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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/01/07/tidal-waters-in-san-pablo-national-wildlife-refuge-back-after-more-than-century/ target=_blank >Tidal Waters in San Pablo National Wildlife Refuge Back After More than a Century</a>

KQED News | January 7, 2015

Tidal Waters in San Pablo National Wildlife Refuge Back After More than a Century

As an eager crowd of conservationists gathers to watch an excavator scoop out the final portion of the old levee at the historic Cullinan Ranch, located at the north end of San Pablo Bay, it seems even Mother Nature can't wait.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/napa-wineries-face-global-warming/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=napa-wineries-face-global-warming target=_blank >Pinot Noir Growth Quadruples, But Could Come up Against Warming</a>

QUEST | January 6, 2015

Pinot Noir Growth Quadruples, But Could Come up Against Warming

As revelers uncorked wine bottles to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year, more of them were celebrating with a glass of California-grown Pinot Noir than a decade ago. But the growing market for this complex, subtle wine could soon run up against climate conditions that make ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/01/05/an-annotated-guide-to-jerry-browns-state-of-the-state-address target=_blank >An Annotated Guide to Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address</a>

KQED News | January 5, 2015

An Annotated Guide to Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address

Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his inaugural address this morning, signaling initiatives for the upcoming legislative year. During the address he outlined his vision for the state on a number of topics, including education, health care, the environment and the economy.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/01/03/153034/trading_pompoms_for_field_boots_mireya_mayors_big_break?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Trading Pom-Poms for Field Boots: Mireya Mayor's Big Break</a>

KQED News | January 3, 2015

Trading Pom-Poms for Field Boots: Mireya Mayor's Big Break

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers. Mireya Mayor's life plays out like an adventure film.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/01/01/152906/these_froggies_went_a_courtin_and_gave_birth_to_live_tadpoles?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >These Froggies Went a Courtin' and Gave Birth to Live Tadpoles</a>

KQED News | January 1, 2015

These Froggies Went a Courtin' and Gave Birth to Live Tadpoles

When Jim McGuire and some colleagues recently cut open a frog that they'd collected and euthanized on an Indonesian island, they got quite a shock.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/12/30/how-much-alcohol-causes-a-hangover-2/ target=_blank >How Much Alcohol Causes a Hangover?</a>

State of Health | December 30, 2014

How Much Alcohol Causes a Hangover?

Medically, the condition is called “veisalgia” — from the Norwegian kveis or “uneasiness following debauchery,” and the Greek algia, otherwise known as “pain.” But you probably just call it a hangover.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/why-i-do-science-kandis-elliot/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-i-do-science-kandis-elliot target=_blank >Why I Do Science: Kandis Elliot</a>

QUEST | December 30, 2014

Why I Do Science: Kandis Elliot

Kandis Elliot didn't think she'd make art her profession. Learn why she decided to become a botanical artist and the inspiration behind her work.

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Washington State Offers Ambitious Cap-and-Trade Plan

KQED Science | December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Washington State Offers Ambitious Cap-and-Trade Plan

By John Upton Climate Central If Washington’s governor gets his legislative holiday wish, the Evergreen State in 18 months will launch one of the world’s most sophisticated and all-encompassing climate-pollution pricing programs. Draft legislation released last week by the office of Gov. Jay Inslee (D) would — if sufficient support can be mustered from state lawmakers […]

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/12/intro-college-science-classes-that-enable-instead-of-weed/ target=_blank >Intro College Science Classes that Enable Instead of Weed</a>

Mindshift | December 29, 2014

Intro College Science Classes that Enable Instead of Weed

Introductory science and math courses at four-year universities serve several purposes, one of which is to act as gatekeepers to STEM majors.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/29/152661/playlist_stories_that_will_spark_your_imagination?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Playlist: Stories That Will Spark Your Imagination</a>

