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Why the Next Rainstorm Might Make a Bigger Dent in the Drought

KQED Science | February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Why the Next Rainstorm Might Make a Bigger Dent in the Drought

Soils may be better primed for the next big downpour.

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New Trove of Canadian Fossils Expands Knowledge of Cambrian Explosion

KQED Science | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

New Trove of Canadian Fossils Expands Knowledge of Cambrian Explosion

A new trove of soft-body fossils promises to expand the range of time and life-forms available to science as we explore the Cambrian Explosion of a half-billion years ago.

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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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Could We Find Tomorrow’s Water Supply Under the Ocean?

KQED Science | February 6, 2014 | 3 Comments

Could We Find Tomorrow’s Water Supply Under the Ocean?

We've thought about drilling offshore for oil and gas long before we thought about finding fresh water there. A recent review paper in Nature has brought the topic of offshore fresh groundwater to wider visibility.

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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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Co-Existing with the Dynamics of California’s Changing Coastline

KQED Science | January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Co-Existing with the Dynamics of California’s Changing Coastline

A rising sea makes things only a little worse than what we're used to, or at least what geologists are used to. Geoscientists are ready to help with this foreseeable future.

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201401280850/c target=_blank >Earthquake Early Warning System Relies on Sensors Around the State</a>

The California Report | January 28, 2014

Earthquake Early Warning System Relies on Sensors Around the State

Earthquake experts always say it's not a matter of if but when "The Big One" will strike. In the near future, though, Californians could get a warning before the shaking reaches them. That is, if the state is able to build up its bare-bones early warning system. A series of ...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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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/01/27/133140/grand_canyon_may_be_older_and_younger_than_you_think?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Grand Canyon May Be Older (And Younger) Than You Think</a>

KQED News | January 27, 2014

Grand Canyon May Be Older (And Younger) Than You Think

Only part of the canyon's history can be explained by the mighty Colorado River, new analyses show. ...Read More

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The Next New Madrid Earthquake: Busy Being Born, Not Busy Dying

KQED Science | January 23, 2014 | 2 Comments

The Next New Madrid Earthquake: Busy Being Born, Not Busy Dying

For long-term earthquake planning in the Mississippi Valley region, we need to know whether earthquakes are fading away, as some suggest, or not. A new study argues that we're in a "steady as she goes" phase.

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U.S. Ecosystem Research Receives $5 Million Boost from the NSF

KQED Science | January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

U.S. Ecosystem Research Receives $5 Million Boost from the NSF

Critical Zone Observatories, or CZOs, are designated sites around the world where scientists study the crucial environmental interactions that occur on the Earth's surface. This new frontier in research can lead to further insights on sustainable civilization.

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3 of the World’s Best Scientific Aircraft Team Up for Climate Science Research

KQED Science | January 9, 2014 | 5 Comments

3 of the World’s Best Scientific Aircraft Team Up for Climate Science Research

A tag-team of all-star research aircraft, including a robot, set out next week on a quest to explore a great atmospheric engine in the West Pacific with a powerful influence on global climate.

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Seismology Semantics: Researchers Successfully ‘Anticipate’ Costa Rican Earthquake

KQED Science | January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Seismology Semantics: Researchers Successfully ‘Anticipate’ Costa Rican Earthquake

Coastal subsidence and precision GPS data helped scientists "anticipate" a major earthquake in Coast Rica, placing us one small step closer to earthquake prediction.

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The 2013 Geological Holiday Quiz

KQED Science | December 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

The 2013 Geological Holiday Quiz

The third in this challenging set of questions, most of them related to Bay Area geology: rocks, resources and activity. Answers are now posted.

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Geological BFF’s: Mud Microbes Require Rare Earth Metals to Thrive

KQED Science | December 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Geological BFF’s: Mud Microbes Require Rare Earth Metals to Thrive

The obscure rare-earth metals turn out to be unexpectedly essential to life in hot volcanic mud--and probably elsewhere.

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Changes in Earth’s Magnetic Field Lead to Renamed Oakland Airport Runways

KQED Science | December 12, 2013 | 15 Comments

Changes in Earth’s Magnetic Field Lead to Renamed Oakland Airport Runways

A geological change of glacial speed finally made itself felt in a way the civil authorities had to acknowledge.

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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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Four Bay Area Cities Selected as Future Models of Resilience

KQED Science | December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Four Bay Area Cities Selected as Future Models of Resilience

A $100 million effort to push the world's cities toward better disaster resistance is making a test case with a "gang of four" Resilient Cities: Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco.

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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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California Slow to Map Dangerous Earthquake Faults

KQED Science | November 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

California Slow to Map Dangerous Earthquake Faults

After the massive destruction of the 1971 Sylmar earthquake, state lawmakers passed a law to prevent new buildings from being developed on top of active earthquake faults. But that requires knowing where they are. Mapping earthquake faults is both time-consuming and costly, and the state has a long way to go.

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