Science

Margot Buchbinder, a graduate student (left), and Erin Blackwood, Education and Outreach Coordinator (right), stand by an experiment involving eelgrass at the Romberg-Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. Photo by Jacob Shea.

Oysters and eelgrass, unlikely heroes in the fight against rising seas

In the San Francisco Bay, conservation and scientific groups are working to restore crucial habitat. Oysters and eelgrass may play a large role in protecting Richmond's shoreline from sea level rise.
Data shows increased rates of preterm babies born to African American women-- this may be the result of stress caused by racism, say some experts

Studies show stress from racism affects newborn health

A growing number of scientific studies show that racism experienced by women of color, particularly black women, can affect the health of their future children in many ways. Racism can lead to an increased likelihood...
Skin of a patient after 3 days of measles infection. Photo by CDC/ Heinz F. Eichenwald, MD.

After measles outbreak, interest in vaccines increases

It’s not over yet. The measles outbreak, which started in December, 2014, at a Disneyland theme park in Orange County, is still ongoing in the United States, and has now reached Mexico and Canada, where...
The Point Richmond wild turkeys live in the pines on the hillside above the East Scenic Avenue, according to Murphy. (Photo by Isabelle Murphy)

Thanksgiving is over, but wild turkeys still roam Richmond’s neighborhoods

Now in Richmond, wild turkeys chase joggers in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park, pad around parking lots at Hilltop, leave droppings on residents’ driveways in Point Richmond, and have been sighted on the roof of a...
Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. Photo by Gabriel J. Sanchez

Contra Costa County offers loan forgiveness to Doctors Medical Center

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors agreed to forgive about $9 million in repayment debt from struggling Doctors Medical Center (DMC) over the next three to five years. Supervisors John Gioia and Federal D....
John Roulac is the founder and CEO of Richmond-based Nutiva. (Photo courtesy of Nutiva)

The man behind the Richmond company that won’t stop growing

How lifelong Bay Area activist, John Roulac, built a career—and an empire—out of organic food. Roulac's Nutiva, is the largest organic superfoods company in the world and it's based right here, in Richmond.
Hall of Fame baseball player and diabetic, Lou Brock, talks diabetes management at Doctors Medical Center.

Baseball great Lou Brock leads Diabetes Day at Doctors Medical Center

“A plate of veggies was a plate of French fries with cheese all over them. Those days are gone,” he said. “Now, I eat broccoli.” -Lou Brock
Richmond community members worry the Richmond Bay Campus could become "an island of opportunity" (courtesy photo from the Haas Institute)

Community members turn up the heat on UC Berkeley Chancellor over Richmond Bay Campus

Community protests complement a new business report in looking for binding local agreements over the development of the Richmond Bay Campus.
Chevron opened its doors for more than 400 people on its annual Community Tour Day. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

A community tour of Chevron’s Richmond refinery full of eye-popping sights

Chevron's Community Tour Day last Saturday showed Richmond residents the inside of the 2,900 acre refinery and the progress of the refinery modernization project.
The Richmond Field Station, a UC Berkeley Lab, is looking for private funds to continue its development, which has been temporarily put on hold due to a decline in federal and university funding. (Photo by Alice Kantor)

New UC Berkeley Richmond campus development put on hold due to funding decline

The development of the UC Berkeley Richmond Field Station, a future research facility, has been temporarily put on hold due to decline in federal and university funding.