Health, Science, Environment

6:07pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Why are we becoming less healthy as medicine improves?

Nathanael Johnson grew up in the kind of house where kids ate lots of kale and brown rice, played outside in the woods, and sang together before dinner. His parents tried to raise their kids the “natural” way, and for a long time, he thought that was the best.

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6:22pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Who passed the first drug laws in America?

"People often forget that at the turn of the last century, drugs were entirely legal," says Bay Area resident Dale Gieringer, coordinator of the California chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

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4:52pm

Fri January 11, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

East Bay Express: Is an eco-friendly high-rise coming to downtown Berkeley?

The proposed smart-growth, 180-foot-tall building would be the first high-rise erected in forty years.
Image courtesy of Flickr user Marvin Lee

A little more than two years ago, Berkeley voters overwhelmingly approved a plan to add tall buildings and thousands of residents to the city's downtown core. And in 2013, voters will find out if the city intends to go forward with that plan as it considers a proposal to build a 180-foot-tall residential tower next to the Shattuck Hotel. The eco-friendly development, featuring 355 residential units, would be the first high-rise built in Berkeley in forty years.

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4:38pm

Wed January 9, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Planting a permanent culture in San Francisco

Carries Hughes stands on the sidewalk, near a chain link fence, on the corner of Fell and Laguna streets in San Francisco. Behind her, cars roar past the rows of tidy Victorians. But Hughes is more interested in the wide, sloping lot in front of us, on the other side of the fence. 

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5:36pm

Tue January 8, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

The luxury of living in a tiny house

Jay Shafer, owner of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, in front of one of his homes.

From a young age, many of us dream of the houses we’ll own. But those dreams don’t get into the reality of how much houses cost. These days, buying a house means getting a mortgage – which can wind up taking decades to pay off. And that’s if you keep from defaulting – defaults in the Golden State are more than double the national average.

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