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49ers Tackle Sustainability With New Green Stadium

KQED Science | December 23, 2013 | 5 Comments

49ers Tackle Sustainability With New Green Stadium

49ers fans may miss the cold weather at Candlestick Park, but can look forward to solar panels, bicycle parking and grass watered with recycled water. Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara is being touted as the greenest stadium in the NFL.

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Money, Environmental Concerns Could Sink Governor’s Delta Water Plan

KQED Science | December 13, 2013 | 1 Comment

Money, Environmental Concerns Could Sink Governor’s Delta Water Plan

Governor Jerry Brown's Bay Delta Conservation Plan is now open for public comment. State officials say the water supply for 25 million Californians from the Bay Area to San Diego is at stake, as is the health of the largest estuary on the West Coast. But before it can move forward, the project needs money and buy-in from wary water district managers and skeptical federal regulators.

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With California’s Water Future at Stake, Delta Plan Inches Ahead

KQED Science | December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

With California’s Water Future at Stake, Delta Plan Inches Ahead

California's $25 billion fix for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta depends on making wildlife groups and water users happy. With the latest release of the state's plan, it's looking harder to do both.

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Memo to Bay Area Sea Rise Planners: Situation Serious But Not Hopeless

KQED Science | December 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Memo to Bay Area Sea Rise Planners: Situation Serious But Not Hopeless

San Mateo County faces up to its high-water future--and gets some tips from one of climate adaptation's go-to guys.

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Activists Take Aim at Bay Area Crude Oil Projects

KQED Science | December 4, 2013 | 1 Comment

Activists Take Aim at Bay Area Crude Oil Projects

Local activists are sounding an alarm over four proposed crude oil projects in the Bay Area. They say they're concerned about the health and environmental implications of the developments.

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Mad About Mud: Debate Heats up Over Waste From Oil & Gas Wells

KQED Science | December 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mad About Mud: Debate Heats up Over Waste From Oil & Gas Wells

Drilling mud is the slick concoction used to cool and lubricate a drill bit, and it’s used for all kinds of wells, including oil and gas. Environmental groups are turning their attention to drilling mud, which is currently exempted from water monitoring.

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200 Geeks, 24 Hours: Science Hack Day in San Francisco

KQED Science | December 3, 2013 | 1 Comment

200 Geeks, 24 Hours: Science Hack Day in San Francisco

What happens when you fill up a giant space with over 200 eager science fans from around the Bay Area for a weekend? You get Science Hack Day San Francisco, a two-day event where a diverse group of "hackers" -- from developers and designers to scientists and students -- works side-by-side to see what they can quickly create within 24 consecutive hours.

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Rolling Out a ‘Clean Diesel’ Locomotive

KQED Science | November 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

Rolling Out a ‘Clean Diesel’ Locomotive

"Clean diesel" cars are now common on the highways. A new locomotive now takes that concept to the rails--with a few other bells and whistles.

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Silicon Valley VC’s Take on Successful Space Startups

KQED Science | November 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Silicon Valley VC’s Take on Successful Space Startups

Steve Jurvetson is a leading Silicon Valley venture capitalist and a board member of rocket maker and launch services company, SpaceX. He shares what it takes to launch a successful start-up in the high-stakes space industry.

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What Does a Federal Safety Investigation Mean for Tesla?

KQED Science | November 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

What Does a Federal Safety Investigation Mean for Tesla?

Tuesday morning, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it would investigate two incidents in which Tesla Model S sedans caught fire. Both times the cars hit debris on a highway and the undercarriage and batteries were damaged.

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Silicon Valley Goes to Space

KQED Science | November 18, 2013 | 8 Comments

Silicon Valley Goes to Space

Commercial space ventures are taking off and opening up space like never before. With its culture of risk and game-changing startups, Silicon Valley is playing a starring role in many of these new space companies. But risks and costs emerge with the increasing privatization of space.

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Creepy Cat Eyes Inspire Road Markers (And Other Unexpectedly Interesting Inventions)

KQED Science | November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Creepy Cat Eyes Inspire Road Markers (And Other Unexpectedly Interesting Inventions)

Nature's inventiveness often inspires human innovation, as in the well-known case of Velcro. Learn about other inventions featured in "Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things," an exhibit currently on display at the San Jose Museum of Art.

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Silicon Valley in Race for Battery Breakthrough

KQED Science | November 1, 2013 | 4 Comments

Silicon Valley in Race for Battery Breakthrough

The global battery race is on and the Bay Area is in it to win.

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How to Fly a Model Helicopter With Your Brain and Other Adventures in EEG Gaming

KQED Science | October 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

How to Fly a Model Helicopter With Your Brain and Other Adventures in EEG Gaming

In recent years EEGs, devices that measure brain waves, have gotten easier to use and much less expensive. They used to be mainly for scientific and medical research, but now developers are coming up with ways to harness them for fun.

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California Joins Eight-State Roadmap To More Electric Cars

KQED Science | October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

California Joins Eight-State Roadmap To More Electric Cars

The eight states that account for about a quarter of the U.S. car market band together to get more electric cars and other "ZEVs" on the road.

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Inside the New Tunnel 100 Feet Below San Francisco Bay

KQED Science | October 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Inside the New Tunnel 100 Feet Below San Francisco Bay

The $286 million tunnel is the first ever to cross under the Bay, and -- once it comes online in 2015 -- will carry 300 million gallons of water a day from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir to San Francisco and Peninsula residents.

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NASA’s ‘Mohawk Guy’ on the Search for Signs of Life on Mars

KQED Science | October 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

NASA’s ‘Mohawk Guy’ on the Search for Signs of Life on Mars

NASA's "Engineer with a Mohawk" has become a pop culture phenom (62,000 Twitter followers isn't too shabby). But under that comb beats the heart of a true explorer, as we found when he dropped by for a visit.

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New Rules for Lake Tahoe Development Give Locals More Leverage

KQED Science | October 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

New Rules for Lake Tahoe Development Give Locals More Leverage

California governor Jerry Brown signed legislation over the weekend that reaffirms the state’s commitment to working with Nevada to preserve Lake Tahoe.

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A Squid’s Switchable Cells Offer Key to Camouflage

KQED Science | October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

A Squid’s Switchable Cells Offer Key to Camouflage

New research shows that market squid may have something to offer the engineering sector: skin cells that can switch between transparent and white. Humans could use these cells to develop new bio-inspired materials; squid probably use them for cross-dressing.

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Carbon Nanotube Computer Paves Way for Faster, Smaller Tech

KQED Science | September 26, 2013 | 1 Comment

Carbon Nanotube Computer Paves Way for Faster, Smaller Tech

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.

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