley's School of Education.

Gabby Falzone translates the study of trauma

When she was 12, Gabby Falzone and her family became homeless in New York. At 15, she ran away. She moved between squats and stints with her family, but said she suffered too much abuse...