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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/30/cal-fire-gains-ground-on-mother-lode-blaze-2nd-fire-burns-near-yosemite/ target=_blank >Fire Near Yosemite Keeps Moving; Southern Sierra Blaze Grows, Too</a>

News Fix | July 30, 2014

Fire Near Yosemite Keeps Moving; Southern Sierra Blaze Grows, Too

The Sand Fire burns over the weekend near the Mother Lode town of Plymouth. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Henderson) Update, 1:50 p.m. Wednesday: The updated numbers on the El Portal fire on the western border of Yosemite National Park: Roughly 3,500 acres burned and roughly 35 percent containment. Ranger Cari ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/29/140735/the_30foot_high_pile_of_bones_that_could_be_a_dna_treasure_trove?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >The 30-Foot High Pile Of Bones That Could Be A DNA Treasure Trove</a>

KQED News | July 29, 2014

The 30-Foot High Pile Of Bones That Could Be A DNA Treasure Trove

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/what-is-an-heirloom-tomato-anyway/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-is-an-heirloom-tomato-anyway target=_blank >What is an Heirloom Tomato, Anyway?</a>

QUEST | July 29, 2014

What is an Heirloom Tomato, Anyway?

Animation by Michaela Vatcheva “Heirloom” tomatoes. “Hybrid” cucumber seeds. Cereal free of “genetically modified” ingredients. These food labels are everywhere, but what exactly do they mean? In the short animation above, we remove some of the mystery by showing that these terms refer to different ways of creating plants with appealing ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/28/140674/to_stop_cheating_nuclear_officers_ditch_the_grades?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades</a>

KQED News | July 28, 2014

To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades

The young officers at F.E. Warren Air Force Base have an enormous job: to keep 150 nuclear-tipped missiles ready to launch at a moment's notice. Understandably, they're expected to know exactly what they're doing. Three times a month, they're tested on the weapons and the codes used to launch them. Anything ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/28/cal-fire-gains-ground-on-mother-lode-blaze-2nd-fire-burns-near-yosemite/ target=_blank >Cal Fire Gains Ground on Mother Lode Blaze; 2nd Fire Burns Near Yosemite</a>

News Fix | July 28, 2014

Cal Fire Gains Ground on Mother Lode Blaze; 2nd Fire Burns Near Yosemite

Associated PressThe Sand Fire burns over the weekend near the Mother Lode town of Plymouth. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Henderson) PLYMOUTH, Amador County — Fire officials are optimistic they may soon have the upper hand on a wildfire burning near vineyards in Northern California that has led to evacuation orders for ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/28/140600/shifts_in_habitat_may_threaten_ruddy_shorebirds_survival?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival</a>

KQED News | July 28, 2014

Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival

An intrepid bird called the red knot migrates from the southern tip of South America to the Arctic and back every year. But changes in climate along its route are putting this ultramarathoner at risk. The federal government has proposed to list the red knot as threatened on the ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/27/140585/how_do_you_lose_a_halfmillion_birds?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >How Do You Lose A Half-Million Birds?</a>

KQED News | July 28, 2014

How Do You Lose A Half-Million Birds?

In late July and August, something remarkable happens in the air above Lake Murray in South Carolina. Around sunset, hundreds of thousands of purple martins come streaming toward the center of the lake from every direction, swirling together in a massive flock that darkens the sky. After an hour ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/27/140576/sorry_lucy_the_myth_of_the_misused_brain_is_100_percent_false?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Sorry, Lucy: The Myth Of The Misused Brain Is 100 Percent False</a>

KQED News | July 27, 2014

Sorry, Lucy: The Myth Of The Misused Brain Is 100 Percent False

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/27/140567/how_our_story_about_a_childs_science_experiment_sparked?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy</a>

KQED News | July 27, 2014

How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy

A story that ran last Sunday on All Things Considered about a sixth-grader's science fair project has elicited not just criticism but controversy. Since the student's project built on the work of scientists, she's been accused this week of being a "plagiarist" who "ripped off" earlier work. We ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/7/27/exotic-new-aquatic-species-on-display-at-cal-academy/ target=_blank >Exotic New Aquatic Species on Display at Cal Academy of Sciences</a>

