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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/04/22/san-francisco-asks-people-to-identify-the-ugliest-yard target=_blank >San Francisco Asks Residents to Identify City’s ‘Ugliest’ Yard</a>

KQED News | April 22, 2015

San Francisco Asks Residents to Identify City’s ‘Ugliest’ Yard

As California's drought continues to worsen, the San Francisco Department of the Environment is encouraging people to conserve water by hosting an Ugliest Yard Competition. The goal is to help people realize that in a drought, a green lawn is an ugly lawn. “It's a fun way that the department ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/lowdown/2015/04/03/how-much-water-do-californians-use-and-what-would-a-25-percent-reduction-look-like/ target=_blank >How Much Water Do Californians Use and What Does 25 Percent Less Look Like?</a>

The Lowdown | April 22, 2015

How Much Water Do Californians Use and What Does 25 Percent Less Look Like?

Photo courtesy of NASAFeeling a bit dry lately? It's not just your imagination. California is mired in its fourth year of historic drought, with snowpack in the Sierra Nevada — which supplies about a third of the state's water — at 6 percent of the long-term April average. From a ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/04/22/california-vaccine-bill-approved-in-key-hearing/ target=_blank >California Vaccine Bill Approved in Key Hearing</a>

State of Health | April 22, 2015

California Vaccine Bill Approved in Key Hearing

(Craig Miller/KQED) A controversial bill that would require vaccination for nearly all California children to attend school — both public and private — cleared the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. The bill “still has a long way to go.” The committee voted 7-2 on the bill, co-authored by Sens. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/22/what-if-restaurants-like-hospitals-refused-to-share-their-prices/ target=_blank >What if restaurants, like hospitals, refused to share their prices?</a>

KQED Science | April 22, 2015

What if restaurants, like hospitals, refused to share their prices?

Imagine walking into a restaurant, and you're handed a menu with no prices. At this hypothetical restaurant, you're told that the cost of the meal will fluctuate based on where you sit, and who happens to serve you. And you'll only receive a detailed copy of the bill four weeks later, ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/22/google-glass-in-the-er-health-care-moves-one-step-closer-to-star-trek/ target=_blank >Google Glass in the ER? Health Care Moves One Step Closer to Star Trek</a>

KQED Science | April 22, 2015

Google Glass in the ER? Health Care Moves One Step Closer to Star Trek

Imagine walking into an emergency room with an awful rash and waiting hours to see a doctor until, finally, a physician who doesn't have specific knowledge of your condition gives you an ointment and a referral to a dermatologist. That could change if a technological device like Google Glass, which ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/04/21/160889/5_years_after_bp_oil_spill_experts_debate_damage_to_ecosystem?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Experts Debate Damage To Ecosystem</a>

KQED News | April 22, 2015

5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Experts Debate Damage To Ecosystem

At the Gulf State Park Pier in Orange Beach, Ala., Wetzel Wood casts his fishing line into the rough surf of the Gulf of Mexico. He pulls his bait, a cigar minnow, through the water just beyond where the waves break for the shore. "On a good day you'd catch king ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/21/personal-treatments-for-your-unique-tumor/ target=_blank >Personal Treatments for Your Unique Tumor</a>

KQED Science | April 21, 2015

Personal Treatments for Your Unique Tumor

In a recent study in Science reviewed here, human immunologist Beatriz Carreno of Washington University in St. Louis and her coworkers have used a patient's own immune system against their cancer cells. It is too soon to know whether the treatment can cure patients or not but the ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/04/21/mammogram-in-your-40s-still-a-personal-decision-task-force-says/ target=_blank >Mammogram in Your 40s Still a Personal Decision, Task Force Says</a>

State of Health | April 21, 2015

Mammogram in Your 40s Still a Personal Decision, Task Force Says

The task force pointed out that the net benefits in younger women were small and said women should weigh the pros and cons of screening before making a decision.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/04/17/15-hurt-in-massive-fresno-gas-blast target=_blank >Fresno Officials Dispute PG&E Account of Gas Blast</a>

KQED News | April 21, 2015

Fresno Officials Dispute PG&E Account of Gas Blast

Update: Tuesday, April 21: Fresno County officials are disputing statements from PG&E that digging by a front-loader operator at a sheriff's gun range on Friday afternoon breached a natural gas line, touching off a blast and fire. Thirteen people were hurt in the incident, several critically. The fire shut down ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/04/21/160801/construction_of_giant_telescope_in_hawaii_draws_natives_ire?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Construction Of Giant Telescope In Hawaii Draws Natives' Ire</a>

