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With Drought, New Scrutiny Over Fracking’s Water Use

KQED Science | October 10, 2014 | 6 Comments

With Drought, New Scrutiny Over Fracking’s Water Use

The drought is putting a spotlight on water use around California, including for hydraulic fracturing. How much water does fracking use and will it increase as companies tap into the Monterey Shale, estimated to be the largest oil resource in country?

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Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

KQED Science | October 10, 2014 | 16 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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Join a Series of Geological Treasure Hunts With Earth Science Week 2014

KQED Science | October 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

Join a Series of Geological Treasure Hunts With Earth Science Week 2014

The annual open-ended celebration of geology and its related sciences takes place all this coming week. See what's happening and where to take part.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/09/145016/research_may_give_potential_homicide_victims_a_heads_up?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Research May Give Potential Homicide Victims A Heads Up</a>

KQED News | October 9, 2014

Research May Give Potential Homicide Victims A Heads Up

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/08/144980/climate_change_worsens_coastal_flooding_from_high_tides?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Climate Change Worsens Coastal Flooding From High Tides</a>

KQED News | October 8, 2014

Climate Change Worsens Coastal Flooding From High Tides

A wave of high tides is expected to hit much of the East Coast this week. These special tides – king tides — occur a few times a year when the Moon's orbit brings it close to the Earth. But scientists say that lately, even normal tides throughout the year ...Read More

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Stanford Scientist Shares Nobel in Chemistry

KQED Science | October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stanford Scientist Shares Nobel in Chemistry

Two Americans and a German will share the Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing a new type of microscopy that allows researchers, for the first time, to see individual molecules inside living cells.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/08/144955/indonesian_cave_paintings_as_old_as_europes_ancient_art?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Indonesian Cave Paintings As Old As Europe's Ancient Art</a>

KQED News | October 8, 2014

Indonesian Cave Paintings As Old As Europe's Ancient Art

Prehistoric cave paintings of animals and human hands in Indonesia are as ancient as similar paintings found in Western Europe, according to a new study that suggests humans may have carried this art tradition with them when they migrated out of Africa. "Until now, we've always believed that cave painting was ...Read More

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Now You Can Take a Virtual Hike in California State Parks

KQED Science | October 8, 2014 | 3 Comments

Now You Can Take a Virtual Hike in California State Parks

You can now visit 14 California State Parks from the comfort of your own web browser, using Google Street View.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/10/07/will-recycling-phosphorus-help-stop-algae-blooms/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=will-recycling-phosphorus-help-stop-algae-blooms target=_blank >Will Recycling Phosphorus Help Stop Algae Blooms?</a>

QUEST | October 7, 2014

Will Recycling Phosphorus Help Stop Algae Blooms?

Excess phosphorus in lakes can cause destructive algae blooms big enough to be seen from satellites. NOAA image. We depend on big farms for our food. For crops, that means a lot of fertilizer; for animals, that means a lot of waste. For the lakes near these farms, that means a ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/07/144871/3_win_nobel_in_physics_for_new_light_source?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >3 Win Nobel In Physics For New Light Source</a>

KQED News | October 7, 2014

3 Win Nobel In Physics For New Light Source

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/10/06/california-water-officials-arent-following-own-call-for-conservation/ target=_blank >California Officials Aren’t Following Own Call for Water Conservation</a>

KQED News | October 6, 2014

California Officials Aren’t Following Own Call for Water Conservation

RIVERSIDE – Mike Soubirous is a prodigious water user, pumping more than 1 million gallons per year at his lushly landscaped home on a hot, windy Southern California hilltop. Soubirous also is a member of the Riverside City Council, and one of his jobs in that position is to make decisions ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/10/06/point-reyes-national-seashore-agreement-drakes-bay-oyster-company target=_blank >National Park Service, Drakes Bay Oyster Co. Announce Exit Agreement</a>

KQED News | October 6, 2014

National Park Service, Drakes Bay Oyster Co. Announce Exit Agreement

After nearly a decade of negotiations, scientific studies, congressional intervention and protracted legal skirmishing, the National Park Service and Drakes Bay Oyster Co. announced Monday they've reached agreement on terms for the firm's final exit from Point Reyes National Seashore.

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Climate Change Has Uneven Effects on Ocean Warming

KQED Science | October 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

Climate Change Has Uneven Effects on Ocean Warming

Research published Sunday concluded that the upper 2,300 feet of the Southern Hemisphere’s oceans may have warmed twice as quickly after 1970 than had previously been thought.

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

Mindshift | October 6, 2014

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://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/06/144845/3_neuroscientists_to_share_nobel_prize_in_physiology_or_medicine?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >3 Neuroscientists To Share Nobel Prize In Physiology Or Medicine</a>

KQED News | October 6, 2014

3 Neuroscientists To Share Nobel Prize In Physiology Or Medicine

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Why Scientists are Seen as Competent but Untrustworthy (and Why it Matters)

KQED Science | October 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

Why Scientists are Seen as Competent but Untrustworthy (and Why it Matters)

According to a recent study, the public's distrust of scientists has gotten so bad that they are now on par with CEOs and lawyers. This loss of trust will almost certainly have profound implications for our future.

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Do Wearables and Health Apps Belong in the Doctor’s Office?

KQED Science | October 6, 2014 | 2 Comments

Do Wearables and Health Apps Belong in the Doctor’s Office?

Wearables and health apps made a multi-billion-dollar industry out of healthy peoples' desires to count calories and rack up steps. Now can this technology make the transition to a medical setting, to help people with chronic illnesses?

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/05/144772/dolphins_adorable_playful_not_as_smart_as_you_might_think?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Dolphins: Adorable, Playful, Not As Smart As You Might Think</a>

KQED News | October 5, 2014

Dolphins: Adorable, Playful, Not As Smart As You Might Think

Everyone loves dolphins. They're adorable, playful and super-intelligent, often called the geniuses of the ocean. But recently some researchers have begun to question that last notion. When it comes to brainpower, dolphins might not be as special as you think. In a recent piece for New Scientist, Caroline Williams rounds up ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/09/18/king-fire-pictures-el-dorado-county-pollock-pines/ target=_blank >Images of the King Fire: Beautiful — at a Distance</a>

KQED News | October 5, 2014

Images of the King Fire: Beautiful — at a Distance

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/05/144728/the_worlds_largest_cave_chamber_rises_1000_feet?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >The World's Largest Cave Chamber Rises 1,000 Feet</a>

KQED News | October 5, 2014

The World's Largest Cave Chamber Rises 1,000 Feet

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