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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/29/possible-ebola-patient-being-treated-at-uc-davis/ target=_blank >Possible Ebola Patient Being Treated at UC Davis Medical Center</a>

State of Health | January 29, 2015

Possible Ebola Patient Being Treated at UC Davis Medical Center

(Courtesy: Centers for Disease Control) A patient suspected of being infected with the Ebola virus was transferred to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento Thursday morning. the hospital said in a statement. We have no other details about the patient at this time — except that the patient was ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/01/28/5-7-quake-rattles-northern-california-coast target=_blank >5.7 Quake Rattles Northern California Coast</a>

KQED News | January 28, 2015

5.7 Quake Rattles Northern California Coast

A magnitude-5.7 earthquake just off the Humboldt County coast rattled parts of far Northern California early Wednesday afternoon. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake shook at 1:08 p.m. PST Wednesday about 40 miles southwest of Eureka. That shake was followed by at least three aftershocks. Lt. Wayne Hanson of ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/01/28/uc-berkeleys-charles-townes-physicist-and-laser-pioneer-dies-at-99 target=_blank >UC Berkeley’s Charles Townes, Physicist and Laser Pioneer, Dies at 99</a>

KQED News | January 28, 2015

UC Berkeley’s Charles Townes, Physicist and Laser Pioneer, Dies at 99

Charles Townes, a pioneering physicist who won the Nobel Prize for his role in developing the laser, has died at age 99. UC Berkeley, where Townes was still a professor emeritus, said he died Tuesday in Oakland. In a short video made last year shortly before ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/01/27/drought-diary-keeping-up-with-the-joneses-rain-barrels target=_blank >Drought Diary: Keeping Up With the Joneses’ Rain Barrels</a>

KQED News | January 27, 2015

Drought Diary: Keeping Up With the Joneses’ Rain Barrels

Last weekend, I marched my husband and two kids around the corner, past bright green lawns to meet Burlingame neighbors. I asked the Argeris family if we could visit after reading an online community thread in which another neighbor posted pictures of his newly installed, 275-gallon rain-collection tank. Nini Argeris responded, ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/26/not-vaccinated-stay-home-from-school-says-marin-dad-of-leukemia-patient/ target=_blank >Not Vaccinated? 'Stay Home from School,' Says Marin Dad of Leukemia Patient</a>

State of Health | January 26, 2015

Not Vaccinated? 'Stay Home from School,' Says Marin Dad of Leukemia Patient

Rhett Krawitt, outside a classroom at Reed Elementary, in Tiburon. (Courtesy: Carl Krawitt) Carl Krawitt has watched his son Rhett, now 6, fight leukemia for the last four and a half years. For more than three of those years, Rhett has undergone round after round of chemotherapy. Last year, he finished ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/26/amnio-alternative-blood-test-gives-women-new-option-for-prenatal-screening/ target=_blank >Amnio Alternative: Blood Test Gives Women New Option for Prenatal Screening</a>

State of Health | January 26, 2015

Amnio Alternative: Blood Test Gives Women New Option for Prenatal Screening

Ultrasound is often used for prenatal screening. It's just one of several prenatal screenings available to pregnant women. (Getty Images) By Nell Greenfield-Boyce, NPR When Amy Seitz got pregnant with her second child last year, she knew that being 35 years old meant there was an increased chance of ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/01/24/154749/study_says_creativity_can_flow_from_political_correctness?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Study Says Creativity Can Flow From Political Correctness</a>

KQED News | January 24, 2015

Study Says Creativity Can Flow From Political Correctness

There is a common belief that requiring the use of "politically correct" language in the workplace stifles creativity. Michelle Duguid, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, tells NPR's Arun Rath that, intuitively, that assumption makes sense. "People should be able to freely think, throw any crazy ideas, and any constraint ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/24/answers-to-five-common-measles-questions/ target=_blank >Answers to Five Common Measles Questions</a>

State of Health | January 24, 2015

Answers to Five Common Measles Questions

A dose of measles, mumps, rubella vaccine, known commonly as MMR. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) By Amanda Stupi An outbreak of measles and a new report that identified clusters of vaccine refusals in Northern California have become this week's hot topics. As such, KQED's daily talk show <a target=_blank rel="nofollow" href="http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201501230900" ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201501231000?pid=RD19 target=_blank >How Technology is Transforming Prosthetics and the Lives of Amputees</a>

Forum | January 23, 2015

How Technology is Transforming Prosthetics and the Lives of Amputees

In the last decade, innovations in 3D printing, advanced bionics and other technologies have led to marked improvements in the form and function of prosthetics. These days, it's not uncommon to see amputees rock climbing, dancing and showing off custom-designed limbs. We explore the changing field of prosthetics. ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/01/22/154616/ecologists_airborne_scanners_see_the_forest_and_the_trees_all?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Ecologist's Airborne Scanners See the Forest and the Trees — All of Them</a>

