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December's rains enabled Californians to finally meet Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent reduction in monthly water consumption, but more restrictions loom as the state adapts to long-term drought conditions.
From KQED Education Do Now: Animal testing in scientific and commercial research has a long and controversial history. When should animals be used for research or industry testing, if ever?
As stream beds run dry and reservoirs shrink under California's historic drought, the state's water reserves face another threat: contamination. Years of lax regulation have allowed oil companies to pump wastewater laced with oil and chemicals into Central Valley aquifers. We discuss the effects of "wastewater injection" on California's dwindling ...Read More
Event Information Natural Frequencies A seismic composition of light and sound. Feb. 3, 2015 Sather Tower (View from Doe Library Upper Terrace) Details and tickets When the bells of Sather Tower on the UC Berkeley campus ring out on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 3, the sound will amplify the ...Read More
On a mountaintop in Chile, excavators have just started work on a construction site. It will soon be home to a powerful new telescope that will have a good shot at finding the mysterious Planet X, if it exists. "Planet X is kind of a catchall name given to any speculation ...Read More
Can you remember, without thinking about it too hard, the last time you saw rain here in the Bay Area? For me, it was Christmas Eve, when it rained just hard enough and long enough to get water running in the Berkeley gutters. Then the sun came out, and it's ...Read More
City of Hope hospital and research center in Duarte is pioneering a new way to treat cancer that involves genetically modifying a patient's own immune system so it can better detect and attack tumors. Clinical trials are still in early stages, but the approach is catching on and could be ...Read More
Nursing student administers flu shot. (queensu/Flickr) By Lauren M. Whaley, CHCF Center for Health Reporting Kids without all their vaccinations are falling through the cracks at schools across California. Over 80 percent of kindergarteners at some Oakland schools entered this year without all of their state-required vaccinations. ...Read More
California's state park system is under "serious stress" according to a new report from the California Parks Forward Commission. The report includes recommendations to tackle the system's biggest challenges, including a severe maintenance backlog and a lack of permanent funding. We discuss the state of California's parks and what can ...Read More
If a glacier cracks and nobody hears it, does it still make a sound? "Oh, they moan and they groan," says Grant Deane, a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. "They crackle and rumble and fizz, and they have all kinds of amazing sounds that they make." Deane is one of ...Read More
By Olivia Allen-Price and Lisa Aliferis Under California law, all kindergarteners must be vaccinated against a range of communicable diseases before they can start school. But California also permits parents to opt-out of vaccines on behalf of their children. The opt-out rate doubled over a seven year period ...Read More
Three years after California state parks were discovered to have mismanaged millions of dollars, a task force issued recommendations for how to manage and fund the state park system.
(Courtesy: Centers for Disease Control) A patient suspected of being infected with the Ebola virus was transferred to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento Thursday morning. the hospital said in a statement. We have no other details about the patient at this time — except that the patient was ...Read More
A magnitude-5.7 earthquake just off the Humboldt County coast rattled parts of far Northern California early Wednesday afternoon. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake shook at 1:08 p.m. PST Wednesday about 40 miles southwest of Eureka. That shake was followed by at least three aftershocks. Lt. Wayne Hanson of ...Read More
Charles Townes, a pioneering physicist who won the Nobel Prize for his role in developing the laser, has died at age 99. UC Berkeley, where Townes was still a professor emeritus, said he died Tuesday in Oakland. In a short video made last year shortly before ...Read More
Last weekend, I marched my husband and two kids around the corner, past bright green lawns to meet Burlingame neighbors. I asked the Argeris family if we could visit after reading an online community thread in which another neighbor posted pictures of his newly installed, 275-gallon rain-collection tank. Nini Argeris responded, ...Read More
Rhett Krawitt, outside a classroom at Reed Elementary, in Tiburon. (Courtesy: Carl Krawitt) Carl Krawitt has watched his son Rhett, now 6, fight leukemia for the last four and a half years. For more than three of those years, Rhett has undergone round after round of chemotherapy. Last year, he finished ...Read More
Ultrasound is often used for prenatal screening. It's just one of several prenatal screenings available to pregnant women. (Getty Images) By Nell Greenfield-Boyce, NPR When Amy Seitz got pregnant with her second child last year, she knew that being 35 years old meant there was an increased chance of ...Read More
There is a common belief that requiring the use of "politically correct" language in the workplace stifles creativity. Michelle Duguid, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, tells NPR's Arun Rath that, intuitively, that assumption makes sense. "People should be able to freely think, throw any crazy ideas, and any constraint ...Read More
A dose of measles, mumps, rubella vaccine, known commonly as MMR. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) By Amanda Stupi An outbreak of measles and a new report that identified clusters of vaccine refusals in Northern California have become this week's hot topics. As such, KQED's daily talk show <a target=_blank rel="nofollow" href="http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201501230900" ...Read More