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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/28/157217/researchers_examine_the_ways_of_southern_coyotes?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Researchers Examine The Ways Of Southern Coyotes</a>

KQED News | February 28, 2015

Researchers Examine The Ways Of Southern Coyotes

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/28/157211/can_you_dig_it_more_evidence_suggests_humans_from_the_ice_age?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Can You Dig It? More Evidence Suggests Humans From The Ice Age</a>

KQED News | February 28, 2015

Can You Dig It? More Evidence Suggests Humans From The Ice Age

In Florida, archaeologists are investigating a site that a century ago sparked a scientific controversy. Today, it's just a strip of land near an airport. But in 1915, it was a spot that became world-famous because of the work of Elias Sellards, Florida's state geologist. Sellards led a scientific excavation of ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/27/157151/us_biologists_keen_to_explore_help_protect_cubas_wild_places?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >U.S. Biologists Keen to Explore, Help Protect Cuba's Wild Places</a>

KQED News | February 27, 2015

U.S. Biologists Keen to Explore, Help Protect Cuba's Wild Places

As diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba thaw, the island could see a new wave of tourism — with visitors treated to music and scenery that's been closed to most U.S. residents for more than half a century. But beyond the beaches and cabarets, there's a spectacular world of ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/02/26/something-californians-can-agree-on-the-droughts-serious target=_blank >Something Californians Can Agree On: The Drought’s Serious</a>

KQED News | February 26, 2015

Something Californians Can Agree On: The Drought’s Serious

The Field Poll has been surveying Californians in good times and bad for decades, and rarely does it find respondents unanimous — or virtually unanimous — on anything. The Poll finds that 94 percent of Californians view the drought, now in its fourth year, as either extremely or somewhat serious.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2015/02/26/engineering-is-for-the-next-generation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=engineering-is-for-the-next-generation target=_blank >“Engineering Is” for the Next Generation</a>

QUEST | February 26, 2015

“Engineering Is” for the Next Generation

Explore the connections between engineering and science with KQED’s new, free e-book, Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves. Learn how researchers designed a new, more efficient cookstove to improve the quality of life for families in Darfur.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/02/24/beyond-abolishing-the-personal-belief-exemption-to-raise-vaccination-rates/ target=_blank >Beyond Abolishing the ‘Personal Belief Exemption’ to Raise Vaccination Rates</a>

State of Health | February 24, 2015

Beyond Abolishing the ‘Personal Belief Exemption’ to Raise Vaccination Rates

Students leaving a vaccine clinic after being vaccinated against whooping cough at a middle school in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) On Wednesday morning in Sacramento, a MoveOn.org member is expected to deliver a petition with 21,000 signatures calling on the state's government to abolish the personal belief ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/02/23/california-plastic-bag-ban-on-hold-as-2016-referendum-qualifies/ target=_blank >California Plastic Bag Ban on Hold: Referendum Qualifies for 2016 Ballot</a>

KQED News | February 24, 2015

California Plastic Bag Ban on Hold: Referendum Qualifies for 2016 Ballot

Love it or hate it, you won't find California's new statewide ban on plastic bags taking effect this year … or ever, unless voters endorse it in November 2016. State elections officials announced Tuesday that plastic bag manufacturers have gathered enough voter signatures to force a statewide vote via referendum at ...Read More

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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

KQED Science | February 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate will vote no later than March 3 to override the veto. But Republicans do not appear to have enough votes to override the veto.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/24/156799/weird_fern_shows_the_power_of_interspecies_sex?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >'Weird' Fern Shows the Power of Interspecies Sex</a>

KQED News | February 24, 2015

'Weird' Fern Shows the Power of Interspecies Sex

The love between two ferns knows few bounds, it appears. A DNA analysis of a hybrid fern shows that its parents are two different species separated by nearly 60 million years of evolution.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/02/23/is-your-dishwasher-increasing-your-childs-allergy-risk/ target=_blank >Is Your Dishwasher Increasing Your Child’s Allergy Risk?</a>

State of Health | February 23, 2015

Is Your Dishwasher Increasing Your Child’s Allergy Risk?

