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Listening for the origins of music in nature

08/16/2012
Recording late one night deep in the Amazon jungle, my colleague Ruth Happel and I were alone in the forest several kilometers from camp with no light apart from the beams of our flashlights. Hoping to record the night ambience at several locations, we walked the trail quite aware of...

Heat cure for sudden oak death

08/16/2012
Marin County, the epicenter of the sudden oak death disease that has devastated oak groves in California and Oregon, could now be the site of the trees’ salvation. Scientists at the National Ornamental Research Site at Dominican University in San Rafael unveiled breakthrough “green” technology on Tuesday that uses a...

Petition for great white protection

08/16/2012
Three California environmental groups, Oceana, the Center for Biological Diversity and Shark Stewards, petitioned the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Monday, seeking to list the West Coast population of great white sharks under the Endangered Species Act. According to the petition, the northeastern Pacific Ocean population of great...

Vacancies on Bo Lagoon council

08/16/2012
The Marin County Board of Supervisors is accepting applications for three seats on the newly-formed Bolinas Lagoon Advisory Council through August 31. The vacancies include representatives of Bolinas and Stinson Beach, and one at-large representative. The council will advise supervisors, the Marin County Open Space District and Marin County Parks...

Scientist links D to breast cancer

08/16/2012
Point Reyes Station scientist Kathie Dalessandri has found that Vitamin D may be a key to discovering why Marin County women have one of the highest breast cancer rates in the world, a new study has shown. The Journal of the American College of Surgeons reported that Dr. Dalessandri and...

Oysters and cheese recalled

08/16/2012
Drake’s Bay Oyster Company has instituted a voluntary recall of certain shucked and unshucked oysters it suspects may be carriers of Vibrio parahaemolyticus, a naturally occurring bacteria that can cause stomach distress and, occasionally, serious illness. The affected shucked oysters are labeled with lot numbers 363 through 421. The affected...

Woodacre collective grows healing, less psychoactive herb

08/09/2012
Synergy Wellness’s medical marijuana farm is tucked away in a leafy corner of Woodacre. Healthy cannabis plants bask in the afternoon sun on the property’s back deck, but most of the operation is carried out inside a specially-built grow house. Sequestered in a long windowless room, the 50-some plants are...

In private letter, Tim Ragen admits no evidence for seal study

08/09/2012
Occasionally in the rush to get out the news, journalists miss the story. This was the case with our article of two weeks ago concerning a now widely-viewed private letter sent by Tim Ragen, director of the Marine Mammal Commission, to Corey Goodman, scientist and critic of the ongoing effort...

Design rules on the drawing board

08/09/2012
Love shingled homes but hate stucco? Feel strongly about where new buildings should position their parking spaces? Unincorporated Marin will soon have design guidelines dictating the appearance of new multifamily and mixed-use development, and is asking residents to help set the standard. The guidelines, which are expected to improve “sustainable...

West Nile detected nearby

08/09/2012
Two groups of mosquitoes trapped near Wilfred Avenue in Rohnert Park have tested positive for West Nile virus, whose activity has occured earlier this year than last. Spokesperson for the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District Nizza Sequeira said that dairy ponds are favored hatching grounds for the carrier mosquitos...

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