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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/09/02/berkeley-city-council-puts-soda-tax-on-november-ballot/ target=_blank >Judge Rules Berkeley Must Change Soda Tax Language</a>

State of Health | September 2, 2014

Judge Rules Berkeley Must Change Soda Tax Language

(Getty Images) Update September 2, 6:05 p.m.: A judge ruled Tuesday that Berkeley officials must change the soda tax measure language because it is currently misleading. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo said the city's statement that the tax would only be imposed on “high-calorie, sugary drinks” is “a form of ...Read More

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Landmark Groundwater Reform Headed to Governor’s Desk

KQED Science | August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Landmark Groundwater Reform Headed to Governor’s Desk

The era of unlimited groundwater pumping in California could be ending. A package of bills would require local agencies to restore over-pumped aquifers.

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201408291630/a target=_blank >What Scientists Are Learning From the South Napa Earthquake</a>

The California Report | August 29, 2014

What Scientists Are Learning From the South Napa Earthquake

Last weekend's 6.0-magnitude earthquake, centered at the southern edge of Napa, was the strongest to strike the Bay Area since the Loma Prieta quake of 1989. Scientists are in the area studying what happened, and learning a fair bit that upends what they thought was going on in the region. ...Read More

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Smuggled Giant Millipedes Seized at SFO

KQED Science | August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Smuggled Giant Millipedes Seized at SFO

Twenty squirming foot-long millipedes in a falsely labeled package from Germany were seized at San Francisco International Airport last month, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official said Friday.

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The First Annual World Shorebirds Day Kicks off on September 6

KQED Science | August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

The First Annual World Shorebirds Day Kicks off on September 6

Shorebird populations worldwide are declining, and endangered birds like the spoonbill sandpiper are facing extinction in the next five years. Learn about shorebirds who migrate to San Francisco Bay during winter months and how you can join the first annual "World Shorebirds Day" celebration.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/08/29/142027/as_bp_pays_for_oil_spill_impact_some_people_arent_seeing_the?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >As BP Pays For Oil Spill Impact, Some People Aren't Seeing The Cash</a>

KQED News | August 29, 2014

As BP Pays For Oil Spill Impact, Some People Aren't Seeing The Cash

BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico disrupted business all along the coastline. Through the end of July, the oil giant paid more than $13 billion to compensate people, businesses and communities affected. The company is disputing some of those claims in court battles that could drag ...Read More

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Now That the Shaking’s Over from the South Napa Earthquake, Read This Comic

KQED Science | August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Now That the Shaking’s Over from the South Napa Earthquake, Read This Comic

Among the helpful advice and resources that government agencies are sharing after the South Napa earthquake, the most effective product may be the newly released comic book "Without Warning."

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/08/28/141982/night_of_the_cemetery_bats?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Night Of The Cemetery Bats</a>

KQED News | August 28, 2014

Night Of The Cemetery Bats

I've visited St. Louis' Bellefontaine cemetery before, but never at night. It's really dark. The looming trees are black against the sky, where a half-moon is just barely visible behind some clouds. I can see eerie lights and strange, shadowy figures moving among the gravestones. As I move in for a closer ...Read More

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Oil Transport by Train Continues to Climb

KQED Science | August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Oil Transport by Train Continues to Climb

Sixty-six percent more oil came into California by rail in the first half of this year, compared to the first half of last year.

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Leaky Pipes Lose Billions of Gallons of Water Every Year in the Bay Area

KQED Science | August 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

Leaky Pipes Lose Billions of Gallons of Water Every Year in the Bay Area

On top of the drought, the South Napa Quake damaged dozens of water pipes and last month a ruptured pipe ruptured on the UCLA campus leaked about 20 million gallons of water. So how strong is California's water infrastructure?

