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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/07/22/coal-ash-conundrum/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=coal-ash-conundrum target=_blank >Coal Ash Conundrum</a>

QUEST | July 22, 2014

Coal Ash Conundrum

What happens to the river ecosystem when tons of coal ash gets mixed into the layer of sediment on the river bottom? Photo credit: Pete Harrison, Waterkeeper Alliance. QUEST North Carolina's Daniel Lane contributed to this article. On a Sunday in February in Eden, North Carolina, a sinkhole formed in the ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/07/21/2014/world_tempature_record target=_blank >World Temperature Hits Record High in June</a>

News Fix | July 21, 2014

World Temperature Hits Record High in June

(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) by Seth Borenstein AP WASHINGTON (AP) — The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month's average global temperature was 61.2 degrees, which is ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/21/long-way-to-go-before-state-can-authorize-autism-therapy-as-benefit/ target=_blank >Long Way to Go Before State May Authorize Autism Therapy as Benefit</a>

State of Health | July 21, 2014

Long Way to Go Before State May Authorize Autism Therapy as Benefit

(Getty Images) By David Gorn, California Healthline State officials on Friday said they have not determined whether or not to offer applied behavior analysis (ABA therapy) as a Medi-Cal benefit to children with autism. Federal officials earlier this month issued guidance on the subject, saying it is covered for ...Read More

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New UC Berkeley Study Shows Oxytocin May Help Rejuvenate Aging Muscles

KQED Science | July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

New UC Berkeley Study Shows Oxytocin May Help Rejuvenate Aging Muscles

UC Berkeley researchers have discovered that administering oxytocin may help maintain healthy muscles during aging.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/20/140213/sixthgraders_science_fair_finding_shocks_ecologists?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists</a>

KQED News | July 20, 2014

Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad. Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/20/140194/astronaut_who_walked_on_the_moon_it_was_science_fiction_to_us?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us'</a>

KQED News | July 20, 2014

Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us'

In November of 1969, astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon. His mission, Apollo 12, arrived at the moon a few months after Apollo 11 made the first moon landing. That historic event celebrates its 45th anniversary Sunday. Apollo 12 got off to a dramatic start: ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/08/139866/the_little_spacecraft_that_couldnt?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >The Little Spacecraft That Couldn't</a>

KQED News | July 18, 2014

The Little Spacecraft That Couldn't

An audacious quest to reconnect with a vintage NASA spacecraft has suffered a serious setback and is now pretty much over. The satellite launched in 1978 and has been in a long, looping orbit around the sun for about three decades. Earlier this year, NPR told you about an effort to ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201407181630/b target=_blank >Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots</a>

The California Report | July 18, 2014

Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have pushed for a statewide moratorium on the controversial oil production technique. But those efforts haven't gotten far, so now, activists are taking the fight to the local level. KQED Science reporter Lauren Sommer tells us about several California counties where voters will decide ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/18/federal-goverment-gives-california-millions-for-drought-relief/ target=_blank >Feds Give Nearly $10 Million For California Drought Relief</a>

News Fix | July 18, 2014

Feds Give Nearly $10 Million For California Drought Relief

More than 80% of California is now in severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. (Courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor) A day after the U.S. Drought Monitor reported that more than 80% of the state is now experiencing extreme drought, the federal government is giving the state $9.7 million. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/17/drought-bear-cubs-captured-and-released-in-lake-tahoe/ target=_blank >Three ‘Drought Bear’ Cubs Captured and Released at Lake Tahoe</a>

News Fix | July 17, 2014

Three ‘Drought Bear’ Cubs Captured and Released at Lake Tahoe

Brace yourselves. There is a serious problem taking shape in the Sierra Nevada (but on occasion, it's seriously cute, too.) Nevada Department of Wildlife Conservation Aid Cooper Munson holds two of three black bear cubs captured and safely released on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of NDOWDrought bear cubs. On Wednesday, Nevada Department of ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/17/yosemite-bans-wilderness-campfires/ target=_blank >Yosemite Bans Wilderness Campfires</a>

