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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/05/03/4-0-quake-in-contra-costa-county-shakes-bay-area target=_blank >3.6 Quake in Contra Costa County Shakes Bay Area</a>

KQED News | May 3, 2015

3.6 Quake in Contra Costa County Shakes Bay Area

Temblor is one of five recorded on Concord Fault within an hour Sunday afternoon. ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2015/04/02/air-pressure-activity-its-in-the-bag/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=air-pressure-activity-its-in-the-bag target=_blank >Activity: Air Pressure, It's in the Bag</a>

QUEST | May 2, 2015

Activity: Air Pressure, It's in the Bag

Activity written by Kathryn Danielson and Clea Matson from California Academy of Sciences Air Pressure Activity In this activity, students are asked to create a change in air pressure using a garbage bag and vacuum cleaner, then create an illustration, model or concept map that explains what ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/05/02/161973/a_veteran_scientist_dreams_boldly_of_earth_and_sky?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >A Veteran Scientist Dreams Boldly Of 'Earth And Sky'</a>

KQED News | May 2, 2015

A Veteran Scientist Dreams Boldly Of 'Earth And Sky'

Freeman Dyson is one of the most famous names in science, and sometimes one of the most controversial. Dyson is 91 and was one of the British scientists who helped win World War II. He spent most years since as a professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/05/01/rim-fire-suspect-charges-dropped target=_blank >With Witnesses Dead, Charges Dropped Against Rim Fire Suspect</a>

KQED News | May 1, 2015

With Witnesses Dead, Charges Dropped Against Rim Fire Suspect

FRESNO — Criminal charges were dropped against a bow hunter accused of starting one of California's largest wildfires, a blaze that burned parts of Yosemite National Park, federal prosecutors said Friday. The decision came after two key witnesses unexpectedly died within months of an indictment that was handed down last year ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/05/01/rim-fire-suspect-charges-dropped target=_blank >With Witnesses Dead, Charges Dropped Against Rim Fire Suspect</a>

KQED News | May 1, 2015

With Witnesses Dead, Charges Dropped Against Rim Fire Suspect

FRESNO — Criminal charges were dropped against a bow hunter accused of starting one of California's largest wildfires, a blaze that burned parts of Yosemite National Park, federal prosecutors said Friday. The decision came after two key witnesses unexpectedly died within months of an indictment that was handed down last year ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/05/01/the-doctor-will-video-chat-with-you-now-insurer-covers-virtual-visits/ target=_blank >The Doctor Will Video Chat With You Now: Insurer Covers Virtual Visits</a>

KQED Science | May 1, 2015

The Doctor Will Video Chat With You Now: Insurer Covers Virtual Visits

Medical consultation via video is going mainstream. UnitedHealthcare says it will cover doctors' visits by live video on smartphones, tablets and computers. Will people overuse it and boost costs?

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/05/01/161888/does_reading_harry_potter_have_an_effect_on_your_behavior?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Does Reading Harry Potter Have An Effect On Your Behavior?</a>

KQED News | May 1, 2015

Does Reading Harry Potter Have An Effect On Your Behavior?

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201505010900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Tips for Using Less Water at Home</a>

Forum | May 1, 2015

Tips for Using Less Water at Home

More than two-thirds of California remains in an extreme drought. Gov. Jerry Brown recently announced the state's first-ever mandatory water restrictions. Many of us in the state want to cut back on our water use, but simply aren't sure how. As part of our Drought Watch series, a panel of ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201505011000?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Stanford Psychologist Finds the Upside to Stress</a>

Forum | May 1, 2015

Stanford Psychologist Finds the Upside to Stress

In her new book "The Upside of Stress," Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal challenges the traditional view that stress is harmful. She argues that stress can be a positive influence and can ultimately make one a happier person. ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/diagnosing-diseases-with-origami-microscopes-engineering-is/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=diagnosing-diseases-with-origami-microscopes-engineering-is target=_blank >Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes</a>

QUEST | April 30, 2015

Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

Article by Lauren Farrar “What if you could drop microscopes literally around the world from an airplane?” Manu Prakash, a professor of bioengineering at Stanford University would often joke with his team. This musing actually heavily influenced the design of their new microscope, a paper origami microscope. They call it a ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/04/30/how-santa-barbara-became-a-water-saving-success-story target=_blank >How Santa Barbara Became a Water-Saving Success Story</a>

