Here’s today’s roundup of science, nature and environment news from the Bay Area and beyond.

Subway work unearths ancient road in GreeceTHESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) â Archaeologists in Greece’s second-largest city have uncovered a 70-meter (230-foot) section of an ancient road built by the Romans that was the city’s main travel artery nearly 2,000 years ago. The road in the northern port city will be raised to be put on permanent display when the metro opens in 2016.Embedly Powered

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Famed Galapagos tortoise autopsiedQUITO, Ecuador (AP) – Giant tortoise experts from near and far have begun an autopsy of Lonesome George, whose failed efforts to reproduce made him a symbol of disappearing species. The Galapagos Island reptile was the last of the Pinta island giant tortoise subspecies and he was found dead in his pen on Sunday.Embedly Powered

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EPA study explains link between smog, heart problemsSmog has been linked to heart problems and even death, and new research by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency begins to explain why. Researchers found that healthy young adults who have been exposed to ozone pollution – which is a major component of smog – experience physiological changes that could be linked to heart ailments in vulnerable populations, such as elderly people with cardiovascular disease.Embedly Powered

Candlestick Point running out of time to avoid closureLess than a week before Candlestick Point State Recreation Area is slated to close, no deep-pocketed savior has emerged to keep open the waterfront park, which is located in one of San Francisco’s poorest neighborhoods. Unlike Candlestick Point, most of the other 16 state parks in the Bay Area scheduled to close in July will remain open, at least temporarily.Embedly Powered

When nature adapts: Pests thriving on Monsanto GMO cornWhile controversy and opinions continue to swirl around the hot-button topic of genetically modified produce, a new report from biotech firm Monsanto sounds like the premise of a Stephen King story. According to, pests known as the western corn rootworm have not only been surviving but thriving on corn genetically modified to kill the bugs.Embedly Powered

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Rare whale washes up on Marin beach – San Jose Mercury NewsA federally endangered fin whale washed up dead on a West Marin beach after apparently being struck by a ship, officials said Monday.Embedly Powered

Promoting health? It’s all in the gameLONDON (Reuters) – Meet – a feisty and fully-armed virtual nanobot. Billed as “medicine’s mightiest warrior”, she’s fighting an epic battle deep inside the human body where she launches rapid-fire assaults on malignant cells.Embedly Powered

Subway Work Unearths Ancient Road in Greece, Pests Thriving on Monsanto GMO Corn: KQED Science News Roundup 2 October,2015Jenny Oh


Jenny Oh

Jenny is a long-time contributor to Bay Area Bites, KQED's popular food blog. She formerly worked as an Interactive Producer for the Science & Environment unit. Jenny graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Film and Television program and has worked for WNET/PBS, The Learning Channel, Sundance Channel, HBO and the University of California.

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