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New Technology Allows for Precise Genetic Engineering in Primates

KQED Science | February 24, 2014 | 2 Comments

New Technology Allows for Precise Genetic Engineering in Primates

Scientists can now make precise, specific changes in the DNA of primates using a new technology first identified in bacteria. Not only will this usher in an age where animal models for human diseases are more useful, but it also means that we are very close to being able to do the same thing in people.

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Seven Things to Know About the Sixth Mass Extinction

KQED Science | February 21, 2014 | 3 Comments

Seven Things to Know About the Sixth Mass Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert’s book “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” centers around two premises: that humans are witnessing a very high rate of species extinction and that humans are causing much of it.

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Love’s For the Birds: Global Great Backyard Bird Count Begins Today

KQED Science | February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Love’s For the Birds: Global Great Backyard Bird Count Begins Today

Citizen scientists are helping to track bird species right in their own backyards. Sharol Nelson-Embry of the East Bay Regional Parks District explains how to get in on the largest global bird count this weekend.

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Love is in the Air…And it Smells like Striped Skunks

KQED Science | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Love is in the Air…And it Smells like Striped Skunks

Most people associate February with the scent of roses, but there is another scent that seems to be everywhere this time of year, too. Striped skunks around the Bay Area are on edge due to breeding season, using their foul-smelling spray to communicate to each other and protect themselves as they wander looking for mates.

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Drought Leads to Tough Tradeoffs for California Salmon

KQED Science | February 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

Drought Leads to Tough Tradeoffs for California Salmon

State officials are trying to do damage control to help endangered salmon during the drought, but helping some fish could hurt others.

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Record Drought Could Hurt Water Quality

KQED Science | February 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Record Drought Could Hurt Water Quality

With low water levels in rivers, water quality could suffer, creating toxic algae blooms and causing concerns for water districts.

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Don’t Eat the Dirt on Mars: the Pros and Cons of Perchlorate

KQED Science | February 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Don’t Eat the Dirt on Mars: the Pros and Cons of Perchlorate

To be successful Mars colonists, future astronauts will need to know both the potential hazard and utility of the soil. One unusual compound that has garnered quite a bit of attention is called perchlorate; it has the potential to be both a blessing and a curse for future explorers.

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DNA of 7000-Year-Old Spanish Skeleton Reveals Details About Appearance

KQED Science | February 10, 2014 | 2 Comments

DNA of 7000-Year-Old Spanish Skeleton Reveals Details About Appearance

Scientists have just done something that would have been unimaginable even a few years ago—they have sequenced the entire set of DNA from a 7000 year old Spaniard. And this isn’t all. They have also managed to learn that he was most likely a dark-skinned, blue or green-eyed man who had trouble digesting milk as an adult.

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Protecting the Snowy Plovers Wintering on Urban Beaches

KQED Science | January 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

Protecting the Snowy Plovers Wintering on Urban Beaches

A small flock of snowy plovers have moved to Crown Beach in Alameda this winter. Learn more about why they're threatened from Sharol Nelson-Embry of the East Bay Regional Park District.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/01/30/elephants-and-tigers-beneath-our-feet-qa-with-soil-scientist-diana-wall/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=elephants-and-tigers-beneath-our-feet-qa-with-soil-scientist-diana-wall target=_blank >“Elephants and Tigers” Beneath Our Feet: Q&A with Soil Scientist Diana Wall</a>

QUEST | January 30, 2014

“Elephants and Tigers” Beneath Our Feet: Q&A with Soil Scientist Diana Wall

Find out how biodiversity below ground influences life above ground. ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201401290850/b target=_blank >Stem Cell Agency Puts $40 Million Up For Grabs in Genomic Research Grants</a>

The California Report | January 29, 2014

Stem Cell Agency Puts $40 Million Up For Grabs in Genomic Research Grants

The board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine meets in Berkeley today. It's expected to vote to spend as much as $40 million dollars on genomic research, the study of genes and their relationships. Scientists from across California and beyond have been vying for this major investment, but a ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/01/29/technologies-poised-to-keep-asian-carp-at-bay-slowed-by-challenges/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=technologies-poised-to-keep-asian-carp-at-bay-slowed-by-challenges target=_blank >Technologies Poised to Keep Asian Carp at Bay, Slowed by Challenges</a>

QUEST | January 29, 2014

Technologies Poised to Keep Asian Carp at Bay, Slowed by Challenges

In response to the major threats posed to the Great Lakes by invasive Asian carp, engineers have developed devices to keep them out, but delays in deciding how to implement them might give the fish an edge. ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/01/19/132842/from_ashes_to_ashes_to_diamonds_a_way_to_treasure_the_dead?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >From Ashes To Ashes To Diamonds: A Way To Treasure The Dead</a>

KQED News | January 28, 2014

From Ashes To Ashes To Diamonds: A Way To Treasure The Dead

Turning your loved one's ashes into a diamond is one way to keep them close forever. ...Read More

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New DNA Study Reveals How Criminal Identical Twins Can Be Caught

KQED Science | January 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

New DNA Study Reveals How Criminal Identical Twins Can Be Caught

Six out of every thousand people are estimated to be identical twins. This means that there are a lot of children being fathered by identical twins and that these twins are involved in a good number of crimes too.  And until recently, none could be identified from just their DNA. This has all changed in a new study where scientists were able to reliably use DNA to tell two identical twins from each other.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/01/22/132976/ancient_and_vulnerable_25_percent_of_sharks_and_rays_risk?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Ancient and Vulnerable: 25 Percent of Sharks and Rays Risk Extinction</a>

KQED News | January 22, 2014

Ancient and Vulnerable: 25 Percent of Sharks and Rays Risk Extinction

There are more than a thousand species of sharks and rays in the world, and nearly a quarter of them are threatened with extinction. That means these ancient types of fish are among the most endangered animals in the world.

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New Imaging Method May Help Detect Heart Attack Risk in the Future

KQED Science | January 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

New Imaging Method May Help Detect Heart Attack Risk in the Future

A non-invasive imaging method could help identify and localize artery-clogging plaques that are likely to cause a heart attack. If future studies confirm the initial results, this technique has the potential to fundamentally alter the way we treat heart disease.

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The Mystery of the Missing Monarch Butterflies

KQED Science | January 17, 2014 | 4 Comments

The Mystery of the Missing Monarch Butterflies

Monarch butterfly populations are declining across North America and scientists are concerned. Why are Ardenwood Historic Farm's monarchs missing and where might they have gone?

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As Toxics Regulations Increase, Companies Simply Switch Chemicals

KQED Science | January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

As Toxics Regulations Increase, Companies Simply Switch Chemicals

A UCSF researcher explains how public pressure on makeup manufacturers seems to work, and why it's "common sense" to keep plastic dishware out of the microwave.

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New Fukushima Radiation Study Will Focus on West Coast Kelp Forests

KQED Science | January 15, 2014 | 28 Comments

New Fukushima Radiation Study Will Focus on West Coast Kelp Forests

Researchers are launching a new project to monitor California's kelp forests for radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Scientists will fan out along the California coast to collect kelp and find out if it has absorbed any radiation from the 2011 meltdown.

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Rethinking Normal: An Exploratorium Exhibit Takes on Mental Health

KQED Science | January 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Rethinking Normal: An Exploratorium Exhibit Takes on Mental Health

As scientists struggle to find better ways to diagnose and treat mental disorders, an Exploratorium exhibition, "The Changing Face of What Is Normal," experiments with a new way to encourage people to think about what is normal.

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