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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/16/sonoma-county-has-highest-whooping-cough-rate-in-statewide-epidemic/ target=_blank >Sonoma County has Highest Whooping Cough Rate in Statewide Epidemic</a>

State of Health | July 16, 2014

Sonoma County has Highest Whooping Cough Rate in Statewide Epidemic

It's been a little over a month since California declared a whooping cough epidemic, and according to the most recent data from the state, three neighboring Bay Area counties have the highest rates of the disease statewide: ...Read More

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California Regulators Approve Fines for Wasting Water

KQED Science | July 15, 2014 | 7 Comments

California Regulators Approve Fines for Wasting Water

Watering your lawn or washing your car may become a lot more expensive. State regulators have approved new fines aimed at water wasters, hoping the penalties will lead to a reduction in water use.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/15/work-as-refuge-working-mothers-report-better-health/ target=_blank >Work as Refuge? Working Mothers Report Better Health</a>

State of Health | July 15, 2014

Work as Refuge? Working Mothers Report Better Health

NPR is reporting today about a fascinating survey that found that women who work full time “reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who part time.” ...Read More

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California’s Drought is Hurting Farmers More Than Food Consumers

KQED Science | July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

California’s Drought is Hurting Farmers More Than Food Consumers

Economists estimate that the drought will cost the state's farm economy about $2.2 billion this year, including the loss of more than 17,000 jobs.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/15/140042/underwater_meadows_might_serve_as_antacid_for_acid_seas?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Underwater Meadows Might Serve As Antacid For Acid Seas</a>

KQED News | July 15, 2014

Underwater Meadows Might Serve As Antacid For Acid Seas

The world's oceans are changing — chemically changing. As people put more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the oceans absorb more of it, and that's making the water more acidic. The effects are subtle in most places, but scientists say that if this continues, it could be a disaster for marine ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/07/14/2014/SpaceX_Rocket_Launch target=_blank >Video: SpaceX Rocket Launch</a>

News Fix | July 14, 2014

Video: SpaceX Rocket Launch

For those of you who still get a thrill from rocket launches, here's one today from Elon Musk's SpaceX company, headquartered in Hawthorne, California. The Falcon rocket, packed with communication satellites, blasted off Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. On board were six advanced satellites for the New ...Read More

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Present-Day Tibetans Inherited Genetic Gifts from Paleolithic-Era Ancestors

KQED Science | July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Present-Day Tibetans Inherited Genetic Gifts from Paleolithic-Era Ancestors

The world had been awash in news about how we can see the evidence in our DNA of ancient humans mating with Neanderthals and their close relatives, the Denisovans. Now in a new study out in the journal Nature, a group of researchers has found the strongest evidence to date that this mating mattered.

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Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

KQED Science | July 14, 2014 | 12 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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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/13/139992/mark_your_calendars_in_a_year_well_arrive_at_pluto?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Mark Your Calendars: In A Year, We'll Arrive At Pluto</a>

KQED News | July 13, 2014

Mark Your Calendars: In A Year, We'll Arrive At Pluto

Planetary scientist Alan Stern is counting down the days — just 365 of them now. He's spent the past 8 1/2 years waiting for the New Horizons spacecraft to make a close encounter with Pluto. Next year, on July 14, the spacecraft will reach its destination. "Not only did we choose ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/12/139958/well_ill_be_undammed_colorado_river_briefly_reached_the_sea?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Well, I'll Be Un-Dammed: Colorado River (Briefly) Reached the Sea</a>

KQED News | July 12, 2014

Well, I'll Be Un-Dammed: Colorado River (Briefly) Reached the Sea

For a few weeks this spring, the Colorado River flowed all the way to the sea for the first time in a half a century. And during that window of opportunity, writer Rowan Jacobsen took the paddleboarding trip of a lifetime. The river starts in the Rocky Mountains, and for more ...Read More

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California’s New Fracking Regulations Delayed Half a Year

KQED Science | July 11, 2014 | 7 Comments

California’s New Fracking Regulations Delayed Half a Year

State lawmakers approved the delay in late June, and at the same time tightened up the environmental review process for fracking permits.

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Inspectors at Lake Tahoe Intercept Invasive Mussels

KQED Science | July 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Inspectors at Lake Tahoe Intercept Invasive Mussels

Mandatory boat inspections stop invasive species from endangering Lake Tahoe’s pristine ecosystem.

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Drought Drives Hungry Bears to Lake Tahoe

KQED Science | July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Drought Drives Hungry Bears to Lake Tahoe

Nevada wildlife officials say they're increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they've started calling "drought" bears.

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Benicia Extends Public Comment Period on Bay Area Crude-by-Rail

KQED Science | July 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Benicia Extends Public Comment Period on Bay Area Crude-by-Rail

Benicia city officials are giving people more time to comment on a proposal to bring crude oil by rail to Valero’s refinery there.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/11/round-2-of-richmond-hearing-on-chevron-refinery-plan/ target=_blank >Richmond Panel OKs Chevron Refinery Plan — With Conditions</a>

News Fix | July 11, 2014

Richmond Panel OKs Chevron Refinery Plan — With Conditions

Company says it has ‘grave concerns’ about new environmental proposals attached to project. Read more ...

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft: A Decade of Discovery at Saturn

KQED Science | July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft: A Decade of Discovery at Saturn

A decade ago, NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the largest and most complex robotic probe yet built, arrived in the Saturn system to begin a marathon exploration of the gas giant, its famous and awe-inspiring rings and what has turned out to be a collection of some of the most eye-opening moons in the solar system.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201407110900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Water Wasters May Face $500-per-day Fine</a>

Forum | July 11, 2014

Water Wasters May Face $500-per-day Fine

California residents who overwater their lawns or hose down their cars without a shut-off nozzle may soon face a $500-per-day fine. The State Water Resources Control Board proposed new regulations on Wednesday to crack down on excess water use. The board is set to consider the proposal on July 15. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/10/round-2-of-richmond-hearing-on-chevron-refinery-plan/ target=_blank >Round 2 of Richmond Hearing on Chevron Refinery Plan</a>

News Fix | July 10, 2014

Round 2 of Richmond Hearing on Chevron Refinery Plan

A day after hearing from dozens of people about Chevron's $1 billion proposal to upgrade its refinery in Richmond, the city's Planning Commission is meeting again Thursday evening to hear more comments.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/10/like-other-animals-we-need-stress-in-moderation/ target=_blank >Like Other Animals, We Need Stress — in Moderation</a>

State of Health | July 10, 2014

Like Other Animals, We Need Stress — in Moderation

A stress system gone awry can quite literally make people sick. (Getty Images) By Richard Harris, NPR Ask somebody about stress, and you're likely to hear an outpouring about all the bad things that cause it — and the bad things that result. But if you ask a biologist, you'll ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201407100850/a target=_blank >State Proposes Fines to Crack Down on Water Wasters</a>

The California Report | July 10, 2014

State Proposes Fines to Crack Down on Water Wasters

Despite the fact we're in the thick of the worst drought since the 1970s, the state has been relying on Californians to cut back water use voluntarily. Now the Water Resources Control Board is proposing fines of up to $500 on people who water their lawn, sidewalks or cars too ...Read More

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