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A ‘Squid Bloom’ in Monterey Bay Is Good News for Local Fishermen

KQED Science | June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

A ‘Squid Bloom’ in Monterey Bay Is Good News for Local Fishermen

Squid fishermen in and around Monterey Bay are experiencing early success this season with California market squid, which may be a result of a couple happy accidents.

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Stanford Sleep Researcher Mourns the Loss of Narcoleptic Dog

KQED Science | June 17, 2014 | 3 Comments

Stanford Sleep Researcher Mourns the Loss of Narcoleptic Dog

Bear, the narcoleptic dog who stole the heart of a Stanford specialist in the disease, has died.

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Stanford Scientists Solve Small Part of Genetic Mystery Behind Blonde Hair

KQED Science | June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stanford Scientists Solve Small Part of Genetic Mystery Behind Blonde Hair

A surprisingly large number of DNA regions are involved in hair color. Stanford scientists have solved how one of these can lead to blonde hair.

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California Drought Dries Up Honey Supply

KQED Science | June 16, 2014 | 4 Comments

California Drought Dries Up Honey Supply

Mountain meadows that would normally be covered with wildflowers have nothing to offer the bees this year, as the flowers lie dormant in the drought. Beekeepers are looking at drastically reduced production, and in some cases are just trying to keep their bees alive.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/06/12/138781/maybe_dinosaurs_were_a_coldblooded_warmblooded_mix?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Maybe Dinosaurs Were A Cold-Blooded, Warm-Blooded Mix</a>

KQED News | June 12, 2014

Maybe Dinosaurs Were A Cold-Blooded, Warm-Blooded Mix

Most animals are either cold-blooded or warm-blooded. But once upon a time, the Earth's dominant animals may have been a bit of both.

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Fossils Unearthed During Calaveras Dam Work near Sunol Regional Park

KQED Science | June 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

Fossils Unearthed During Calaveras Dam Work near Sunol Regional Park

The Calaveras Dam Replacement Project has brought ancient fossils to light.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/06/04/138387/an_underwater_race_to_transplant_miamis_rare_corals?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >An Underwater Race To Transplant Miami's Rare Corals</a>

KQED News | June 4, 2014

An Underwater Race To Transplant Miami's Rare Corals

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California to Protect Gray Wolves as Endangered Species

KQED Science | June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

California to Protect Gray Wolves as Endangered Species

Though there are no wild wolves in California, state officials, expecting them to get here eventually, voted to protect them.

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Brown Pelican Population Plunges in California

KQED Science | June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Brown Pelican Population Plunges in California

California brown pelicans, which were driven to the brink of extinction in the last century, are in trouble again. The reason for the decline could range from food supply shifts to changes in water temperature.

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Comb Jelly DNA Studies Are Changing How Scientists Think Animals Evolved

KQED Science | June 2, 2014 | 5 Comments

Comb Jelly DNA Studies Are Changing How Scientists Think Animals Evolved

Comb jellies are these beautiful, otherworldly creatures that sparkle gently in the sea. And now, if a study in the journal Science and another one in the journal Nature hold up, they may not be so gentle on evolution or the tree of life. These “aliens of the sea” are fundamentally changing how we think about both.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/05/29/138241/scientists_find_africas_longest_migration_zebras_350mile_trek?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Scientists Find Africa's Longest Migration: Zebras' 350-Mile Trek</a>

KQED News | May 29, 2014

Scientists Find Africa's Longest Migration: Zebras' 350-Mile Trek

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/05/27/138177/hybrid_trout_threaten_montanas_native_cutthroats?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Hybrid Trout Threaten Montana's Native Cutthroats</a>

KQED News | May 27, 2014

Hybrid Trout Threaten Montana's Native Cutthroats

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/05/27/sweet-and-deadly-bat-borne-virus-brews-in-bangladeshs-date-palm-pots/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sweet-and-deadly-bat-borne-virus-brews-in-bangladeshs-date-palm-pots target=_blank >Sweet and Deadly: Bat-Borne Virus Brews in Bangladesh’s Date Palm Pots</a>

QUEST | May 27, 2014

Sweet and Deadly: Bat-Borne Virus Brews in Bangladesh’s Date Palm Pots

Deforestation and increased interactions between humans and wildlife are implicated in the spread of the Nipah virus. ...Read More

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DNA 2.0: Adding Two Letters to Life’s Alphabet

KQED Science | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

DNA 2.0: Adding Two Letters to Life’s Alphabet

For the last few billion years, all life has used just four letters to spell out its instructions. Now a group in San Diego has added two new letters.

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For San Francisco Bone Collector, Skulls Are a Lifelong Love Affair

KQED Science | May 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

For San Francisco Bone Collector, Skulls Are a Lifelong Love Affair

San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences opens a skull exhibit this week, featuring the work of Ray Bandar, a man who has devoted 60 years to cleaning the skulls and bones of some of California's most beloved animals.

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Local and Migratory Birds Mingle in the Bay Area During Spring

KQED Science | May 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Local and Migratory Birds Mingle in the Bay Area During Spring

The beginning of May is a wonderful time to go bird watching in the Bay Area, with lingering winter birds, neotropical migrants and local species all in the same region for a brief time.

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Surprising Amount of Neanderthal DNA Still Evident in Modern European and Asian Populations

KQED Science | May 5, 2014 | 9 Comments

Surprising Amount of Neanderthal DNA Still Evident in Modern European and Asian Populations

Neanderthals may be extinct but at least 20-40% of their DNA lives on in modern Europeans and Asians because of interbreeding. Neanderthal DNA survives because it gave useful traits to the ancestors of Europeans and Asians.

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Consumer Gene Tests Face Uncertain Future

KQED Science | May 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

Consumer Gene Tests Face Uncertain Future

Personal genetics companies that offer health insights are working to satisfy federal regulators and keep up with changing science.

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Hikers Use Smartphones to Capture Fire Recovery on Mt. Diablo

KQED Science | April 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

Hikers Use Smartphones to Capture Fire Recovery on Mt. Diablo

A citizen science group is asking hikers to use their smartphones help study how Mt. Diablo State Park is recovering from last year's Morgan Fire.

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Scientists Have Engineered a Version of Bird Flu That Can Spread Between Mammals

KQED Science | April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Scientists Have Engineered a Version of Bird Flu That Can Spread Between Mammals

Scientists were able to engineer a version of the bird flu that can spread between mammals, the first step towards turning this virus into a pandemic. This research is controversial as it has created something that is potentially dangerous.

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