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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/20/152152/a_snail_so_hardcore_its_named_after_a_punk_rocker?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After A Punk Rocker</a>

KQED News | December 20, 2014

A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After A Punk Rocker

Shannon Johnson, a researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, found that when she talked to youngsters about sea snails, she communicated a little more effectively if she skipped the technical description and called them "punk-rock snails."

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/19/152063/playlist_science?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Playlist: Science!</a>

KQED News | December 19, 2014

Playlist: Science!

Break out the chemistry set and safety goggles. From monkeys to microbes, TED speakers in this playlist illuminate different realms of the scientific world.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/19/152055/are_we_wired_to_be_compassionate?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Are We Wired To Be Compassionate?</a>

KQED News | December 19, 2014

Are We Wired To Be Compassionate?

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Just A Little Nicer. About Robert Wright's TED Talk Author Robert Wright says humans are not only wired to be compassionate but we have evolved to feel compassion out of self-interest.

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Dinosaur Extinction: New Research Favors Volcanism as Cause

KQED Science | December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Dinosaur Extinction: New Research Favors Volcanism as Cause

A new set of rock dates have pushed volcanism back into the debate over the extinction of the dinosaurs.

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Storms a Boon for Rainwater Harvesters

KQED Science | December 17, 2014 | 9 Comments

Storms a Boon for Rainwater Harvesters

More Northern California residents are harnessing winter storms and cashing in on local rebate programs for rainwater harvesting.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/17/just-add-rain-and-bay-area-hills-turn-green target=_blank >Just Add Rain, and Bay Area Hills Turn Green</a>

KQED News | December 17, 2014

Just Add Rain, and Bay Area Hills Turn Green

Here's a lovely sight and sound for you: Rain sluicing through a towering tree up in Oakland's Redwood Regional Park.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/17/as-rain-falls-officials-worry-about-water-conservation-efforts target=_blank >As Rain Falls, Officials Worry About Water Conservation Efforts</a>

KQED News | December 17, 2014

As Rain Falls, Officials Worry About Water Conservation Efforts

State officials are worried that the rain will give people an excuse to abandon the already inconsistent conservation efforts they’ve adopted to deal with the long drought.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/16/california-gets-5-million-for-earthquake-early-warning-system target=_blank >California Gets $5 Million for Earthquake Early Warning System</a>

KQED News | December 16, 2014

California Gets $5 Million for Earthquake Early Warning System

In a major move for earthquake safety, Congress set aside $5 million to expand an early warning system that could give Californians valuable time to brace for shaking.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/silicon-valley-goes-to-space/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=silicon-valley-goes-to-space target=_blank >Silicon Valley Goes to Space</a>

QUEST | December 16, 2014

Silicon Valley Goes to Space

A new generation of entrepreneurs – sprung from the high-risk, high-tech culture of Silicon Valley – is launching private, for-profit ventures to open up space for tourism, transportation, rapid earth imaging and even mining the moon.

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Spineless: New Photography Collection Celebrates Our Undersea Cousins

KQED Science | December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Spineless: New Photography Collection Celebrates Our Undersea Cousins

A new book about marine invertebrates celebrates the sumptuous beauty of our lesser-known cousins.

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What Gives the Morpho Butterfly Its Magnificent Blue?

KQED Science | December 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

What Gives the Morpho Butterfly Its Magnificent Blue?

What does it mean to be blue? The wings of a Morpho butterfly are some of the most brilliant structures in nature, and yet they contain no blue pigment -- they harness the physics of light at the nanoscale.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/15/its-raining-so-how-do-those-reservoirs-look target=_blank >It’s Raining; So How Do Those Reservoirs Look?</a>

KQED News | December 15, 2014

It’s Raining; So How Do Those Reservoirs Look?

It's raining again, and if you believe weather forecasters and the computer models on which they rely, we're in for wet weather for most of this week.

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Designing the Interstellar Doorbell (Or How to Talk to ET)

KQED Science | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Designing the Interstellar Doorbell (Or How to Talk to ET)

Humans have been sending messages into outer space for decades, hoping some intelligent extra-terrestrial might come upon them. Now, for the first time in history, we have addresses. So, what should we say?

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Getting Genetic-Based Health Data Just Got Easier in Canada and the U.K.

KQED Science | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Getting Genetic-Based Health Data Just Got Easier in Canada and the U.K.

Here in the U.S., if you want to get health information from your direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic test, you need to use an online resource like Promethease. The same is no longer true in Canada and the U.K.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/14/151629/more_than_just_cute_sea_otters_are_superheroes_of_the_marsh?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >More Than Just Cute, Sea Otters are Superheroes of the Marsh</a>

KQED News | December 14, 2014

More Than Just Cute, Sea Otters are Superheroes of the Marsh

On the roof of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif., in a large plastic tank, a sea otter mother named Abby floats with her adopted pup, known as 671.

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Northern California Ski Slopes Reopen After Storm

KQED Science | December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Northern California Ski Slopes Reopen After Storm

Bay Area Storm Brings Fresh Snow and Ski-Worthy Conditions to the Sierra Nevada

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Evidence of Possible Long-Term Water on Mars

KQED Science | December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Evidence of Possible Long-Term Water on Mars

NASA announced that Mars' Gale Crater was once the site of a vast lake that appears to have filled up, dried out and filled up again repeatedly over a much longer period than wet conditions were believed to have persisted.

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‘Pineapple Express’ Soaks Bay Area

KQED Science | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

‘Pineapple Express’ Soaks Bay Area

The precipitation flooding many parts of the Bay Area is part of a low pressure system that is both common and uncommon during California's winter months.

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L.A.’s “Resilience By Design” Report Lays Out Ambitious Earthquake Infrastructure Plan

KQED Science | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

L.A.’s “Resilience By Design” Report Lays Out Ambitious Earthquake Infrastructure Plan

The just-released seismic resiliency plan for Los Angeles goes beyond just saving lives; it hopes to ensure that the nation's second-largest city will still work after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/10/151234/debate_should_we_genetically_modify_food?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Debate: Should We Genetically Modify Food?</a>

KQED News | December 10, 2014

Debate: Should We Genetically Modify Food?

Proponents of GMOs say that farmers who grow these crops are able to use fewer environmentally damaging pesticides. Critics, however, say the claims of those benefits are overblown.

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