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What Drives a California Woman to Save Starving Sea Lions? The answer may help scientists save our seas.

Changing Planet<p>Marine Mammal Center volunteer Sue Hawley draws blood from ailing harbor seal pup Ranger Luke during an admittance exam at the center in Sausalito, California.<p>The emaciated seven-month-old sea lion pup was cowering in the bushes along the coast north of San Francisco in a driving, …

San Diego's 9 Most Underappreciated Restaurants

In a city where hot new restaurant openings come almost as fast and furious as certain Vin Diesel films, some legitimately fantastic establishments …

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The 20 Best Restaurants In San Diego

From fish tacos served out of a beach side storefront to hearty steaks and lobster from fine steakhouses, San Diego has some of the best dining in Southern California.<p>In celebration of the upcoming San Diego Entrepreneur Day (September 27-28), we created the ultimate list of the best restaurants in …

Gallery: 8 Sweet Breakfast Dishes We Love in San Diego

These Are the 16 Best Burgers of 2013

Twinkie, ramen, and Cronut buns. Pockets of deep-fried PBR. More bacon than Louie Anderson eats for second breakfast. 2013 was more than a slightly ridiculous year in the burger creation game, and we were there to greasily chronicle it all. While it was a torturous task, we picked out the 16 finest …

The Best Taco Shops In San Diego

<i>(in no particular order)</i><p><b>Lucha Libre</b><p>Location: 1810 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92110<p>This place is decorated hot pink with Mexican wrestling …

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7 San Diego Pancakes You Absolutely Must Try

Pancakes don’t have to try hard to taste delicious... most times, a little syrup is all you really need to make them sing. But that doesn't mean they …

Food Writer and Photographer in San Diego

About Me<p>Hi, I'm Erin Jackson. I'm a San Diego-based writer, photographer, and content creator with a serious passion for food. I've channelled my …

Why record heat is burning California to a crisp

Two facts are indisputable: California remains in the grip of one of the worst droughts in history, and 2014 was one of the hottest years on …

Dawn of the cyborgs: how humans will turn themselves into gods

Historian Yuval Harari says humanity is heading for an upgrade – via biological manipulation or the creation of a race of cyborgs

Mice develop thinner skin after just three months in space

Small study hints that scientists should pay more attention to the organ that covers our bodies<p>Experiencing weightlessness for prolonged periods of time may cause skin to become thinner, according to a very small study of mice that spent three months aboard the International Space Station.<p>Space …

Extraterrestrial hotspots: the most likely places for alien life

It’s not a conspiracy theory. NASA is on the lookout for alien life, and here are the top places where they’re searching<p>On Tuesday, <b>NASA revealed</b> the nine tools it will use on its 2020s mission to assess the conditions for life on Europa. The moon, which orbits Jupiter, is considered one of the most …

The Mystery of Kangaroo Adoptions

When you spend six years watching kangaroos, you start to see some strange things. From 2008 to 2013, Wendy King, a doctoral student at the University of Queensland, and her colleagues studied wild grey kangaroos in a national park in Victoria, Australia. All told, King and her colleagues studied …

Excuse Me, Have You Seen A Shark?

Scientists want to know<p>Project: SharkBase<p>Sharks: Fast, fierce, and fascinating, they, and their ocean-going relatives, chimaeras and rays, are an important part of the marine ecosystem. But they are also greatly misunderstood and feared; some species have declined to near extinction in recent …

Weather Experts Expect Below-Average Hurricane Season -- But Be On Guard

The Atlantic hurricane season will be below average this year due to cooler seas and a strong El Niño effect, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday in its official forecast.<p>During a news conference in New Orleans, NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan said the forecast …

California's Drought Could Get Blessed Relief From El Niño

As bad as California's drought has gotten, a strengthening El Niño season could mean help is on the way, bringing much needed showers to the Golden State. But El Niño may present its own problems.<p>A CNBC analysis of annual California rainfall over the past 60 years shows a significantly wetter rain …

How funny messages from ‘Polly’ can fight Ebola

Researchers are using people’s interest in phone games and wacky humor to help spread urgent health information in Guinea.<p>The phone project, called …

NOAA forecasts slow 2015 Atlantic hurricane season

NOAA forecasts 6-11 named storms, 3-6 hurricanes, and 0-2 major hurricanes.<p>With the developing El Niño in the Pacific Ocean, NOAA announced on May …

How One Man Made A Field In France Bloom With Wildlife

When it comes to making the world a better place for bees and us, even little things matter—like planting a windowbox of flowering herbs.<p>Insects are not everyone’s cup of tea. But British writer David Goulson considers them among the most fascinating creatures in the world. His new book, <i>A Buzz In</i> …

Hawaii Governor: Massive Mauna Kea Telescope Can Go Ahead

A project to build a giant telescopenear the summit of Mauna Kea has the right to move forward, but Hawaii has failed the mountain in many ways, Gov. David Ige said Tuesday.<p>Amid protests and arrests of opponents blocking construction workers from accessing the site, construction has been halted …

New human ancestor shared its turf with 'Lucy'

Say hello to Australopithecus deyiremeda<p>Humans have a new ancestor. A new hominin species that likely lived at the same time as the "Lucy" species in Ethiopia is described in a study published in <i>Nature</i> today. The species would have lived between 3.3 and 3.5 million years ago — a timestamp that …

Don't drink more than four coffees a day, EU warns

The EU food safety agency says that drinking more than four cups of coffee a day could be harmful to health<p>Drinking the caffeine equivalent of more than four espressos a day is harmful to health, especially for minors and pregnant women, the EU food safety agency has said.<p>"It is the first time that …

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Killer robots will leave humans 'utterly defenceless' warns professor

Robots, called LAWS – lethal autonomous weapons systems – will be able to kill without human intervention<p>Killer robots which are being developed by the US military ‘will leave humans utterly defenceless‘, an academic has warned.<p>Two programmes commissioned by the US Defense Advanced Research …

Parasite Infects Young Honey Bees, May Contribute to 'Colony Collapse'

A parasite of honey bees may pose a greater threat to the insects than previously thought, researchers have found. Nosema ceranae, a single-celled fungal pathogen, has long been known to target honey bees, but it was believed only adults were in danger. University of California, San Diego …

How federal funding cuts hurt medical research

Cuts in federal support and unreliable funding streams are creating a hostile work environment for scientists. This situation is jeopardizing the …

Fewer Than Average Hurricanes Are Predicted For This Season

But don't celebrate yet<p>A major hurricane hasn't made landfall in the United States in nine years, and early forecasts of the 2015 season show that there won't be many hurricanes rushing towards the finish lines of the Atlantic or Gulf coasts to break the streak.<p>At a press conference in New Orleans, …

Will Japanese Ban on Taiji Dolphins Stop Notorious Hunts?

Several Japanese zoos and aquariums voted last week to stop buying and selling dolphins taken during the notorious Taiji roundup, made infamous in the Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove. Yet animal advocates are dubious that it will stop the slaughter.<p>The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums …

Bugs: Not What's For Dinner — Until They're Tastier, Maybe

In the last couple of years, we've detected a faint buzz about crispy crickets and crunchy mealworms. Companies pedaling scorpion lollipops and peanut butter-and-jelly protein bars made with cricket flour have thrust their wares into our hands and mailboxes.<p>It's truly gotten easier to snack on …

Don't dismiss the link between smoking and suicide, researchers warn

To the long list of ways that smoking can kill you, experts should add one more cause of death – suicide.<p>So say some sharp-eyed readers of the New England Journal of Medicine.<p>In February, the trio spied a report in the journal that examined more than 100,000 deaths among smokers and former smokers …