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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/bayareabites/2015/04/23/buzz-over-bee-health-new-pesticide-studies-rev-up-controversy/ target=_blank >Buzz Over Bee Health: New Pesticide Studies Rev Up Controversy</a>

KQED Science | April 27, 2015

Buzz Over Bee Health: New Pesticide Studies Rev Up Controversy

Listen to the Story on All Things Considered: http://pd.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/atc/2015/04/20150422_atc_bee_colony_collapse_and_insecticides_aubrey_post.mp3 It has been about a decade since beekeepers and scientists began documenting a decline in honeybee populations and other important pollinators. Even if you're not a lover of bees or honey, you should know that ...Read More

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Amid California’s Drought, Should Cemeteries Stay Green?

KQED Science | April 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

Amid California’s Drought, Should Cemeteries Stay Green?

New drought restrictions are prompting cemetery managers to look at the water they use to keep lawns green. Some worry that for family members who visit this summer, parched grass might feel like insult on top of loss.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/01/24/a-grade-school-where-every-student-is-an-engineer/ target=_blank >A Grade School Where Every Student Is An Engineer</a>

Mindshift | April 26, 2015

A Grade School Where Every Student Is An Engineer

A fun story about a public elementary school in South Carolina where every student is an engineer. There's plenty of robotics and science, definitely some art — but no handwriting instruction. Is this the future? America's Tiniest Engineers: Report from Greenville, South CarolinaBy Deborah Fallows. It was the ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/01/09/10-innovative-ways-to-bring-stem-to-schools/ target=_blank >10 Innovative Ways to Bring STEM to Schools</a>

Mindshift | April 26, 2015

10 Innovative Ways to Bring STEM to Schools

By Matt Levinson As schools look for innovative ways to bring in STEM learning, here's a possible road map for how to galvanize a school community. 1. Organize a teacher research and development team to dig deep into STEM learning by having these teachers read widely on the topic, visit local businesses ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/10/06/the-forgotten-female-programmers-who-created-modern-tech/ target=_blank >The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech</a>

Mindshift | April 26, 2015

The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

Jean Jennings (left) and Frances Bilas set up the ENIAC in 1946. Bilas is arranging the program settings on the Master Programmer. (Courtesy of University of Pennsylvania)By Laura Sydell If your image of a computer programmer is a young man, there's a good reason: It's true. Recently, many big tech companies ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/01/28/to-inspire-learning-architects-reimagine-learning-spaces/ target=_blank >To Inspire Learning, Architects Reimagine Learning Spaces</a>

Mindshift | April 26, 2015

To Inspire Learning, Architects Reimagine Learning Spaces

By Allison Arieff As K–12 schools refocus on team-based, interdisciplinary learning, they are moving away from standardized, teach-to-test programs that assume a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching. Instead, there is a growing awareness that students learn in a variety of ways, and the differences should be supported. The students often learn better ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/12/29/intro-college-science-classes-that-enable-instead-of-weed/ target=_blank >Intro College Science Classes that Support Students Instead of Weeding Them Out</a>

Mindshift | April 26, 2015

Intro College Science Classes that Support Students Instead of Weeding Them Out

Introductory science and math courses at four-year universities serve several purposes, one of which is to act as gatekeepers to STEM majors. It's easy for students to get lost in rigorous materials and the lecture hall. Those who succeed may proceed onto upper division courses, while others should consider another ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/08/the-backlash-against-the-pinkification-of-tech/ target=_blank >The Backlash Against the ‘Pinkification’ of Tech</a>

Mindshift | April 26, 2015

The Backlash Against the ‘Pinkification’ of Tech

Important story about the backlash against the “Pinkification” of STEM in the San Francisco Chronicle. “It creates the idea that women need sort of a separate universe in which women can be tech professionals,” said UCSD professor Elizabeth Losh. “Instead of trying to be inclusive, it's an alternate reality ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/09/26/can-project-based-learning-close-gaps-in-science-education/ target=_blank >Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education?</a>

Mindshift | April 26, 2015

Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education?

Putting kids to work on meaningful projects can transform classrooms into beehives of inquiry and discovery, but relatively few rigorous studies have examined how well this teaching method actually works. An encouraging new report describes preliminary, first-year outcomes from a study of 3,000 middle school students that shows kids ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/02/04/a-maker-space-that-helps-kids-learn-during-long-hospital-stays/ target=_blank >A Maker Space That Helps Kids Create During Long Hospital Stays</a>

Mindshift | April 26, 2015

A Maker Space That Helps Kids Create During Long Hospital Stays

Emily Neblett stands next to a mobile maker space at at Monroe Caroll Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Noah Nelson/Youth RadioBy Noah Nelson, Youth Radio For students, the benefit of tinkering with tools and developing hands-on creative projects is that they get concrete lessons in what can otherwise ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/03/13/want-to-get-more-girls-into-stem-give-them-real-world-work/ target=_blank >Want to Get More Girls Into STEM? Give Them Real-World Work</a>