KQED News | April 30, 2015

How Santa Barbara Became a Water-Saving Success Story

As cities across California look for ways to save water, they might want to study Santa Barbara. The coastal town of about 90,000 people already cut water use by 22 percent in two years, and it's gearing up to save even more. It's ranked fourth in the state when it comes ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/04/30/161826/nasa_spacecraft_crashes_into_mercury_concluding_4year_study_of?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >NASA Spacecraft Crashes Into Mercury, Concluding 4-Year Study Of Planet</a>

KQED News | April 30, 2015

NASA Spacecraft Crashes Into Mercury, Concluding 4-Year Study Of Planet

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/04/30/brown-defends-shift-on-delta-habitat-plan target=_blank >Brown Defends Shift on Delta Habitat Plan</a>

KQED News | April 30, 2015

Brown Defends Shift on Delta Habitat Plan

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday defended a plan that dramatically scales back the amount of habitat restoration for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta while two giant tunnels are built to deliver water to farms and millions of city dwellers to the south. Brown said the new approach would accelerate the pace ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/04/30/161816/drought_in_calif_creates_water_wars_between_farmers_developers?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Drought In Calif. Creates Water Wars Between Farmers, Developers, Residents</a>

KQED News | April 30, 2015

Drought In Calif. Creates Water Wars Between Farmers, Developers, Residents

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/04/20/forget-public-health-the-politics-of-the-california-vaccination-debate/ target=_blank >Forget Public Health: The Politics of the California Vaccination Debate</a>

State of Health | April 30, 2015

Forget Public Health: The Politics of the California Vaccination Debate

(Craig Miller/KQED)Over on the KQED News Politics and Government Desk, John Myers hosts a terrific podcast on California politics. The most recent edition (published last Friday) took a hard look at the political debate in California over SB 277, a bill ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/03/31/is-pollution-from-asia-making-the-central-valleys-bad-air-even-worse/ target=_blank >Is Pollution From Asia Making the Central Valley’s Bad Air Even Worse?</a>

State of Health | April 30, 2015

Is Pollution From Asia Making the Central Valley’s Bad Air Even Worse?

Advocates say the San Joaquin Valley Air District should focus on sources it can control, like farming machinery. (David McNew/Getty Images)By Alice Daniel California's Central Valley grapples with some of the dirtiest air in the nation. The culprits range from its vast agriculture industry to trucks on Highway 99. But one ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/30/will-these-new-apps-boost-your-babys-brain-health/ target=_blank >Will These New Apps Boost Your Baby’s Brain Health?</a>

KQED Science | April 30, 2015

Will These New Apps Boost Your Baby’s Brain Health?

A new generation of infant educational products brings the latest scientific research in child development out of the lab, and into the hands of the modern parent. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2015/04/29/does-californias-agriculture-industry-need-more-water-restrictions-due-to-the-drought/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=does-californias-agriculture-industry-need-more-water-restrictions-due-to-the-drought target=_blank >Does California’s Agriculture Industry Need More Water Restrictions Due to the Drought?</a>

KQED Science | April 29, 2015

Does California’s Agriculture Industry Need More Water Restrictions Due to the Drought?

From KQED Education Do Now: For the past four years, California has been experiencing an historic drought. Governor Jerry Brown recently mandated a 25 percent reduction in urban water use across the state. While this legislation seems to some to be a long overdue move in addressing the growing water crisis, others criticize it for a lack of attention towards California’s large agricultural industry. What do you think?

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/bayareabites/2015/01/13/gmo-potatoes-have-arrived-but-will-anyone-buy-them/ target=_blank >GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?</a>

KQED Science | April 29, 2015

GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

After a turn in the tumbling machine, these conventional russet Burbank potatoes are starting to show signs of bruising. New GMO potatoes called Innate russet Burbanks have been bred not to bruise as easily as these. Photo: Dan Charles/NPRListen to the Story on All Things Considered: <audio preload="none" ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/bayareabites/2015/01/13/the-future-strawberry-will-the-loss-of-a-major-pesticide-help-the-industry-to-go-green/ target=_blank >The Future Strawberry: Will the Loss of a Major Pesticide Help the Industry to Go Green?</a>

KQED Science | April 29, 2015

The Future Strawberry: Will the Loss of a Major Pesticide Help the Industry to Go Green?

Strawberries in the field. Photo: ShutterstockBy Jillian Steinberger, Civil Eats (1/12/15) When it comes to growing strawberries, Farm Fuel, Inc., a Watsonville, California-based company, is on the cutting edge. The company grows wild and domesticated mustard and lightly processes the harvest into mustard meal, a soil ...Read More

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