News Fix | July 17, 2014

Yosemite Bans Wilderness Campfires

Half Dome, from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. (James Chang/Flickr)Yosemite National Park is banning back-country campfires in an attempt to prevent human-caused fires. The ban will be in effect for wilderness areas below 6,000 feet elevation. The National Park Service says that fires are still allowed in designated campgrounds and ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/17/140095/to_make_a_spacecraft_that_folds_and_unfolds_try_origami?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >To Make A Spacecraft That Folds And Unfolds, Try Origami</a>

KQED News | July 17, 2014

To Make A Spacecraft That Folds And Unfolds, Try Origami

Scientists and engineers at NASA are using origami techniques to help solve a fundamental dilemma facing spacecraft designers: How do you take a big object, pack it into a small container for rocket launch, and then unpack it again once it arrives in space — making sure nothing breaks ...Read More

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California Water Districts Face Suit for Ignoring Conservation Law

KQED Science | July 17, 2014 | 4 Comments

California Water Districts Face Suit for Ignoring Conservation Law

Investigative report prompted legal action. And some districts are responding.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/16/lady-gaga-california-water-conservation target=_blank >Lady Gaga: California Water-Conservation Cheerleader</a>

News Fix | July 16, 2014

Lady Gaga: California Water-Conservation Cheerleader

California's water bureaucracy has approved penalties against the hydro-criminals among us who do things like wash down sidewalks and dump too much water on our lawns. Penalties could be as much as $500 per offense. It remains to be seen how the scores and score of water agencies that ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/16/chevron-richmond-refinery-two-alarm-fire target=_blank >Chevron: No Health Risk from Early-Morning Richmond Refinery Fire</a>

News Fix | July 16, 2014

Chevron: No Health Risk from Early-Morning Richmond Refinery Fire

Several investigations are under way into a small fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond this morning nearly two years after a much larger blaze led to state scrutiny of the facility.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/16/sonoma-county-has-highest-whooping-cough-rate-in-statewide-epidemic/ target=_blank >Sonoma County has Highest Whooping Cough Rate in Statewide Epidemic</a>

State of Health | July 16, 2014

Sonoma County has Highest Whooping Cough Rate in Statewide Epidemic

It's been a little over a month since California declared a whooping cough epidemic, and according to the most recent data from the state, three neighboring Bay Area counties have the highest rates of the disease statewide: ...Read More

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California Regulators Approve Fines for Wasting Water

KQED Science | July 15, 2014 | 7 Comments

California Regulators Approve Fines for Wasting Water

Watering your lawn or washing your car may become a lot more expensive. State regulators have approved new fines aimed at water wasters, hoping the penalties will lead to a reduction in water use.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/15/work-as-refuge-working-mothers-report-better-health/ target=_blank >Work as Refuge? Working Mothers Report Better Health</a>

State of Health | July 15, 2014

Work as Refuge? Working Mothers Report Better Health

NPR is reporting today about a fascinating survey that found that women who work full time “reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who part time.” ...Read More

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California’s Drought is Hurting Farmers More Than Food Consumers

KQED Science | July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

California’s Drought is Hurting Farmers More Than Food Consumers

Economists estimate that the drought will cost the state's farm economy about $2.2 billion this year, including the loss of more than 17,000 jobs.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/15/140042/underwater_meadows_might_serve_as_antacid_for_acid_seas?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Underwater Meadows Might Serve As Antacid For Acid Seas</a>

KQED News | July 15, 2014

Underwater Meadows Might Serve As Antacid For Acid Seas

The world's oceans are changing — chemically changing. As people put more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the oceans absorb more of it, and that's making the water more acidic. The effects are subtle in most places, but scientists say that if this continues, it could be a disaster for marine ...Read More

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