The Mohave rattlesnake is famous for its variable venom – but the reasons behind that variation are not as straightforward as we thought.
A law professor from the University of California, Hastings considers why a moratorium in California could be influential.
Many communities are banning single-use plastic shopping bags to reduce pollution, but a study in California shows that some consumers responded by purchasing more heavy plastic trash bags.
Do you turn to a wine expert to help you chose your bottle of wine? Wine experts may have different evaluations depending on the school of thought in which they were trained.
Urban farming can make it easier for city residents to obtain healthy, affordable food. But to raise big yields from small pieces of land, farmers need training and support.
Snorkeling off the California coast, a high school student found heaps of golf balls on the ocean floor. With a marine scientist, she showed that golf courses were producing tons of plastic pollution.
First elected in 1987, Pelosi offers decades of experience at building coalitions and she excels as a Democratic fundraiser. Still, the vote was closer than expected.
A neuroscientist explains how detention can affect a developing mind, as a new law in California sets the highest age limit in the US for minors to be held criminally responsible, at age 12.
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In the last year, workplace culture faced major upheaval for working women. We at The Conversation put together our reporting on that very topic from 2018.
The dry, hot, downslope Santa Ana winds of Southern California fan late fall wildfires that have largely traveled through – and are fueled by – homes and other structures.
The California fires are just the most recent in a series of major wildfires. Together, they suggest we need to look at alternative ways of living with fire.
These policies, which are designed to slow the pace of climate change, don't have to cost taxpayers, and they do not appear to hinder economic growth.
A record number of women are poised to win public office in 2018. But don't look to California for help shifting the gender balance in Congress during the 'year of the woman.'
Much of the country depends on water stored and filtered in forests. Fire-scarred watersheds highlight our need for a national wildfire strategy.
You have to draw an ethical line somewhere so if you were vegan, would you still eat avocados?
A new tool called EcoCast helps fishermen in the West Coast figure out where it's best to fish that day.
Dairy cows are sensitive to heat, so farmers cool them down with sprinklers and fans. Researchers are designing better, more efficient systems to keep cows comfortable through hot California summers.
A new law provides flexibility in terms of how the state can meet this new target for the electricity it consumes.
Taking millions of gallons of water permanently out of the Colorado River amid a prolonged drought would surely start an interstate fight.