| Jan 12, 2014
| 5:00 AM
One of California's top ambassadors often comes lightly salted and travels in a vacuum-sealed can. Eat an almond anywhere in the world and chances are that it was grown in the Golden State.
California produces 82% of the globe's almonds, harvesting...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 6:00 PM
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. — Not long ago, the Republican National Committee did something out of the ordinary: The party issued a formal statement marking Diwali, an important Hindu holiday.
"Diwali and the lighting of the Diya celebrate the...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 12:25 PM
We’re not born with a fear of snakes, but it sure seems to develop early.
Now scientists may be closer to a explaining why ophidiophobia ranks among the top fears of humans, and seems to be shared with other primates.
Researchers inserted probes...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 3:33 PM
For the third year in a row, Caltech has been ranked as the top research university in the world by the Times Higher Education magazine of Great Britain. Three other California campuses — Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA — also scored in the top...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 2:23 PM
Chain restaurants have been promoting healthful menu options -- such as Burger King’s recent low-cal French fries launch. But a recent study shows that entrees overall haven’t changed much at the top U.S. chains.
| Oct 8, 2013
| 5:01 PM
A hundred years ago, California yanked a water-engineering wonder out of a desert, so why can't we conjure a thoughtful ink-and-paper magazine out of the era of digital publishing? The watery miracle worker was William Mulholland, whose spectacular and...
| Oct 10, 2013
The dull whir of the computer running in the background seemed to have gotten louder as the patient fell quiet. She was a young woman, a primary-care patient of mine, seeking a referral to yet another gastroenterologist. Her abdominal pain had already...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 3:17 PM
The longer humans live, the more likely they are to push other species to the brink of extinction and, conversely, spur the rise of invasive birds and mammals species.
That sobering news comes via a new study from UC Davis, published in the journal...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 6:13 PM
The richest 1% own nearly half of all global wealth.
Let's get our heads around that. Only a tiny fraction of the roughly 7 billion people in the world accounts for 46% of the estimated $241 trillion in money, property and other material resources...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 11:17 AM
When the legislative session ended last month, lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown 18 gun-related bills. He vetoed several of them, including a measure that would bar repeat drunken drivers from possessing a firearm for 10 years.
In his Thursday column,...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 5:17 PM
SACRAMENTO — One thing I don't get: If people kill people — guns don't — why is it OK for a perpetually drunken person to own a gun? Gov. Jerry Brown thinks it is.
A drunk with a gun is double-barreled trouble.
Studies show that a...