Environment & Science

If you were a cricket, this little fly would make you very nervous.

/Courtesy of Louisiana State Arthropod Museum

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.

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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.

Water School: Santa Cruz offers classes to waive fines for water wasters

As California looks to use water restrictions and fines to conserve more water during the drought, one city has already adopted a strict water policy with penalties that hurt residents in the pocket.

Lab Notes: Sleep and a full moon, motivating yourself and more

Looking for new ways to motivate yourself? Want to know about the REAL paleo diet? And might you be part werewolf? It's time for our regular science segment Lab Notes.

Glendora couple warned for having brown lawn

A SoCal couple who scaled back watering due to drought received a letter from Glendora warning they could face fines if they don't get their brown lawn green again.

Physicists use giant laser to crush diamonds, learn about planetary cores

It's not a plot from a Bond film: Zapping diamonds could tell researchers more about the insides of giant planets.

FAQ: As Mars data pours in, what have we learned so far?

Six hundred experts gathered at Caltech this week for a professional check-in. The Red Planet researchers met to discuss questions and developments pertaining to our celestial neighbor.