Sacramento, California - After formally requesting the involvement of the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) in the restoration of the Salton Sea the CA. State Water Board has formally announced and acted on Assemblymember Garcia’s request and slated a public hearing on the Salton Sea on March 18, 2015.

San Diego, California - Animal care staff at the San Diego Zoo and the Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research have been making unique preparations for a polar bear to take part in a U.S. Geological Survey project studying energy needs of polar bears that live in the Arctic. To participate, Tatqiq, a 14-year-old female polar bear, has been trained to wear a collar equipped with tracking devices while on exhibit at the Conrad Prebys Polar Bear Plunge.  This collar training is an example of the role that zoos have in contributing to conservation science.

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

Los Angeles, California - Some studies on the genetic roots of aging will need a second look after the discovery that a common lab chemical can extend the life span of female fruit flies by 68 percent.

San Diego, California - Seeking to boldly go where medical science has not gone before, the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) at the University of California, San Diego has been named the official testing site for the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a global competition sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation to develop a consumer-friendly, mobile device capable of diagnosing and interpreting 15 physiological conditions and capturing vital health metrics.

Hollywood, California - A Stanford professor has won an Academy Award for helping put the crunch and devastation into blockbuster movies.