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The Bay Area: Ground Zero for Earth Day?

KQED Science | April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Bay Area: Ground Zero for Earth Day?

The first Earth Day started a movement, rocked the government and created a generation of environmental leaders. In the Bay Area, it injected new energy into an environmental tradition that began with John Muir.

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When City Codes Clash With State Water Rules, Confusion Reigns

KQED Science | April 22, 2015 | 4 Comments

When City Codes Clash With State Water Rules, Confusion Reigns

Esthetics and water conservation clash as California cities find their own laws at odds with the governor's water reduction mandates.

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Celebrate Earth Day at John Muir Family Home

KQED Science | April 16, 2015 | 1 Comment

Celebrate Earth Day at John Muir Family Home

The Muir home in Martinez is a National Historic Site, and there will be live music, free activities, and a silent auction Saturday, April 18. You can also tour the home and walk the famous orchards.

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Alien Life Might Live in Our Own Solar System

KQED Science | April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Alien Life Might Live in Our Own Solar System

NASA's top scientist says she thinks evidence of life beyond Earth will turn up in the next couple of decades. Why so optimistic? Scientists have been discovering liquid water all around the solar system, and even though life on other planets might look different than it does here on Earth, scientists bet liquid water will be essential.

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The Next Crime Wave in Farm Country: Stealing Water

KQED Science | April 9, 2015

The Next Crime Wave in Farm Country: Stealing Water

Madera County's DA tries to get out in front of an expected wave of water-related thefts.

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What Happens When You Put a Hummingbird in a Wind Tunnel?

KQED Science | March 31, 2015 | 3 Comments

What Happens When You Put a Hummingbird in a Wind Tunnel?

Scientists use a high-speed camera to film hummingbirds' aerial acrobatics at 1000 frames per second. They see, frame by frame, how neither wind nor rain stop these tiniest of birds from fueling up.

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Why Isn’t Desalination the Answer to All California’s Water Problems?

KQED Science | March 30, 2015 | 162 Comments

Why Isn’t Desalination the Answer to All California’s Water Problems?

After four years of nowhere near enough rain, Californians are wondering where else to look for water, and many are talking about the ocean -- desalination. The problem is, it’s really expensive to turn salt water into drinking water. And it’s hard to do it in a way that’s friendly to sea life. But a group of mayors around Monterey Bay say they don't have any other options.

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Newt Sex: Buff Males! Writhing Females! Cannibalism!

KQED Science | March 17, 2015 | 6 Comments

Newt Sex: Buff Males! Writhing Females! Cannibalism!

Every winter, California newts leave the safety of their forest burrows and travel as far as three miles to mate in the pond where they were born. Their mating ritual is a raucous affair that involves bulked-up males, writhing females and a little cannibalism.

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Ancient Sinkhole Could Presage Mega-Tsunami for Hawaii

KQED Science | March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ancient Sinkhole Could Presage Mega-Tsunami for Hawaii

There's buried treasure here for tsunami hunters, but scarce funding may mean Hawaii remains vulnerable.

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From Drifter to Dynamo: The Story of Plankton

KQED Science | March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

From Drifter to Dynamo: The Story of Plankton

Most plankton are tiny drifters, wandering in a vast ocean. But where wind and currents converge they become part of a grander story… an explosion of vitality that affects all life on Earth, including our own.

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A Visit to Apple’s Secret New Headquarters

KQED Science | February 23, 2015 | 3 Comments

A Visit to Apple’s Secret New Headquarters

From the dust of the former Hewlett Packard campus in Cupertino, a glass and concrete ring is taking shape. Apple is building a new headquarters, and it's going to be bigger than the Pentagon. KQED got a tour and a look at the campus' green features.

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Banana Slugs: Secret of the Slime

KQED Science | February 17, 2015 | 1 Comment

Banana Slugs: Secret of the Slime

Beneath the towering redwoods lives one of the most peculiar creatures in California: the banana slug. They're coated with a liquid crystal ooze that solves many problems slugs face in the forest -- and maybe some of our own.

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Does California Need More National Monuments?

KQED Science | February 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Does California Need More National Monuments?

Despite initial objections, most national monuments have withstood the test of time. We get some perspective from a leading authority on public lands law.

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In the Race for Life, Which Human Embryos Make It?

KQED Science | February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the Race for Life, Which Human Embryos Make It?

Every one of us started out as an embryo, but only a few early embryos – about one in three – grow into a baby. Researchers are unlocking the mysteries of our embryonic clock and helping patients who are struggling to get pregnant.

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Building a Better Bionic Arm by Teaching the Brain a New Signal

KQED Science | February 2, 2015 | 2 Comments

Building a Better Bionic Arm by Teaching the Brain a New Signal

Even the best prosthetics today lack a natural sense that tells the brain where the body is in space. That makes it hard to comb the back of your hair, for example, or thread a belt.

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Your Chance to Weigh In on the EPA’s New Smog Proposal

KQED Science | January 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Your Chance to Weigh In on the EPA’s New Smog Proposal

Regulators say the stricter new standard could save lives and reduce hospitalizations. Critics say it would be costly and would kill jobs.

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How Electric Light Changed the Night

KQED Science | January 20, 2015 | 4 Comments

How Electric Light Changed the Night

Artificial light makes the modern world possible. But not all kinds of light are good for us. Electric light has fundamentally altered our lives, our bodies and the very nature of our sleep.

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Tiny Parasite Threatens Native Plants

KQED Science | January 12, 2015 | 6 Comments

Tiny Parasite Threatens Native Plants

A microscopic pathogen got into the roots of some native plants at a restoration project in Alameda County, despite massive efforts to prevent it. Now officials are hoping to stop this microbe before it spreads.

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Future of Berryessa-Snow Mountain Lands in Limbo

KQED Science | January 5, 2015 | 5 Comments

Future of Berryessa-Snow Mountain Lands in Limbo

Faced with a new Republican-led Congress, supporters of special protections for the area are taking their case to the president, urging him to create a new national monument. But there are no guarantees there, either.

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Ten Years After Indian Ocean Tsunami, California is Better Prepared

KQED Science | December 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ten Years After Indian Ocean Tsunami, California is Better Prepared

The tragedy sparked a decade of improvements to our tsunami warning system.

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