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When Finding Faults, Geologists Must Sometimes Become Ditch-Diggers

KQED Science | January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

When Finding Faults, Geologists Must Sometimes Become Ditch-Diggers

For geologists, even with the advent of modern technology, there are instances when older methods are more effective; picks and shovels are sometimes the best complementary tools available for trenching studies.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/21/state-measles-cases-now-at-59-expect-more-2/ target=_blank >State Measles Cases Now at 59; Expect More</a>

State of Health | January 21, 2015

State Measles Cases Now at 59; Expect More

Five Disney staff members are among California's cases. (David McNew/Getty Images) State health officials report 59 confirmed cases of measles in nine counties. The patients range in age from 7 months to 70 years. The California Department of Public Health has linked 42 of these cases to people ...Read More

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Scientists Still Trying to Identify Mystery Bird Goo

KQED Science | January 20, 2015 | 3 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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How Electric Light Changed the Night

KQED Science | January 20, 2015 | 4 Comments

How Electric Light Changed the Night

Artificial light makes the modern world possible. But not all kinds of light are good for us. Electric light has fundamentally altered our lives, our bodies and the very nature of our sleep.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/01/19/king-tides-to-hit-bay-area-today target=_blank >Where and When to See King Tides in California</a>

KQED News | January 19, 2015

Where and When to See King Tides in California

Ya gotta love an alert from the National Weather Service that includes the phrase “The sun, moon, and the earth are in proper alignment. …” It has nothing to do with astrology, of course. The NWS is warning that the gravitational force created by the configuration of these celestial ...Read More

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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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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/01/19/154266/why_ants_handle_traffic_better_than_you_do?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Why Ants Handle Traffic Better Than You Do</a>

KQED News | January 19, 2015

Why Ants Handle Traffic Better Than You Do

Could studying ants reveal clues to reducing highway traffic jams? Physicist Apoorva Nagar at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology thinks the answer is yes. Nagar says he got interested in the topic when he came across a study by German and Indian researchers showing that ants ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/01/16/scientists-search-for-cause-of-sea-star-wasting-syndrome target=_blank >Scientists Search for Cause of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome</a>

KQED News | January 16, 2015

Scientists Search for Cause of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome

In 2013, millions of sea stars on the West Coast began breaking out in lesions, turning to mush, and dying. Scientists recently identified a virus they think causes this “sea star wasting syndrome.” Now they're trying to figure out why this happened. One place the science of sea star wasting happens ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201501161000?pid=RD19 target=_blank >'Earth, A New Wild' Explores Interdependence of Humans, Wildlife</a>

Forum | January 16, 2015

'Earth, A New Wild' Explores Interdependence of Humans, Wildlife

Shot in 29 countries, the upcoming PBS series "Earth, A New Wild" shines a spotlight on the close and complex links between people and wildlife. Forum talks to the host of the program, conservation scientist M. Sanjayan.

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It’s Official: 2014 Was The Hottest Year on Record, NOAA Says

KQED Science | January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s Official: 2014 Was The Hottest Year on Record, NOAA Says

The annually-averaged temperature was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit over the 20th century average, and easily broke the records set in 2005 and 2010.

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10 Years After PBDE Ban, Bay Area Wildlife Shows Promising Signs of Recovery

KQED Science | January 16, 2015 | 2 Comments

10 Years After PBDE Ban, Bay Area Wildlife Shows Promising Signs of Recovery

A recent study from the San Francisco Estuary Institute shows that the Bay Area's status as a flame retardant (PBDE) "hot spot" has dramatically improved since the 2002 phaseout of the toxic chemicals.

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New Climate Research Suggests Acceleration of Sea Level Rise

KQED Science | January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

New Climate Research Suggests Acceleration of Sea Level Rise

A reassessment of historical data suggests that compared to previous estimates, the world's sea level rose more slowly during the 20th century—and is rising faster now.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/01/15/154046/highflying_geese_save_energy_by_swooping_like_a_roller_coaster?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Highflying Geese Save Energy By Swooping Like A Roller Coaster</a>

KQED News | January 15, 2015

Highflying Geese Save Energy By Swooping Like A Roller Coaster

The bar-headed goose is famous for its long, annual migration from the Indian subcontinent to central Asia, a flight that takes it over snow-capped Himalayan Mountains so high and dangerous that human climbers struggle just to stay alive. Scientists had thought these birds might fly up to a high altitude and ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/15/this-years-flu-shot-less-than-perfect-but-get-it-anyway/ target=_blank >This Year’s Flu Shot Less-Than-Perfect, But Get It Anyway</a>

State of Health | January 15, 2015

This Year’s Flu Shot Less-Than-Perfect, But Get It Anyway

This Oakland child received a nasal spray flu vaccine at a clinic in Oakland. (James Tensuan/KQED) By Rob Stein, NPR As expected, this year's flu vaccine looks like it's pretty much of a dud. The vaccine only appears to cut the chances that someone will end up sick with the ...Read More

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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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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/2015/01/13/gmo-potatoes-have-arrived-but-will-anyone-buy-them/ target=_blank >GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?</a>

KQED Science | January 14, 2015

GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

After a turn in the tumbling machine, these conventional russet Burbank potatoes are starting to show signs of bruising. New GMO potatoes called Innate russet Burbanks have been bred not to bruise as easily as these....Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/2015/01/13/the-future-strawberry-will-the-loss-of-a-major-pesticide-help-the-industry-to-go-green/ target=_blank >The Future Strawberry: Will the Loss of a Major Pesticide Help the Industry to Go Green?</a>

KQED Science | January 14, 2015

The Future Strawberry: Will the Loss of a Major Pesticide Help the Industry to Go Green?

Strawberries in the field. Photo: Shutterstock By Jillian Steinberger, Civil Eats (1/12/15) When it comes to growing strawberries, Farm Fuel, Inc., a Watsonville, California-based company, is on the cutting edge. The company grows wild and domesticated mustard and lightly processes the harvest into mustard meal, a soil ...Read More

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EPA Plans Oil and Gas Methane Emission Cuts

KQED Science | January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

EPA Plans Oil and Gas Methane Emission Cuts

To combat global warming, the EPA seeks to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry and will propose regulations later this year.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201501140900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >U.N. Climate Chief Rajendra Pachauri on 'Irreversible and Dangerous' Global Impacts</a>

Forum | January 14, 2015

U.N. Climate Chief Rajendra Pachauri on 'Irreversible and Dangerous' Global Impacts

In November, a United Nations climate panel offered a stark warning to world leaders: time is running out to avoid potentially catastrophic climate change. We'll talk with the chair of that panel, Rajendra Pachauri, about his proposed solutions to the looming crisis. We'll also get his take on the likelihood ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/13/disneyland-measles-cases-now-at-26/ target=_blank >Disneyland Measles Cases Now at 26</a>

State of Health | January 13, 2015

Disneyland Measles Cases Now at 26

(Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images) The number of measles cases linked to having visited Disneyland parks in mid-December has climbed to 22 in California, according to state data. There are four more cases in other states — two in Utah and one each in Colorado and Washington. While ...Read More

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