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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/08/05/141274/how_to_translate_sight_into_sound_its_all_in_the_vibrations?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >How To Translate Sight Into Sound? It's All In The Vibrations</a>

KQED News | August 5, 2014

How To Translate Sight Into Sound? It's All In The Vibrations

Melissa Block talks to Abe Davis, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Davis helped author a paper on a visual system to detect sound, which can recover intelligible speech from the vibrations of a potato chip bag photographed through soundproof glass. Copyright 2014 NPR. To see ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/wp-admin/post.php%3Fpost%3D143062%26action%3Dedit/ target=_blank >California Fire Update: Moister and Cooler Weather Helps a Bit</a>

News Fix | August 5, 2014

California Fire Update: Moister and Cooler Weather Helps a Bit

Update, 1 p.m. Tuesday: There's good news overall on most of the state's various fire fronts, thanks to light rain and increased humidity, although the threat of thunderstorms could complicate things. The Eiler Fire in Shasta County is now 20 percent contained and has burned 28,600 acres, according to ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201408050850/b target=_blank >Excessive Water Pumping Leaves Aquifers Vulnerable to Pollution</a>

The California Report | August 5, 2014

Excessive Water Pumping Leaves Aquifers Vulnerable to Pollution

As reservoir levels dwindle, many regions are pumping water from underground. On the Central Coast, that's causing ocean water to pollute underground aquifers. The seawater is making groundwater unusable for crops like strawberries. ...Read More

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Artist Will Take a 13-Hour Watery Stand to Draw Attention to Rising Seas

KQED Science | August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Artist Will Take a 13-Hour Watery Stand to Draw Attention to Rising Seas

A performance artist will stand in San Francisco Bay for a tidal cycle of thirteen hours to dramatize the challenge of rising seas. At high tide, she'll be covered up to her neck.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/08/05/the-future-of-sustainable-food-qa-with-wendell-berry/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-future-of-sustainable-food-qa-with-wendell-berry target=_blank >The Future of Sustainable Food: Q&A with Wendell Berry</a>

QUEST | August 5, 2014

The Future of Sustainable Food: Q&A with Wendell Berry

Photo by Guy Mendes Farmer and environmentalist Wendell Berry is known to many as the father of the sustainable food movement. He is an outspoken advocate for an agrarian revolution to end industrialized practices that he says are poisoning the land and destroying rural communities. In recent years Berry has promoted ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201408050900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Schizophrenia: New Thinking, New Treatments</a>

Forum | August 5, 2014

Schizophrenia: New Thinking, New Treatments

Characterized by hallucinations and psychotic episodes, schizophrenia affects about 1 percent of people worldwide. Scientists are just beginning to uncover the underlying biological basis for the illness, which is still little understood.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/08/04/141208/what_has_lake_erie_so_sick?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >What Has Lake Erie So Sick?</a>

KQED News | August 4, 2014

What Has Lake Erie So Sick?

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ...Read More

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There’s a New Bird Species in California, Sort Of

KQED Science | August 4, 2014 | 3 Comments

There’s a New Bird Species in California, Sort Of

When is a clapper rail not a clapper rail? Answer: when it's in California, as it turns out.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/08/04/cal-fire-gains-ground-on-mother-lode-blaze-2nd-fire-burns-near-yosemite/ target=_blank >California Fire Update: Cooler Weather Could Help Firefighters</a>

News Fix | August 4, 2014

California Fire Update: Cooler Weather Could Help Firefighters

The sky over Burney, a town of about 3,500 northeast of Redding, as the nearby Eiler Fire tripled in size on Saturday. (Courtesy Ryan Albaugh) Update, Monday 8:25 a.m.: We're still waiting for updated acreage numbers on the major fires burning in Shasta, Siskiyou and Modoc counties, but cooler, moister weather ...Read More

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What Is Schizophrenia? Scientists Call for New Thinking

KQED Science | August 4, 2014 | 6 Comments

What Is Schizophrenia? Scientists Call for New Thinking

For two generations, psychiatrists have treated schizophrenia by medicating its most obvious symptoms: delusions and hallucinations. Were they wrong?

