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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/05/30/patchwork-of-oversight-keep-tabs-of-californias-vast-network-of-oil-pipelines target=_blank >Patchwork of Oversight Keeps Tabs on California’s Vast Oil Pipeline Network</a>

KQED News | May 30, 2015

Patchwork of Oversight Keeps Tabs on California’s Vast Oil Pipeline Network

The pipeline that ruptured on May 19, spilling thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean, runs right through Santa Barbara County on its way to refineries in the Central Valley. Yet the county has no regulatory authority over it. “Our county actually had very strict regulations, but then they ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/05/29/under-the-radar-10-digital-health-startups-to-watch/ target=_blank >Under the Radar: 10 Digital Health Startups to Watch</a>

KQED Science | May 29, 2015

Under the Radar: 10 Digital Health Startups to Watch

What do these ten digital health startups have in common? They aren’t particularly trendy or flush with venture capital, but their technologies are highly promising.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2015/05/29/e-book-engineering-is-diagnosing-diseases-with-origami-microscopes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=e-book-engineering-is-diagnosing-diseases-with-origami-microscopes target=_blank >E-book: Engineering Is Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes</a>

QUEST | May 29, 2015

E-book: Engineering Is Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

Access to healthcare and diagnostic tools aren't always easy to come by in many parts of the world. In this e-book from KQED, discover how engineers from Stanford University designed an easy-to-use, easy-to-fix, paper microscope that costs $1 to produce in order to help people in remote areas diagnose diseases.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201505291000?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Bay Area Startups Seek to Transform Health Care</a>

Forum | May 29, 2015

Bay Area Startups Seek to Transform Health Care

Bay Area digital health startups raised $1 billion in venture capital in 2014, a 125 percent increase from the previous year. The sector promises better management and treatment of diseases like diabetes and improved access to health data. But health care is a notoriously challenging business and the rapid growth ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/05/28/why-a-journalist-scammed-the-media-into-spreading-bad-chocolate-science/ target=_blank >Why A Journalist Scammed The Media Into Spreading Bad Chocolate Science</a>

State of Health | May 28, 2015

Why A Journalist Scammed The Media Into Spreading Bad Chocolate Science

Earlier this spring, headlines around the world trumpeted an exciting bit of news that seemed too good to be true: “Eating that bar of chocolate can HELP you lose weight,” as Britain's Daily Mail put it. From India to Australia and Texas to Germany, news organizations shared findings published ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201505280900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >FDA Approves Ecstasy-Assisted Psychotherapy in Marin County</a>

Forum | May 28, 2015

FDA Approves Ecstasy-Assisted Psychotherapy in Marin County

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given a Marin therapist the green light to study whether the illegal drug ecstasy, or MDMA, is effective in treating severe anxiety and depression when taken in conjunction with psychotherapy. A notorious party drug, ecstasy has previously shown promise as a treatment for ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/05/28/how-virtual-reality-worlds-can-help-reduce-pain/ target=_blank >How Virtual Reality Worlds Can Help Reduce Pain</a>

KQED Science | May 28, 2015

How Virtual Reality Worlds Can Help Reduce Pain

Imagine being an otter in a virtual world where colors and landscapes unfold in endless possibilities. You engage in a game of paintball with other frisky otters. You follow a river as it travels through time and seasons, and the environment responds to your mood, calming anxiety and reinforcing relaxation. This ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/05/28/english-majors-can-be-doctors-too-medical-school-rethinks-pre-med/ target=_blank >English Majors Can Be Doctors Too: Medical School Rethinks Pre-Med</a>

Mindshift | May 28, 2015

English Majors Can Be Doctors Too: Medical School Rethinks Pre-Med

You can't tell by looking which students at Mount Sinai's school of medicine in New York City were traditional pre-meds as undergraduates and which weren't. And that's exactly the point. Most of the class majored in biology or chemistry, crammed for the medical college admission test and got flawless grades and ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201505270930?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Scientists Search for Cause of Bay Area Whale Deaths</a>

