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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/11/16/149679/yes_the_weather_is_polar_no_its_not_the_vortex?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Yes, the Weather is Polar. No, it's not the Vortex</a>

KQED News | November 16, 2014

Yes, the Weather is Polar. No, it's not the Vortex

Much of the country had to bundle up this week due to some unusually cold weather. Even in the deep South, residents struggled with temperatures in the low 20s. With the big chill comes the revival of an ominous phrase: "the polar vortex." The sinister-sounding label has been hard to escape.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/14/drought-photos-see-lake-oroville-fall-near-historic-low-over-20-months target=_blank >Drought Photos: See Lake Oroville Fall Near Historic Low Over 20 Months</a>

KQED News | November 14, 2014

Drought Photos: See Lake Oroville Fall Near Historic Low Over 20 Months

"Drought poster child" lake sits just 5 feet above record low point, forcing people to rappel down to their boats at Bidwell Marina. If the water surface level drops much more, it could cause problems for hydroelectric power generation at Hyatt Power Plant in the bedrock of Lake Oroville.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/11/14/148444/why_do_we_create_stereotypes?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Why Do We Create Stereotypes?</a>

KQED News | November 14, 2014

Why Do We Create Stereotypes?

Psychologist Paul Bloom explains why prejudice is natural, rational and even moral — the key is to understand why we depend on it, and recognize when it leads us astray.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/11/14/148426/neil_degrasse_tyson_separates_fact_from_fiction_in_interstellar?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Neil DeGrasse Tyson Separates Fact From Fiction In 'Interstellar'</a>

KQED News | November 14, 2014

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Separates Fact From Fiction In 'Interstellar'

As you may be aware, there's a hot new space movie now in theaters — "Interstellar." Learn about the science behind the film.

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Study: Warming Climate Means More Lightning

KQED Science | November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Study: Warming Climate Means More Lightning

Memo to firefighters: Modeling by Berkeley researchers suggests a 50 percent spike in ground strikes this century, like the strikes that started last season's largest wildfire in California.

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What Can We Learn from the Italian Earthquake Trial?

KQED Science | November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

What Can We Learn from the Italian Earthquake Trial?

When a court convicted earthquake scientists of manslaughter, seismologists everywhere feared the worst for their own efforts at informing the public. After the convictions were overturned on appeal this week, experts, journalists and the general public can consider the wider lessons learned.

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Now That Philae Has Landed, a Wealth of Data is Forthcoming

KQED Science | November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Now That Philae Has Landed, a Wealth of Data is Forthcoming

Yesterday morning, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft successfully launched the landing probe, Philae, to a landing on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a historic first.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/11/13/the-sweet-science-of-chocolate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-sweet-science-of-chocolate target=_blank >The Sweet Science of Chocolate</a>

QUEST | November 13, 2014

The Sweet Science of Chocolate

Chocolate is the solid gold of sweets, providing a standard of delectability that's been upheld around the globe for more than 2,000 years. The ancient Mayans and Aztecs even used the ...Read More

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U.S. and China Greenhouse Gas Deal: Landmark Move or More Hot Air?

KQED Science | November 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

U.S. and China Greenhouse Gas Deal: Landmark Move or More Hot Air?

President Obama sets ambitious goals for greenhouse gas reductions, but the deal faces political battles here and overseas.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/catching-up-on-sleep-science/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=catching-up-on-sleep-science target=_blank >Catching Up on Sleep Science</a>

QUEST | November 12, 2014

Catching Up on Sleep Science

This video story was originally produced by Sheraz Sadiq and was updated by Lisa Landers and Arwen Curry. Be honest – do you ever brag about how little sleep you get? If so, you're not alone. Humans are the only species that seems to deliberately deprive themselves of ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/11/11/148265/tennis_players_are_getting_their_first_servings_of_sabermetrics?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Tennis Players Are Getting Their First Servings Of Sabermetrics</a>

KQED News | November 11, 2014

Tennis Players Are Getting Their First Servings Of Sabermetrics

Move over Billy Beane — baseball isn't the only sport that's buddying up to Big Data. Tennis pros — often driven by their coaches — are increasingly turning to data recorders from the likes of IBM, SAP and other tech firms that track the distance players run, where they ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/diving-into-the-twilight-zone/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=diving-into-the-twilight-zone target=_blank >Diving Into the Twilight Zone</a>

QUEST | November 11, 2014

Diving Into the Twilight Zone

Through centuries of exploration, humans have climbed the highest peaks and hacked through the densest jungles. From pole to pole, there isn't a continent left unexplored, and very little land on earth that has not been set foot on by a human being. Yet only 10 percent of the world’s vast oceans have been truly explored. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/11/10/ucsf-initiative-links-sugar-science-to-your-health/ target=_blank >UCSF Initiative Links ‘Sugar Science’ to Your Health</a>

State of Health | November 10, 2014

UCSF Initiative Links ‘Sugar Science’ to Your Health

A new initiative from UC San Francisco is spelling out the health dangers of sugar in clear terms. The “sugar science” project distilled mountains of research on the health impacts of added sugar and found links to three chronic illnesses. ...Read More

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Parched: California Wildlife Suffers in Drought

KQED Science | November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Parched: California Wildlife Suffers in Drought

Birds, salmon and snakes depend on marshes and rivers for survival and migration, and to propagate the species. But many wildlife species are unable to find the water they need as the drought shrinks rivers and dries up wetlands.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/searching-for-other-earths/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=searching-for-other-earths target=_blank >Searching for Other Earths</a>

QUEST | November 7, 2014

Searching for Other Earths

During six weeks every summer, for the past six years, University of California-Berkeley astrophysicist Geoff Marcy and five of his students have spent their nights in a small basement room on campus. The room has a microwave oven, a coffeemaker and a couch with two cushions. But none of ...Read More

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Bay Area’s Coal Mining History at the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

KQED Science | November 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bay Area’s Coal Mining History at the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

One-third of the world's energy use relies on the greenhouse gas-producing coal, and the United Nations released a sobering report last week about its ongoing impact on global climate change. Find out about the Bay Area's own legacy with this fuel source.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/11/06/147929/security_agents_often_miss_when_passports_dont_match_faces?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Security Agents Often Miss When Passports Don't Match Faces</a>

KQED News | November 6, 2014

Security Agents Often Miss When Passports Don't Match Faces

Fake and stolen passports have become a huge international problem — and it turns out security agents, who should be able to catch them, have blind spots like the rest of us. How big is the problem? Interpol estimates that 9,800 people tried to cross into Europe with false documents ...Read More

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Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows: A Long-standing Geological Puzzle

KQED Science | November 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows: A Long-standing Geological Puzzle

The iconic Tuolumne Meadows, in the high Sierra, is a geological puzzle. A newly published study traces the roots of the meadows to an incident deep in time and deep below the ground.

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Life Aboard a ‘Polar Roller’: America’s Last Heavy Icebreaker

KQED Science | November 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

Life Aboard a ‘Polar Roller’: America’s Last Heavy Icebreaker

And a trick to prevent seasickness that the skipper swears by (other than staying ashore).

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/11/06/147852/americas_t_rex_gets_a_makeover?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >America's T. Rex Gets A Makeover</a>

KQED News | November 6, 2014

America's T. Rex Gets A Makeover

The Wankel T. rex, named for the Montana rancher who found its bones, is destined to be the giant centerpiece for the new dinosaur hall at the National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, D.C. — the first nearly complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex the Smithsonian Institution has ...Read More

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