Environment & Science

Sabina Fire

Cal Fire

Wildfire burns 78 acres near Hemet in Riverside County


More than 200 firefighters and nine aircraft are fighting the blaze in the community, which lies north of the Cleveland National Forest.

It took 101 takes to get the right shot for Gideon Gidori's Kickstarter video. He hopes supporters will fund his flight school tuition in exchange for a secret potato salad recipe.

This aspiring astronaut may be the world's most amazing teen

Tanzania he dreamed of being an astronaut. Now he's studying in a Florida flight academy and hoping his potato salad recipe will bring support to pay the tuition.

Oh, I don't wanna share you with nothing else, I gotta have you to myself.

Does your dog feel jealous, or is that a purely human flaw?

Dog owners don't doubt that their pooch has feelings. An experiment found that dogs act upset when their owners ignore them for a stuffed animal.

Fire season in West expected to get more intense

Despite widespread drought in the West, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer, but are expected to intensify.

El Niño's warm waters bring exotic sea life to California

Hammerhead sharks, Bryde's whales, needlefish and other rare creatures are showing up off the coast of California. Scientists think El Niño might be responsible.

How a tiny fly's ears could help you hear better

The Ormia ochracea fly has sophisticated little ears are inspiring the next generation of microphones for human hearing aids.

George Harrison memorial tree killed by... beetles

Councilman Tom LaBonge says the pine grew to more than 12 feet tall before (ironically) succumbing to a bark beetle infestation.

Law blocks some brown lawn fees during droughts

A law that took effect Monday prohibits homeowner associations from penalizing residents who conserve water in a declared drought.

Island of trash discovered in Pacific 1,000 miles off California coast

The "island" is 80 feet long and 30 feet wide and was solid enough in parts for researchers to stand on.

Everything you didn't know about bats in Los Angeles

You may not know that L.A. is home to several species of bats, including the Western mastiff bat, the largest in North America. Technology is helping to identify them.

Drought hinders California's clean energy goals

California's ongoing drought could complicate the state's effort to combat global warming.

Nikola Tesla: Mad scientist or genius inventor?

This year is the Nikola Tesla’s 158th birthday, and KPCC's Sanden Totten is honoring him by throwing the eccentric genius a party — complete with a working Tesla coil.

Malaysia Airlines: Joep Lange, who died on flight MH17, changed AIDS research

Those who knew researcher and activist Joep Lange say he was a giant in the battle against AIDS — and truly "a scientist with a heart."

Apollo 11 at 45: 6 moonwalk events you won't want to miss

Astronauts first set foot on the moon 45 years ago Sunday. To celebrate, NASA is hosting a series of events, including a live rebroadcast of restored moonwalk footage.

Inland Empire aquifer at record low, officials say

The underground reservoir is an important source of drinking water for residents of San Bernardino, Riverside and surrounding communities.

Water-conscious couple could be fined for brown lawn

A Glendora couple did a number of things to cut back on water, like watering their lawn less. But then they got a letter telling them to water it... or else.