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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/05/08/cattle-ranchers-lock-horns-with-almond-investors target=_blank >Cattle Ranchers Lock Horns with Almond Investors</a>

KQED News | May 8, 2015

Cattle Ranchers Lock Horns with Almond Investors

Kathy Smith actually heard the almonds coming before she saw them. “It's 11:30 at night, we are trying to sleep, and those tractors are ripping the land right outside our bedroom,” she recalls. She woke up to find giant patches carved out of the grassy foothills above her house, making way ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/05/08/dna-printing-a-big-boon-to-research-but-some-raise-concerns/ target=_blank >DNA ‘Printing’ a Big Boon to Research, But Some Raise Concerns</a>

KQED Science | May 8, 2015

DNA ‘Printing’ a Big Boon to Research, But Some Raise Concerns

Companies are assembling and churning out tailored stretches of DNA faster and more cheaply than ever before. The tool speeds research into diseases of plants and people. But what about eugenics?

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/science-spotlight-bending-light-with-a-new-kind-of-microscope/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=science-spotlight-bending-light-with-a-new-kind-of-microscope target=_blank >Science Spotlight: Bending Light with a New Kind of Microscope</a>

QUEST | May 7, 2015

Science Spotlight: Bending Light with a New Kind of Microscope

Article by Lauren Farrar Manu Prakash, a bioengineer at Stanford University, has created a fully functional microscope out of waterproof paper that uses teeny-tiny lenses to magnify objects. He calls it a Foldscope. The different parts of the microscope are printed on paper, which the user punches out and folds together. ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/05/07/162371/california_prepares_for_difficult_fire_season_amid_drought?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >California Prepares For Difficult Fire Season Amid Drought</a>

KQED News | May 7, 2015

California Prepares For Difficult Fire Season Amid Drought

Fires are more dangerous when vegetation is dry, and water sources may be more difficult to find.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/05/07/how-these-mobile-apps-are-helping-couples-conceive/ target=_blank >How These Mobile Apps are Helping Couples Conceive</a>

KQED Science | May 7, 2015

How These Mobile Apps are Helping Couples Conceive

Mobile devices are teaching modern women something their ancient counterparts knew thousands of years ago: How to track fertility. This may seem like a niche opportunity, but a sizable chunk of the U.S. population suffers from fertility issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6.7 million women ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/05/07/getting-creative-on-saving-water-tips-from-experts-and-listeners target=_blank >Getting Creative on Saving Water: Tips from Experts and Listeners</a>

KQED News | May 7, 2015

Getting Creative on Saving Water: Tips from Experts and Listeners

California's new statewide water restrictions take effect on June 1. Depending on where you live, your water district could be asked to cut back urban water use by as much as 36 percent compared to usage in 2013. And with maximum fines now set ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/05/06/can-a-smartwatch-help-prevent-a-heart-attack/ target=_blank >Can a Smartwatch Help Prevent a Heart Attack?</a>

KQED Science | May 6, 2015

Can a Smartwatch Help Prevent a Heart Attack?

Can heart rate monitors offer an early warning system for people with serious medical conditions?

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/05/05/a-geneticists-take-on-cheaper-tests-for-breast-and-ovarian-cancer-risk/ target=_blank >A Geneticist’s Take on Cheaper Tests for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk</a>

KQED Science | May 5, 2015

A Geneticist’s Take on Cheaper Tests for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk

Color Genomics is offering an affordable genetic test for breast and ovarian cancer that will make this testing accessible to many more women.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/05/05/162210/baltimore_police_shooting_that_wasnt_illustrates_malleable?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Baltimore Police Shooting That Wasn't 'Illustrates Malleable Nature Of Memories'</a>

KQED News | May 5, 2015

Baltimore Police Shooting That Wasn't 'Illustrates Malleable Nature Of Memories'

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/05/05/162157/blame_cognitive_biases_when_efforts_to_conserve_water_arent?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Blame Cognitive Biases When Efforts To Conserve Water Aren't Effective</a>

KQED News | May 5, 2015

Blame Cognitive Biases When Efforts To Conserve Water Aren't Effective

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/05/04/whooping-cough-vaccine-effectives-fades-and-fast/ target=_blank >Whooping Cough Vaccine Effectives Fades — and Fast</a>