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/08/04/making-sense-of-san-franciscos-bone-chilling-summertime-fog/ target=_blank >The Chilling Effect: Why San Francisco Gets So Foggy in the Summer</a>

The Lowdown | August 4, 2014

The Chilling Effect: Why San Francisco Gets So Foggy in the Summer

Note: This post was originally published on May 20, 2014 “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Mark Twain may never have actually said it himself, but that doesn't make the statement any less true. As any naive tourist shivering miserably in a tank top and Bermuda ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/08/03/cal-fire-gains-ground-on-mother-lode-blaze-2nd-fire-burns-near-yosemite/ target=_blank >California Fire Update: Governor Declares Emergency as Big North State Fires Spread</a>

News Fix | August 3, 2014

California Fire Update: Governor Declares Emergency as Big North State Fires Spread

The Eiler and Bald fires burn Friday in eastern Shasta County. (Ryan Albaugh via Twitter) Update, 12:20 a.m. Saturday: Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency and ordered a further mobilization of the National Guard to respond to a series of large, rapidly spreading wildfires in Northern ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/08/01/california-fires-nasa-satellite-view target=_blank >Northern California on Fire: Today’s View From Space</a>

News Fix | August 1, 2014

Northern California on Fire: Today’s View From Space

“Aug. 1, 2014, image of California from NASA's Terra Earth Observing System satellite. NASA, that space agency we all pay for, has a multitude of satellites up there in orbit on all sorts of missions, including probes checking out the sun, the moon, our sister planets, the borders of the Solar ...Read More

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California’s Smokejumpers Fight the Hardest-to-Reach Wildfires

KQED Science | August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

California’s Smokejumpers Fight the Hardest-to-Reach Wildfires

It takes a special breed to jump (a) out of a perfectly good airplane, and (b) into an active fire zone. But smokejumpers have been doing it for decades.

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A Tale of Two Tern Towns in the Bay Area

KQED Science | August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Tale of Two Tern Towns in the Bay Area

The Bay Area hosts two large breeding colonies of endangered California least terns. Find out more about these birds and the East Bay Regional Park District's efforts to manage their populations.

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Retail Operations Close at Drakes Bay Oyster Company

KQED Science | July 31, 2014 | 3 Comments

Retail Operations Close at Drakes Bay Oyster Company

What's next for the oyster farm, its employees and the natural environment of Drakes Estero.

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The ‘Tahoe Tsunami’: New Study Envisions Early Geologic Event

KQED Science | July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The ‘Tahoe Tsunami’: New Study Envisions Early Geologic Event

A new paper marshals evidence detailing the catastrophic landslide and mega-tsunami that struck Lake Tahoe during the late Pleistocene.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/skytem-aquifer-mapping/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=skytem-aquifer-mapping target=_blank >SkyTEM Aquifer Mapping</a>

QUEST | July 31, 2014

SkyTEM Aquifer Mapping

Fill up a glass of water to quench your thirst. Wonder where it comes from? Chances are it's from underground water sources called aquifers, which provide fresh water for most people on Earth. Unlike highly visible rivers and streams or lakes and ponds, aquifers are beneath the surface, so ...Read More

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California’s Biggest Water Source Shrouded in Secrecy

KQED Science | July 31, 2014 | 18 Comments

California’s Biggest Water Source Shrouded in Secrecy

Stanford launches a major investigation of the state's dwindling groundwater resources and finds "alarming" gaps.

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Richmond Approves Contentious Chevron Project

KQED Science | July 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

Richmond Approves Contentious Chevron Project

Richmond's city council has given the green light to a controversial refinery project. Chevron's $1 billion upgrade at its Richmond refinery will allow it to refine higher-sulfur crude oil.

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