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New Study: Global Warming Will Bring Megadroughts to the West

KQED Science | February 12, 2015 | 6 Comments

New Study: Global Warming Will Bring Megadroughts to the West

Our best climate models, combined with our best climate records, foresee at least a century of profound drought in the Midwest and Southwest.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/02/11/a-sneak-peek-at-apples-new-cupertino-headquarters target=_blank >A Sneak Peek at Apple’s New Cupertino Headquarters</a>

KQED News | February 12, 2015

A Sneak Peek at Apple’s New Cupertino Headquarters

Apple's new Cupertino headquarters, known as Campus 2, has been largely off-limits to press since construction began last year. But KQED Science's Amy Standen got a tour Wednesday and gives us a look inside.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/02/11/coast-guard-cutter-suspected-source-of-oil-spill-in-oakland-estuary target=_blank >Coast Guard Cutter Suspected Source of Oil Spill in Oakland Estuary</a>

KQED News | February 11, 2015

Coast Guard Cutter Suspected Source of Oil Spill in Oakland Estuary

The Coast Guard and other agencies are investigating an oil spill in the Oakland Estuary overnight that prompted a voluntary evacuation of the Alameda Marina.

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State Proposes Rules to Protect Drinking Water From Fracking Waste

KQED Science | February 10, 2015 | 1 Comment

State Proposes Rules to Protect Drinking Water From Fracking Waste

Under pressure from a federal deadline and amid news reports that state regulators allowed oil companies to inject wastewater into aquifers clean enough to drink from, officials outlined plans for new safeguards.

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What a Narcoleptic Dog Can Teach Us About Sleep

KQED Science | February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

What a Narcoleptic Dog Can Teach Us About Sleep

Stanford retired its famed pack of narcoleptic research dogs almost a decade ago. But one researcher says there's more to be learned from a sleepy Chihuahua puppy who goes limp at the sight of a good snack.

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Elephant Seals Battle for Love With Mating Songs and Bravado

KQED Science | February 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Elephant Seals Battle for Love With Mating Songs and Bravado

They may sound like faulty plumbing, but male northern elephant seals have a unique communication system that's all about reputation.

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Lessons for the Digital Age From a 500-Year-Old Publishing Revolution

KQED Science | February 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lessons for the Digital Age From a 500-Year-Old Publishing Revolution

In the Internet age, many scientists are questioning the traditional publishing model. As we flounder through the digital revolution, it's intriguing to look back at the print revolution of the early Renaissance, which created comparable social and scientific upheaval.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/02/06/feds-offer-new-money-to-boost-california-drought-efforts/ target=_blank >Feds Offer New Money to Boost California Drought Efforts</a>

KQED News | February 6, 2015

Feds Offer New Money to Boost California Drought Efforts

The Obama administration is “all in” when it comes to helping California deal with a historic drought, said U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Friday in announcing a new $50 million relief program.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/06/155678/satellite_set_to_stream_daily_images_of_earth_from_space?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Satellite Set to Stream Daily Images of Earth from Space</a>

KQED News | February 6, 2015

Satellite Set to Stream Daily Images of Earth from Space

There's something majestic, even awe-inspiring about the sight of planet Earth as a blue disc, hanging in the vastness of space. The three astronauts aboard Apollo 8 were the first to get that view; if all goes well, later this year everyone will be able to get it on a daily ...Read More

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Scientists Tune in to the Earth’s Ambient Hum

KQED Science | February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Scientists Tune in to the Earth’s Ambient Hum

The background noise of the deep Earth resembles the random behavior of the sea surface. But advanced techniques can extract robust data from these whispers of information and help save marine life.

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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft on Approach for a Historic Encounter

KQED Science | February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft on Approach for a Historic Encounter

On March 6, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will become our first encounter with a dwarf planet when it arrives at Ceres.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/06/155629/what_did_cavemen_think_about_lust?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >What Did Cavemen Think About Lust?</a>

KQED News | February 6, 2015

What Did Cavemen Think About Lust?