Forum | May 27, 2015

Scientists Search for Cause of Bay Area Whale Deaths

A decapitated whale washed up on a Point Reyes beach on Tuesday, the apparent victim of a killer whale. It's the twelfth dead whale found on Northern California beaches since mid-April. Scientists are investigating various causes, from boat collisions to changing ocean patterns that drive the whales closer to shore. ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/05/27/oakland-startup-tries-to-change-the-value-of-water target=_blank >Oakland Startup Tries to Change the Value of Water</a>

KQED News | May 27, 2015

Oakland Startup Tries to Change the Value of Water

Water is cheaper in California than you might think. Just as it is in most of the United States, it's less than a penny a gallon. That is because water is delivered to residents exactly at cost. There are no extra fees or charges on this vital resource. This raises ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/05/27/startup-harnesses-supercomputers-to-seek-cures/ target=_blank >Startup Harnesses Supercomputers to Seek Cures</a>

KQED Science | May 27, 2015

Startup Harnesses Supercomputers to Seek Cures

Atomwise is leveraging the power of artificial intelligence to discover new drugs.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2015/05/26/what-would-you-explore-with-a-foldscope/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-would-you-explore-with-a-foldscope target=_blank >What Would You Explore With a Foldscope?</a>

KQED Science | May 26, 2015

What Would You Explore With a Foldscope?

From KQED Education Do Now: A bioengineer at Stanford University has designed an inexpensive, origami microscope--called a Foldscope--to allow people from around the world to make discoveries and answer their own questions. What would you explore with a Foldscope?

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In California, Technology Makes Droughtshaming Easier Than Ever

KQED Science | May 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

In California, Technology Makes Droughtshaming Easier Than Ever

As California's drought continues, social media and smart phone apps let just about anyone call out water waste, often very publicly.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201505261000?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Mark Bittman, UC Berkeley Team Up to Cover California Agriculture</a>

Forum | May 26, 2015

Mark Bittman, UC Berkeley Team Up to Cover California Agriculture

talk to the "How to Cook Everything" author about his upcoming video series on California's changing agriculture and food production systems.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/05/26/robotic-butt-helps-medical-students-learn-professional-intimacy/ target=_blank >Robotic Butt Helps Medical Students Learn Professional Intimacy</a>

KQED Science | May 26, 2015

Robotic Butt Helps Medical Students Learn Professional Intimacy

A robotic butt named Patrick gives instantaneous feedback about the prostate exam he’s receiving.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/05/26/delayed-umbilical-cord-clamping-may-benefit-children-years-later/ target=_blank >Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping May Benefit Children Years Later</a>

State of Health | May 26, 2015

Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping May Benefit Children Years Later

A couple extra minutes attached to the umbilical cord at birth may translate into a small boost in neurodevelopment several years later, a study suggests. Children whose cords were cut more than three minutes after birth had slightly higher social skills and fine motor skills than those whose cords were cut ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/05/23/santa-barbara-oil-spill-no-automatic-valve-on-ruptured-pipeline target=_blank >Santa Barbara Oil Spill: No Automatic Valve on Ruptured Pipeline</a>

KQED News | May 23, 2015

Santa Barbara Oil Spill: No Automatic Valve on Ruptured Pipeline

The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in Santa Barbara County not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201505220900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Cleanup Underway in Santa Barbara Coast Oil Spill</a>

Forum | May 22, 2015

Cleanup Underway in Santa Barbara Coast Oil Spill

An underground pipeline that ruptured Tuesday has released at least 21,000 gallons of crude oil onto the beach and into the ocean along the Santa Barbara coast. The U.S. Coast Guard estimates the oil slicks stretch for nine miles.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/05/22/heres-your-chance-to-ask-our-geneticist-anything/ target=_blank >Here’s Your Chance to Ask Our Geneticist Anything</a>

KQED Science | May 22, 2015

Here’s Your Chance to Ask Our Geneticist Anything

Our contributor Dr. Barry Starr will answer all the questions you have about genetics, but were too afraid to ask.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/05/22/163415/how_do_you_make_an_elderly_worm_feel_young_again?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >How Do You Make An Elderly Worm Feel Young Again?</a>

KQED News | May 22, 2015

How Do You Make An Elderly Worm Feel Young Again?

What controls aging? Biochemist Cynthia Kenyon has found a genetic mutation that can more than double the lifespan of a tiny worm, which points to how we might one day significantly extend human life.

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