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/dating-drought-in-the-nebraska-sandhills/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dating-drought-in-the-nebraska-sandhills target=_blank >Dating Drought in the Nebraska Sandhills</a>

QUEST | August 28, 2014

Dating Drought in the Nebraska Sandhills

The Plains have experienced prolonged, and in some places severe, drought during the last several years. But could drought ever make Nebraska's Sandhills resemble the Sahara? Yes—and it has, several times before. Today Nebraska's Sandhills are lush grasslands, but in the last century they've been rolling bare dunes. (Photo by Ariana ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/08/28/judge-rejects-bid-to-block-emergency-water-to-klamath-salmon/ target=_blank >Judge Rejects Bid to Block Emergency Water to Klamath Salmon</a>

News Fix | August 28, 2014

Judge Rejects Bid to Block Emergency Water to Klamath Salmon

Water pounds down the spillway from Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is increasing flows to aid migrating salmon. (Dan Brekke/KQED)A federal judge has rejected a bid by two of the biggest irrigation districts in the San Joaquin Valley to stop emergency water releases intended ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/08/28/141926/an_icy_solution_to_the_mystery_of_the_slithering_stones?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >An Icy Solution to the Mystery of the Slithering Stones</a>

KQED News | August 28, 2014

An Icy Solution to the Mystery of the Slithering Stones

A century ago, miners working in California's Death Valley reported seeing boulders on the desert floor with long trails behind them — as if the stones had been pushed across the sand. But, despite 60 years of trying, no one ever saw what moved them. Now scientists think they have the answer.

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Feds Will Allow Logging in Some Areas Burned by Rim Fire

KQED Science | August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Feds Will Allow Logging in Some Areas Burned by Rim Fire

A U.S. Forest Service decision will allow loggers to remove dead trees from 52 square miles of forests blackened last year in a massive central California wildfire, a move contested by environmentalists.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/08/27/141881/theres_a_big_leak_in_americas_water_tower?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower</a>

KQED News | August 27, 2014

There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower

The northern arm of the Rocky Mountains is sometimes called "the crown of the continent," and its jewels are glaciers and snowfields that irrigate large parts of North America during spring thaw. But the region is getting warmer, even faster than the rest of the world. Scientists now say warming is ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/08/27/sleep-apps-myths-and-more-strategies-for-a-good-nights-rest/ target=_blank >Sleep Apps, Sleep Myths and More: Strategies for A Good Night’s Rest</a>

State of Health | August 27, 2014

Sleep Apps, Sleep Myths and More: Strategies for A Good Night’s Rest

Sleep apps can help track sleep, but experts say to stay away from too much tech before bed. On Forum, sleep scientists debunked myths, like what the effects are of sugar, alcohol, hormones and health on your sleep.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201408270900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Bay Area's Old, Leaky Pipes Waste Billions of Gallons of Water</a>

Forum | August 27, 2014

Bay Area's Old, Leaky Pipes Waste Billions of Gallons of Water

The Bay Area loses about 23 billion gallons of water a year because of old, leaky water pipes. That's enough to supply more than 70,000 families for a year. It's an enormous waste in a time of drought, and the aging infrastructure is vulnerable to natural disaster. After this week's ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/08/26/earthquake-safety-stand-in-a-doorway/ target=_blank >Earthquake Safety: Stand In A Doorway?</a>

State of Health | August 26, 2014

Earthquake Safety: Stand In A Doorway?

Kitchens are a dangerous place to be in an earthquake. Note that the refrigerator moved. (Mina Kim/KQED) I don't like earthquakes, yet I live in quake country. It's a paradox. To mitigate my worry, I err on the side of preparedness. But this post is not to lecture you about creating an ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/08/26/a-house-made-from-mushrooms-an-artist-dreams-of-a-fungal-future/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-house-made-from-mushrooms-an-artist-dreams-of-a-fungal-future target=_blank >A House Made From Mushrooms? An Artist Dreams of a Fungal Future</a>

QUEST | August 26, 2014

A House Made From Mushrooms? An Artist Dreams of a Fungal Future

Phil Ross has grown furniture from fungus and thinks his sustainable mushroom-based material can be used to replace a variety of manufactured materials, including plastics and engineered wood. (Katie McKracken/Workshop Residence) Why build a home if you can grow one? San Francisco-based artist Phil Ross has spent the last 20 years ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/08/25/california-drought-lake-oroville-folsom/ target=_blank >California Drought Portrait: Our Shrinking Reservoirs</a>

News Fix | August 26, 2014

California Drought Portrait: Our Shrinking Reservoirs

By Lisa Pickoff-White and Dan Brekke It's no surprise, really: Water levels in California's reservoirs continue to drop as the thirsty state waits for the first sign of fall rains. Still, it's startling to see the evidence of how far the reservoirs have fallen. Last week, Getty Images photographer ...Read More

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