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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/soup-without-sharks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=soup-without-sharks target=_blank >In the Wake of Shark Fin Ban, Chinese Restaurants Test Alternatives</a>

QUEST | November 25, 2014

In the Wake of Shark Fin Ban, Chinese Restaurants Test Alternatives

Shark fin soup was once served at celebratory banquets in Chinese restaurants across California. But since a ban on shark fins went into effect in 2013, restaurants like Koi Palace, in Daly City, have been experimenting with substitutes.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/22/how-los-angeles-wild-quinoa-can-help-fight-global-food-shortages/ target=_blank >How L.A.’s Wild Quinoa Can Help Fight Global Food Shortages</a>

KQED News | November 22, 2014

How L.A.’s Wild Quinoa Can Help Fight Global Food Shortages

By now you've probably heard of quinoa, the protein-packed grain that's becoming a staple on restaurant menus. Your default might be to head to Whole Foods to buy it. But if you live in Los Angeles, you can just grab some from the side of the road. Wild quinoa ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/12/comet-landing-a-success-european-craft-makes-fairly-gentle-touch-down target=_blank >Where's Philae? Space Agency Narrows Search Area for Lost Comet Lander</a>

KQED News | November 21, 2014

Where's Philae? Space Agency Narrows Search Area for Lost Comet Lander

Philae made a thud, bounced, and hasn't been seen since by the Rosetta mother ship.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/21/feinstein-promises-to-try-again-on-california-water-bill target=_blank >Feinstein Promises to Try Again on California Water Bill</a>

KQED News | November 21, 2014

Feinstein Promises to Try Again on California Water Bill

A controversial effort by the California Senator to broker drought-driven water legislation is dead, for now.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/11/21/150125/how_can_we_find_more_time_to_be_still?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >How Can We Find More Time To Be Still?</a>

KQED News | November 21, 2014

How Can We Find More Time To Be Still?

Pico Iyer says sitting still and reflecting is hard work, but we bring so much more to our experiences and relationships when we make time to think.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/darfur-stoves-project/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=darfur-stoves-project target=_blank >Darfur Stoves Project</a>

QUEST | November 20, 2014

Darfur Stoves Project

At first, Ashok Gadgil didn’t know how he, as an engineer, could hope to ease Darfur's refugee crisis. But when he learned that women in the camps cooked using traditional methods in which their cooking pots sit atop three stones, with a fire burning in the middle, he saw the spark of a solution.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/11/20/dry-times-two-comics-explaining-californias-drought/ target=_blank >Dry Times: Two Comics Explaining the Drought</a>

The Lowdown | November 20, 2014

Dry Times: Two Comics Explaining the Drought

What a historic dry period means for food exported from the country's biggest farm state and how California's scarce water supply is being divided.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/19/water-board-weighs-phasing-out-diablo-canyons-cooling-system target=_blank >Water Board Weighs Phasing Out Diablo Canyon’s Cooling System</a>

KQED News | November 19, 2014

Water Board Weighs Phasing Out Diablo Canyon’s Cooling System

The power plant near San Luis Obispo pulls in 2.5 billion gallons of seawater every day, and then lets it out, 20 degrees warmer, back into the ocean. The system is known to cause marine damage, harming billions of fish larvae.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/searching-for-life-on-mars-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=searching-for-life-on-mars-2 target=_blank >Searching for Life on Mars</a>

QUEST | November 19, 2014

Searching for Life on Mars

More than two years after its precisely calibrated landing on the floor of a Martian crater in August 2012, NASA's one ton, SUV-sized Curiosity rover has traveled more than five miles across the rocky, massive Gale crater to the base of an 18,000-foot mountain, Mount Sharp.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/17/california-drought-water-delivery-trucks/ target=_blank >Drought Brings Boom for Water Delivery Trucks</a>

KQED News | November 17, 2014

Drought Brings Boom for Water Delivery Trucks

They help Central Valley residents whose wells run low. For Eugene Keeney, it's a thriving business.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/secrets-of-the-spider-web/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=secrets-of-the-spider-web target=_blank >Secrets of the Spider Web</a>

