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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/05/144772/dolphins_adorable_playful_not_as_smart_as_you_might_think?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Dolphins: Adorable, Playful, Not As Smart As You Might Think</a>

KQED News | October 5, 2014

Dolphins: Adorable, Playful, Not As Smart As You Might Think

Everyone loves dolphins. They're adorable, playful and super-intelligent, often called the geniuses of the ocean. But recently some researchers have begun to question that last notion. When it comes to brainpower, dolphins might not be as special as you think. In a recent piece for New Scientist, Caroline Williams rounds up ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/09/18/king-fire-pictures-el-dorado-county-pollock-pines/ target=_blank >Images of the King Fire: Beautiful — at a Distance</a>

KQED News | October 5, 2014

Images of the King Fire: Beautiful — at a Distance

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/05/144728/the_worlds_largest_cave_chamber_rises_1000_feet?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >The World's Largest Cave Chamber Rises 1,000 Feet</a>

KQED News | October 5, 2014

The World's Largest Cave Chamber Rises 1,000 Feet

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/10/02/court-upholds-water-releases-for-salmon-on-north-state-rivers/ target=_blank >Court Upholds Water Releases for Salmon on North State Rivers</a>

KQED News | October 2, 2014

Court Upholds Water Releases for Salmon on North State Rivers

A federal judge in Fresno has ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation did not violate the law when it made special reservoir releases last year to help salmon in Northern California's Klamath River survive the drought rather than save the water for farms. But U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/10/01/how-do-we-prioritize-protecting-species-in-the-face-of-climate-change/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-do-we-prioritize-protecting-species-in-the-face-of-climate-change target=_blank >How Do We Prioritize Protecting Species in the Face of Climate Change?</a>

QUEST | October 2, 2014

How Do We Prioritize Protecting Species in the Face of Climate Change?

Source: DoNow Science Tags: Climate, climate change, Environment, featured, full-image ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/09/25/are-consumers-or-corporations-responsible-for-reducing-carbon-emissions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=are-consumers-or-corporations-responsible-for-reducing-carbon-emissions target=_blank >Are Consumers or Corporations Responsible for Reducing Carbon Emissions?</a>

QUEST | October 2, 2014

Are Consumers or Corporations Responsible for Reducing Carbon Emissions?

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/09/24/jerry-brown-on-carbons-dark-shadow-of-toxicity-at-climate-summit/ target=_blank >Jerry Brown on Carbon’s ‘Dark Shadow of Toxicity’ at Climate Summit</a>

KQED News | October 2, 2014

Jerry Brown on Carbon’s ‘Dark Shadow of Toxicity’ at Climate Summit

Gov. Jerry Brown (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) Speaking at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown said California is ahead of the pack when it comes to lowering greenhouse gases. At the U.N. Private Sector Forum, Brown cited laws requiring more alternative energy sources, more electric vehicles and better ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/09/23/how-do-you-know-what-90000-acres-look-like/ target=_blank >How Do You Say How Big a Really Big Fire Is?</a>

KQED News | October 2, 2014

How Do You Say How Big a Really Big Fire Is?

A California Highway Patrol photo of the King Fire, which spread rapidly north of U.S. 50 near Pollock Pines earlier this month. Here's an ongoing debate in our newsroom as we move into autumn and what is often the climax to our fire season: What's the best way to describe the ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/09/22/brown-bay-area-activists-in-nyc-for-u-n-climate-summit/ target=_blank >Brown, Bay Area Activists in NYC for U.N. Climate Summit</a>

KQED News | October 2, 2014

Brown, Bay Area Activists in NYC for U.N. Climate Summit

By Isaac Silk People protest for greater action against climate change during the People's Climate March on Sept. 21, 2014 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Hundreds of thousands of climate change protesters, including a large delegation of Californians, descended on New York this past weekend ahead of the United Nations ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/09/22/glacier-breaks-sends-mudslide-down-mount-shasta/ target=_blank >Glacier Breaks, Sends Mudslide Down Mount Shasta</a>

KQED News | October 2, 2014

Glacier Breaks, Sends Mudslide Down Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta as it appeared on a hazy day in late August 2014. (Dan Brekke/KQED) MOUNT SHASTA, Siskiyou County — U.S. Forest Service crews on Mount Shasta were dealing Monday with mud flowing from a melting glacier that covered two roads and a bridge in muck, logs and rocks and forced ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/09/30/brown-signs-statewide-ban-on-plastic-bags/ target=_blank >Brown Signs Statewide Ban on Plastic Bags</a>

KQED News | October 2, 2014

Brown Signs Statewide Ban on Plastic Bags

Fenit Nirappil Associated Press Shoppers in San Franicsco's Chinatown with plastic bags. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images) SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/09/18/images-of-the-king-fire-beautiful-at-a-distance/ target=_blank >Images of the King Fire: Beautiful — at a Distance</a>

