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A Candid Conversation With California’s ‘Water Czar’

KQED Science | March 23, 2015 | 14 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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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/03/21/158642/why_some_mushrooms_glow_in_the_dark?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Why Some Mushrooms Glow in the Dark</a>

KQED News | March 21, 2015

Why Some Mushrooms Glow in the Dark

A team of scientists recently created some fake, glowing mushrooms and scattered them in a Brazilian forest in hopes of solving an ancient mystery: Why do some fungi emit light?

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/03/20/158573/no_pain_no_scientific_gain_one_mans_quest_to_quantify_bug_stings?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >No Pain, No Scientific Gain: One Man's Quest to Quantify Bug Stings</a>

KQED News | March 20, 2015

No Pain, No Scientific Gain: One Man's Quest to Quantify Bug Stings

Spring is officially here and that means flowers, gardens and bugs. At least one man couldn't be happier about the return of insects — especially the ones that hurt.>...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/03/20/ucsf-white-house-search-for-better-treatments-for-disease/ target=_blank >UCSF, White House Search for Better Treatments for Disease</a>

KQED Science | March 20, 2015

UCSF, White House Search for Better Treatments for Disease

HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell toured UC San Francisco Mission Bay Thursday, to discuss the White House precision medicine initiative with UCSF’s scientists and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.

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Cassini Detects Signs of Conditions Friendly to Life

KQED Science | March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Cassini Detects Signs of Conditions Friendly to Life

Far beneath the icy crust of Saturn's small moon Enceladus, hydrothermal activity may be at work, activity similar to what is found in some life-friendly environments on Earth.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/03/19/why-insulin-is-so-expensive-in-the-u-s/ target=_blank >Why Insulin Is So Expensive in the U.S.</a>

State of Health | March 19, 2015

Why Insulin Is So Expensive in the U.S.

For many decades, the only insulin available to people with diabetes came from the pancreases of cattle or pigs. Insulin from animals is still available outside the U.S. — and cheaper than a recombinant DNA version.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/03/19/digital-health-explodes-in-austin-a-visit-to-chiron-health/ target=_blank >Digital Health Explodes in Austin: A Visit to Chiron Health</a>

KQED Science | March 19, 2015

Digital Health Explodes in Austin: A Visit to Chiron Health

During the SXSW tech conference in Austin, Texas, this past week, we stopped by the office of Chiron Health, a local company that is helping bring virtual doctor visits to patients.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/career-spotlight-biologist/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=career-spotlight-biologist target=_blank >Career Spotlight: Biologist</a>

QUEST | March 19, 2015

Career Spotlight: Biologist

Matt Wandell is a biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences. His work involves feeding the animals, cleaning the tanks and making sure everything in the aquarium stays healthy. Wandell also participates in research expeditions to survey coral reefs and collect organisms.

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After an Earthquake, Use Your Phone Camera – For Science

KQED Science | March 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

After an Earthquake, Use Your Phone Camera – For Science

Large earthquakes are in our future. When one strikes, there are ways you can help scientists study the event using your phone.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/03/19/158483/scientists_catch_up_on_the_sex_life_of_coral_to_help_reefs?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Scientists Catch Up on the Sex Life of Coral to Help Reefs Survive</a>

KQED News | March 19, 2015

Scientists Catch Up on the Sex Life of Coral to Help Reefs Survive

For the first time, biologists have caught a rare type of coral in the act of reproducing, and they were able to collect its sperm and eggs and breed the coral in the laboratory. The success is part of an effort to stem the decline in many types of ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/03/18/mom-turns-grief-into-pediatric-cancer-innovation/ target=_blank >Mom Turns Grief Into Pediatric Cancer Innovation</a>

KQED Science | March 18, 2015

Mom Turns Grief Into Pediatric Cancer Innovation

Kezia Fitzgerald was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin's Lymphoma while pregnant with her first child, but this was not the most devastating news she would receive that year.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201503181000?pid=RD19 target=_blank >From Demonic Possession to Neuroimaging, the Eccentric History of Psychiatry</a>

Forum | March 18, 2015

From Demonic Possession to Neuroimaging, the Eccentric History of Psychiatry

Columbia University psychiatrist Jeffrey Lieberman has spent over 25 years studying the treatment of mental illnesses. In his new book "Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry," he traces the field from its birth as a mystic pseudo-science to its current position as a respected medical field. We talk to the ...Read More

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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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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201503170900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >California Weighs New Water Conservation Rules as Devastating Drought Persists</a>

Forum | March 17, 2015

California Weighs New Water Conservation Rules as Devastating Drought Persists

The State Water Board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on new mandatory conservation measures that may include more limits on outdoor watering and bans on serving water at restaurants unless requested -- with a $500 fine for violations. This is the fourth year in a row that California faces a ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2015/03/17/whats-the-best-path-to-a-sustainable-future/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=whats-the-best-path-to-a-sustainable-future target=_blank >What’s the Best Path to a Sustainable Future?</a>

KQED Science | March 17, 2015

What’s the Best Path to a Sustainable Future?

From KQED Education Do Now: As we face the consequences of a changing climate, many people wonder how we can most effectively change the consumptive habits of U.S. citizens. Is it more effective to change people’s behavior and attitudes or have the government implement regulations?

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/03/17/the-unicorn-factor-could-bostons-snow-break-our-drought target=_blank >The Unicorn Factor: Could Boston’s Snow Break Our Drought?</a>

KQED News | March 17, 2015

The Unicorn Factor: Could Boston’s Snow Break Our Drought?

Dear Boston, We would like your snow. Like the civic-minded folks at Gawker, we've looked at your pictures on the Internet and thought, “Wouldn't it be great if we had gotten all 108.6 inches of that snow?” Gawker's idea was to take the mountains of snow that have ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/03/17/how-tim-ferriss-has-turned-his-body-into-a-research-lab/ target=_blank >How Tim Ferriss Has Turned His Body Into a Research Lab</a>

KQED Science | March 17, 2015

How Tim Ferriss Has Turned His Body Into a Research Lab

A little known fact about Tim Ferriss, 37, author of the bestselling “4-Hour” books: He started out as a competitive wrestler. In high school, Ferriss routinely shed 20 or 30 pounds a week to compete in wrestling matches. “You have to get very meticulous,” said Ferriss in an interview, shortly after a ...Read More

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Newt Sex: Buff Males! Writhing Females! Cannibalism!

KQED Science | March 17, 2015 | 4 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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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/03/17/158282/are_humans_really_headed_to_mars_anytime_soon?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?</a>

KQED News | March 17, 2015

Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?

With recent news headlines proclaiming that dozens of people have been selected as finalists for a Martian astronaut corps, it might seem like a trip to this alien world might finally be close at hand. But let's have a little reality check — what are the chances that we really will ...Read More

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Bee Decline Linked to a Combination of Stressors

KQED Science | March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bee Decline Linked to a Combination of Stressors

There's plenty you can do, however, to help honeybees, from observations you can make when watching pollinators to what you plant in your garden.

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