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East Bay Building Demolition to Provide Rare Earthquake Insights

KQED Science | July 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

East Bay Building Demolition to Provide Rare Earthquake Insights

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey are looking for volunteers in the East Bay to help document a powerful seismic event in mid-August, when a 13-story building on the California State University, East Bay campus will come crashing down, making way for a new, seismically stable replacement.

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As World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens, California Looks to End Solar Wars

KQED Science | July 12, 2013 | 41 Comments

As World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens, California Looks to End Solar Wars

After controversy over a threatened species delayed several large solar projects, state officials are trying to broker an agreement between conservation groups and solar companies on a path forward for renewable energy.

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Air Travel: Why that Sardine Can of a Coach Section Could Save You

KQED Science | July 9, 2013 | 1 Comment

Air Travel: Why that Sardine Can of a Coach Section Could Save You

In the "bad roller coaster ride" of an aircraft mishap, that cramped coach seat might just save you.

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Engineers Study the Agility of Birds to Improve Robot Flight

KQED Science | July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Engineers Study the Agility of Birds to Improve Robot Flight

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.

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Career Spotlight: Bioengineer

KQED Science | May 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Career Spotlight: Bioengineer

Tejal Desai is a bioengineering professor at UC San Francisco who is investigating new treatments for diabetes. Using nanotechnology, she is developing a tiny capsule that contains pancreatic cells that produce insulin.

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State Puts $25 Billion Price Tag on Water Tunnel Plan

KQED Science | May 30, 2013 | 2 Comments

State Puts $25 Billion Price Tag on Water Tunnel Plan

Multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects generally aren’t built without an appearance of urgency. The Brown Administration visited the high-tech capital of California to make its case for the $24.54 billion plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2013/05/24/98087/usgs-seeks-earthquake-scanners target=_blank >USGS Seeking New Homes for Earthquake Sensors in East Bay Hills</a>

News Fix | May 25, 2013

USGS Seeking New Homes for Earthquake Sensors in East Bay Hills

Map of area for new seismic monitors (USGS). The U.S. Geological Survey is seeking homes for around 30 new seismic sensors in the East Bay. The sensors help scientists better understand how earthquakes behave, and also contribute to the ongoing … Continue reading

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The Biggest Battery You Haven’t Seen

KQED Science | May 24, 2013 | 4 Comments

The Biggest Battery You Haven’t Seen

This week, PG&E unveiled California’s largest battery project, now storing electrons in San Jose. The project is a pilot for energy storage technology, as electric utilities look for ways to balance increasing amounts of solar and wind energy on the grid.

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201305220850/b target=_blank >Riverside County Cuts Solar Fees; Others May Follow</a>

The California Report | May 22, 2013

Riverside County Cuts Solar Fees; Others May Follow

Solar panels have sprouted up all over the sunny spots of California, but for industrial scale projects, there's no beating desert country -- if the price is right. Developers are cheering a decision by Riverside County officials on Tuesday to slash fees on new projects. Riverside could set a new standard for how local communities do business with big solar. »

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2013/05/21/the-future-of-water/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-future-of-water target=_blank >The Future of Water</a>

QUEST | May 21, 2013

The Future of Water

Freshwater expert Sandra Postel reveals how water is destined to become our most precious resource— and the impact of your personal water footprint. »

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2013/05/20/121058/santa_clara_county_may_mandate_ev_chargers?category=science target=_blank >Santa Clara County May Mandate EV Chargers</a>

KQED News | May 21, 2013

Santa Clara County May Mandate EV Chargers

A proposal before county supervisors would require new and remodeled buildings to be wired for plug-in chargers. »

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Could Rooftop Solar Kill Utilities? California Grapples with Solar’s Success

KQED Science | May 17, 2013 | 9 Comments

Could Rooftop Solar Kill Utilities? California Grapples with Solar’s Success

As increasing numbers of Californians generate their own electricity, they rely less on electric utilities. That’s raising major questions about the future of California’s utilities.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/05/can-a-toy-spark-interest-in-engineering-for-girls/ target=_blank >Can a Toy Spark Interest in Engineering for Girls?</a>

Mindshift | May 17, 2013

Can a Toy Spark Interest in Engineering for Girls?

