Oil Companies Are Selling Dirty Wastewater to Drought-Stricken Farms 

If we’re talking about who’s wasting water during California’s drought, one of the big culprits is oil production—about 10 gallons of wastewater are produced for every gallon of oil. Now oil companies like Chevron are selling that water back to farmers. But it’s not as tidy of an idea as you’d think.
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Dispatches From the Vaccine Wars in California

The city of Berkeley has long been a liberal bastion in a region already known for its lefty politics. And yet, despite its status as a progressive university town, Berkeley is at the forefront of one prong of the war against vaccines. Tuesday night’s city council meeting here revealed the hippie side of the… » 4/09/15 2:56pm 4/09/15 2:56pm

Seriously, Stop Demonizing Almonds

We have seen the real cause of the California drought, and it’s one crunchy inch tall. One gallon of water to grow a single nut? BAN THEM ALL, writes everyone. But almond outrage is misplaced. We shouldn’t stop eating any fruit or vegetable due to how much water it takes to grow it. Especially when there actually is » 4/08/15 11:00am 4/08/15 11:00am

Oh Hai! Amazing Photos Capture LA's Newest Baby Mountain Lions

Clear photos of wild mountain lions are pretty rare. Crystal clear photos of an entire family — a mother and her two cubs — are unprecedented. These cute little guys live in the Santa Monica Mountains above Los Angeles. http://indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com/my-dog-treed-a... » 3/10/15 9:43am 3/10/15 9:43am

Uber Is Punishing Drivers for Following the Law 

Uber drivers attempting to follow the law are getting screwed by Uber in California. A Buzzfeed investigation revealed that Uber suspended at least 12 drivers last month for properly registering their cars as commercial vehicles. To get their jobs back, Uber said the drivers had to re-register the cars as personal… » 1/23/15 9:58am 1/23/15 9:58am

15 Things the Hollywood Sign Has Said Besides "Hollywood"

Thanks to the reopening of a key hiking trail, a lot more people will now get to take pictures of the famous Hollywood sign. It wasn't always like this. Over the years, the iconic word-on-a-hilltop has been altered by everyone from pot heads to protestors to say things other than "Hollywood." Some of them are pretty… » 1/07/15 9:47am 1/07/15 9:47am

California's Grid May Soon Store Energy in Giant Ice Packs 

California wants better batteries, which is why the electric company Southern California Edison is planning a set of, let's say, unconventional energy storage solutions, including huge 450-gallon ice packs. Why? It all has to do with a little-known problem with California's wind-reliant electric grid. » 12/22/14 4:55pm 12/22/14 4:55pm

Biologist catches monster 70-year-old lobster in California

Biologist Forrest Galante was diving for lobsters off the coast of Anacapa Island, California, when he found this 70-year-old 12-pound monster. Instead of grilling it right away with tons of butter and lemon, he decided to keep it to show it to his family. Days later, he released it back into the ocean. » 12/03/14 7:22pm 12/03/14 7:22pm