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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/09/17/143500/multispectral_imaging_could_reveal_secrets_of_martellus_map?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Multispectral Imaging Could Reveal Secrets Of Martellus Map</a>

KQED News | September 17, 2014

Multispectral Imaging Could Reveal Secrets Of Martellus Map

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What to Know About California’s New Groundwater Law

KQED Science | September 17, 2014 | 20 Comments

What to Know About California’s New Groundwater Law

Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that will require the first-ever rules for pumping groundwater in California. Here's why lawmakers and the governor acted, and what the new laws mean.

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201409170850/b target=_blank >Brown's Signature Marks Beginning of Groundwater Reform</a>

The California Report | September 17, 2014

Brown's Signature Marks Beginning of Groundwater Reform

California's historic drought deserves some credit for political action on longtime water needs in the state. That was the assessment of Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday, just after he signed a groundbreaking trio of laws regulating the use of groundwater. ...Read More

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Stanford Psychologist Who Studies Racial Profiling Wins ‘Genius Grant’

KQED Science | September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stanford Psychologist Who Studies Racial Profiling Wins ‘Genius Grant’

A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation 'genius grants.'

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/fossil-burrows-shed-light-on-great-plains-roots/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fossil-burrows-shed-light-on-great-plains-roots target=_blank >Fossil Burrows Shed Light on Great Plains' Roots</a>

QUEST | September 16, 2014

Fossil Burrows Shed Light on Great Plains' Roots

Shane Tucker holds a fossil gopher tooth (left) next to a modern pocket gopher skull. (Photo credit: Jackie Sojico, QUEST Nebraska) Jesslyn Weiner says the fossil burrows are now a regular part of her tours at Happy Jack Chalk Mine. (Photo credit: Jackie Sojico, QUEST Nebraska) If you drive through central ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/09/15/fire-south-of-yosemite-burns-21-structures-forces-hundreds-to-flee/ target=_blank >Fire South of Yosemite Burns 21 Structures, Forces Hundreds to Flee</a>

News Fix | September 15, 2014

Fire South of Yosemite Burns 21 Structures, Forces Hundreds to Flee

Update, 10:15 a.m. Monday: A few updated numbers on some of the fires burning throughout the state: The King Fire, just north of U.S. 50 near Pollock Pines, is now reported to have burned 3,900 acres and is 10 percent contained. The fire is burning to the north ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/09/12/143100/are_microbes_the_next_frontier?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Are Microbes The Next Frontier?</a>

KQED News | September 12, 2014

Are Microbes The Next Frontier?

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode From Curiosity To Discovery. About Nathan Wolfe's TED Talk Biologist Nathan Wolfe says the unseeable world of microbes is fertile ground for new discoveries. About Nathan Wolfe Dr. Nathan Wolfe Founder and CEO of Metabiota and founder and executive chairman of <a target=_blank rel="nofollow" href="http://www.globalviral.org/" ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/09/12/143097/could_genetics_hold_the_answer_to_curing_autism?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Could Genetics Hold The Answer To Curing Autism?</a>

KQED News | September 12, 2014

Could Genetics Hold The Answer To Curing Autism?

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode From Curiosity To Discovery. About Wendy Chung's TED Talk Geneticist Wendy Chung describes what it's like to chip away at the mysteries of autism, and the excitement of uncovering tiny but critical clues. About Wendy Chung Wendy Chung is the director of clinical research at ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/09/12/143094/how_do_you_build_a_toaster_from_scratch?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >How Do You Build A Toaster ... From Scratch?</a>

KQED News | September 12, 2014

How Do You Build A Toaster ... From Scratch?

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode From Curiosity To Discovery. About Thomas Thwaites' TED Talk Designer Thomas Thwaites explains what compelled him to build a toaster, literally from the ground up. About Thomas Thwaites Designer Thomas Thwaites works on projects that look deeply at the science behind technology, such as ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/09/12/143088/how_far_can_curiosity_take_you?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >How Far Can Curiosity Take You?</a>

KQED News | September 12, 2014

How Far Can Curiosity Take You?

