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Molly Samuel

Molly Samuel joined KQED as an intern in 2007, and since then has worked here as a reporter, producer, director and blogger. Before becoming KQED Science’s Multimedia Producer, she was a producer for Climate Watch. Molly has also reported for NPR, KALW and High Country News, and has produced audio stories for The Encyclopedia of Life and the Oakland Museum of California. She was a fellow with the Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism and a journalist-in-residence at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. Molly has a degree in Ancient Greek from Oberlin College and is a co-founder of the record label True Panther Sounds.

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Bay Area Cities and Environmentalists Respond to Crude-By-Rail Boom

March 30, 2014 | 9:00 am

Bay Area Cities and Environmentalists Respond to Crude-By-Rail Boom

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More and more crude oil is coming to California by rail, prompting questions about safety. Read more. …

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Stanford Scientists Celebrate Evidence of Universe’s Early Growth

March 17, 2014 | 4:30 pm

Stanford Scientists Celebrate Evidence of Universe’s Early Growth

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In one of the first tiny fractions of an instant after the Big Bang, the Universe expanded explosively, faster than the speed of light. That exponential expansion of, well, everything, is described by the theory of inflation, which may now be confirmed. …read more

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How Corrosive Water off the West Coast Threatens the Food Chain

March 17, 2014 | 9:08 am

How Corrosive Water off the West Coast Threatens the Food Chain

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Evidence grows that ocean acidification in the Pacific is harming marine life. Read more. …

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Dozens of California Communities Still Don’t Meter Water Use

March 11, 2014 | 10:27 am

Dozens of California Communities Still Don’t Meter Water Use

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Lots of people pay a flat rate for their water. Guess what? They use more than the rest of us. Read more. …

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Are BPA-Free Plastics Any Safer?

March 6, 2014 | 8:59 am

Are BPA-Free Plastics Any Safer?

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New research shows that chemicals used to replace harmful BPA may pose a danger, too. Read more. …

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Fukushima Radiation in the Ocean Hasn’t Drifted to California Yet

February 25, 2014 | 7:33 am

Fukushima Radiation in the Ocean Hasn’t Drifted to California Yet

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Scientists use sampling and models to zero in on when radioactive material will reach the coast. Read more

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Proposed Gas Tax Would Undermine California’s Climate Law

February 21, 2014 | 7:29 am

Proposed Gas Tax Would Undermine California’s Climate Law

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State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg says proposal would make carbon taxes more transparent. … Read more

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Bay Area Ticks Can Carry Lyme Disease – and That’s Not All

February 19, 2014 | 7:47 am

Bay Area Ticks Can Carry Lyme Disease – and That’s Not All

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Contrary to a common misconception, ticks in the Bay Area can carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. And it turns out local ticks carry another pathogen that can make you sick, too. …read more

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The KQED Blog Posts That Just Won’t Go Away

December 26, 2013 | 8:00 am

The KQED Blog Posts That Just Won’t Go Away

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As we cover BART strikes, Google bus protests and big fires, here’s what people really want to read.

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A Balloon Makes the Lights Go Out in San Francisco, and We Ask: Just How Does That Work?

April 26, 2013 | 3:20 pm

A Balloon Makes the Lights Go Out in San Francisco, and We Ask: Just How Does That Work?

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More than 4,700 PG&E customers in San Francisco lost power Wednesday afternoon when a bunch of mylar balloons hit a power line. KQED happened to be one of those customers.

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