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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/26/152512/recordings_that_made_waves_the_songs_that_saved_the_whales?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Recordings That Made Waves: The Songs That Saved The Whales</a>

KQED News | December 26, 2014

Recordings That Made Waves: The Songs That Saved The Whales

In the mid-20th century, whale populations were dwindling. More than 50,000 whales were killed each year by commercial whalers. But then in the 1960s, a song — or rather, many songs — sparked a movement. It started with some underwater equipment that, for the first time, captured the sound of humpback whales. Composer-Poets At ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/26/152512/the_songs_that_saved_the_whales?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >The Songs That Saved The Whales</a>

KQED News | December 26, 2014

The Songs That Saved The Whales

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/scary-tsunamis-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=scary-tsunamis-2 target=_blank >Scary Tsunamis</a>

QUEST | December 26, 2014

Scary Tsunamis

Ten years ago this week, a massive earthquake in the Indian Ocean off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and other countries. Six years later, another huge quake – with a magnitude 9.0, the fourth largest in the world since 1900 ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/26/152487/do_fish_have_fingers?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Do Fish Have Fingers?</a>

KQED News | December 26, 2014

Do Fish Have Fingers?

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/26/152483/solving_the_mystery_of_why_rock_ants_avoid_right_turns?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Solving The Mystery Of Why Rock Ants Avoid Right Turns</a>

KQED News | December 26, 2014

Solving The Mystery Of Why Rock Ants Avoid Right Turns

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/26/152483/solving_the_mystery_of_why_rock_ants_tend_to_always_turn_right?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Solving The Mystery Of Why Rock Ants Tend To Always Turn Right</a>

KQED News | December 26, 2014

Solving The Mystery Of Why Rock Ants Tend To Always Turn Right

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/24/152399/research_suggests_generosity_is_hardwired_into_our_brains?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Research Suggests Generosity Is Hardwired Into Our Brains</a>

KQED News | December 24, 2014

Research Suggests Generosity Is Hardwired Into Our Brains

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/23/152359/a_vanished_jetliner_still_haunts_families_of_the_missing?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >A Vanished Jetliner Still Haunts Families Of The Missing</a>

KQED News | December 23, 2014

A Vanished Jetliner Still Haunts Families Of The Missing

In the first months after her partner disappeared, says Sarah Bajc, she still felt his presence. "For a long time I felt him with me — I mean really physically felt him with me," she says. "I feel that less frequently now." Bajc's partner, Philip Wood, was one of 239 people ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/23/152354/could_glitter_help_solve_nasas_giant_telescope_problem?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Could Glitter Help Solve NASA's Giant Telescope Problem?</a>

KQED News | December 23, 2014

Could Glitter Help Solve NASA's Giant Telescope Problem?

NASA is building a new space telescope with astounding capabilities. The James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in 2018, will replace the aging Hubble space telescope and will provide unprecedented views of the first galaxies to form in the early universe. It might even offer the first clear ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/23/152354/could_glitter_help_solve_nasas_giant_telescope_problem?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Could Glitter Help Solve NASA's Giant Telescope Problem?</a>

KQED News | December 23, 2014

Could Glitter Help Solve NASA's Giant Telescope Problem?

NASA is building a new space telescope with astounding capabilities. The James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in 2018, will replace the aging Hubble space telescope and will provide unprecedented views of the first galaxies to form in the early universe. It might even offer the first clear ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/22/federal-appeals-ruling-upholds-protections-for-central-valley-salmon target=_blank >Federal Appeals Ruling Upholds Protections for Central Valley Salmon</a>

KQED News | December 22, 2014

Federal Appeals Ruling Upholds Protections for Central Valley Salmon

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has upheld measures imposed by federal agencies to protect salmon and steelhead that migrate through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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A Thirsty Town Debates Need for New Source of Water

KQED Science | December 22, 2014 | 3 Comments

A Thirsty Town Debates Need for New Source of Water

The central coast town of Cambria faced running out of water this year. This week, the town launches its new emergency water source, but some in the community believe a fight to shut it down is only just beginning.

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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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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/19/152025/7_miles_beneath_the_seas_surface_who_goes_there?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >7 Miles Beneath the Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?</a>

KQED News | December 19, 2014

7 Miles Beneath the Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

A ship full of marine scientists is floating over the deepest part of the world: the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. They're sending down probes to study life in one of the most hostile environments on the planet.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/18/151928/arctic_is_warming_twice_as_fast_as_world_average?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Arctic is Warming Twice as Fast as World Average</a>

KQED News | December 18, 2014

Arctic is Warming Twice as Fast as World Average

The latest word from scientists studying the Arctic is that the polar region is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. And researchers say the trend isn't letting up. That's the latest from the 2014 Arctic Report Card — a compilation of recent research from more ...Read More

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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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