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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/20/156543/what_makes_the_human_brain_unique?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >What Makes the Human Brain Unique?</a>

KQED News | February 20, 2015

What Makes the Human Brain Unique?

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain About Suzana Herculano-Houzel's TED Talk Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel turns brains into soup, so she can meticulously count the neurons, and determine why human brains are unique. About Suzana Herculano-Houzel Suzana Herculano-Houzel, a neuroscientist at the Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas in Rio ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/20/156546/how_can_a_stroke_change_your_brain?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >How Can a Stroke Change Your Brain?</a>

KQED News | February 20, 2015

How Can a Stroke Change Your Brain?

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain About Jill Bolte-Taylor's TED Talk When neuroanatomist Jill Bolte-Taylor felt her brain shut down during a stroke, she was more fascinated than panicked. Even though she spent eight years recovering, she's grateful for the stroke. About Jill Bolte-Taylor Jill Bolte Taylor ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/20/156540/how_can_we_explain_the_mystery_of_consciousness?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >How Can We Explain the Mystery of Consciousness?</a>

KQED News | February 20, 2015

How Can We Explain the Mystery of Consciousness?

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain About David Chalmers' TED Talk Philosopher David Chalmers asks why humans have a sense of self, a constantly-running movie full of sensation and internal chatter. He offers two ideas about the nature of consciousness. About David Chalmers David Chalmers is a ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/20/156537/how_do_we_know_what_other_people_are_thinking?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >How Do We Know What Other People Are Thinking?</a>

KQED News | February 20, 2015

How Do We Know What Other People Are Thinking?

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain About Rebecca Saxe's TED Talk Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe explains how one region in the brain focuses on other people's thoughts. About Rebecca ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/20/156534/what_does_it_take_to_map_the_human_brain?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >What Does It Take to Map the Human Brain?</a>

KQED News | February 20, 2015

What Does It Take to Map the Human Brain?

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain About Nancy Kanwisher's TED Talk Nancy Kanwisher studies the brain partly by staring at her own. She's spent countless hours in an fMRI scanner, mapping her own brain to gain insight into what makes us human. About Nancy Kanwisher Nancy Kanwisher ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/what-happens-when-wood-burns/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-happens-when-wood-burns target=_blank >What Happens When Wood Burns?</a>

QUEST | February 19, 2015

What Happens When Wood Burns?

Combustion, which is simply the burning of something, is a rather complex chemical process. We rely quite heavily on combustion technologies for energy. For example, we burn gasoline to power our cars; we often burn oil or gas in home heating systems; and power plants usually burn coal, oil ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/02/18/in-californias-oil-patch-activists-fight-new-crude-by-rail-terminal target=_blank >In California’s Oil Patch, Activists Fight New Crude-By-Rail Terminal</a>

KQED News | February 18, 2015

In California’s Oil Patch, Activists Fight New Crude-By-Rail Terminal

Farmer and activist Tom Frantz lives in Shafter, a town just up the road from Bakersfield where oil rigs are as common as almond trees. But these days, his attention is focused on oil coming from outside the state, oil that comes in by train and unloads at at crude-by-rail terminals.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/02/18/getting-vaccinated-against-measles-what-you-need-to-know/ target=_blank >Getting Vaccinated Against Measles: What You Need to Know</a>

State of Health | February 18, 2015

Getting Vaccinated Against Measles: What You Need to Know

The measles outbreak that started in December has sickened 141 people in 17 states. California is has the most cases by far: 113 as of last Friday with about half traced to Disneyland.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2015/02/17/should-we-modify-dna-in-human-embryos/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=should-we-modify-dna-in-human-embryos target=_blank >Should We Modify DNA in Human Embryos?</a>

KQED Science | February 17, 2015

Should We Modify DNA in Human Embryos?

From KQED Education Do Now: The UK recently voted to authorize mitochondrial DNA modification, which has been dubbed the "three-person embryo" law. Should we modify DNA in human eggs or embryos in order to prevent disease?