KQED News | December 29, 2014

Playlist: Stories That Will Spark Your Imagination

In this playlist, stories about the curious nature of spaghetti, the power of quiet minds, and a quest to build a toaster from scratch. These TED Radio Hour stories will make you curious and maybe even ignite some creative ideas of your own.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/28/152616/scientists_discover_that_drunk_birds_sing_like_drunks?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Scientists Discover That Drunk Birds Sing Like Drunks</a>

KQED News | December 28, 2014

Scientists Discover That Drunk Birds Sing Like Drunks

If you've ever listened to karaoke at a bar, you know that drinking can affect how well someone can sing. Christopher Olson and his colleagues at Oregon Health and Science University recently set out to find if the same was true for birds, specifically zebra finches. "We just showed up in ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/27/152585/an_aspiring_martian_continues_to_pursue_the_red_planet?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >An Aspiring Martian Continues to Pursue the Red Planet</a>

KQED News | December 27, 2014

An Aspiring Martian Continues to Pursue the Red Planet

Lt. Heidi Beemer has dreamed of going to Mars since she was 8 years old. She's carefully planned her life, from her education to her career, with a goal of getting to the red planet.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/26/152512/recordings_that_made_waves_the_songs_that_saved_the_whales?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Recordings That Made Waves: The Songs That Saved the Whales</a>

KQED News | December 26, 2014

Recordings That Made Waves: The Songs That Saved the Whales

In the mid-20th century, whale populations were dwindling. More than 50,000 whales were killed each year by commercial whalers. But then in the 1960s, a song — or rather, many songs — sparked a movement.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/scary-tsunamis-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=scary-tsunamis-2 target=_blank >Scary Tsunamis</a>

QUEST | December 26, 2014

Scary Tsunamis

Ten years ago this week, a massive earthquake in the Indian Ocean off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and other countries.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/23/152359/a_vanished_jetliner_still_haunts_families_of_the_missing?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >A Vanished Jetliner Still Haunts Families Of The Missing</a>

KQED News | December 23, 2014

A Vanished Jetliner Still Haunts Families Of The Missing

In the first months after her partner disappeared, says Sarah Bajc, she still felt his presence. "For a long time I felt him with me — I mean really physically felt him with me," she says. "I feel that less frequently now." Bajc's partner, Philip Wood, was one of 239 people ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/23/152354/could_glitter_help_solve_nasas_giant_telescope_problem?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Could Glitter Help Solve NASA's Giant Telescope Problem?</a>

KQED News | December 23, 2014

Could Glitter Help Solve NASA's Giant Telescope Problem?

NASA is building a new space telescope with astounding capabilities. The James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in 2018, will replace the aging Hubble space telescope and will provide unprecedented views of the first galaxies to form in the early universe. It might even offer the first clear ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/22/federal-appeals-ruling-upholds-protections-for-central-valley-salmon target=_blank >Federal Appeals Ruling Upholds Protections for Central Valley Salmon</a>

KQED News | December 22, 2014

Federal Appeals Ruling Upholds Protections for Central Valley Salmon

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has upheld measures imposed by federal agencies to protect salmon and steelhead that migrate through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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A Thirsty Town Debates Need for New Source of Water

KQED Science | December 22, 2014 | 3 Comments

A Thirsty Town Debates Need for New Source of Water

The central coast town of Cambria faced running out of water this year. This week, the town launches its new emergency water source, but some in the community believe a fight to shut it down is only just beginning.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/20/152152/a_snail_so_hardcore_its_named_after_a_punk_rocker?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After a Punk Rocker</a>

KQED News | December 20, 2014

A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After a Punk Rocker

Shannon Johnson, a researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, found that when she talked to youngsters about sea snails, she communicated a little more effectively if she skipped the technical description and called them "punk-rock snails."

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/19/152063/playlist_science?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Playlist: Science!</a>

KQED News | December 19, 2014

Playlist: Science!

Break out the chemistry set and safety goggles. From monkeys to microbes, TED speakers in this playlist illuminate different realms of the scientific world.

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