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Molly Samuel

Molly Samuel joined KQED as an intern in 2007, and since then has worked here as a reporter, producer, director and blogger. Before becoming KQED Science’s Multimedia Producer, she was a producer for Climate Watch. Molly has also reported for NPR, KALW and High Country News, and has produced audio stories for The Encyclopedia of Life and the Oakland Museum of California. She was a fellow with the Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism and a journalist-in-residence at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. Molly has a degree in Ancient Greek from Oberlin College and is a co-founder of the record label True Panther Sounds.

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Small Fire at Chevron Refinery Ruled an Accident

KQED Science | August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Small Fire at Chevron Refinery Ruled an Accident

The fire started early in the morning on July 16, and firefighters put it out in about an hour.

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Stanford Professor Is First Woman to Win Math’s Highest Prize

KQED Science | August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stanford Professor Is First Woman to Win Math’s Highest Prize

Maryam Mirzakhani studies geometry and a field called "dynamical systems."

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There’s a New Bird Species in California, Sort Of

KQED Science | August 4, 2014 | 3 Comments

There’s a New Bird Species in California, Sort Of

When is a clapper rail not a clapper rail? Answer: when it's in California, as it turns out.

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Richmond Approves Contentious Chevron Project

KQED Science | July 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

Richmond Approves Contentious Chevron Project

Richmond's city council has given the green light to a controversial refinery project. Chevron's $1 billion upgrade at its Richmond refinery will allow it to refine higher-sulfur crude oil.

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Feds Propose New Safety Rules for Oil Trains

KQED Science | July 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

Feds Propose New Safety Rules for Oil Trains

There have been several fiery oil train derailments in other parts of the country in the past year. The new rules include lower speed limits, better brakes and safer rail cars.

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California Has Little Say Over Oil Train Safety

KQED Science | July 21, 2014 | 3 Comments

California Has Little Say Over Oil Train Safety

The state can't set speed limits on trains. It can't tell railroads to choose less hazardous routes. It can't tell oil companies not to bring trains carrying volatile crude through cities.

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Benicia Extends Public Comment Period on Bay Area Crude-by-Rail

KQED Science | July 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Benicia Extends Public Comment Period on Bay Area Crude-by-Rail

Benicia city officials are giving people more time to comment on a proposal to bring crude oil by rail to Valero’s refinery there.

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Revealed: Routes for Trains Hauling Volatile Crude Oil in California

KQED Science | June 25, 2014 | 2 Comments

Revealed: Routes for Trains Hauling Volatile Crude Oil in California

Trains loaded with volatile Bakken crude pass through or near cities and sensitive environmental areas on a regular basis.

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California’s Not Ready for Influx of Oil Trains, Says Report

KQED Science | June 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

California’s Not Ready for Influx of Oil Trains, Says Report

Crude-by-rail has been a growing concern as an oil boom in North Dakota has meant more and more crude is traveling to refineries by rail. A series of fiery derailments in the past year has focused attention on the need for accident prevention and emergency response preparation.

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Crude-by-Rail: More Information Coming to California

KQED Science | June 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

Crude-by-Rail: More Information Coming to California

Beginning Saturday, railroads must notify states when large shipments of crude oil come through by train. The new rule is in response to safety concerns with crude-by-rail.

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California Wildfires: Training for a Tough Season

KQED Science | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Wildfires: Training for a Tough Season

Seasonal firefighters started training months earlier than usual this year. It may seem like common sense that it's dry out there, but there is a science to knowing how dry, and to knowing when the threat of wildfire is at its worst.

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Fukushima Radiation: None Detected Yet on California Coast

KQED Science | May 7, 2014 | 11 Comments

Fukushima Radiation: None Detected Yet on California Coast

Radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan has not reached the California coastline. Scientists monitoring kelp forests on the West Coast announced their results on Wednesday.

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First Sick California Condor Arrives at Oakland Zoo Hospital

KQED Science | May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

First Sick California Condor Arrives at Oakland Zoo Hospital

A California condor is receiving treatment at the Oakland Zoo for lead poisoning. She's the zoo's first condor patient at their animal hospital.

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Historic Shipwreck in San Francisco Bay Rediscovered

KQED Science | April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Historic Shipwreck in San Francisco Bay Rediscovered

A long-lost 19th century shipwreck on the bottom of San Francisco Bay is again on the map. Scientists recently re-discovered it using sonar.

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SpaceX Launches its Dragon Spacecraft to the International Space Station

KQED Science | April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

SpaceX Launches its Dragon Spacecraft to the International Space Station

SpaceX, a private space company, is trying again on Friday to launch its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. Its first attempt to launch this mission was scratched on Monday because of a helium leak.

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Monday’s SpaceX Launch Cancelled; Next Opportunity is April 18

KQED Science | April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Monday’s SpaceX Launch Cancelled; Next Opportunity is April 18

SpaceX is launching a rocket to the International Space Station this afternoon. The live webcast begins at 12:45 PST and the launch itself is scheduled for 1:58.

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Chevron Tries Again With Richmond Refinery Revamp

KQED Science | April 14, 2014 | 2 Comments

Chevron Tries Again With Richmond Refinery Revamp

Chevron is looking to launch a billion-dollar construction project at its Richmond refinery. It’s a slimmed down version of a project that environmentalists stopped with a lawsuit a few years ago.

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IPCC: Climate Change Is Taking a Toll in California and It’s Going to Get Worse

KQED Science | April 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

IPCC: Climate Change Is Taking a Toll in California and It’s Going to Get Worse

The latest report from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change focuses on impacts from climate change, both current and looming, and recommendations for how to adapt.

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Bay Area Cities and Environmentalists Respond to Crude-By-Rail Boom

KQED Science | March 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

Bay Area Cities and Environmentalists Respond to Crude-By-Rail Boom

More and more crude oil is being transported into California by rail lines, and questions about safety are prompting local governments and environmentalists to take action.

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Stanford Scientists Celebrate Evidence of Universe’s Early Growth

KQED Science | March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stanford Scientists Celebrate Evidence of Universe’s Early Growth

In one of the first tiny fractions of an instant after the Big Bang, the Universe expanded explosively, faster than the speed of light. That exponential expansion of, well, everything, is described by the theory of inflation, which may now be confirmed.

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