State of Health | May 4, 2015

Whooping Cough Vaccine Effectives Fades — and Fast

Lately, Californians have been focused on a significant measles outbreak that just ended, but in in the last five years, state health officials have declared an epidemic of whooping cough (also known as pertussis) twice — in 2010 and in 2014, when 11,000 people were sickened and ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/05/04/162125/georgia_tech_studies_chickens_emotions_based_on_their_clucks?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Georgia Tech Studies Chickens' Emotions Based On Their Clucks</a>

KQED News | May 4, 2015

Georgia Tech Studies Chickens' Emotions Based On Their Clucks

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/05/04/the-promise-and-potential-pitfalls-of-apples-researchkit/ target=_blank >The Promise and Potential Pitfalls of Apple’s ResearchKit</a>

KQED Science | May 4, 2015

The Promise and Potential Pitfalls of Apple’s ResearchKit

Most of the tech buzz these days has centered on the new Apple Watch — including on the potential for health-related apps. Less attention has been given to Apple's ResearchKit, an open-source mobile software platform released in March. But the medical world is paying attention. “It's designed to let medical ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/05/03/4-0-quake-in-contra-costa-county-shakes-bay-area target=_blank >3.6 Quake in Contra Costa County Shakes Bay Area</a>

KQED News | May 3, 2015

3.6 Quake in Contra Costa County Shakes Bay Area

Temblor is one of five recorded on Concord Fault within an hour Sunday afternoon. ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2015/04/02/air-pressure-activity-its-in-the-bag/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=air-pressure-activity-its-in-the-bag target=_blank >Activity: Air Pressure, It's in the Bag</a>

QUEST | May 2, 2015

Activity: Air Pressure, It's in the Bag

Activity written by Kathryn Danielson and Clea Matson from California Academy of Sciences Air Pressure Activity In this activity, students are asked to create a change in air pressure using a garbage bag and vacuum cleaner, then create an illustration, model or concept map that explains what ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/05/02/161973/a_veteran_scientist_dreams_boldly_of_earth_and_sky?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >A Veteran Scientist Dreams Boldly Of 'Earth And Sky'</a>

KQED News | May 2, 2015

A Veteran Scientist Dreams Boldly Of 'Earth And Sky'

Freeman Dyson is one of the most famous names in science, and sometimes one of the most controversial. Dyson is 91 and was one of the British scientists who helped win World War II. He spent most years since as a professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/05/01/rim-fire-suspect-charges-dropped target=_blank >With Witnesses Dead, Charges Dropped Against Rim Fire Suspect</a>

KQED News | May 1, 2015

With Witnesses Dead, Charges Dropped Against Rim Fire Suspect

FRESNO — Criminal charges were dropped against a bow hunter accused of starting one of California's largest wildfires, a blaze that burned parts of Yosemite National Park, federal prosecutors said Friday. The decision came after two key witnesses unexpectedly died within months of an indictment that was handed down last year ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/05/01/the-doctor-will-video-chat-with-you-now-insurer-covers-virtual-visits/ target=_blank >The Doctor Will Video Chat With You Now: Insurer Covers Virtual Visits</a>

KQED Science | May 1, 2015

The Doctor Will Video Chat With You Now: Insurer Covers Virtual Visits

Medical consultation via video is going mainstream. UnitedHealthcare says it will cover doctors' visits by live video on smartphones, tablets and computers. Will people overuse it and boost costs?

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/05/01/161888/does_reading_harry_potter_have_an_effect_on_your_behavior?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Does Reading Harry Potter Have An Effect On Your Behavior?</a>

KQED News | May 1, 2015

Does Reading Harry Potter Have An Effect On Your Behavior?

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201505010900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Tips for Using Less Water at Home</a>

Forum | May 1, 2015

Tips for Using Less Water at Home

More than two-thirds of California remains in an extreme drought. Gov. Jerry Brown recently announced the state's first-ever mandatory water restrictions. Many of us in the state want to cut back on our water use, but simply aren't sure how. As part of our Drought Watch series, a panel of ...Read More

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