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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/08/01/california-fires-nasa-satellite-view target=_blank >Northern California on Fire: Today’s View From Space</a>

News Fix | August 1, 2014

Northern California on Fire: Today’s View From Space

“Aug. 1, 2014, image of California from NASA's Terra Earth Observing System satellite. NASA, that space agency we all pay for, has a multitude of satellites up there in orbit on all sorts of missions, including probes checking out the sun, the moon, our sister planets, the borders of the Solar ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/08/01/cal-fire-gains-ground-on-mother-lode-blaze-2nd-fire-burns-near-yosemite/ target=_blank >California Fire Roundup: National Guard Joins Fight Against N. California Blazes</a>

News Fix | August 1, 2014

California Fire Roundup: National Guard Joins Fight Against N. California Blazes

The French Fire has burned 5,600 acres near the upper San Joaquin River in Sierra National Forest. (U.S. Forest Service/Inciweb) Update, 3:40 p.m. Friday: The most active front in California's increasingly active fire season has shifted to far Northern California, where lightning has sparked dozens of blazes, including several big ones.Lightning ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/skytem-aquifer-mapping/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=skytem-aquifer-mapping target=_blank >SkyTEM Aquifer Mapping</a>

QUEST | July 31, 2014

SkyTEM Aquifer Mapping

Fill up a glass of water to quench your thirst. Wonder where it comes from? Chances are it's from underground water sources called aquifers, which provide fresh water for most people on Earth. Unlike highly visible rivers and streams or lakes and ponds, aquifers are beneath the surface, so ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/30/cal-fire-gains-ground-on-mother-lode-blaze-2nd-fire-burns-near-yosemite/ target=_blank >Fire Near Yosemite Keeps Moving; Southern Sierra Blaze Grows, Too</a>

News Fix | July 30, 2014

Fire Near Yosemite Keeps Moving; Southern Sierra Blaze Grows, Too

The Sand Fire burns over the weekend near the Mother Lode town of Plymouth. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Henderson) Update, 1:50 p.m. Wednesday: The updated numbers on the El Portal fire on the western border of Yosemite National Park: Roughly 3,500 acres burned and roughly 35 percent containment. Ranger Cari ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/what-is-an-heirloom-tomato-anyway/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-is-an-heirloom-tomato-anyway target=_blank >What is an Heirloom Tomato, Anyway?</a>

QUEST | July 29, 2014

What is an Heirloom Tomato, Anyway?

Animation by Michaela Vatcheva “Heirloom” tomatoes. “Hybrid” cucumber seeds. Cereal free of “genetically modified” ingredients. These food labels are everywhere, but what exactly do they mean? In the short animation above, we remove some of the mystery by showing that these terms refer to different ways of creating plants with appealing ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/28/140674/to_stop_cheating_nuclear_officers_ditch_the_grades?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades</a>

KQED News | July 28, 2014

To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades

The young officers at F.E. Warren Air Force Base have an enormous job: to keep 150 nuclear-tipped missiles ready to launch at a moment's notice. Understandably, they're expected to know exactly what they're doing. Three times a month, they're tested on the weapons and the codes used to launch them. Anything ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/28/cal-fire-gains-ground-on-mother-lode-blaze-2nd-fire-burns-near-yosemite/ target=_blank >Cal Fire Gains Ground on Mother Lode Blaze; 2nd Fire Burns Near Yosemite</a>

News Fix | July 28, 2014

Cal Fire Gains Ground on Mother Lode Blaze; 2nd Fire Burns Near Yosemite

Associated PressThe Sand Fire burns over the weekend near the Mother Lode town of Plymouth. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Henderson) PLYMOUTH, Amador County — Fire officials are optimistic they may soon have the upper hand on a wildfire burning near vineyards in Northern California that has led to evacuation orders for ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/28/140600/shifts_in_habitat_may_threaten_ruddy_shorebirds_survival?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival</a>

KQED News | July 28, 2014

Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival

An intrepid bird called the red knot migrates from the southern tip of South America to the Arctic and back every year. But changes in climate along its route are putting this ultramarathoner at risk. The federal government has proposed to list the red knot as threatened on the ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/27/140585/how_do_you_lose_a_halfmillion_birds?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >How Do You Lose A Half-Million Birds?</a>

KQED News | July 28, 2014

How Do You Lose A Half-Million Birds?