KQED News | April 21, 2015

Construction Of Giant Telescope In Hawaii Draws Natives' Ire

In Hawaii, a battle is going on over the future of a mountaintop. Native Hawaiians say it's sacred ground, while astronomers say it's the best place in the world to build a massive, 18-story telescope. This is not simply a story of religion versus science. Activists consider the construction of a ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/04/20/southern-california-court-strikes-down-towns-conservation-water-rates target=_blank >Southern California Court Strikes Down Town’s ‘Conservation’ Water Rates</a>

KQED News | April 20, 2015

Southern California Court Strikes Down Town’s ‘Conservation’ Water Rates

Gov. Brown blasts ruling that some fear could outlaw a valuable tool to enforce water savings.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/04/20/forget-public-health-the-politics-of-the-california-vaccination-debate/ target=_blank >Forget Public Health: The Politics of the California Vaccination Debate</a>

State of Health | April 20, 2015

Forget Public Health: The Politics of the California Vaccination Debate

(Craig Miller/KQED) Over on the KQED News Politics and Government Desk, John Myers hosts a terrific podcast on California politics. The most recent edition (published last Friday) took a hard look at the political debate in California over SB 277, a bill ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/20/using-technology-to-help-in-dementia-care/ target=_blank >Using Technology to Help in Dementia Care</a>

KQED Science | April 20, 2015

Using Technology to Help in Dementia Care

As the federal government prepares itself for a “silver tsunami” of aging baby boomers, Bay Area researchers have launched a study to see whether activity sensors, accelerometers and other technologies can ease the strain on dementia patients, caregivers, and the healthcare budget.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/04/19/wealthy-woodside-is-among-states-top-water-wasters target=_blank >Wealthy Woodside Is Among State’s Top Water Wasters</a>

KQED News | April 19, 2015

Wealthy Woodside Is Among State’s Top Water Wasters

The rural town of Woodside combines the leafy luxury of Marin County with the remoteness of Mendocino. Woodside is nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, but its rustic setting off scenic Highway 280 south of San Francisco is anything but high tech. Woodside has a swanky Zip ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/04/19/160713/las_mountain_lion_is_a_solitary_cat_with_a_knack_for_travel?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >LA's Mountain Lion Is a Solitary Cat With a Knack for Travel</a>

KQED News | April 19, 2015

LA's Mountain Lion Is a Solitary Cat With a Knack for Travel

A mountain lion was holed up under a house in Los Angeles for a little while last week, making headlines across the country. But the puma, known as P-22, was already pretty famous. He's got his own Facebook fan page with more than 2,000 likes, plus a couple of ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/17/stressed-out-startup-founders-find-support-online/ target=_blank >Stressed-Out Startup Founders Find Support Online</a>

KQED Science | April 17, 2015

Stressed-Out Startup Founders Find Support Online

In Silicon Valley, the archetypical startup founder is brilliant, young, hyper-ambitious to a fault, and rarely shows weakness. But in reality, many founders are struggling. Entrepreneurs often shout from the rooftops about their personal and company milestones, whether it's a new investor or technical hire. But under all that bravado and outward ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/04/17/160588/how_did_abraham_maslow_change_psychology?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >How Did Abraham Maslow Change Psychology?</a>

KQED News | April 17, 2015

How Did Abraham Maslow Change Psychology?

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Maslow's Human Needs Brandeis Psychology professor Margie Lachman works in the same office where Abraham Maslow developed his hierarchy of needs. She describes his lasting influence on psychology. About Margie Lachman Margie Lachman is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Lifespan Developmental Psychology ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/04/17/160585/why_do_we_need_sleep?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Why Do We Need Sleep?</a>

KQED News | April 17, 2015

Why Do We Need Sleep?

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Maslow's Human Needs About Russell Foster's TED Talk What do we know about one of our most basic needs: sleep? Not a lot, says circadian neuroscientist Russell Foster. We know we need to do it to stay alive, but much about it remains ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/04/16/disneyland-measles-outbreak-to-be-declared-over/ target=_blank >Disneyland Measles Outbreak to be Declared Over</a>

State of Health | April 16, 2015

Disneyland Measles Outbreak to be Declared Over

The outbreak sickened 134 Californians. (Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images) By Alicia Chang, AP The state's measles outbreak that began at Disneyland and reignited debate about vaccinations is nearing an end. The outbreak will be declared over in California on Friday if no new cases pop up, according to the California Department of Public Health. Disease ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/16/sleep-hacks-3-ways-to-prevent-electronics-from-wrecking-a-good-nights-rest/ target=_blank >Sleep Hacks: 3 Ways to Prevent Electronics From Wrecking a Good Night’s Rest</a>

KQED Science | April 16, 2015

Sleep Hacks: 3 Ways to Prevent Electronics From Wrecking a Good Night’s Rest

Do you read from a smartphone late at night, or charge it next to your bed? Here are three tricks to stop the artificial light onslaught.

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