News Fix | July 27, 2014

Exotic New Aquatic Species on Display at Cal Academy of Sciences

Underwater mountain sides in the Verde Island Passage highlight the dive sites' diverse landscapes. (Photo courtesy of Cal Academy of Sciences)By Tara Golshan For seven weeks earlier this year, a group of scientists from the California Academy of Sciences were in the Philippines on a mission to see what ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/26/140535/close_encounters_of_the_radio_kind_mystery_bursts_baffle?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Close Encounters Of The Radio Kind? Mystery Bursts Baffle Astronomers</a>

KQED News | July 26, 2014

Close Encounters Of The Radio Kind? Mystery Bursts Baffle Astronomers

Astronomers have a mystery on their hands. Two large radio telescopes, on opposite sides of the planet, have detected very brief, very powerful bursts of radio waves. Right now, astronomers have no idea what's causing these bursts or where they're coming from. And nothing has been ruled out at the moment ...Read More

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California’s Wandering Wolf Now Has Puppies in Oregon

KQED Science | July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

California’s Wandering Wolf Now Has Puppies in Oregon

OR-7 has at least three pups that he and a mate are raising in the Cascade Range of southern Oregon.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/07/25/get-energized-by-kqeds-new-e-books-and-itunes-u-course/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=get-energized-by-kqeds-new-e-books-and-itunes-u-course target=_blank >Get Energized by KQED’s New E-books and iTunes U Course</a>

QUEST | July 25, 2014

Get Energized by KQED’s New E-books and iTunes U Course

KQED and the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University have partnered to demystify the topic of energy in a new two-part iBooks Textbook series and iTunes U course.

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Richmond Nearly Ready to Approve Chevron Refinery Project

KQED Science | July 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

Richmond Nearly Ready to Approve Chevron Refinery Project

The Richmond City Council is considering Chevron's plans for a $1 billion project at its refinery there. If it's approved, this is one of the last steps before construction on the project would actually begin.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/23/140373/nuclear_plant_may_be_in_hot_water_over_its_cooling_system?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Nuclear Plant May Be In Hot Water Over Its Cooling System</a>

KQED News | July 23, 2014

Nuclear Plant May Be In Hot Water Over Its Cooling System

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/22/real-time-lightning-tracker-lets-you-keep-track-of-strikes-worldwide/ target=_blank >Real-Time Lightning Tracker Lets You Keep Up on Strikes Everywhere</a>

News Fix | July 22, 2014

Real-Time Lightning Tracker Lets You Keep Up on Strikes Everywhere

This screen shot from Blitzortung.org shows lightning strikes in North America. Click on the image to go to the site. The Oakland A's ballpark, already afflicted by intermittent sewage problems, was cursed early this morning by lightning, which brought down power lines and caused a brief power outage. PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/22/140287/pop_quiz_20_percent_chance_of_rain_do_you_need_an_umbrella?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?</a>

KQED News | July 22, 2014

Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?

This week, All Things Considered is exploring how people interpret probability. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a 70 percent chance of success? One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/07/22/coal-ash-conundrum/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=coal-ash-conundrum target=_blank >Coal Ash Conundrum</a>

QUEST | July 22, 2014

Coal Ash Conundrum

What happens to the river ecosystem when tons of coal ash gets mixed into the layer of sediment on the river bottom? Photo credit: Pete Harrison, Waterkeeper Alliance. QUEST North Carolina's Daniel Lane contributed to this article. On a Sunday in February in Eden, North Carolina, a sinkhole formed in the ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/07/21/2014/world_tempature_record target=_blank >World Temperature Hits Record High in June</a>

News Fix | July 21, 2014

World Temperature Hits Record High in June

(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) by Seth Borenstein AP WASHINGTON (AP) — The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month's average global temperature was 61.2 degrees, which is ...Read More

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California Fire Season: Threat of Dry Lightning Looms

KQED Science | July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Fire Season: Threat of Dry Lightning Looms

Weather experts say the next couple of weeks could be some of the worst in state history for wildfires caused by lightning strikes.

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