KQED News | January 22, 2015

Ecologist's Airborne Scanners See the Forest and the Trees — All of Them

In today's world it can be easy to feel like there's nothing left to discover, that all the blank bits of the map have long been filled. Gregory Asner begs to differ, and he's developed a lab in the sky to prove it. In the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, Asner ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2015/01/20/should-cold-sufferers-wear-medical-masks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=should-cold-sufferers-wear-medical-masks target=_blank >Should Cold Sufferers Wear Medical Masks?</a>

KQED Science | January 22, 2015

Should Cold Sufferers Wear Medical Masks?

From KQED Education Do Now: Every year, millions of Americans come down with a case of the common cold, resulting in many missed days of school and work. Should cold sufferers wear medical masks to help prevent spreading germs? Would you wear one the next time you have a cold?

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/21/state-measles-cases-now-at-59-expect-more-2/ target=_blank >State Measles Cases Now at 59; Expect More</a>

State of Health | January 21, 2015

State Measles Cases Now at 59; Expect More

Five Disney staff members are among California's cases. (David McNew/Getty Images) State health officials report 59 confirmed cases of measles in nine counties. The patients range in age from 7 months to 70 years. The California Department of Public Health has linked 42 of these cases to people ...Read More

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Scientists Still Trying to Identify Mystery Bird Goo

KQED Science | January 20, 2015 | 3 Comments

Scientists Still Trying to Identify Mystery Bird Goo

An unidentified substance has killed or injured hundreds of birds so far.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/01/19/king-tides-to-hit-bay-area-today target=_blank >Where and When to See King Tides in California</a>

KQED News | January 19, 2015

Where and When to See King Tides in California

Ya gotta love an alert from the National Weather Service that includes the phrase “The sun, moon, and the earth are in proper alignment. …” It has nothing to do with astrology, of course. The NWS is warning that the gravitational force created by the configuration of these celestial ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/01/19/154266/why_ants_handle_traffic_better_than_you_do?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Why Ants Handle Traffic Better Than You Do</a>

KQED News | January 19, 2015

Why Ants Handle Traffic Better Than You Do

Could studying ants reveal clues to reducing highway traffic jams? Physicist Apoorva Nagar at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology thinks the answer is yes. Nagar says he got interested in the topic when he came across a study by German and Indian researchers showing that ants ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/01/16/scientists-search-for-cause-of-sea-star-wasting-syndrome target=_blank >Scientists Search for Cause of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome</a>

KQED News | January 16, 2015

Scientists Search for Cause of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome

In 2013, millions of sea stars on the West Coast began breaking out in lesions, turning to mush, and dying. Scientists recently identified a virus they think causes this “sea star wasting syndrome.” Now they're trying to figure out why this happened. One place the science of sea star wasting happens ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201501161000?pid=RD19 target=_blank >'Earth, A New Wild' Explores Interdependence of Humans, Wildlife</a>

Forum | January 16, 2015

'Earth, A New Wild' Explores Interdependence of Humans, Wildlife

Shot in 29 countries, the upcoming PBS series "Earth, A New Wild" shines a spotlight on the close and complex links between people and wildlife. Forum talks to the host of the program, conservation scientist M. Sanjayan.

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It’s Official: 2014 Was The Hottest Year on Record, NOAA Says

KQED Science | January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s Official: 2014 Was The Hottest Year on Record, NOAA Says

The annually-averaged temperature was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit over the 20th century average, and easily broke the records set in 2005 and 2010.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/01/15/154046/highflying_geese_save_energy_by_swooping_like_a_roller_coaster?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Highflying Geese Save Energy By Swooping Like A Roller Coaster</a>

KQED News | January 15, 2015

Highflying Geese Save Energy By Swooping Like A Roller Coaster

The bar-headed goose is famous for its long, annual migration from the Indian subcontinent to central Asia, a flight that takes it over snow-capped Himalayan Mountains so high and dangerous that human climbers struggle just to stay alive. Scientists had thought these birds might fly up to a high altitude and ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/15/this-years-flu-shot-less-than-perfect-but-get-it-anyway/ target=_blank >This Year’s Flu Shot Less-Than-Perfect, But Get It Anyway</a>

State of Health | January 15, 2015

This Year’s Flu Shot Less-Than-Perfect, But Get It Anyway

This Oakland child received a nasal spray flu vaccine at a clinic in Oakland. (James Tensuan/KQED) By Rob Stein, NPR As expected, this year's flu vaccine looks like it's pretty much of a dud. The vaccine only appears to cut the chances that someone will end up sick with the ...Read More

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