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Crude-by-Rail: More Information Coming to California

KQED Science | June 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

Crude-by-Rail: More Information Coming to California

Beginning Saturday, railroads must notify states when large shipments of crude oil come through by train. The new rule is in response to safety concerns with crude-by-rail.

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California to Protect Gray Wolves as Endangered Species

KQED Science | June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

California to Protect Gray Wolves as Endangered Species

Though there are no wild wolves in California, state officials, expecting them to get here eventually, voted to protect them.

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Brown Pelican Population Plunges in California

KQED Science | June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Brown Pelican Population Plunges in California

California brown pelicans, which were driven to the brink of extinction in the last century, are in trouble again. The reason for the decline could range from food supply shifts to changes in water temperature.

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Apple Jumps Into Health and Fitness Market

KQED Science | June 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Apple Jumps Into Health and Fitness Market

With a new tool for consolidating health data, such as weight and sleep patterns, the company enters a $2 billion industry.

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Veterans of Long-Past Wars Find Hope in PTSD Diagnosis

KQED Science | May 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Veterans of Long-Past Wars Find Hope in PTSD Diagnosis

More than a quarter-million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, but younger vets aren't the only ones dealing with it. Even today, veterans from conflicts as far back as World War II struggle with symptoms.

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Seven of 10 of California’s Most Polluted Beaches Are in Northern California

KQED Science | May 22, 2014 | 14 Comments

Seven of 10 of California’s Most Polluted Beaches Are in Northern California

The polluted beaches that made the 'Beach Bummers' list suffer from problems like poor circulation and outdated sewage systems.

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California’s Monterey Shale: Bonanza or Bust? Nobody Really Knows

KQED Science | May 21, 2014 | 2 Comments

California’s Monterey Shale: Bonanza or Bust? Nobody Really Knows

There's more than meets the eye to the reported reassessment of the state's next big oil play.

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Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Slashed by Officials

KQED Science | May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Slashed by Officials

The amount of oil that can be recovered from California's vast Monterey Shale formation using existing technology is far less than thought.

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Santa Cruz Is First California County to Ban Fracking

KQED Science | May 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

Santa Cruz Is First California County to Ban Fracking

Tuesday morning the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the pre-emptive move against hydraulic fracturing. A state bill that would ban fracking until there is more scientific study is in limbo.

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California Wildfires: Training for a Tough Season

KQED Science | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Wildfires: Training for a Tough Season

Seasonal firefighters started training months earlier than usual this year. It may seem like common sense that it's dry out there, but there is a science to knowing how dry, and to knowing when the threat of wildfire is at its worst.

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For San Francisco Bone Collector, Skulls Are a Lifelong Love Affair

KQED Science | May 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

For San Francisco Bone Collector, Skulls Are a Lifelong Love Affair

San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences opens a skull exhibit this week, featuring the work of Ray Bandar, a man who has devoted 60 years to cleaning the skulls and bones of some of California's most beloved animals.

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Drought Tech: How Solar Desalination Could Help Parched Farms

KQED Science | May 9, 2014 | 4 Comments

Drought Tech: How Solar Desalination Could Help Parched Farms

While coastal communities debate the merits of desalting seawater as a drought solution, a new approach to desalination could be a boon to farmers far inland.

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Judge Orders Silicon Valley Billionaire to Testify in Dispute Over Beach

KQED Science | May 8, 2014 | 3 Comments

Judge Orders Silicon Valley Billionaire to Testify in Dispute Over Beach

Venture capitalist expected to appear Monday in case involving access to a popular local beach.

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California Drought: Hopes Rising for El Niño

KQED Science | May 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

California Drought: Hopes Rising for El Niño

A strong summer El Niño could set the stage for a wet winter -- or not. Forecasters say it's still early in the game.

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Fukushima Radiation: None Detected Yet on California Coast

KQED Science | May 7, 2014 | 10 Comments

Fukushima Radiation: None Detected Yet on California Coast

Radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan has not reached the California coastline. Scientists monitoring kelp forests on the West Coast announced their results on Wednesday.

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First Sick California Condor Arrives at Oakland Zoo Hospital

KQED Science | May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

First Sick California Condor Arrives at Oakland Zoo Hospital

A California condor is receiving treatment at the Oakland Zoo for lead poisoning. She's the zoo's first condor patient at their animal hospital.

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Consumer Gene Tests Face Uncertain Future

KQED Science | May 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

Consumer Gene Tests Face Uncertain Future

Personal genetics companies that offer health insights are working to satisfy federal regulators and keep up with changing science.

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Auburn Dam: The Water Project That Won’t Die

KQED Science | April 30, 2014 | 3 Comments

Auburn Dam: The Water Project That Won’t Die

The giant dam and reservoir remains on the radar, whether or not it has a future.

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True Water Restrictions Rare, Even in California’s Record-Breaking Drought

KQED Science | April 28, 2014 | 12 Comments

True Water Restrictions Rare, Even in California’s Record-Breaking Drought

With California deep in a drought, communities are cracking down on water wasters, right? Demanding that residents take shorter showers and stop watering their lawns? Not exactly.

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With Levee Breached, Tides Return to Novato Wetland; Watch Video

KQED Science | April 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

With Levee Breached, Tides Return to Novato Wetland; Watch Video

For more than two decades, environmental groups and numerous agencies have worked to restore the wetlands at the former Hamilton Army Airfield. On Friday, the project achieved a significant milestone.

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