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Using new techniques, scientists are uncovering more information from a fossil of a human ancestor.
Our Work
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How do you bring computer-generated creatures such as sea otters and birds to life?
DIY Science
California's endemic plant species support a rich, diverse group of native and visiting organisms.

This is my first posting on this Academy blog. I am Dr.

Microscopic Life

Microorganisms—both good and bad—play important roles in human lives and Earth's ecosystems.

Go big this week as NightLife gets really, really small to explore the wonderful world of microbiology.
Microscopic Life
How small can life get? Researchers are getting closer to finding out.
Microscopic Life
Tardigrades, or waterbears, are amazing extremophiles that live everywhere!

Ocean Conservation

Human intervention is the cause of—and only solution to—the deteriorating health of the word's oceans.

Can the high seas be sustainably managed to protect it from overfishing?
Ocean Conservation
By managing local risks of ocean acidification on shellfish, we may find solutions.
Ocean Conservation
How can you ensure the seafood you're eating is sustainable? Ask a lot of questions.

Dealing with Drought

As California's drought continues, how will residents—flora and fauna included—adapt to a drier climate?

With the drought in California, salmon smolts are hitching a ride to get to the open ocean.
Dealing with Drought
Our forests are changing, in large part due to water availability.
Dealing with Drought
The genomes of camels hint at the origins and remarkable adaptations of these desert animals.

Gathering Data

Scientists use satellite data to track species movements and environmental changes on a global scale.

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory is starting to measure fluctuations of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere.
Gathering Data
Scientists are using satellite imagery to survey whale populations.
Gathering Data
Scientists find that the western states’ water use goes well below the surface.

Academy Voices

A special Valentine's post featuring Ray "Bones" Bandar, and his wife, Alkmene.
Academy researcher John McCosker talks about local sharks and efforts to protect them.
Academy scientists describe some of the spectacular organisms that can be discovered in the shallows.
If you live in California, you're pretty much surrounded by weeds, but which plants qualify as weeds and why?
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Scientists are using advanced rebreather technology to dive deeply into unexplored areas of the ocean.

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