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How Do These Boats Sail Faster Than the Wind?

KQED Science | September 11, 2013 | 5 Comments

How Do These Boats Sail Faster Than the Wind?

It isn’t magic; it’s just physics. And it’s an idea as simple as rocket science, which in this case really breaks down to what you learned from riding a bike.

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Is Raising Shasta Dam the Best Bet for California’s Water Supply?

KQED Science | August 16, 2013 | 7 Comments

Is Raising Shasta Dam the Best Bet for California’s Water Supply?

Shasta Lake is the largest reservoir in California, and government officials are completing plans to make it even larger by raising the height of the dam. But the expansion has sparked intense debates among local residents, Central Valley farmers, environmentalists, tribal groups and developers.

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Wildlife Officials Consider Killing Barred Owls to Save Spotted Owls

KQED Science | July 24, 2013 | 1 Comment

Wildlife Officials Consider Killing Barred Owls to Save Spotted Owls

Spotted owls have been in decline for decades, mainly due to the logging of their old growth habitat. But even now with protections and programs to help restore them, they're not bouncing back. Scientists say part of the problem is the barred owl.

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Should California’s Biggest Reservoir Be Even Bigger?

KQED Science | July 19, 2013 | 2 Comments

Should California’s Biggest Reservoir Be Even Bigger?

Water planners are exploring the possibility of expanding Shasta Dam, a concrete slab across the Sacramento River that forms California's largest reservoir, Shasta Lake. A $1 billion proposal to raise the dam by as much as 18 and a half feet would expand the reservoir's capacity by 634,000 acre feet, enough to supply more than a million families for a year.

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Can Mammalian Mothers Control the Sex of their Offspring?

KQED Science | July 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Can Mammalian Mothers Control the Sex of their Offspring?

A new study suggests that mammals may be able to determine the gender of their offspring.

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California Simmers as Heat Wave Settles In

KQED Science | July 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

California Simmers as Heat Wave Settles In

Temperatures in parts of the Bay Area topped a hundred degrees Monday, with more hot weather expected this week. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for Northern California effective through July 4th.

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