Could using a dishwashing machine increase the chances your child will develop allergies? That's what some provocative new research suggests — but don't rip out your machine just yet.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/23/156750/catching_a_southern_coyote_then_letting_it_go_in_the_name_of?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Catching a Southern Coyote, Then Letting It Go in the Name Of Science</a>

KQED News | February 23, 2015

Catching a Southern Coyote, Then Letting It Go in the Name Of Science

Dan Eaton is a professional trapper. He's been doing it for a long time — since he was 10 years old — so he's nonchalant about the dead beaver in the truck bed that he sometimes uses to attract coyotes.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/22/156677/the_scents_and_sensibility_of_las_nosy_new_perfume_enthusiasts?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >The Scents and Sensibility of LA's Nosy New Perfume Enthusiasts</a>

KQED News | February 22, 2015

The Scents and Sensibility of LA's Nosy New Perfume Enthusiasts

The sense of smell is a powerful trigger — capable of calling to mind the sight of a new car, or the memory of a freshly mown lawn from many years past. But this power doesn't just serve to remind; it's also captivating scientists and inspiring a burgeoning subculture in ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/21/156635/exploring_the_solar_system_through_the_eyes_of_robotic_voyagers?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Exploring the Solar System Through the Eyes of Robotic Voyagers</a>

KQED News | February 21, 2015

Exploring the Solar System Through the Eyes of Robotic Voyagers

The Voyager spacecraft have revolutionized our understanding of our solar system since their launch in 1977. After decades of sending back data on our planetary neighbors, Voyager 1 and 2 are entering new territory: interstellar space. In a new book, The Interstellar Age: Inside The Forty-Year Voyager Mission, planetary scientist Jim ...Read More

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2015 Picks Up Where 2014 Record Heat Left Off

KQED Science | February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

2015 Picks Up Where 2014 Record Heat Left Off

Last month was the second-hottest January on record globally, in a continuation of 2014's warmth.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/20/156543/what_makes_the_human_brain_unique?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >What Makes the Human Brain Unique?</a>

KQED News | February 20, 2015

What Makes the Human Brain Unique?

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain About Suzana Herculano-Houzel's TED Talk Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel turns brains into soup, so she can meticulously count the neurons, and determine why human brains are unique. About Suzana Herculano-Houzel Suzana Herculano-Houzel, a neuroscientist at the Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas in Rio ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/20/156546/how_can_a_stroke_change_your_brain?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >How Can a Stroke Change Your Brain?</a>

KQED News | February 20, 2015

How Can a Stroke Change Your Brain?

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain About Jill Bolte-Taylor's TED Talk When neuroanatomist Jill Bolte-Taylor felt her brain shut down during a stroke, she was more fascinated than panicked. Even though she spent eight years recovering, she's grateful for the stroke. About Jill Bolte-Taylor Jill Bolte Taylor ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/20/156540/how_can_we_explain_the_mystery_of_consciousness?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >How Can We Explain the Mystery of Consciousness?</a>

KQED News | February 20, 2015

How Can We Explain the Mystery of Consciousness?

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain About David Chalmers' TED Talk Philosopher David Chalmers asks why humans have a sense of self, a constantly-running movie full of sensation and internal chatter. He offers two ideas about the nature of consciousness. About David Chalmers David Chalmers is a ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/20/156537/how_do_we_know_what_other_people_are_thinking?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >How Do We Know What Other People Are Thinking?</a>

KQED News | February 20, 2015

How Do We Know What Other People Are Thinking?

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain About Rebecca Saxe's TED Talk Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe explains how one region in the brain focuses on other people's thoughts. About Rebecca ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/20/156534/what_does_it_take_to_map_the_human_brain?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >What Does It Take to Map the Human Brain?</a>

KQED News | February 20, 2015

What Does It Take to Map the Human Brain?

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain About Nancy Kanwisher's TED Talk Nancy Kanwisher studies the brain partly by staring at her own. She's spent countless hours in an fMRI scanner, mapping her own brain to gain insight into what makes us human. About Nancy Kanwisher Nancy Kanwisher ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/what-happens-when-wood-burns/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-happens-when-wood-burns target=_blank >What Happens When Wood Burns?</a>

QUEST | February 19, 2015

What Happens When Wood Burns?

Combustion, which is simply the burning of something, is a rather complex chemical process. We rely quite heavily on combustion technologies for energy. For example, we burn gasoline to power our cars; we often burn oil or gas in home heating systems; and power plants usually burn coal, oil ...Read More

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