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NASA Sends Fruit Flies to Space to Prep for Mars Missions

KQED Science | March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA Sends Fruit Flies to Space to Prep for Mars Missions

Getting sick in space is no picnic. So scientists are sending bugs to the International Space Station, hoping to better predict some of the physical challenges that may befall astronauts when NASA eventually sends the first human mission to Mars.

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This Week’s Cosmic Inflation Discovery: Five Big Questions Answered

KQED Science | March 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

This Week’s Cosmic Inflation Discovery: Five Big Questions Answered

Chances are you read a headline about the Big Bang earlier this week. Perhaps you clicked to an article about it and started reading up. But you may still have some burning what-is-this-Big-Bang-news-anyway questions.

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Epilepsy Research Aided by Sea Lions With Seizures

KQED Science | March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Epilepsy Research Aided by Sea Lions With Seizures

Some sea lions suffer from a form of epilepsy that bears a striking resemblance to epilepsy in humans. That insight could help scientists develop treatments and eventually find a cure for temporal lobe epilepsy, one of the most common forms that people get.

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Stanford Scientists Celebrate Evidence of Universe’s Early Growth

KQED Science | March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stanford Scientists Celebrate Evidence of Universe’s Early Growth

In one of the first tiny fractions of an instant after the Big Bang, the Universe expanded explosively, faster than the speed of light. That exponential expansion of, well, everything, is described by the theory of inflation, which may now be confirmed.

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Debate Heats Up Over Proposal to Ban Orcas in Captivity

KQED Science | March 17, 2014 | 11 Comments

Debate Heats Up Over Proposal to Ban Orcas in Captivity

State Assemblyman Richard Bloom is determined to end the use of orcas for water shows in California, where the whales jump through hoops, for example, or carry trainers on their backs.

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How Corrosive Water off the West Coast Threatens the Food Chain

KQED Science | March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

How Corrosive Water off the West Coast Threatens the Food Chain

Earlier this year, managers at a hatchery near Vancouver, Canada said they lost three years' worth of scallops -- 10 million animals -- to acidic waters. Ocean acidification is worse off the West Coast than anywhere else in North America.

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California Shakin’: ‘We’ve Got a Lot of Earthquakes Ahead of Us’

KQED Science | March 14, 2014 | 4 Comments

California Shakin’: ‘We’ve Got a Lot of Earthquakes Ahead of Us’

And some say that a fracking boom in California will raise the ante.

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California Takes Aim at Toxic Nap Mats, Paint Strippers

KQED Science | March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Takes Aim at Toxic Nap Mats, Paint Strippers

Six years after voters passed the California Green Chemistry Initiative, the state lays out its plan to get toxic products off shelves.

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Utility Regulators Approve Plan to Replace San Onofre Power

KQED Science | March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Utility Regulators Approve Plan to Replace San Onofre Power

Plan relies on renewables -- and fossil fuels -- to fill gap created by shutdown of nuclear power plant.

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Three Years After Disaster, Crescent City Sports a New ‘Tsunami-Resistant’ Harbor

KQED Science | March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Three Years After Disaster, Crescent City Sports a New ‘Tsunami-Resistant’ Harbor

A wave generated by Japan's monstrous Tohoku earthquake destroyed Crescent City's fishing harbor. Engineers say the new design should withstand a 50-year event.

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California Communities That Pay a Flat Rate for Water Use More of It

KQED Science | March 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

California Communities That Pay a Flat Rate for Water Use More of It

Less consumption in places with water meters, which will be required in all homes and businesses by 2025.

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Why Distant Dust Storms Matter to California Rainfall

KQED Science | March 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

Why Distant Dust Storms Matter to California Rainfall

Scientists are finding that dust storms in Asia and Africa influence how much snow falls in the Sierra Nevada. The research could help make weather forecasting more accurate and improve how California manages its water supply.

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What We Know — And Don’t Know — About the Sea Star Die-Off

KQED Science | March 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

What We Know — And Don’t Know — About the Sea Star Die-Off

Starfish on the West Coast have been dying in startling numbers. Some observers have documented sea star bodies turning to mush, others described the creatures disintegrating. It's "sea star wasting disease," and scientists don't know what causes it.

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Are BPA-Free Plastics Any Safer?

KQED Science | March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Are BPA-Free Plastics Any Safer?

Studies have linked the chemical BPA, found in some plastics, to a host of health problems. Now lab tests have found that the chemicals used to replace BPA may be just as harmful.

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Price Tag for October Shutdown of California National Parks: More Than $22 Million

KQED Science | March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Price Tag for October Shutdown of California National Parks: More Than $22 Million

National Park Services says loss of visitor spending hit some communities hard. But Pinnacles, the nation's newest national park, ducked the worst of the problems.

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Predatory Plant: Lure of the Cobra Lily

KQED Science | March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Predatory Plant: Lure of the Cobra Lily

What lurks inside a hungry pitcher plant? The cobra lily, a carnivorous plant native to California, uses deception, patience and bacteria to catch and digest its prey. Watch it in action.

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Is Brain Stimulation a Medicine of the Future?

KQED Science | March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Is Brain Stimulation a Medicine of the Future?

While scientists study whether "electroceuticals" might treat depression or chronic pain, among other ailments, DIY "brain hackers" (including this reporter) are trying it out on themselves.

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Bay Area: Do You Know Where Your Water Comes From?

KQED Science | February 28, 2014 | 3 Comments

Bay Area: Do You Know Where Your Water Comes From?

No matter where you live in the Bay Area, the answer might surprise you.

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One Galaxy, Many Worlds: Scientists Announce ‘Planet Bonanza’

KQED Science | February 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

One Galaxy, Many Worlds: Scientists Announce ‘Planet Bonanza’

NASA researchers announce they've verified 715 new planets orbiting around 305 stars.

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Fukushima Radiation on its Way to California, Scientists Say it Poses No Threat

KQED Science | February 24, 2014 | 4 Comments

Fukushima Radiation on its Way to California, Scientists Say it Poses No Threat

Scientists are testing samples and using models to try to zero in on when it will reach the California coast and how much there will be when it does.

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