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Elephant Seals Battle for Love With Mating Songs and Bravado

KQED Science | February 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Elephant Seals Battle for Love With Mating Songs and Bravado

They may sound like faulty plumbing, but male northern elephant seals have a unique communication system that's all about reputation.

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Great Bird Goo Mystery: Why It’s Not as Easy as ‘CSI’

KQED Science | February 5, 2015 | 5 Comments

Great Bird Goo Mystery: Why It’s Not as Easy as ‘CSI’

State scientists, federal agencies, and a lab in Britain are all trying to identify a mystery gunk that killed hundreds of sea birds in San Francisco Bay. It's been three weeks, and still no word on what the gunk is. KQED investigates why it's taking so long.

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Building a Better Bionic Arm by Teaching the Brain a New Signal

KQED Science | February 2, 2015 | 2 Comments

Building a Better Bionic Arm by Teaching the Brain a New Signal

Even the best prosthetics today lack a natural sense that tells the brain where the body is in space. That makes it hard to comb the back of your hair, for example, or thread a belt.

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Your Chance to Weigh In on the EPA’s New Smog Proposal

KQED Science | January 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Your Chance to Weigh In on the EPA’s New Smog Proposal

Regulators say the stricter new standard could save lives and reduce hospitalizations. Critics say it would be costly and would kill jobs.

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California parks: New funding, better accountability needed to stop decline, new report says

KQED Science | January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

California parks: New funding, better accountability needed to stop decline, new report says

Three years after California state parks were discovered to have mismanaged millions of dollars, a task force issued recommendations for how to manage and fund the state park system.

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Shrinking Sierra Snowpack Heightens Drought Worries

KQED Science | January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Shrinking Sierra Snowpack Heightens Drought Worries

'Frozen reservoir,' source of a third of California's water, is far below historical average.

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NASA Satellite Could Help Weather Forecasts, Drought Management

KQED Science | January 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

NASA Satellite Could Help Weather Forecasts, Drought Management

Newest Earth science mission could extend the accuracy range of weather forecasts, fine-tune flood forecasts.

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‘Ridiculous Ridge’ May Be Back to Prolong California Drought

KQED Science | January 23, 2015 | 9 Comments

‘Ridiculous Ridge’ May Be Back to Prolong California Drought

Scientists hope a stubborn high-pressure bubble over the West Coast isn't a replay of the last two winters.

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Scientists Still Trying to Identify Mystery Bird Goo

KQED Science | January 20, 2015 | 4 Comments

Scientists Still Trying to Identify Mystery Bird Goo

An unidentified substance has killed or injured hundreds of birds so far.

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Sick Sea Lions Wash Up on California Beaches

KQED Science | January 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

Sick Sea Lions Wash Up on California Beaches

The Marine Mammal Center treated record numbers of stranded sea lions last year, and the problem is expected to continue in 2015.

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California Unveils Strictest Rules on Pesticide

KQED Science | January 14, 2015 | 3 Comments

California Unveils Strictest Rules on Pesticide

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has introduced stricter regulations for chloropicrin, a pesticide which has had negative health effects on farm workers.

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23andMe Strikes Another Deal With Big Pharma

KQED Science | January 12, 2015 | 1 Comment

23andMe Strikes Another Deal With Big Pharma

The Mountain View-based company will sell genetic information to Pfizer for a study into the genetic markers for lupus.

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Tiny Parasite Threatens Native Plants

KQED Science | January 12, 2015 | 6 Comments

Tiny Parasite Threatens Native Plants

A microscopic pathogen got into the roots of some native plants at a restoration project in Alameda County, despite massive efforts to prevent it. Now officials are hoping to stop this microbe before it spreads.

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Foie Gras: Back on California Menus

KQED Science | January 8, 2015 | 2 Comments

Foie Gras: Back on California Menus

Chefs from Los Angeles to San Francisco celebrated on Wednesday when a federal judge lifted a statewide ban on foie gras.

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2014: California’s Warmest Year on Record

KQED Science | January 8, 2015 | 2 Comments

2014: California’s Warmest Year on Record

Drought conditions were compounded by high temps despite a "near-average" precipitation year.

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Governor Unveils Ambitious New Climate Goals

KQED Science | January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Governor Unveils Ambitious New Climate Goals

During his inaugural speech on Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown focused heavily on energy efficiency calling for further cuts in consumption as a way to combat global warming.

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Future of Berryessa-Snow Mountain Lands in Limbo

KQED Science | January 5, 2015 | 5 Comments

Future of Berryessa-Snow Mountain Lands in Limbo

Faced with a new Republican-led Congress, supporters of special protections for the area are taking their case to the president, urging him to create a new national monument. But there are no guarantees there, either.

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Interior Secretary: Local Fracking Bans Are ‘Wrong Way To Go’

KQED Science | January 2, 2015 | 25 Comments

Interior Secretary: Local Fracking Bans Are ‘Wrong Way To Go’

County and even statewide strictures are misguided, says federal lands chief.

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Warm Temps Mean Less Snow for the Sierra

KQED Science | December 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

Warm Temps Mean Less Snow for the Sierra

Despite those December storms, this year's Sierra snowpack is far below average for this date.

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Washington State Offers Ambitious Cap-and-Trade Plan

KQED Science | December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Washington State Offers Ambitious Cap-and-Trade Plan

By John Upton Climate Central If Washington’s governor gets his legislative holiday wish, the Evergreen State in 18 months will launch one of the world’s most sophisticated and all-encompassing climate-pollution pricing programs. Draft legislation released last week by the office of Gov. Jay Inslee (D) would — if sufficient support can be mustered from state lawmakers […]

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