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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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California Unveils Strictest Rules on Pesticide

KQED Science | January 14, 2015 | 3 Comments

California Unveils Strictest Rules on Pesticide

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has introduced stricter regulations for chloropicrin, a pesticide which has had negative health effects on farm workers.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/2015/01/13/gmo-potatoes-have-arrived-but-will-anyone-buy-them/ target=_blank >GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?</a>

KQED Science | January 14, 2015

GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

After a turn in the tumbling machine, these conventional russet Burbank potatoes are starting to show signs of bruising. New GMO potatoes called Innate russet Burbanks have been bred not to bruise as easily as these....Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/2015/01/13/the-future-strawberry-will-the-loss-of-a-major-pesticide-help-the-industry-to-go-green/ target=_blank >The Future Strawberry: Will the Loss of a Major Pesticide Help the Industry to Go Green?</a>

KQED Science | January 14, 2015

The Future Strawberry: Will the Loss of a Major Pesticide Help the Industry to Go Green?

Strawberries in the field. Photo: Shutterstock By Jillian Steinberger, Civil Eats (1/12/15) When it comes to growing strawberries, Farm Fuel, Inc., a Watsonville, California-based company, is on the cutting edge. The company grows wild and domesticated mustard and lightly processes the harvest into mustard meal, a soil ...Read More

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EPA Plans Oil and Gas Methane Emission Cuts

KQED Science | January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

EPA Plans Oil and Gas Methane Emission Cuts

To combat global warming, the EPA seeks to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry and will propose regulations later this year.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201501140900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >U.N. Climate Chief Rajendra Pachauri on 'Irreversible and Dangerous' Global Impacts</a>

Forum | January 14, 2015

U.N. Climate Chief Rajendra Pachauri on 'Irreversible and Dangerous' Global Impacts

In November, a United Nations climate panel offered a stark warning to world leaders: time is running out to avoid potentially catastrophic climate change. We'll talk with the chair of that panel, Rajendra Pachauri, about his proposed solutions to the looming crisis. We'll also get his take on the likelihood ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/13/disneyland-measles-cases-now-at-26/ target=_blank >Disneyland Measles Cases Now at 26</a>

State of Health | January 13, 2015

Disneyland Measles Cases Now at 26

(Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images) The number of measles cases linked to having visited Disneyland parks in mid-December has climbed to 22 in California, according to state data. There are four more cases in other states — two in Utah and one each in Colorado and Washington. While ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201501130930?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Return of Foie Gras Pits Restaurants, Farmers Against Animal Groups</a>

Forum | January 13, 2015

Return of Foie Gras Pits Restaurants, Farmers Against Animal Groups

Last week, a federal district judge struck down California's ban on the sale of foie gras, ruling that the ban conflicted with federal law. As restaurants rush to put the delicacy back on their menus and the state considers whether to appeal, we discuss the implications of the ruling.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/01/13/153785/good_news_for_bats_things_are_looking_up_for_stemming_disease?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Good News for Bats! Things are Looking up for Stemming Disease Spread</a>

KQED News | January 13, 2015

Good News for Bats! Things are Looking up for Stemming Disease Spread

The bat disease known as white-nose syndrome has been spreading fast, killing millions of animals. But for the first time, scientists are seeing hopeful signs that some bat colonies are recovering and new breakthroughs could help researchers develop better strategies for helping bats survive. Back in 2009, it seemed ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/01/12/supreme-court-rejects-appeal-of-delta-smelt-ruling target=_blank >Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Delta Smelt Ruling</a>

KQED News | January 12, 2015

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Delta Smelt Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has left in place limits on water exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect the Delta smelt.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/01/11/153650/a_musical_memorial_for_the_face_of_extinction?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >A Musical Memorial for the Face of Extinction</a>

KQED News | January 11, 2015

A Musical Memorial for the Face of Extinction

Lonesome George was a celebrity tortoise. Millions of humans made the pilgrimage to see him while he lived, and his death was international news. Why? He wasn't particularly large for a Galapagos giant tortoise — just 5 feet long with his neck stretched out, and only 200 pounds. He wasn't particularly ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/01/10/153636/blood_of_the_tiger_shedding_light_on_chinas_farmedtiger_trade?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >'Blood of The Tiger': Shedding Light on China's Farmed-Tiger Trade</a>

KQED News | January 10, 2015

'Blood of The Tiger': Shedding Light on China's Farmed-Tiger Trade

In 1991, wildlife investigator J. A. Mills went to China to verify rumors about tiger farming. She worked undercover, for the World Wildlife Fund and an organization called Traffic.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/01/09/153509/can_organic_farming_make_perfect_fish?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Can Organic Farming Make Perfect Fish?</a>

KQED News | January 9, 2015

Can Organic Farming Make Perfect Fish?

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode In Search Of About Dan Barber's TED Talk Chef Dan Barber tackles a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. He chronicles his search for a fish that would please both diners and environmentalists. About Dan Barber Dan Barber ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/01/09/153512/what_did_it_take_to_find_the_giant_squid?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >What Did It Take To Find The Giant Squid?</a>

KQED News | January 9, 2015

What Did It Take To Find The Giant Squid?

Humans have been looking for the giant squid for decades. Oceanographer Edith Widder shares how innovative technology helped her capture the squid on video for the first time.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/01/09/153506/why_should_we_search_for_et?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Why Should We Search For ET?</a>

KQED News | January 9, 2015

Why Should We Search For ET?

Will we find ET in the next 25 years? Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at SETI, says yes. He explains that new technologies and the laws of probability make the breakthrough likely.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201501071000?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Study Shows Earning Differences Between Left- and Right-Handed People</a>

Forum | January 8, 2015

Study Shows Earning Differences Between Left- and Right-Handed People

We've all heard the stereotype that left-handed people are more creative than their right-handed counterparts. But recent research seems to indicate that lefties, about 12 percent of the population, score lower on cognitive tests.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/07/nine-measles-cases-tied-to-disneyland-parks/ target=_blank >Nine Measles Cases Tied to Disneyland Parks</a>

State of Health | January 7, 2015

Nine Measles Cases Tied to Disneyland Parks

(Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images) Nine people who visited Disneyland or Disneyland California Adventure Park during December have confirmed measles cases, state health officials said Wednesday. Seven of the patients live in California and two live in Utah.

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Hot, Unfriendly Skies Could Alter Flights

KQED Science | January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Hot, Unfriendly Skies Could Alter Flights

Transatlantic flights could encounter more turbulence in a warming world, which would affect millions of people.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/01/07/brown-history-will-affirm-wisdom-of-building-bullet-train target=_blank >Brown: History Will Affirm Wisdom of Building Bullet Train</a>

KQED News | January 7, 2015

Brown: History Will Affirm Wisdom of Building Bullet Train

Gov. Jerry Brown began his fourth term as governor by acting on a promise to bring a bullet train to California, signing a symbolic piece of railroad track at a groundbreaking ceremony held on an empty lot in downtown Fresno Tuesday.

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