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Just over 2,000 wells have been fracked in California, according to industry data. (Craig Miller/KQED)
Juvenile Chinook salmon are threatened by the drought. (Roger Tabor/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
The French Fire has burned 5,600 acres near the upper San Joaquin River in Sierra National Forest. (U.S. Forest Service/Inciweb)
Young people participate in outdoor activities as part of a mental illness prevention program called Kickstarter in San Diego. (Marvi Lacar/KQED)
“Reagan,” who lives in Simi Valley, near Ventura, was 16 when she first starting experiencing visual hallucinations. The headlights of cars looked like monsters. (Marvi Lacar/KQED)
Andrea Vallejo (left) is an education and employment specialist for Kickstart, in San Diego. Kickstart treats young people who may be at risk for schizophrenia. Vallejo’s job is to help participants find ways to stay in school or at work, even when their hallucinations and other symptoms make doing so difficult. (Marvi Lacar/KQED)
Frankie Moreno, 25, lives in San Diego. In 2010, after a series of hospitalizations for psychotic episodes, he enrolled in Kickstart, a program that treats young people who may be experiencing schizophrenia. Today he’s a youth counselor for Kickstart. His once violent voices and hallucinations have disappeared. (Marvi Lacar/KQED)
At the height of a psychotic break, Frankie Moreno, 25, heard voices telling him to dig into his arm with a screwdriver. He did so, believing that it would make the voices go away. (Marvi Lacar/KQED)
Efrain Pacheco, 21, started hearing voices in his early teens. At 21, he now takes anti-psychotic drugs that reduce, but haven’t eliminated, the vocal hallucinations. Pacheco’s therapist told him to talk back to the voices, to tell them to be quiet. He says it sometimes works. (Marvi Lacar/KQED)
Efrain Pacheco, 21, lives in San Diego and has heard auditory hallucinations since his early teens. (Marvi Lacar/KQED)
California’s average temperature for January-July this year was the highest on record. (Craig Miller/Climate Watch)
Astrophysicist Geoff Marcy won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work discovering planets outside our own solar system.
Kepler’s field of view superimposed on the Milky Way. (Carter Roberts/Kepler)
These pomegranates are an inch or two smaller than the typical size, but they’re packed with anti-oxidents.
The Orion spacecraft awaits its launch in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (NASA)
Using a simulator, Union Pacific’s William Boyd demonstrates technology making sure train operators don’t go too fast or end up on the wrong track. (Daniel Potter/KQED)
The enzyme Cas9, shown in blue and gray, can cut DNA, shown in gold, at selected sites. The enzyme can be programmed to snip out mutated DNA and replace it with healthy DNA. This model was created from electron microscope images. (David Taylor and Jennifer Doudna/UC Berkeley)
After Jennifer Doudna and her team published their initial research in 2012, other scientists leaped into the field, publishing hundreds of studies about the new tool represented by CRISPR and Cas9. (Innovative Genomics Initiative)
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The enzyme Cas9, shown in blue and gray, can cut
Scientists draw the DNA base pairs as either A-T or G-C. Occasionally, though, a T can pair up with a G which can cause a mutation. (Wikimedia Commons)
These microbial mats in taken from Baha California are made up of many trillions of individual cells. They afford researchers at NASA’s Ames Research Center a glimpse two billion years back in time, to the early days of life on Earth. (Daniel Potter/KQED)