KQED News | October 2, 2014

Images of the King Fire: Beautiful — at a Distance

[View the story "The King Fire in Pictures" on Storify] ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/09/29/king-fire-in-el-dorado-county-explodes-in-size/ target=_blank >King Fire Update: Rain Tames Blaze Even as Warm, Dry Weather Returns</a>

KQED News | October 2, 2014

King Fire Update: Rain Tames Blaze Even as Warm, Dry Weather Returns

A member of the Lone Peak Hotshots, a Utah fire crew, patrols the line on the King Fire. (Lone Peak Hotshots via Twitter) Update, 4:15 p.m. Monday (Sept. 29): Fire officials say that the King Fire will kick up a little this week as warm, dry weather returns to the ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/09/18/california-groundwater-court-case-could-speed-up-regulation/ target=_blank >California Groundwater: Court Case Could Speed Up Regulation</a>

KQED News | October 2, 2014

California Groundwater: Court Case Could Speed Up Regulation

By Daniel Potter The Scott River's flow depends on snow melting off the nearby mountains, but the last few winters haven't delivered. In places, the river disappears underground. (Daniel Potter/KQED) California's Supreme Court is being pressed to take up a case that could dramatically alter oversight for groundwater, building on a landmark ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/09/26/california-wildfire-portrait-at-the-heart-of-northern-californias-happy-camp-fire/ target=_blank >California Wildfire Portrait: At the Heart of the Happy Camp Fire</a>

KQED News | October 2, 2014

California Wildfire Portrait: At the Heart of the Happy Camp Fire

A feller — a firefighter whose particular expertise is felling trees that need to be cleared to create firebreaks — on the line of the Happy Camp Fire. (Kari Greer) Little noticed in the rest of California on Aug. 12, lightning strikes ignited several fires in the mountains along the Klamath ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/09/24/judge-rules-for-public-access-to-martins-beach-doesnt-fine-developer/ target=_blank >Judge Rules for Public Access to Martins Beach, Doesn’t Fine Owner</a>

KQED News | October 2, 2014

Judge Rules for Public Access to Martins Beach, Doesn’t Fine Owner

Pelican Rock marks the north end of Martins Beach on the San Mateo County coast. (Amy Standen/KQED) A San Mateo County Superior Court judge ruled today in favor of the Surfrider Foundation, the plaintiff in the protracted legal fight over access to Martins Beach, just south of Half Moon Bay. Judge Barbara ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/10/02/why-advocates-say-browns-veto-of-livestock-antibiotics-bill-is-a-good-thing/ target=_blank >Why Advocates Say Brown’s Veto of Livestock-Antibiotics Bill is a Good Thing</a>

State of Health | October 2, 2014

Why Advocates Say Brown’s Veto of Livestock-Antibiotics Bill is a Good Thing

(iStock/Getty Images) By Joe Rubin Senate Bill 835 was crafted as a measure aimed at limiting antibiotic use in livestock. To those concerned about the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, it might seem surprising that Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the bill earlier this week. Yet advocates believe that in ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/10/02/glowing-plants-city-streets-lit-by-trees/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=glowing-plants-city-streets-lit-by-trees target=_blank >City Streets Could Someday Be Lit by Glowing Trees</a>

QUEST | October 2, 2014

City Streets Could Someday Be Lit by Glowing Trees

San Francisco-based Glowing Plants hopes to engineer trees that can light city streets. For now, the team is working with smaller plants. (Lindsey Hoshaw/KQED) In the basement of a startup lab in San Francisco, scientist Kyle Taylor stands in a dark, windowless room. “I kind of like to have a big ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/02/144538/soil_doctors_hit_pay_dirt_in_manhattans_central_park?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Soil Doctors Hit Pay Dirt In Manhattan's Central Park</a>

KQED News | October 2, 2014

Soil Doctors Hit Pay Dirt In Manhattan's Central Park

Manhattan's Central Park is surrounded by one of the densest cities on the planet. It's green enough, yet hardly the first place most people would think of as biologically rich. But a team of scientists gt a big surprise when they recently started digging there. They were ten soil ecologists — aka ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/01/144498/when_can_a_big_storm_or_drought_be_blamed_on_climate_change?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >When Can A Big Storm Or Drought Be Blamed On Climate Change?</a>

KQED News | October 1, 2014

When Can A Big Storm Or Drought Be Blamed On Climate Change?

Nowadays, when there's a killer heat wave or serious drought somewhere, people wonder: Is this climate change at work? It's a question scientists have struggled with for years. And now there's a new field of research that's providing some answers. It's called "attribution science"-- a set of principles that allows ...Read More

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