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/16/156279/climate_scientist_tries_arts_to_stir_hearts_regarding_earths?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Climate Scientist Tries Arts to Stir Hearts Regarding Earth's Fate</a>

KQED News | February 16, 2015

Climate Scientist Tries Arts to Stir Hearts Regarding Earth's Fate

A decade ago, physicist Robert Davies wasn't all that interested in Earth's climate. His field was quantum optics. But while he was working at the University of Oxford in England, he became intrigued by what was going on at Oxford's Environmental Change Institute, just down the road ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201502160930?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Rise in Stranded Sea Lions Alarms Scientists</a>

Forum | February 16, 2015

Rise in Stranded Sea Lions Alarms Scientists

For the past three winters, starving California sea lion pups have been beaching themselves along the California coast. This year, the die-offs have occurred earlier and in higher numbers, increasing concerns about the impacts of rising ocean temperatures and a depleted fish population. We'll discuss the scope of the problem ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/15/156208/navy_funds_a_small_robot_army_to_study_the_arctic?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Navy Funds A Small Robot Army To Study The Arctic</a>

KQED News | February 15, 2015

Navy Funds A Small Robot Army To Study The Arctic

Earlier this month the U.S. Navy's research office rented out a conference center in Washington, D.C. to show off some of its hottest new technology. On display was an electromagnetic gun, and drones that could swarm around an enemy ship. But it wasn't all James Bond-style gadgets. In a little side ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/02/13/coast-guard-cutter-suspected-source-of-oil-spill-in-oakland-estuary target=_blank >State: Coast Guard Not the Source of Oakland Estuary Mystery Spill</a>

KQED News | February 13, 2015

State: Coast Guard Not the Source of Oakland Estuary Mystery Spill

Lab tests conducted by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response have concluded that Coast Guard vessels in the Oakland Estuary were not the cause of what officials are calling a “mystery sheen” of diesel fuel that appeared near Alameda Marina.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/career-spotlight-research-scientist-and-mechanical-engineer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=career-spotlight-research-scientist-and-mechanical-engineer target=_blank >Career Spotlight: Research Scientist and Mechanical Engineer</a>

QUEST | February 13, 2015

Career Spotlight: Research Scientist and Mechanical Engineer

Vi Rapp is a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who designs clean, efficient, wood-burning cookstoves for communities around the world.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/12/156047/8_million_tons_of_plastic_clutter_our_seas?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >8 Million Tons of Plastic Clutter Our Seas</a>

KQED News | February 12, 2015

8 Million Tons of Plastic Clutter Our Seas

Plastic is one of those inventions that transformed the world. It's light, durable and you can make lots of things with it. But it's also transforming Earth's oceans ... and not in a good way. A lot of plastic ends up there. Scientists are just now getting a handle on how ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/02/12/after-plenty-of-starts-and-stops-satellite-dscovr-starts-million-mile-journey target=_blank >After Plenty of Starts and Stops, Satellite DSCOVR Starts Million-Mile Journey</a>

KQED News | February 12, 2015

After Plenty of Starts and Stops, Satellite DSCOVR Starts Million-Mile Journey

After a 17-year back story that involved politics and agency peacemaking, the Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, has now begun a million-mile journey that will take it to a place where the gravitational forces between the sun and Earth are balanced. Riding a SpaceX Falcon rocket, DSCOVR took off at ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/02/11/a-sneak-peek-at-apples-new-cupertino-headquarters target=_blank >A Sneak Peek at Apple’s New Cupertino Headquarters</a>

KQED News | February 12, 2015

A Sneak Peek at Apple’s New Cupertino Headquarters

Apple's new Cupertino headquarters, known as Campus 2, has been largely off-limits to press since construction began last year. But KQED Science's Amy Standen got a tour Wednesday and gives us a look inside.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/02/11/coast-guard-cutter-suspected-source-of-oil-spill-in-oakland-estuary target=_blank >Coast Guard Cutter Suspected Source of Oil Spill in Oakland Estuary</a>

KQED News | February 11, 2015

Coast Guard Cutter Suspected Source of Oil Spill in Oakland Estuary

The Coast Guard and other agencies are investigating an oil spill in the Oakland Estuary overnight that prompted a voluntary evacuation of the Alameda Marina.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/02/06/feds-offer-new-money-to-boost-california-drought-efforts/ target=_blank >Feds Offer New Money to Boost California Drought Efforts</a>

KQED News | February 6, 2015

Feds Offer New Money to Boost California Drought Efforts

The Obama administration is “all in” when it comes to helping California deal with a historic drought, said U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Friday in announcing a new $50 million relief program.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/06/155678/satellite_set_to_stream_daily_images_of_earth_from_space?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Satellite Set to Stream Daily Images of Earth from Space</a>

KQED News | February 6, 2015

Satellite Set to Stream Daily Images of Earth from Space

There's something majestic, even awe-inspiring about the sight of planet Earth as a blue disc, hanging in the vastness of space. The three astronauts aboard Apollo 8 were the first to get that view; if all goes well, later this year everyone will be able to get it on a daily ...Read More

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