Chipmunk Quest

Chipmunk Quest

Well, the best way to see those chipmunks is to visit the varied national parks of the western United States.As mentioned, visiting the great national parks of the western United States will give you opportunities to see most of the chipmunk species.

Why Covering Canals With Solar Panels Is a Power Move

Why Covering Canals With Solar Panels Is a Power Move

“By covering canals with solar panels, we can reduce evaporation and avoid disturbing natural and working lands, while providing renewable energy and other co-benefits,” says environmental engineer Brandi McKuin of the University of California, Merced, and the University of California, Santa Cruz, lead author on the paper.

Texas’ Icy Disaster Makes the Case for Uniting the US Grid

Texas’ Icy Disaster Makes the Case for Uniting the US Grid

But neither the eastern nor the western half of the national grid sticks tendrils into Texas in a way that would have let the state borrow large amounts of power when facing a massive, sudden freeze.

California Can Now Enforce Its Net Neutrality Law

California Can Now Enforce Its Net Neutrality Law

California can start enforcing the net neutrality law it enacted over two years ago, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a loss for internet service providers.

What a 1900s Wildlife Survey Reveals About Climate Change

What a 1900s Wildlife Survey Reveals About Climate Change

When researchers following in the boots of biologist Joseph Grinnell, who a century ago created a pioneering survey of California wildlife, began sampling birds and small mammals in the Mojave Desert, they expected the harsh conditions would magnify population changes driven by the climate crisis.

The Zodiac Killer's Cipher Is Finally Cracked After 51 Years

The Zodiac Killer's Cipher Is Finally Cracked After 51 Years

In August 1969, following the murders of three of the five known victims, the Zodiac Killer sent three almost identical letters to three Bay Area newspapers.In November 1969, after killing the remaining two known victims, the Zodiac Killer sent a letter to The San Francisco Chronicle that included a new puzzle.

Going Solar: My Year-Long Quest to Get Off the Grid

Going Solar: My Year-Long Quest to Get Off the Grid

PG&E later said that this year’s blackouts will be “smarter, smaller, and shorter.” So far, that’s been true, though about 87,000 people had their power cut in September, and 100,000 were shut down in October.Most homeowners installing solar or battery power won’t ever need to talk to the manufacturer of the hardware.

Everything Apple Announced, From New Macs to New Chips

Everything Apple Announced, From New Macs to New Chips

On Tuesday, the company held its third media event of the fall, this time trotting out a newly designed PC processor, showing off three new Macs with the custom chip, and giving some more details about macOS 11 Big Sur, the next version of Apple’s desktop operating system.

With $200 Million, Uber and Lyft Write Their Own Labor Law

With $200 Million, Uber and Lyft Write Their Own Labor Law

Fifty-eight percent of the state’s voters approved Proposition 22, which repudiated a recent state labor law that would have required the companies to hire their drivers and delivery people as employees—and pay them traditional benefits, including health care, sick pay, and workers’ compensation.

How the ‘Diabolical’ Beetle Survives Being Run Over by a Car

How the ‘Diabolical’ Beetle Survives Being Run Over by a Car

But the diabolical ironclad beetle (henceforth known as the DIB) can’t fly, and has over evolutionary time fused its elytra together and to the rest of its exoskeleton, creating a cohesive shell.

The Fate of Gig Workers Is in the Hands of California Voters

The Fate of Gig Workers Is in the Hands of California Voters

A ballot measure would create a new legal classification for Uber drivers, Instacart shoppers, and DoorDash deliverers—not quite employees, but not the independent contractors they’ve been until now.

The Most Sway-Prone Buildings in LA Aren’t Where You Expect

The Most Sway-Prone Buildings in LA Aren’t Where You Expect

High-rise buildings in some parts of Los Angeles may sway four times as much during an earthquake as those in the downtown area, according to a study that reveals new information about how underlying geology transmits a big quake’s power into buildings above.

The Debate Was a Disaster. But Hey, Climate Change Came Up

The Debate Was a Disaster. But Hey, Climate Change Came Up

Near the end of last night’s catastrophic “presidential” debate , moderator Chris Wallace lobbed a surprising question at Donald Trump: “What do you believe about the science of climate change?When Wallace pressed him on whether he believes human-made greenhouse gas emissions cause climate change, Trump said: “I think a lot of things do.

California Plans to Ban Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

California Plans to Ban Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

Here's everything you need to know about what humans can do to stop wrecking the planet.“This is really significant, because it sends a clear signal about where California is going in terms of its vehicle fleet,” says Ethan Elkind, who directs the climate program at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley.

The Fight Over the Fight Over California’s Privacy Future

The Fight Over the Fight Over California’s Privacy Future

When state senator Bob Hertzberg learned that an ambitious privacy initiative had gotten enough signatures to qualify for the ballot in California, he knew he had to act quickly.