Katrina Schwartz It’s a common refrain that there aren’t enough women in jobs that require math and science skills like engineering and computer science. Though more programs are cropping up geared towards girls involved in science through camps, rocketry clubs or with more focused courses on STEM subjects, the gender imbalance is still striking. The … Continue reading → »

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2013/05/13/scientist-superheroes-the-us-governments-crisis-science-team/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=scientist-superheroes-the-us-governments-crisis-science-team target=_blank >Scientist Superheroes; The US Government's Crisis Science Team</a>

QUEST | May 13, 2013

Scientist Superheroes; The US Government's Crisis Science Team

If your town were suddenly struck by an earthquake or hurricane, you could count on the arrival of police, firefighters, and medical technicians to aid in the emergency response. As of this past January, the US government has added a new team of responders to this list—scientists. The Strategic Sciences ...

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201305090850/a target=_blank >Caltrans: Bay Bridge Fix May Cost $10 Million, Delay Opening</a>

The California Report | May 9, 2013

Caltrans: Bay Bridge Fix May Cost $10 Million, Delay Opening

Less than four months before the planned opening of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Caltrans is facing big questions about the steel used throughout the massive public works project. The agency released the results of an internal investigation on Wednesday, and officials acknowledged it may cost as much as $10 million to fix the mistake. »

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201305080850/b target=_blank >East Bay Senator: Caltrans Took Unnecessary Risks on Bay Bridge</a>

The California Report | May 8, 2013

East Bay Senator: Caltrans Took Unnecessary Risks on Bay Bridge

On Wednesday, Caltrans is expected to announce its plans on how to deal with some potentially flawed steel components installed in the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Many Californians are asking whether the $6.4 billion bridge will be safe. We spoke with State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, chairman of the Senate's transportation committee. »

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2013/05/06/the-city-of-san-bruno-says-pacific-gas-and-electric-should-pay-2-25-billion-dollars-in-fines-for-the-gas-pipeline-blast-that-killed-8-people-in-2010-and-the-staff-of-the-california-public-utilities/ target=_blank >San Bruno, CPUC Staff Call for $2.25 Billion Fine for PG&E Gas Explosion</a>

News Fix | May 6, 2013

San Bruno, CPUC Staff Call for $2.25 Billion Fine for PG&E Gas Explosion

The city of San Bruno said that Pacific Gas and Electric should pay $2.25 billion in fines for the gas pipeline blast that killed eight people in September 2010.  And the staff of the California Public Utilities Commission agreed.  City officials announced their demands Monday morning outside PG&E headquarters during ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2013/05/03/solar-plane-takes-off-on-historic-cross-country-trip/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=solar-plane-takes-off-on-historic-cross-country-trip target=_blank >Solar plane takes off on historic cross-country trip</a>

QUEST | May 3, 2013

Solar plane takes off on historic cross-country trip

Lighter than an SUV and covered with more than 12,000 solar cells, Solar Impulse, the world's first solar plane that can fly day and night without recharging, launched from Moffett Field this morning in a cross country voyage. The $150million project initiated by co-pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andres Borschberg will ...

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2013/05/08/120178/after_failed_attempts_at_nuclear_fusion_nif_shifts_priorities?category=science target=_blank >After Failed Attempts at Nuclear Fusion, NIF Shifts Priorities</a>

KQED News | May 2, 2013

After Failed Attempts at Nuclear Fusion, NIF Shifts Priorities

After missing a September 20, 2012 deadline to ignite a nuclear fusion reaction -- essentially a tiny sun -- in a laboratory, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Lab are making some changes. The National Ignition Facility (NIF) was designed to provide a means to study the effectiveness of ...

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2013/04/29/biotech-entrepreneurship/ target=_blank >At UC San Francisco, 'Pure' Research Competes With Lure of Biotech Startups</a>

News Fix | April 30, 2013

At UC San Francisco, 'Pure' Research Competes With Lure of Biotech Startups

Matthew Spindler came to UC San Francisco as a doctoral student because he wanted to be a scientist. His plan was to follow a standard academic track: research, publish, teach—and pray for tenure. But after a few classes run by the Entrepreneurship Center at UCSF, he has a ...

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