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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/08/29/142027/as_bp_pays_for_oil_spill_impact_some_people_arent_seeing_the?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >As BP Pays For Oil Spill Impact, Some People Aren't Seeing The Cash</a>

KQED News | August 29, 2014

As BP Pays For Oil Spill Impact, Some People Aren't Seeing The Cash

BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico disrupted business all along the coastline. Through the end of July, the oil giant paid more than $13 billion to compensate people, businesses and communities affected. The company is disputing some of those claims in court battles that could drag ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/08/28/141982/night_of_the_cemetery_bats?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Night Of The Cemetery Bats</a>

KQED News | August 28, 2014

Night Of The Cemetery Bats

I've visited St. Louis' Bellefontaine cemetery before, but never at night. It's really dark. The looming trees are black against the sky, where a half-moon is just barely visible behind some clouds. I can see eerie lights and strange, shadowy figures moving among the gravestones. As I move in for a closer ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/08/28/141976/what_we_really_see_when_we_go_see_a_movie?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >What We Really See When We Go See A Movie</a>

KQED News | August 28, 2014

What We Really See When We Go See A Movie

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/dating-drought-in-the-nebraska-sandhills/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dating-drought-in-the-nebraska-sandhills target=_blank >Dating Drought in the Nebraska Sandhills</a>

QUEST | August 28, 2014

Dating Drought in the Nebraska Sandhills

The Plains have experienced prolonged, and in some places severe, drought during the last several years. But could drought ever make Nebraska's Sandhills resemble the Sahara? Yes—and it has, several times before. Today Nebraska's Sandhills are lush grasslands, but in the last century they've been rolling bare dunes. (Photo by Ariana ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/08/28/judge-rejects-bid-to-block-emergency-water-to-klamath-salmon/ target=_blank >Judge Rejects Bid to Block Emergency Water to Klamath Salmon</a>

News Fix | August 28, 2014

Judge Rejects Bid to Block Emergency Water to Klamath Salmon

Water pounds down the spillway from Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is increasing flows to aid migrating salmon. (Dan Brekke/KQED)A federal judge has rejected a bid by two of the biggest irrigation districts in the San Joaquin Valley to stop emergency water releases intended ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/08/28/141926/an_icy_solution_to_the_mystery_of_the_slithering_stones?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones</a>

KQED News | August 28, 2014

An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones

A century ago, miners working in California's Death Valley reported seeing boulders on the desert floor with long trails behind them — as if the stones had been pushed across the sand. But, despite 60 years of trying, no one ever saw what moved them. Now scientists think they've solved the ...Read More

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Feds Will Allow Logging in Some Areas Burned by Rim Fire

KQED Science | August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Feds Will Allow Logging in Some Areas Burned by Rim Fire

A U.S. Forest Service decision will allow loggers to remove dead trees from 52 square miles of forests blackened last year in a massive central California wildfire, a move contested by environmentalists.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/08/27/141881/theres_a_big_leak_in_americas_water_tower?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower</a>

KQED News | August 27, 2014

There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower

The northern arm of the Rocky Mountains is sometimes called "the crown of the continent," and its jewels are glaciers and snowfields that irrigate large parts of North America during spring thaw. But the region is getting warmer, even faster than the rest of the world. Scientists now say warming is ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/08/27/sleep-apps-myths-and-more-strategies-for-a-good-nights-rest/ target=_blank >Sleep Apps, Sleep Myths and More: Strategies for A Good Night’s Rest</a>

State of Health | August 27, 2014

Sleep Apps, Sleep Myths and More: Strategies for A Good Night’s Rest

Sleep apps can help track sleep, but experts say to stay away from too much tech before bed. On Forum, sleep scientists debunked myths, like what the effects are of sugar, alcohol, hormones and health on your sleep.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201408270900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Bay Area's Old, Leaky Pipes Waste Billions of Gallons of Water</a>

Forum | August 27, 2014

Bay Area's Old, Leaky Pipes Waste Billions of Gallons of Water

The Bay Area loses about 23 billion gallons of water a year because of old, leaky water pipes. That's enough to supply more than 70,000 families for a year. It's an enormous waste in a time of drought, and the aging infrastructure is vulnerable to natural disaster. After this week's ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/08/26/earthquake-safety-stand-in-a-doorway/ target=_blank >Earthquake Safety: Stand In A Doorway?</a>

State of Health | August 26, 2014

Earthquake Safety: Stand In A Doorway?

