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California’s Secretary of State Shares His Story as a Porter Ranch Refugee

Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s family has been living in a Burbank hotel for months. He says his wife and three young sons began experiencing shortness of breath and headaches soon after a massive methane gas leak began near their home in Porter Ranch, an affluent community in the Read More … Source:: Newsfix – … Continue reading California’s Secretary of State Shares His Story as a Porter Ranch Refugee →

California’s Secretary of State Shares His Story as a Porter Ranch Refugee

Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s family has been living in a Burbank hotel for months. He says his wife and three young sons began experiencing shortness of breath and headaches soon after a massive methane gas leak began near their home in Porter Ranch, an affluent community in the Read More … Source:: Newsfix – … Continue reading California’s Secretary of State Shares His Story as a Porter Ranch Refugee →

Oil Trains Face Tough Haul in California

A statewide conflict over whether to allow more trains carrying crude oil into California is coming to a head in communities hundreds of miles apart. The Central Coast town of San Luis Obispo and the Bay Area city of Benicia are poised to make decisions in the coming days that would Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Oil Trains Face Tough Haul in California →

Official: Porter Ranch Gas Leak Might Be Sealed as Early as Next Week

The leaking natural gas storage well near the Los Angeles neighborhood of Porter Ranch might be capped earlier than originally anticipated, a state official told residents on Thursday. Wade Crowfoot, an adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown, said the utility that owns the well is expected to begin the final phase of Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Official: Porter Ranch Gas Leak Might Be Sealed as Early as Next Week →

Is It Time To Stop Using Race In Medical Research?

Genetics researchers often discover certain snips and pieces of the human genome that are important for health and development such as the genetic mutations that cause cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anemia. And scientists noticed that genetic variants are more common in some races – which makes it seem like Read More … Source:: Future … Continue reading Is It Time To Stop Using Race In Medical Research? →

Criminal Cases Against Fremont Dam Vandals End

The four men charged with vandalizing a large dam in Fremont last year, an act that led to the loss of nearly 50 million gallons of water, have all agreed to plea deals. Drake Elkhouri, the man prosecutors say stabbed the inflatable dam on Alameda Creek on May 21, pleaded guilty Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Criminal Cases Against Fremont Dam Vandals End →

Criminal Cases Against Fremont Dam Vandals End

The four men charged with vandalizing a large dam in Fremont last year, an act that led to the loss of nearly 50 million gallons of water, have all agreed to plea deals. Drake Elkhouri, the man prosecutors say stabbed the inflatable dam on Alameda Creek on May 21, pleaded guilty Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Criminal Cases Against Fremont Dam Vandals End →

Mice Lived Substantially Longer When Type of Cell Removed

Mice were much healthier and lived about 25 percent longer when scientists killed off a certain kind of cell that accumulates in the body with age. What’s more, the mice didn’t seem to suffer any ill effects from losing their so-called senescent cells. Not only did the mice live 25 percent longer, Read More … … Continue reading Mice Lived Substantially Longer When Type of Cell Removed →

Is it Ethical to Create Babies With Genes From Three People? Panel Says Yes

Would it be ethical for scientists to try to create babies that have genetic material from three different people? An influential panel of experts has concluded the answer could be yes. The 12-member panel, assembled by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, released a 164-page report Wednesday outlining Read More … Source:: Future … Continue reading Is it Ethical to Create Babies With Genes From Three People? Panel Says Yes →

California Utility Faces Criminal Charges Over Ongoing Gas Leak

Southern California Gas Co., the utility that owns a natural gas storage well that has been leaking since November, faces criminal charges over the leak and its alleged delay in alerting authorities to the problem. Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged the company with three misdemeanor counts of failing to report Read More … Source:: … Continue reading California Utility Faces Criminal Charges Over Ongoing Gas Leak →

What Would a Doctor Appointment Look Like Without the Doctor?

Imagine if instead of schlepping across town to your physician’s office, spending a half-hour in the waiting room leafing through a year-old National Geographic, and spending just long enough with the doc to get a prescription, you could instead request a personal house call in the form of a hologram. Read More … Source:: Future … Continue reading What Would a Doctor Appointment Look Like Without the Doctor? →

Stanford Develops Fast, Affordable Genetic Test for Newborns

The bad news came on Kirsten McGowan’s birthday. She was pregnant with her first child Patrick, and discovered she was a carrier for cystic fibrosis. A child can only inherit the disease if both parents are carriers, and McGowan’s husband also tested positive. “It hit us out of the blue,” McGowan says. The Read More … Continue reading Stanford Develops Fast, Affordable Genetic Test for Newborns →

Pressure Continues to Build on SoCalGas Over Porter Ranch Leak

With natural gas billowing and public pressure mounting around a broken well at Aliso Canyon, public officials this week pushed for federal and state investigations and more oversight of the troubled gas field and others like it. On Tuesday, the South Coast Air Quality Management District filed a civil Read More … Source:: Newsfix – … Continue reading Pressure Continues to Build on SoCalGas Over Porter Ranch Leak →