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Regulators Float New Drought Rules After Feedback Frenzy

KQED Science | April 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Regulators Float New Drought Rules After Feedback Frenzy

Water agencies win some relief valves in the latest version of draft water regulations designed to achieve the governor's 25 percent statewide savings.

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A Last-Ditch Drought Strategy for the Delta: Rock Barriers

KQED Science | April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

A Last-Ditch Drought Strategy for the Delta: Rock Barriers

Meager river flows may not be enough to stem the tide of salt water that threatens freshwater supplies.

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Celebrate Earth Day at John Muir Family Home

KQED Science | April 16, 2015 | 1 Comment

Celebrate Earth Day at John Muir Family Home

The Muir home in Martinez is a National Historic Site, and there will be live music, free activities, and a silent auction Saturday, April 18. You can also tour the home and walk the famous orchards.

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Alien Life Might Live in Our Own Solar System

KQED Science | April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Alien Life Might Live in Our Own Solar System

NASA's top scientist says she thinks evidence of life beyond Earth will turn up in the next couple of decades. Why so optimistic? Scientists have been discovering liquid water all around the solar system, and even though life on other planets might look different than it does here on Earth, scientists bet liquid water will be essential.

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The Next Crime Wave in Farm Country: Stealing Water

KQED Science | April 9, 2015

The Next Crime Wave in Farm Country: Stealing Water

Madera County's DA tries to get out in front of an expected wave of water-related thefts.

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Water Conservation Ebbs as Governor Calls for Greater Effort

KQED Science | April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Water Conservation Ebbs as Governor Calls for Greater Effort

The latest figures on water conservation in California would seem to bear out the need for more strict, mandatory measures, such as the governor recently announced.

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Confusion Over Drought Rules on Lawns for New Homes

KQED Science | April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Confusion Over Drought Rules on Lawns for New Homes

Builders and developers are pondering the governor's new water mandates -- and scratching their heads.

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Warm Winter Wrought Havoc for Coastal Wildlife

KQED Science | April 5, 2015 | 4 Comments

Warm Winter Wrought Havoc for Coastal Wildlife

Warm air and warm ocean waters together proved bad news this winter for wildlife on the Farallon Islands and along the nothern California coast.

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Lunar Eclipse Visible in Bay Area Saturday Morning

KQED Science | April 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

Lunar Eclipse Visible in Bay Area Saturday Morning

A total lunar eclipse, also known as a "blood moon," will be visible from the Bay Area early Saturday morning.

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Governor Orders Water Cuts Amid Record Low Snowpack

KQED Science | March 31, 2015 | 17 Comments

Governor Orders Water Cuts Amid Record Low Snowpack

Governor Jerry Brown orders the state Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory reductions to cut water use by 25 percent.

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What Happens When You Put a Hummingbird in a Wind Tunnel?

KQED Science | March 31, 2015 | 3 Comments

What Happens When You Put a Hummingbird in a Wind Tunnel?

Scientists use a high-speed camera to film hummingbirds' aerial acrobatics at 1000 frames per second. They see, frame by frame, how neither wind nor rain stop these tiniest of birds from fueling up.

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Why Isn’t Desalination the Answer to All California’s Water Problems?

KQED Science | March 30, 2015 | 149 Comments

Why Isn’t Desalination the Answer to All California’s Water Problems?

After four years of nowhere near enough rain, Californians are wondering where else to look for water, and many are talking about the ocean -- desalination. The problem is, it’s really expensive to turn salt water into drinking water. And it’s hard to do it in a way that’s friendly to sea life. But a group of mayors around Monterey Bay say they don't have any other options.

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Hypothesis: Our Solar System Lacks ‘Super-Earths’ Because Jupiter Wrecked Them All

KQED Science | March 23, 2015 | 2 Comments

Hypothesis: Our Solar System Lacks ‘Super-Earths’ Because Jupiter Wrecked Them All

It turns out our solar system is weird: it doesn't have any rocky "super-Earths" orbiting closer to the sun than Mercury. Here's one theory as to why: like Miley Cyrus, Jupiter came in like a wrecking ball and smashed any nascent terrestrial planets just as the solar system was forming.

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A Candid Conversation With California’s ‘Water Czar’

KQED Science | March 23, 2015 | 21 Comments

A Candid Conversation With California’s ‘Water Czar’

The State Water Resources Control Board is California's top arbiter of water supply conflicts. Lately it's been caught in a tug of war between those who would have it tread lightly with local water agencies and those calling for aggressive statewide rationing.

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Calif. Water Regulators Tighten the Screws — But Just a Little

KQED Science | March 17, 2015 | 2 Comments

Calif. Water Regulators Tighten the Screws — But Just a Little

As California plods into its fourth year of drought, critics say the latest round of statewide water restrictions are too little -- and possibly too late.

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Newt Sex: Buff Males! Writhing Females! Cannibalism!

KQED Science | March 17, 2015 | 6 Comments

Newt Sex: Buff Males! Writhing Females! Cannibalism!

Every winter, California newts leave the safety of their forest burrows and travel as far as three miles to mate in the pond where they were born. Their mating ritual is a raucous affair that involves bulked-up males, writhing females and a little cannibalism.

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Los Angeles Willing to Pay Its Highest Price Ever for Water

KQED Science | March 16, 2015 | 2 Comments

Los Angeles Willing to Pay Its Highest Price Ever for Water

Los Angeles is offering rice farmers in the Sacramento Valley more money than the city has ever paid for water — $700 per acre-foot. At this price, rice farmers could make more money selling water than they can make on their crops. That makes it easy to say “yes,” says Lance Tennis, whose family has […]

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Ancient Sinkhole Could Presage Mega-Tsunami for Hawaii

KQED Science | March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ancient Sinkhole Could Presage Mega-Tsunami for Hawaii

There's buried treasure here for tsunami hunters, but scarce funding may mean Hawaii remains vulnerable.

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Dawn Arrives at Ceres, Makes History

KQED Science | March 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dawn Arrives at Ceres, Makes History

March 6, eight years after launch and two and a half years since leaving its last port of call, the asteroid Vesta, NASA's Dawn spacecraft has arrived at the dwarf planet Ceres, making history!

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Study: Napa Quake Should Spur Retrofits to Older Buildings

KQED Science | March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Study: Napa Quake Should Spur Retrofits to Older Buildings

The Bay Area's worst shaker in 25 years revealed -- once again -- where the vulnerabilities are.

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