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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/07/stanford-study-inactivity-more-than-diet-linked-to-obesity-increase/ target=_blank >Stanford Study: Inactivity, More Than Diet, Linked to Obesity Increase</a>

State of Health | July 7, 2014

Stanford Study: Inactivity, More Than Diet, Linked to Obesity Increase

(Getty Images) New research from Stanford shows that physical activity — or lack thereof — may be a bigger driver of the obesity epidemic than diet is. The rate of Americans reporting inactivity has skyrocketed. The researchers looked at national survey results of people's health habits — including diet and exercise — from ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/07/drakes-bay-oyster-company-kevin-lunny-fights-closure-order target=_blank >Government Pursues ‘Prompt Wind-Down’ of Drakes Bay Oyster Co.</a>

News Fix | July 7, 2014

Government Pursues ‘Prompt Wind-Down’ of Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. workers harvest strings of oysters on Schooner Bay near Point Reyes. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Federal government lawyers are expected to discuss a plan for “the prompt and orderly wind-down” of Drakes Bay Oyster Co. operations at Point Reyes National Seashore — marking the possible end of a ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/07/Berkeley-Struggling-To-Reach-Zero-Waste-Goal-by-2020/ target=_blank >Berkeley Struggling To Reach Zero Waste Goal by 2020</a>

News Fix | July 7, 2014

Berkeley Struggling To Reach Zero Waste Goal by 2020

Drew Jaffe, Berkeleyside Students at John Muir Elementary sort for composting and recycling, but more Berkeley residents need to recycle in order for the city to meet its 2020 zero waste goal. Photo: Green Schools Initiative A recent audit of several City of Berkeley departments has ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/05/139683/what_does_cold_sound_like?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >What Does Cold Sound Like?</a>

KQED News | July 5, 2014

What Does Cold Sound Like?

Can you hear the difference between hot and cold? A British marketing firm called Condiment Junkie wanted to know the answer. They specialize in sound design for all sorts of advertisements, like this one for Twinings Tea. The marketers wanted to know: Can people hear the difference between a hot ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/04/139631/dance_of_human_evolution_was_herkyjerky_fossils_suggest?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Dance of Human Evolution Was Herky-Jerky, Fossils Suggest</a>

KQED News | July 4, 2014

Dance of Human Evolution Was Herky-Jerky, Fossils Suggest

A trio of anthropologists has decided it's time to rewrite the story of human evolution. That narrative has always been a work in progress, because almost every time scientists dig up a new fossil bone or a stone tool, it adds a new twist to the story. Discoveries lead to new ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/07/03/fish-to-fork-the-rise-of-community-supported-fisheries/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fish-to-fork-the-rise-of-community-supported-fisheries target=_blank >Fish to Fork: The Rise of Community-Supported Fisheries</a>

QUEST | July 3, 2014

Fish to Fork: The Rise of Community-Supported Fisheries

Community-supported fisheries seek to reverse the trend of diminishing local seafood supplies.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/03/-san-francisco-city-attorney-sewer-payment-case/ target=_blank >S.F. Lawyer Claims She Was Fired for Investigating Suspected Payment Scam</a>

News Fix | July 3, 2014

S.F. Lawyer Claims She Was Fired for Investigating Suspected Payment Scam

By Lance Williams, The Center for Investigative Reporting Former San Francisco Chief Trial Deputy Joanne Hoeper (Courtesy of Joanne Hoeper) San Francisco city officials steered millions in public funds to a handful of plumbing companies for unneeded repairs of private sewer lines, a former top lawyer in the city attorney's office ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/02/berkeley-city-council-puts-soda-tax-on-november-ballot/ target=_blank >Berkeley City Council Puts Soda Tax on November Ballot</a>

State of Health | July 2, 2014

Berkeley City Council Puts Soda Tax on November Ballot

(Getty Images) By Charles Siler, Berkeleyside Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to include a proposal that would tax distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages on the November ballot. Voters will decide on penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages.The measure, which proposes a one-cent-per-ounce charge at the distributor level, would ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/02/california-drought-water-sales/ target=_blank >As California Drought Deepens, Those With Water Can Sell at a High Price</a>

News Fix | July 2, 2014

As California Drought Deepens, Those With Water Can Sell at a High Price

By Garance Burke Associated Press Folsom Lake, east of Sacramento, pictured in January as it reached its winter low. (Dan Brekke/KQED) Throughout California's desperately dry Central Valley, those with water to spare are cashing in. As a third drought year forces farmers to fallow fields and lay off workers, two water districts ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/02/digital-mammograms-pricey-but-perhaps-no-better-for-older-women/ target=_blank >Digital Mammograms: Pricey But Perhaps No Better for Older Women</a>

State of Health | July 2, 2014

Digital Mammograms: Pricey But Perhaps No Better for Older Women

In the U.S. 95 percent of mammography machine are now digital.(Mychele Daniau/AFP/Getty Images) By Kara Manke, NPR Medicare spending on breast cancer screening for women age 65 and older has jumped nearly 50 percent in recent years. But the rise in price was not associated with an improvement in the ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201407010850/a target=_blank >NASA Again Halts Launch of CO2-Monitoring Satellite</a>