There's No Better Time to Be an Amateur Radio Geek

There's No Better Time to Be an Amateur Radio Geek

One license covers an entire family, though operators must be over 18.FRS and GMRS are both walkie-talkies, but GMRS radios have the potential for increased range and clarity due to better antennas, higher transmit power, and access to repeaters.

Climate Grief Is Burning Across the American West

Climate Grief Is Burning Across the American West

It’s grief over the thousands of structures and at least 33 lives lost so far; grief over another villain conspiring with Covid-19 to lock people indoors; grief that the orange-hued dystopia of Blade Runner is now a reality in smoky San Francisco ; grief over losing any sense of normalcy, or indeed a clear future.

The Biblical Flood That Will Drown California

The Biblical Flood That Will Drown California

The cataclysm cut off telegraph communication with the East Coast, swamped the state’s new capital, and submerged the entire Central Valley under as much as 15 feet of water.

A California Wildfire Nearly Destroyed the Historic Lick Observatory

A California Wildfire Nearly Destroyed the Historic Lick Observatory

That was 130 years ago—now the observatory is plopped right above one of the most densely populated areas of the US!” How could Lick compete with the likes of the Hubble Space Telescope , which orbits far above both light pollution and smog?

California Wildfires Can Create Their Own Terrifying Weather

California Wildfires Can Create Their Own Terrifying Weather

“Even though the surface winds were pretty weak, there was a low-level jet above the mountains,” says Craig Clements, a fire weather researcher (and fire chaser ) at San Jose State University.

California's Wildfire and Covid-19 Disasters Just Collided

California's Wildfire and Covid-19 Disasters Just Collided

And to make matters even worse, in the middle of a heat wave, they can’t open their windows because air quality is now astonishingly bad as smoke continues to pour into the Bay Area.

What Happens If Uber and Lyft Flee California? Look at Austin

What Happens If Uber and Lyft Flee California? Look at Austin

If they can’t get the ruling overturned or delayed, Uber and Lyft say they will stop operating in California, where both companies began.The week after Uber and Lyft left Austin in spring 2016 was confusing, drivers from the city say.

Google Is Launching a Global Earthquake-Detection Network

Google Is Launching a Global Earthquake-Detection Network

Proactive earthquake alerts will only be in California for now (which already has ShakeAlert and an established data set), and Google says that "over the coming year, you can expect to see the earthquake alerts coming to more states and countries using Android’s phone-based earthquake detection.".

With VP Pick Kamala Harris, Joe Biden Gets a Digital Juggernaut

With VP Pick Kamala Harris, Joe Biden Gets a Digital Juggernaut

“I think especially when we think about operating in this new reality that we’re in, where you really need to build compelling digital experiences for people,” says Alfred Johnson, cofounder of Mobilize, an organizing platform used by Democratic and progressive campaigns.

California's Air Pollution Cops Are Eyeing Uber and Lyft

California's Air Pollution Cops Are Eyeing Uber and Lyft

To hit that 60 percent target, the air board estimates that one-third of ride-hail vehicles will have to be electric, and that the companies will need to push their highest-mileage drivers to switch to EVs. The companies would also have to bring back their shared pooling services, which have been suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic .

The Debate Over Burning Dead Trees to Create Biomass Energy

The Debate Over Burning Dead Trees to Create Biomass Energy

Along with thinning trees in overcrowded forests, Kusel says, biomass projects help rebuild rural communities by creating jobs, all while preventing the massive carbon emissions released in wildfires.Kusel’s projects utilize dead, diseased, and burned trees, along with the small-diameter green trees that he says overcrowd forests and contribute to fire danger.

‘Carbon Farming’ Could Make US Agriculture Truly Green

‘Carbon Farming’ Could Make US Agriculture Truly Green

When a company buys carbon offsets , it funds projects elsewhere to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as planting trees in Indonesia or installing giant machines inside California dairies that suck up the methane produced by burping and farting cows and turn it into a usable biofuel.

Black Hole Paradoxes Reveal a Link Between Energy and Entropy

Black Hole Paradoxes Reveal a Link Between Energy and Entropy

Thus, generations of physicists have looked to black holes for clues about the true, quantum origin of gravity, which must fully reveal itself in their hearts and match Einstein’s approximate picture everywhere else.

Covid-19 Opens the Door for Gig Workers to Win Sick Pay

Covid-19 Opens the Door for Gig Workers to Win Sick Pay

An emergency ordinance passed by the Seattle City Council would require app-based companies such as Uber , Lyft , DoorDash, and Instacart to pay their workers a form of sick pay, based on the number of days they’ve worked for the company and the amount they’re earned.

Twitter Finally Fact-Checked Trump. It’s a Bit of a Mess

Twitter Finally Fact-Checked Trump. It’s a Bit of a Mess

Take one of the three bullet points in the top “What you need to know” section: “Though Trump targeted California, mail-in ballots are already used in some states, including Oregon, Utah and Nebraska.” This statement is itself misleading.