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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Now that California's legislative session is now over, here's a roundup of the environmental bills that passed -- and a review of some big ones that didn't.
The quest for ever-smaller and faster computers has taken a significant step forward. Engineers at Stanford have developed a process to build computers that use carbon nanotubes instead of silicon.
A lake near Santa Cruz has the highest levels of toxic algae in the state, and some of the highest in the country, according to a new study. The report highlights Pinto Lake, which is in a park just outside of Watsonville.
Studying the "wildlife" of San Francisco's Market Street isn't exactly what you might think. Turns out it's a habitat that seems to attract butterflies and other critters.
A new court order may be the final blow for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company, located within the Point Reyes National Seashore. The oyster farm will not be allowed to continue operating while it awaits an appeal to the decision not to renew its lease.
UC Davis is acquiring a chunk of meteorite that landed in Northern California last year. The meteorite's age makes it rare and valuable. It contains dust from ancient stars that exploded, the same stuff that eventually formed our solar system.
The world's biggest trees are experiencing a growth spurt, and scientists think climate change may be playing a part in it.
Valero wants to start using trains to bring crude oil to its Bay Area refinery. But the project is raising concerns about congestion, safety and air pollution in the East Bay city of Benicia – and the connection it may have to Canada’s controversial tar sands.
Google is testing a project that would bring the internet to people in rural areas and developing nations via high-altitude balloons.
When it comes to protecting people and property from rising sea levels and catastrophic storms, it turns out that Mother Nature can often provide a better solution than an expensive engineering project.
Birds are generally pretty good at flying. They turn corners, land on perches. They zip between branches in a forest. They don't get blown over and fall down when there's a sudden gust of wind. Flying robots, on the other hand, could use some improvement.
The Panoche Valley Solar Farm cleared a hurdle this week. Environmental groups sued to stop the solar project, located near Hollister, but the suit was rejected.
President Obama is introducing a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and support more renewable energy development.
A US Supreme Court ruling issued Thursday has big implications for Bay Area biotech companies and medical researchers, not to mention patients who want genetic testing or gene-based therapies. The Justices ruled that no one has the right to patent natural human genes, but synthetic DNA material can be patented.
A new study suggests climate change could drive nearly 100 native species either to extinction, or to very low numbers, by the end of the century.