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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/silicon-valley-goes-to-space/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=silicon-valley-goes-to-space target=_blank >Silicon Valley Goes to Space</a>

QUEST | December 16, 2014

Silicon Valley Goes to Space

A new generation of entrepreneurs – sprung from the high-risk, high-tech culture of Silicon Valley – is launching private, for-profit ventures to open up space for tourism, transportation, rapid earth imaging and even mining the moon.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/15/its-raining-so-how-do-those-reservoirs-look target=_blank >It’s Raining; So How Do Those Reservoirs Look?</a>

KQED News | December 15, 2014

It’s Raining; So How Do Those Reservoirs Look?

It's raining again, and if you believe weather forecasters and the computer models on which they rely, we're in for wet weather for most of this week.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/14/151629/more_than_just_cute_sea_otters_are_superheroes_of_the_marsh?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >More Than Just Cute, Sea Otters are Superheroes of the Marsh</a>

KQED News | December 14, 2014

More Than Just Cute, Sea Otters are Superheroes of the Marsh

On the roof of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif., in a large plastic tank, a sea otter mother named Abby floats with her adopted pup, known as 671.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/10/151234/debate_should_we_genetically_modify_food?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Debate: Should We Genetically Modify Food?</a>

KQED News | December 10, 2014

Debate: Should We Genetically Modify Food?

Proponents of GMOs say that farmers who grow these crops are able to use fewer environmentally damaging pesticides. Critics, however, say the claims of those benefits are overblown.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2014/12/09/is-it-ethical-to-colonize-mars/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=is-it-ethical-to-colonize-mars target=_blank >Is It Ethical to Colonize Mars?</a>

KQED Science | December 10, 2014

Is It Ethical to Colonize Mars?

From KQED Education Do Now: In a mission where the lines between reality and fantasy seem to be blurred, the Mars One team is planning to launch an expedition to establish a human settlement on the red planet. Is it ethical to colonize Mars or other planets?

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/09/our-next-storm-very-windy-and-very-wet target=_blank >Our Next Storm: Very Windy and Very Wet</a>

KQED News | December 10, 2014

Our Next Storm: Very Windy and Very Wet

The storm is here and some areas like Sonoma County have received 5 inches of rain. Winds gusting over 70 mph have knocked out power lines and 174 flights at San Francisco International Airport have been canceled.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201412090900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Study: Climate Change Not Responsible for California Drought</a>

Forum | December 9, 2014

Study: Climate Change Not Responsible for California Drought

With a new storm expected to pummel the Bay Area on Wednesday, we'll get an update on California's drought. Using tree rings as evidence, scientists say it's the worst drought to hit the state in 1,200 years.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201412090930?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Despite Rain, Coho Salmon Still Struggling</a>

Forum | December 9, 2014

Despite Rain, Coho Salmon Still Struggling

State fisheries biologists recently reported some disturbing news: the coho salmon that typically spawn near Muir Woods had vanished. Recent rainstorms may be helping the endangered salmon, but habitat degradation and the persistent drought are taking a major toll.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201412080900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >The Global Impact of Superbugs</a>

Forum | December 8, 2014

The Global Impact of Superbugs

More than 58,000 newborns in India died last year from drug-resistant bacteria, according to The New York Times. The global spread of these bacteria, often called "superbugs," has alarmed experts for some years, especially in developing nations where health care spending is low and sanitation is lacking.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/07/recycled-water-could-damage-redwood-trees/ target=_blank >Redwoods Damaged by South Bay Experiments With Recycled Water Irrigation</a>

KQED News | December 8, 2014

Redwoods Damaged by South Bay Experiments With Recycled Water Irrigation

High salinity of recycled water has deadly effect on the trees, which prefer fog-filled coastal habitats.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/05/orion-spacecraft-splashes-down-after-high-orbit-test target=_blank >Orion Spacecraft Splashes Down After High Orbit Test</a>

KQED News | December 5, 2014

Orion Spacecraft Splashes Down After High Orbit Test

NASA reports successful test of new craft designed for deep space mission.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/04/nasa-scrubs-orion-launch-for-today target=_blank >NASA Scrubs Orion Launch for Today</a>

KQED News | December 4, 2014

NASA Scrubs Orion Launch for Today

After issues including high winds and stuck engine valves, space agency postpones vehicle's debut.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/04/150859/world_climate_talks_in_lima_aim_to_move_beyond_kyoto_treaty?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >World Climate Talks in Lima Aim to Move Beyond Kyoto Treaty</a>

KQED News | December 4, 2014

World Climate Talks in Lima Aim to Move Beyond Kyoto Treaty

Most agree recent U.N. climate meetings have seen mixed success at best. This year, however, negotiators think they have some fresh ideas to entice developed countries and developing ones to work together.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/03/150796/earliest_human_engraving_or_trash_from_an_ancient_lunch?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Earliest Human Engraving or Trash From an Ancient Lunch?</a>

KQED News | December 3, 2014

Earliest Human Engraving or Trash From an Ancient Lunch?

Scientists discovered markings on an ancient shell that's been sitting in a museum for more a century, and they believe it may be the oldest known example of a deliberate geometric engraving made by a human hand.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/12/03/climate-change-beyond-the-headlines/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=climate-change-beyond-the-headlines target=_blank >Climate Change: Beyond the Headlines</a>

QUEST | December 3, 2014

Climate Change: Beyond the Headlines

To help students understand the science of climate change, KQED, the University of California Museum of Paleontology and the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University have partnered on a new iBooks Textbook series and iTunes U course, called Clue into Climate.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/02/call-for-suspension-of-crude-by-rail-shipments-feather-river-derailment target=_blank >Call for Suspension of Crude-by-Rail Shipments After Feather River Derailment</a>

KQED News | December 2, 2014

Call for Suspension of Crude-by-Rail Shipments After Feather River Derailment

Sen. Jerry Hill wants action after state 'dodged a bullet' when train derailed along key waterway.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/02/nasa-prepares-to-test-new-spacecraft-that-youve-likely-never-heard-of target=_blank >NASA Prepares to Test New Spacecraft (That You’ve Likely Never Heard Of)</a>

KQED News | December 2, 2014

NASA Prepares to Test New Spacecraft (That You’ve Likely Never Heard Of)

A vehicle named Orion is designed to carry humans into deep space. But most aren't aware it exists.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/02/28/california-storm-the-coolest-view-you-will-see-today/ target=_blank >California’s Storm: The Coolest View You Will See Today</a>

KQED News | December 2, 2014

California’s Storm: The Coolest View You Will See Today

Update, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014: Above is a depiction of the weather we're seeing today — actually a visualization of surface winds as derived from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data and rendered in Web developer Cameron Beccario's “Earth.” This has been ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/28/San-Francisco-Bay-Area-Rain target=_blank >Bay Area Storm Update: Yes, We Just Got Soaked</a>

KQED News | December 1, 2014

Bay Area Storm Update: Yes, We Just Got Soaked

The rainy weekend is over and the sun has returned. Next up: a wetter and windier storm that should arrive the Bay Area Tuesday morning.

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California Drought Boosts ‘Cash for Grass’ Programs

KQED Science | December 1, 2014 | 5 Comments

California Drought Boosts ‘Cash for Grass’ Programs

California homeowners are replacing Kentucky bluegrass with native species and other water-friendly options to try and cut back on outdoor watering. Depending on what replacement residents choose, water districts may offer a cash reward for tearing out that thirsty lawn.

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