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.
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.
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.
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.
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 RT.com, pests known as the western corn rootworm have not only been surviving but thriving on corn genetically modified to kill the bugs.
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.