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Stanford Scientist Shares Nobel in Chemistry

KQED Science | October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stanford Scientist Shares Nobel in Chemistry

Two Americans and a German will share the Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing a new type of microscopy that allows researchers, for the first time, to see individual molecules inside living cells.

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Computer-Generated Molecular Models Promise Greener Concrete

KQED Science | October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Computer-Generated Molecular Models Promise Greener Concrete

More precisely targeted cement would use less calcium and use less energy to create it. A study at MIT exploring the molecular structure of cement promises substantial energy and greenhouse-gas savings in this crucial technology.

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Dancing with Atoms: Innovative Art Advances Computing and Chemistry

KQED Science | September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Dancing with Atoms: Innovative Art Advances Computing and Chemistry

We humans are naturally enchanted by life at scales smaller than our own. An imaginative art installation can draw you into the sub-microscopic realm with the compelling immersion of a video game.

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A Simple Mineral Has Geochemical Power That Helps Spark Life

KQED Science | August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Simple Mineral Has Geochemical Power That Helps Spark Life

New work shows that the simple mineral sphalerite has geochemical powers suitable for helping life to arise from precursors in the mineral kingdom.

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A Quest for Vegan Cheese That Actually Tastes Like Cheese

KQED Science | July 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

A Quest for Vegan Cheese That Actually Tastes Like Cheese

A team of Bay Area scientists is biohacking baker's yeast, in an effort to produce proteins that are just like milk proteins, only they're aren't from milk.

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Carbon-Tracking Satellite Will Monitor Earth’s ‘Breathing’

KQED Science | June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Carbon-Tracking Satellite Will Monitor Earth’s ‘Breathing’

The data could yield a much more precise picture of how accumulating greenhouse gases will affect the planet.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/06/04/138382/how_a_scientist_of_psychedelics_became_the_godfather_of_ecstasy?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >How A Scientist Of Psychedelics Became The 'Godfather Of Ecstasy'</a>

KQED News | June 4, 2014

How A Scientist Of Psychedelics Became The 'Godfather Of Ecstasy'

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Drought Tech: How Solar Desalination Could Help Parched Farms

KQED Science | May 9, 2014 | 4 Comments

Drought Tech: How Solar Desalination Could Help Parched Farms

While coastal communities debate the merits of desalting seawater as a drought solution, a new approach to desalination could be a boon to farmers far inland.

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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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California Farmers Look to Oil Industry for Water

KQED Science | April 7, 2014 | 13 Comments

California Farmers Look to Oil Industry for Water

As water supplies tighten for California farmers, some are looking to an unlikely new source: a water recycling project in one of the state's oldest oil fields.

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How Corrosive Water off the West Coast Threatens the Food Chain

KQED Science | March 17, 2014 | 14 Comments

How Corrosive Water off the West Coast Threatens the Food Chain

Earlier this year, managers at a hatchery near Vancouver, Canada said they lost three years' worth of scallops -- 10 million animals -- to acidic waters. Ocean acidification is worse off the West Coast than anywhere else in North America.

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California Takes Aim at Toxic Nap Mats, Paint Strippers

KQED Science | March 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

California Takes Aim at Toxic Nap Mats, Paint Strippers

Six years after voters passed the California Green Chemistry Initiative, the state lays out its plan to get toxic products off shelves.

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Why Distant Dust Storms Matter to California Rainfall

KQED Science | March 10, 2014 | 2 Comments

Why Distant Dust Storms Matter to California Rainfall

Scientists are finding that dust storms in Asia and Africa influence how much snow falls in the Sierra Nevada. The research could help make weather forecasting more accurate and improve how California manages its water supply.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201403060900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >BPA-Free Plastics Linked to Adverse Human Health Effects</a>

Forum | March 6, 2014

BPA-Free Plastics Linked to Adverse Human Health Effects

A new investigation by Mother Jones magazine finds that plastics free of the controversial additive bisphenol-A (BPA) may actually be more harmful to humans than those containing it. Meanwhile, scientists continue to debate what doses of the chemical are harmful. We'll discuss the latest news on the controversy over plastics, ...Read More

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Are BPA-Free Plastics Any Safer?

KQED Science | March 5, 2014 | 21 Comments

Are BPA-Free Plastics Any Safer?

Studies have linked the chemical BPA, found in some plastics, to a host of health problems. Now lab tests have found that the chemicals used to replace BPA may be just as harmful.

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Fukushima Radiation on its Way to California, Scientists Say it Poses No Threat

KQED Science | February 24, 2014 | 87 Comments

Fukushima Radiation on its Way to California, Scientists Say it Poses No Threat

Scientists are testing samples and using models to try to zero in on when it will reach the California coast and how much there will be when it does.

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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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Leaky Natural Gas Pipes Are a Bigger Problem Than Previously Thought

KQED Science | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Leaky Natural Gas Pipes Are a Bigger Problem Than Previously Thought

U.S. could make substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by stopping methane leaks from natural gas pipelines, says a new Stanford study.

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Science of Beer: Tapping the Power of Brewer’s Yeast

KQED Science | February 11, 2014 | 3 Comments

Science of Beer: Tapping the Power of Brewer’s Yeast

Whether it’s a lager or ale, sour or bitter, dark or light, most beer has one thing in common: yeast. KQED Science visits a commercial yeast laboratory and a local brewery to reveal how this key ingredient is a major player in both science history and beer production.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/01/23/could-your-driveway-be-poisoning-your-kids/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=could-your-driveway-be-poisoning-your-kids target=_blank >Could your driveway be poisoning your kids?</a>

QUEST | January 23, 2014

Could your driveway be poisoning your kids?

Parking lots coated with coal tar, a gooey black waste product of steel manufacturing, shed the coatings at a high rate. This toxic residue is showing up in dust on nearby apartment surfaces. ...Read More

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