In late July and August, something remarkable happens in the air above Lake Murray in South Carolina. Around sunset, hundreds of thousands of purple martins come streaming toward the center of the lake from every direction, swirling together in a massive flock that darkens the sky. After an hour ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/27/140567/how_our_story_about_a_childs_science_experiment_sparked?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy</a>

KQED News | July 27, 2014

How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy

A story that ran last Sunday on All Things Considered about a sixth-grader's science fair project has elicited not just criticism but controversy. Since the student's project built on the work of scientists, she's been accused this week of being a "plagiarist" who "ripped off" earlier work. We ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/7/27/exotic-new-aquatic-species-on-display-at-cal-academy/ target=_blank >Exotic New Aquatic Species on Display at Cal Academy of Sciences</a>

News Fix | July 27, 2014

Exotic New Aquatic Species on Display at Cal Academy of Sciences

Underwater mountain sides in the Verde Island Passage highlight the dive sites' diverse landscapes. (Photo courtesy of Cal Academy of Sciences)By Tara Golshan For seven weeks earlier this year, a group of scientists from the California Academy of Sciences were in the Philippines on a mission to see what ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/26/140535/close_encounters_of_the_radio_kind_mystery_bursts_baffle?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Close Encounters Of The Radio Kind? Mystery Bursts Baffle Astronomers</a>

KQED News | July 26, 2014

Close Encounters Of The Radio Kind? Mystery Bursts Baffle Astronomers

Astronomers have a mystery on their hands. Two large radio telescopes, on opposite sides of the planet, have detected very brief, very powerful bursts of radio waves. Right now, astronomers have no idea what's causing these bursts or where they're coming from. And nothing has been ruled out at the moment ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/07/25/get-energized-by-kqeds-new-e-books-and-itunes-u-course/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=get-energized-by-kqeds-new-e-books-and-itunes-u-course target=_blank >Get Energized by KQED’s New E-books and iTunes U Course</a>

QUEST | July 25, 2014

Get Energized by KQED’s New E-books and iTunes U Course

KQED and the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University have partnered to demystify the topic of energy in a new two-part iBooks Textbook series and iTunes U course.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/23/140373/nuclear_plant_may_be_in_hot_water_over_its_cooling_system?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Nuclear Plant May Be In Hot Water Over Its Cooling System</a>

KQED News | July 23, 2014

Nuclear Plant May Be In Hot Water Over Its Cooling System

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/22/real-time-lightning-tracker-lets-you-keep-track-of-strikes-worldwide/ target=_blank >Real-Time Lightning Tracker Lets You Keep Up on Strikes Everywhere</a>

News Fix | July 22, 2014

Real-Time Lightning Tracker Lets You Keep Up on Strikes Everywhere

This screen shot from Blitzortung.org shows lightning strikes in North America. Click on the image to go to the site. The Oakland A's ballpark, already afflicted by intermittent sewage problems, was cursed early this morning by lightning, which brought down power lines and caused a brief power outage. PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/22/140287/pop_quiz_20_percent_chance_of_rain_do_you_need_an_umbrella?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?</a>

KQED News | July 22, 2014

Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?

This week, All Things Considered is exploring how people interpret probability. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a 70 percent chance of success? One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/07/22/coal-ash-conundrum/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=coal-ash-conundrum target=_blank >Coal Ash Conundrum</a>

QUEST | July 22, 2014

Coal Ash Conundrum

What happens to the river ecosystem when tons of coal ash gets mixed into the layer of sediment on the river bottom? Photo credit: Pete Harrison, Waterkeeper Alliance. QUEST North Carolina's Daniel Lane contributed to this article. On a Sunday in February in Eden, North Carolina, a sinkhole formed in the ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/07/21/2014/world_tempature_record target=_blank >World Temperature Hits Record High in June</a>

News Fix | July 21, 2014

World Temperature Hits Record High in June

(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) by Seth Borenstein AP WASHINGTON (AP) — The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month's average global temperature was 61.2 degrees, which is ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/21/long-way-to-go-before-state-can-authorize-autism-therapy-as-benefit/ target=_blank >Long Way to Go Before State May Authorize Autism Therapy as Benefit</a>

State of Health | July 21, 2014

Long Way to Go Before State May Authorize Autism Therapy as Benefit

(Getty Images) By David Gorn, California Healthline State officials on Friday said they have not determined whether or not to offer applied behavior analysis (ABA therapy) as a Medi-Cal benefit to children with autism. Federal officials earlier this month issued guidance on the subject, saying it is covered for ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/20/140213/sixthgraders_science_fair_finding_shocks_ecologists?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists</a>

KQED News | July 20, 2014

Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad. Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away ...Read More

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