Kitchens are a dangerous place to be in an earthquake. Note that the refrigerator moved. (Mina Kim/KQED) I don't like earthquakes, yet I live in quake country. It's a paradox. To mitigate my worry, I err on the side of preparedness. But this post is not to lecture you about creating an ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/08/26/a-house-made-from-mushrooms-an-artist-dreams-of-a-fungal-future/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-house-made-from-mushrooms-an-artist-dreams-of-a-fungal-future target=_blank >A House Made From Mushrooms? An Artist Dreams of a Fungal Future</a>

QUEST | August 26, 2014

A House Made From Mushrooms? An Artist Dreams of a Fungal Future

Phil Ross has grown furniture from fungus and thinks his sustainable mushroom-based material can be used to replace a variety of manufactured materials, including plastics and engineered wood. (Katie McKracken/Workshop Residence) Why build a home if you can grow one? San Francisco-based artist Phil Ross has spent the last 20 years ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/08/25/california-drought-lake-oroville-folsom/ target=_blank >California Drought Portrait: Our Shrinking Reservoirs</a>

News Fix | August 26, 2014

California Drought Portrait: Our Shrinking Reservoirs

By Lisa Pickoff-White and Dan Brekke It's no surprise, really: Water levels in California's reservoirs continue to drop as the thirsty state waits for the first sign of fall rains. Still, it's startling to see the evidence of how far the reservoirs have fallen. Last week, Getty Images photographer ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201408261000?pid=RD19 target=_blank >How Less Sleep Increases Your Risk of Disease</a>

Forum | August 26, 2014

How Less Sleep Increases Your Risk of Disease

More and more Americans are sleeping less and less. That's according to data from the Centers for Disease Control that show a growing number of people sleep less than six hours a night. And research shows people who sleep less are at greater risk for heart disease, obesity and diabetes. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/08/25/california-wildfire-roundup-blaze-burns-close-to-weaverville/ target=_blank >California Wildfire Roundup: Blaze Burns Close to Weaverville</a>

News Fix | August 25, 2014

California Wildfire Roundup: Blaze Burns Close to Weaverville

The Oregon Fire, sparked by a boat trailer that broke away from a truck on Highway 299 just outside Weaverville. (Chris Woodward via Twitter)Cal Fire crews are hurrying to throw containment lines around a fire burning on the outskirts of the town of Weaverville, in Trinity County northwest ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/08/25/interactive-earthquake-map-get-to-know-your-neighborhood-fault-lines/ target=_blank >Interactive Earthquake Map: Get to Know Your Neighborhood Fault Lines</a>

The Lowdown | August 25, 2014

Interactive Earthquake Map: Get to Know Your Neighborhood Fault Lines

Source: USGS A 6.0 magnitude earthquake that rattled Napa and surrounding communities early Sunday morning was the largest to hit the Bay Area since the devastating 6.9 Loma Prieta quake in 1989. The South Napa Earthquake, as it's being called, struck at 3:20 a.m., causing significant damage and injuries ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/08/25/south-napa-earthquake-photos/ target=_blank >South Napa Earthquake Photos</a>

News Fix | August 25, 2014

South Napa Earthquake Photos

Nicholas George looks under a buckled highway just outside of Napa, California. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) Kids skateboard over buckled roads in a residential neighborhood of Napa, California. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) <img src="http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/files/2014/08/454093346-640x435.jpg" ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/08/24/napa-north-bay-earthquake-social-media-coverage/ target=_blank >Napa-North Bay Earthquake: Social Media Coverage</a>

News Fix | August 24, 2014

Napa-North Bay Earthquake: Social Media Coverage

Online and social media coverage of 6.0 earthquake that struck the Bay Area at 3:20 a.m. Sunday.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/08/24/how-to-prepare-for-an-earthquake/ target=_blank >How to Prepare for an Earthquake</a>

News Fix | August 24, 2014

How to Prepare for an Earthquake

The South Napa Earthquake is a sobering reminder that the Bay Area could be hit by a devastating earthquake at any time. Are you prepared? Prepare your earthquake kit now, so you will have it ready when it's needed. (Earthworm/Flickr) 1) Create an Earthquake Kit Unlike hurricanes and other severe storms, earthquakes ...Read More

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What Causes Earthquakes?

KQED Science | August 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

What Causes Earthquakes?

The earth is constantly shifting and the Earth’s crust is broken up into many rocky plates, like pieces of a puzzle.

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