QUEST | November 17, 2014

Secrets of the Spider Web

Todd Blackledge admits that he sometimes gets called Spider-Man, but he's not scaling any walls or slinging webs at bad guys. An evolutionary biologist at the University of Akron, Blackledge studies spiders and their webs, a topic that he finds endlessly fascinating.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/11/17/why-californias-drought-is-americas-problem/ target=_blank >Why California’s Drought is America’s Problem</a>

The Lowdown | November 17, 2014

Why California’s Drought is America’s Problem

Despite a few recent downpours, California remains stuck in one of the most severe statewide droughts on record. But it's far from just California's problem. The state produces a huge percentage of the nation's agriculture — nearly half of all fruits, vegetables and nuts, by some estimates.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/11/16/149679/yes_the_weather_is_polar_no_its_not_the_vortex?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Yes, the Weather is Polar. No, it's not the Vortex</a>

KQED News | November 16, 2014

Yes, the Weather is Polar. No, it's not the Vortex

Much of the country had to bundle up this week due to some unusually cold weather. Even in the deep South, residents struggled with temperatures in the low 20s. With the big chill comes the revival of an ominous phrase: "the polar vortex." The sinister-sounding label has been hard to escape.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/14/drought-photos-see-lake-oroville-fall-near-historic-low-over-20-months target=_blank >Drought Photos: See Lake Oroville Fall Near Historic Low Over 20 Months</a>

KQED News | November 14, 2014

Drought Photos: See Lake Oroville Fall Near Historic Low Over 20 Months

"Drought poster child" lake sits just 5 feet above record low point, forcing people to rappel down to their boats at Bidwell Marina. If the water surface level drops much more, it could cause problems for hydroelectric power generation at Hyatt Power Plant in the bedrock of Lake Oroville.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/11/14/148444/why_do_we_create_stereotypes?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Why Do We Create Stereotypes?</a>

KQED News | November 14, 2014

Why Do We Create Stereotypes?

Psychologist Paul Bloom explains why prejudice is natural, rational and even moral — the key is to understand why we depend on it, and recognize when it leads us astray.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/11/14/148426/neil_degrasse_tyson_separates_fact_from_fiction_in_interstellar?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Neil DeGrasse Tyson Separates Fact From Fiction In 'Interstellar'</a>

KQED News | November 14, 2014

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Separates Fact From Fiction In 'Interstellar'

As you may be aware, there's a hot new space movie now in theaters — "Interstellar." Learn about the science behind the film.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/11/13/the-sweet-science-of-chocolate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-sweet-science-of-chocolate target=_blank >The Sweet Science of Chocolate</a>

QUEST | November 13, 2014

The Sweet Science of Chocolate

Chocolate is the solid gold of sweets, providing a standard of delectability that's been upheld around the globe for more than 2,000 years. The ancient Mayans and Aztecs even used the ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/catching-up-on-sleep-science/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=catching-up-on-sleep-science target=_blank >Catching Up on Sleep Science</a>

QUEST | November 12, 2014

Catching Up on Sleep Science

This video story was originally produced by Sheraz Sadiq and was updated by Lisa Landers and Arwen Curry. Be honest – do you ever brag about how little sleep you get? If so, you're not alone. Humans are the only species that seems to deliberately deprive themselves of ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/11/11/148265/tennis_players_are_getting_their_first_servings_of_sabermetrics?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Tennis Players Are Getting Their First Servings Of Sabermetrics</a>

KQED News | November 11, 2014

Tennis Players Are Getting Their First Servings Of Sabermetrics

Move over Billy Beane — baseball isn't the only sport that's buddying up to Big Data. Tennis pros — often driven by their coaches — are increasingly turning to data recorders from the likes of IBM, SAP and other tech firms that track the distance players run, where they ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/diving-into-the-twilight-zone/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=diving-into-the-twilight-zone target=_blank >Diving Into the Twilight Zone</a>

QUEST | November 11, 2014

Diving Into the Twilight Zone

Through centuries of exploration, humans have climbed the highest peaks and hacked through the densest jungles. From pole to pole, there isn't a continent left unexplored, and very little land on earth that has not been set foot on by a human being. Yet only 10 percent of the world’s vast oceans have been truly explored. ...Read More

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