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode From Curiosity To Discovery. About James Cameron's TED Talk As a kid, director James Cameron was fascinated with exploring the world around him — everything from pond water to bugs. Those childhood obsessions led him some of the deepest places underwater. About James Cameron James ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/09/12/143080/scientists_name_swampcreature_fossil_after_mick_jagger?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Scientists Name Swamp-Creature Fossil After Mick Jagger</a>

KQED News | September 12, 2014

Scientists Name Swamp-Creature Fossil After Mick Jagger

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/09/11/143019/crocodile_meets_godzilla_a_swimming_dino_bigger_than_t_rex?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Crocodile Meets Godzilla — A Swimming Dino Bigger Than T. Rex</a>

KQED News | September 11, 2014

Crocodile Meets Godzilla — A Swimming Dino Bigger Than T. Rex

There once was a place on Earth so overrun with giant, meat-eating predators that even a Tyrannosaurus rex would have been nervous. One predator there was even bigger than T. rex, and scientists now say it's apparently the only aquatic dinosaur ever found. The swimming monster is called Spinosaurus aegyptiacus. It ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/09/11/143011/seaworld_hopes_new_orca_habitats_will_stem_a_tide_of_criticism?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >SeaWorld Hopes New Orca Habitats Will Stem A Tide Of Criticism</a>

KQED News | September 11, 2014

SeaWorld Hopes New Orca Habitats Will Stem A Tide Of Criticism

It's been a strong business year for the nation's theme parks, with a notable exception: SeaWorld. The company, which has parks in San Diego, San Antonio and Orlando, Fla., saw its attendance drop in recent months. The company blames that, in part, on fallout from Blackfish, a documentary film that's critical ...Read More

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California Plans Nation’s Most Detailed Sea Level Database

KQED Science | September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

California Plans Nation’s Most Detailed Sea Level Database

To help adapt to the increased flood risks affecting people and property along the coast, the San Francisco Bay and inland waterways, California lawmakers sent a bill to Governor Jerry Brown that would direct the state to compile the nation’s most elaborate sea level rise planning database.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/09/11/143006/fossil_of_jaggermeryx_found_namesake_in_another_stone?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Fossil Of 'Jaggermeryx' Found Namesake In Another Stone</a>

KQED News | September 11, 2014

Fossil Of 'Jaggermeryx' Found Namesake In Another Stone

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/09/11/vaccine-opt-out-rate-doubled-in-7-years-look-up-your-school-online/ target=_blank >California's Vaccine Opt-Out Rate Doubled in 7 Years</a>

State of Health | September 11, 2014

California's Vaccine Opt-Out Rate Doubled in 7 Years

California law requires that children entering kindergarten be fully vaccinated against a range of diseases. But the rate of parents opting out of vaccines for their children has doubled since 2007. Look up information about schools here.

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State of Health | September 10, 2014

By Richard Harris, NPR Ian Glomski thought he was going to make a difference in the fight to protect people from deadly anthrax germs. He had done everything right — attended one top university, landed an assistant professorship at another. But Glomski ran head-on into an unpleasant reality: These days, ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/09/10/142930/illegal_loggers_suspected_in_death_of_peruvian_activist?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Illegal Loggers Suspected In Death Of Peruvian Activist</a>

KQED News | September 10, 2014

Illegal Loggers Suspected In Death Of Peruvian Activist

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/09/10/first-death-reported-from-the-napa-quake/ target=_blank >First Death Reported from the Napa Quake</a>

State of Health | September 10, 2014

First Death Reported from the Napa Quake

The magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck Aug. 24. (Craig Miller/KQED) A 65-year-old woman who suffered a head injury when a television struck her during last month's earthquake in California's wine country has died — the first death attributed to the magnitude-6.0 quake, sheriff's officials said. Laurie Anne Thompson was at her Napa home during ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/09/10/142891/us_gets_middling_marks_on_2014_state_of_birds_report_card?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >U.S. Gets Middling Marks On 2014 'State Of Birds' Report Card</a>

KQED News | September 10, 2014

U.S. Gets Middling Marks On 2014 'State Of Birds' Report Card

All is not well with the nation's birds. The most comprehensive study ever of birds in America is out today, and it says many populations are in steep decline, even as others are doing well. The report, called "The State of the Birds," comes from the federal government, universities and ...Read More

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