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Seven Deadly Sins About Christopher Ryan's TED Talk Christopher Ryan says that human beings are sexual omnivores and hopes that a better understanding of sexual fidelity may end discrimination, shame and unrealistic expectations. About Christopher Ryan In their book Sex at Dawn, Christopher ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/06/155591/listeners_to_npr_why_dont_we_track_planes_like_we_do_ships?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Listeners To NPR: Why Don't We Track Planes Like We Do Ships?</a>

KQED News | February 6, 2015

Listeners To NPR: Why Don't We Track Planes Like We Do Ships?

A couple listeners wrote in to Morning Edition on Thursday with the same idea. "Did anyone notice that shortly after reporting on the difficulty of tracking airliners in flight, you aired a story about a gentleman in West Virginia who was able to work with Google to track fishing boats in ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201502060900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >UK Set to Legalize Babies With DNA From 3 Parents</a>

Forum | February 6, 2015

UK Set to Legalize Babies With DNA From 3 Parents

After a parliamentary vote earlier this week, the United Kingdom is set to become the first country to legalize making a baby with DNA from three parents. The controversial procedure, which prevents mothers from passing on genetic diseases to their children, involves replacing faulty DNA in a mother's eggs with ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/02/05/bay-area-storm-update-waiting-for-the-rain target=_blank >Bay Area Storm Update</a>

KQED News | February 5, 2015

Bay Area Storm Update

Watching the National Weather Service online radarscope Thursday night after six weeks of midwinter dry weather, you can see there's rain out there offshore. But it has seemed to crawl toward the coast all evening. The Storm at a Glance Rain: Rain moved a little more slowly over the ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2015/02/05/after-driest-january-on-record-how-low-are-californias-reservoirs-visualization/ target=_blank >After Driest January on Record, How Low Are California’s Reservoirs?</a>

The Lowdown | February 5, 2015

After Driest January on Record, How Low Are California’s Reservoirs?

Lake Oroville, Then and Now July 2011 (Paul Hames/CA DWR) August 2014 (Justin Sullivan/Getty) Despite some stormy December days and predictions in Northern California for a wet weekend ahead, the state is bracing ...Read More

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Great Bird Goo Mystery: Why It’s Not as Easy as ‘CSI’

KQED Science | February 5, 2015 | 5 Comments

Great Bird Goo Mystery: Why It’s Not as Easy as ‘CSI’

State scientists, federal agencies, and a lab in Britain are all trying to identify a mystery gunk that killed hundreds of sea birds in San Francisco Bay. It's been three weeks, and still no word on what the gunk is. KQED investigates why it's taking so long.

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New Stem Cell Therapy Helping Hard-to-Heal Bone Fractures

KQED Science | February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

New Stem Cell Therapy Helping Hard-to-Heal Bone Fractures

About 6 million people in North America suffer bone fractures each year. While most recover well, 5 to 10 percent of these patients -- half a million Americans annually -- are resistant to healing. UC Davis researchers are developing an improved surgical therapy for such fractures, that uses stem cells to speed recovery.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/02/04/new-vaccination-bill-would-end-exemptions-for-personal-religious-beliefs/ target=_blank >New Vaccination Bill Would End Exemptions for Personal, Religious Beliefs</a>

State of Health | February 4, 2015

New Vaccination Bill Would End Exemptions for Personal, Religious Beliefs

California lawmakers are proposing legislation that would require parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child's health is in danger, joining only two other states with such stringent restrictions.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201502041000?pid=RD19 target=_blank >The Science Behind the Power of Touch</a>

Forum | February 4, 2015

The Science Behind the Power of Touch

If you want to know which NBA team is going to perform the best, watch for the high-fives and chest bumps. In his newest book "Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind," David J. Linden explains how touch relates to success in teams, relationships and can even result in ...Read More

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