Mindshift | April 26, 2015

Want to Get More Girls Into STEM? Give Them Real-World Work

A screen grab from Burlington High School's Help Desk video, “All the Techie Ladies,” produced by the female members of the team. From the left: student Kelsey O'Brien and instructional technology specialist Jennifer Scheffer.In an effort to encourage girls' interest in STEM, a high school in Massachusetts is giving students ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/04/25/161218/hubbles_other_telescope_and_the_day_it_rocked_our_world?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Hubble's Other Telescope And The Day It Rocked Our World</a>

KQED News | April 25, 2015

Hubble's Other Telescope And The Day It Rocked Our World

The Hubble Space Telescope this week celebrates 25 years in Earth's orbit. In that time the telescope has studied distant galaxies, star nurseries, planets in our solar system and planets orbiting other stars. But, even with all that, you could argue that the astronomer for whom the telescope is named made ...Read More

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Western Bluebird Populations Expand in the Bay Area

KQED Science | April 24, 2015 | 2 Comments

Western Bluebird Populations Expand in the Bay Area

After their populations plunged in the mid-20th century, bluebirds have made a comeback with help from volunteers who make and monitor nest boxes.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/23/these-apps-are-turning-the-apple-watch-into-a-personal-health-coach/ target=_blank >These Apps are Turning the Apple Watch into a Personal Health Coach</a>

KQED Science | April 24, 2015

These Apps are Turning the Apple Watch into a Personal Health Coach

The new health and fitness apps for the Apple Watch can do everything from medication alerts to weight loss management.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/23/29-of-the-most-promising-apple-watch-health-apps-graphic/ target=_blank >29 of the Most Promising Apple Watch Health Apps (Graphic)</a>

KQED Science | April 24, 2015

29 of the Most Promising Apple Watch Health Apps (Graphic)

The Apple Watch is due to start shipping pre-orders on Friday, April 24th. The first customers will have their pick from dozens of health and fitness apps for the watch, which offer everything from calorie counting to medication alerts. For more on the health related apps for the Apple Watch, <a target=_blank rel="nofollow" ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/04/24/161131/why_dont_ants_need_a_leader?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Why Don't Ants Need A Leader?</a>

KQED News | April 24, 2015

Why Don't Ants Need A Leader?

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting Organized About Deborah Gordon's TED Talk The world's largest ant colony stretches over 3,700 miles. It succeeds, biologist Deborah Gordon says, because no one is in charge. The ants communicate with algorithmic patterns to survive and thrive. About Deborah Gordon Deborah Gordon is a ...Read More

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Stegosaurus, Male or Female? The Answer Is in the Plates

KQED Science | April 23, 2015 | 1 Comment

Stegosaurus, Male or Female? The Answer Is in the Plates

A young paleontologist has figured out how to tell male and female stegosaurs apart from the rows of plates upon their backs.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/lowdown/2015/04/20/earth-day-a-brief-history/ target=_blank >When Rivers Caught Fire: A Brief History of Earth Day</a>

The Lowdown | April 23, 2015

When Rivers Caught Fire: A Brief History of Earth Day

Donning a gas mask, a demonstrator participates in the first Earth Day celebration in 1970. (AP)Quick quiz: 1. Which labor organization helped fund and organize the first Earth Day celebration? 2. Who made the following statement: “Restoring nature to its natural state is a cause beyond party and beyond factions … It is ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/04/22/san-francisco-asks-people-to-identify-the-ugliest-yard target=_blank >San Francisco Asks Residents to Identify City’s ‘Ugliest’ Yard</a>

KQED News | April 22, 2015

San Francisco Asks Residents to Identify City’s ‘Ugliest’ Yard

As California's drought continues to worsen, the San Francisco Department of the Environment is encouraging people to conserve water by hosting an Ugliest Yard Competition. The goal is to help people realize that in a drought, a green lawn is an ugly lawn. “It's a fun way that the department ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/lowdown/2015/04/03/how-much-water-do-californians-use-and-what-would-a-25-percent-reduction-look-like/ target=_blank >How Much Water Do Californians Use and What Does 25 Percent Less Look Like?</a>

The Lowdown | April 22, 2015

How Much Water Do Californians Use and What Does 25 Percent Less Look Like?

Photo courtesy of NASAFeeling a bit dry lately? It's not just your imagination. California is mired in its fourth year of historic drought, with snowpack in the Sierra Nevada — which supplies about a third of the state's water — at 6 percent of the long-term April average. From a ...Read More

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