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Leap back in time to San Luis Obispo County before civilization

San Luis Obispo 12,000 years ago existed in the transition from one geological epoch to the next, the Pleistocene to the Holocene. The biggest difference from the present was the lower sea level, sitting about 400 feet lower toward the end of the last glacial maximum roughly 12,000 years ago.

Wildfire preparedness begins with a cool transition to summer

The late spring rains might have postponed major wildfire threats this far, but a green light could signal to flames late into summer with increased vegetation.

Graduate students prepare for stem cell research at Cal Poly

Master’s students are working on preliminary stem cell research as part of a new program at Cal Poly.

Professor raises questions on science fiction becoming reality

Patrick Lin, a philosophy professor at Cal Poly presented on “Accelerating Evolution: The Ethics of Human Enhancement” at Kennedy Library from 4:30 to 5:30 last night. Brought to the second floor by the Science Cafe, Lin spoke to a packed cafe with an audience of 135 individuals.

Aquatic recreationists keep sharks on radar in Central Coast waters

Dean said he was to the right of Spooner’s cover, on an outer reef break about 100 yards out. He was going over a wave and saw a shark fin about 40 feet beyond his friend.

Why go barefoot?

Drop the shoes and ask yourself why not go barefoot?

Great whites, man and nature collide on ocean

Great whites have been around for 350 million years and the ocean is clearly their domain, but they really aren’t after terrestrial human flesh. Many locals and visitors in the central coast have a conditioned and very real fear of sharks. In many cases it’s the number one reason people won’t enter the ocean water, aside from the chilliness.

Speaker voices the science behind risk-taking

In the faintly sunlit cafe of Kennedy Library at dusk on Wed., Zambrano, associate professor in the Department of Economics at the Orfalea College of Business, discussed what it means to take individual risks, how to measure those risks and how people envision risk differently.

Water out of the tap

Whether it’s appealing to the palate or not, tap water is a constant and a commodity. We use it every day, from pasta to the dog’s water , but have you ever thought while you were washing your hands where exactly does this water come from?

Researchers learn more about “The Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch”

A sea expedition of doctoral students and research volunteers traveled to the “The Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch,” an accumulation of plastic and debris in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Instrumental insemination of queen bees soon at Poly

With roughly one third of food crops pollinated by bees, researchers are finding ways to keep populations from declining. Cal Poly is experimenting with one of these technologies.