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Finding Faults: Scientists Close in on Napa Quake Origins

KQED Science | September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Finding Faults: Scientists Close in on Napa Quake Origins

The South Napa Earthquake revealed how much we've yet to learn about seismic faults in the Napa Valley.

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Why More Trees in the Sierra Mean Less Water for California

KQED Science | September 15, 2014 | 19 Comments

Why More Trees in the Sierra Mean Less Water for California

California water districts are eyeing a potential new source of water: trees. After a century of fire suppression, Sierra Nevada forests are more dense than ever before. And those pine trees are taking up a lot of water that might otherwise run off into California rivers.

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Finding the Next Ebola Before it Breaks Out

KQED Science | September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Finding the Next Ebola Before it Breaks Out

Scientists at UC Davis are scouring the globe to find new viruses that can jump from animals to humans. Their goal is to prevent the next pandemic.

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Drought Myth-Busting: Why El Niño Is Never A Good Bet

KQED Science | September 1, 2014 | 3 Comments

Drought Myth-Busting: Why El Niño Is Never A Good Bet

The peculiar set of ocean conditions is known as a California rainmaker -- but El Niño's reputation has been greatly exaggerated.

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After Record-Breaking Rim Fire, Log Trees or Leave Them?

KQED Science | August 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

After Record-Breaking Rim Fire, Log Trees or Leave Them?

Later this week, the U.S. Forest Service will release plans to allow logging companies to harvest some of the dead trees. Some environmental groups say it would destroy important wildlife habitat.

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Drought-Stricken California Town Struggles to Keep the Water Flowing

KQED Science | August 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Drought-Stricken California Town Struggles to Keep the Water Flowing

From heavy machinery to hand-held flour sifters, this town is pulling out all the stops to save its water.

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A Year After Rim Fire, Debate Sparks Over Replanting Trees

KQED Science | August 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

A Year After Rim Fire, Debate Sparks Over Replanting Trees

Reforestation is common after large fires in the West, but some scientists say it’s time to rethink how forests are replanted.

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Schizophrenia: What It’s Like to Hear Voices

KQED Science | August 11, 2014 | 6 Comments

Schizophrenia: What It’s Like to Hear Voices

People who hear auditory hallucinations say the voices can be quiet or cacophonous, singular or crowd-like, but they are almost always harsh and disapproving.

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What Is Schizophrenia? Scientists Call for New Thinking

KQED Science | August 4, 2014 | 7 Comments

What Is Schizophrenia? Scientists Call for New Thinking

For two generations, psychiatrists have treated schizophrenia by medicating its most obvious symptoms: delusions and hallucinations. Were they wrong?

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New Clinics in California Seek to Stop Schizophrenia Before it Starts

KQED Science | July 28, 2014 | 3 Comments

New Clinics in California Seek to Stop Schizophrenia Before it Starts

A psychotic break can lead to social isolation, hospitalization or medications with sometimes disabling side effects. Now some clinics are taking a controversial approach and trying to intervene earlier.

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California Has Little Say Over Oil Train Safety

KQED Science | July 21, 2014 | 3 Comments

California Has Little Say Over Oil Train Safety

The state can't set speed limits on trains. It can't tell railroads to choose less hazardous routes. It can't tell oil companies not to bring trains carrying volatile crude through cities.

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California Water Districts Face Suit for Ignoring Conservation Law

KQED Science | July 17, 2014 | 4 Comments

California Water Districts Face Suit for Ignoring Conservation Law

Investigative report prompted legal action. And some districts are responding.

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Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

KQED Science | July 14, 2014 | 13 Comments

Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

Activists are hoping local residents will do what state legislators haven’t done -- shut down the controversial oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing.

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New Way to Save Endangered Species: Make Predators Puke

KQED Science | July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

New Way to Save Endangered Species: Make Predators Puke

Marbled murrelets are rare seabirds that lay just one egg a year, and those eggs are a favorite food item for another bird: Steller’s jays. Scientists are hoping to trick the jays into avoiding the murrelet eggs using decoy eggs with a rude surprise inside.

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Carbon-Tracking Satellite Will Monitor Earth’s ‘Breathing’

KQED Science | June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Carbon-Tracking Satellite Will Monitor Earth’s ‘Breathing’

The data could yield a much more precise picture of how accumulating greenhouse gases will affect the planet.

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Drought Lessons From Down Under

KQED Science | June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Drought Lessons From Down Under

Australia's nine-year "millennial drought" transformed attitudes toward water. Could California duplicate the gains without the pain?

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As Water Prices Soar, Some Profit From California’s Drought

KQED Science | June 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

As Water Prices Soar, Some Profit From California’s Drought

Fights are breaking out over controversial water sales. Some farmers say they need the water to keep trees alive, while others say groundwater pumping depletes supplies for neighboring farms, and could threaten California's already-stressed aquifers.

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California Drought Dries Up Honey Supply

KQED Science | June 16, 2014 | 4 Comments

California Drought Dries Up Honey Supply

Mountain meadows that would normally be covered with wildflowers have nothing to offer the bees this year, as the flowers lie dormant in the drought. Beekeepers are looking at drastically reduced production, and in some cases are just trying to keep their bees alive.

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Saline Shortage Plagues Hospitals

KQED Science | June 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

Saline Shortage Plagues Hospitals

Hospitals use saline for everything from wound care to surgeries, but it could be next year before drug companies can catch up with demand. Turns out, it's not as simple to manufacture salty water as you might think.

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California Wildfires: Training for a Tough Season

KQED Science | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Wildfires: Training for a Tough Season

Seasonal firefighters started training months earlier than usual this year. It may seem like common sense that it's dry out there, but there is a science to knowing how dry, and to knowing when the threat of wildfire is at its worst.

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