The California Report | July 1, 2014

NASA Again Halts Launch of CO2-Monitoring Satellite

For the second time, NASA has had to scrub an attempt to put a new carbon-tracking satellite into space. Tuesday's try for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, dubbed OCO-2, was aborted at 2:56am with less than one minute before launch. OCO-2 is designed to circle Earth from pole to pole, mapping ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/07/01/as-tropics-expand-tropical-storms-follow/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=as-tropics-expand-tropical-storms-follow target=_blank >As Tropics Expand, Tropical Storms Follow</a>

QUEST | July 1, 2014

As Tropics Expand, Tropical Storms Follow

A cyclone approaches Australia's western coast. Image from Nasa Earth Observatory. He discovered the trend by accident. Jim Kossin, a NOAA scientist stationed in Madison, Wisconsin, started tracking tropical cyclones to settle a disagreement about the temperature at the bottom of the stratosphere. When he looked at all the data he'd gotten ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2014/06/27/why-poachers-are-raiding-the-redwoods-in-humboldt-county/ target=_blank >Why Poachers Are Raiding the Redwoods in Humboldt County</a>

KQED Science | July 1, 2014

Why Poachers Are Raiding the Redwoods in Humboldt County

Poachers have chopped the burl from the base of this redwood. (Sally Schilling/KQED) California is home to the tallest trees in the world: coast redwoods. To forest visitors, staring up at the towering canopy of a 300-foot-tall old-growth redwood can feel surreal. “For a lot of people, this is an almost religious ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/06/28/139409/as_yosemite_park_turns_150_charms_and_challenges_endure?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >As Yosemite Park Turns 150, Charms And Challenges Endure</a>

KQED News | July 1, 2014

As Yosemite Park Turns 150, Charms And Challenges Endure

Yosemite National Park, in California's Sierra Nevada, is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the law that preserved it — and planted the seeds for the National Park system. At the same time, the park faces the challenge of protecting the natural wonders from their own popularity. Since President Abraham Lincoln signed ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/06/26/139312/a_shocking_fish_tale_surprises_evolutionary_biologists?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >A Shocking Fish Tale Surprises Evolutionary Biologists</a>

KQED News | July 1, 2014

A Shocking Fish Tale Surprises Evolutionary Biologists

The electric eel's powerful ability to deliver deadly shocks — up to 600 volts — makes it the most famous electric fish, but hundreds of other species produce weaker electric fields. Now, a new genetic study of electric fish has revealed the surprising way they got electrified. Consider a 6-foot-long electric ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/picturing-a-future-wrought-by-climate-change/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=picturing-a-future-wrought-by-climate-change target=_blank >Picturing a Future Wrought by Climate Change</a>

QUEST | July 1, 2014

Picturing a Future Wrought by Climate Change

Illustration by John Miller "From the ashes of catastrophe, life somehow manages to rise again. This thought hung on Daisy's mind, sweat pouring down her face, as she uttered a reassuring click to Bud and Betsy, the pair of Belgian draft horses drawing the plow.” You wouldn't expect those opening ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/06/24/oceanographers-discover-the-headwaters-of-puget-sound/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=oceanographers-discover-the-headwaters-of-puget-sound target=_blank >Oceanographers Discover the Headwaters of Puget Sound</a>

QUEST | July 1, 2014

Oceanographers Discover the Headwaters of Puget Sound

Oceanographers lower their instrument from a research vessel into the Juan de Fuca Canyon. The instrument measures fast-moving water near the seafloor. Photo credit: Parker MacCready, University of Washington. Scientists may have discovered the source of the Pacific Northwest's legendary rich waters, in a submarine canyon in the deep ocean. University of ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/science/audio/some-california-farmers-fallow-fields-others-sell-water-for-big-profits/ target=_blank >As Water Prices Soar, Some Profit From California’s Drought</a>

KQED Science | July 1, 2014

As Water Prices Soar, Some Profit From California’s Drought

Fights are breaking out over controversial water sales. Some farmers say they need the water to keep trees alive, while others say groundwater pumping depletes supplies for neighboring farms, and could threaten California's already-stressed aquifers. …read more Source: <a target=_blank title="As Water Prices Soar, Some Profit From California's Drought" ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201406201630/b target=_blank >California Drought Dries Up Honey Supply</a>

The California Report | July 1, 2014

California Drought Dries Up Honey Supply

California's drought is already driving up prices for some popular foods -- including one you might not have considered: honey. It's only the latest chapter in a story of hard times for honeybees. Colonies are collapsing for reasons ranging from pesticides to parasites. And this year, the lack of rain ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/06/20/139062/can_you_learn_to_spot_a_liar?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Can You Learn To Spot A Liar?</a>

KQED News | July 1, 2014

Can You Learn To Spot A Liar?

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Why We Lie. About Pamela Meyer's TEDTalk We're surrounded by deception: in politics and pop culture, in the workplace and on social media. Pamela Meyer points out manners and cues that can help us suss out a lie. About Pamela Meyer Pamela Meyer is author ...Read More

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