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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/04/12/160115/better_than_survivor_wild_drama_hooks_viewers_on_nest_web_cams?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Better Than 'Survivor': Wild Drama Hooks Viewers On Nest Web Cams</a>

KQED News | April 12, 2015

Better Than 'Survivor': Wild Drama Hooks Viewers On Nest Web Cams

Fans of Boulder County's osprey nest cam saw a bit of drama last season. Two females and a male were living in the nest, when a third female arrived and kicked the original female out. Observers said she bonded with the male. "People called it ... the 'home-wrecker osprey,' " says ...Read More

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River Otter Populations Are Expanding in the Bay Area

KQED Science | April 10, 2015 | 3 Comments

River Otter Populations Are Expanding in the Bay Area

River otters in the Bay Area finally have the first-ever census of their population published this year. After decades of no sign of the species, their numbers are expanding to nearly all nine counties in the Bay Area. Find out more from naturalist Sharol Nelson-Embry.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/04/10/data-shows-bay-area-cleantech-investment-on-the-wane target=_blank >Data Shows Bay Area Cleantech Investment on the Wane</a>

KQED News | April 10, 2015

Data Shows Bay Area Cleantech Investment on the Wane

Investment in the cleantech industry has seen major growth in the San Francisco Bay Area over the last decade, jumping from less than half a billion in venture capital dollars to $3 billion, according to figures from the State of the Valley conference in February. Yet, a closer look at ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/10/23andme-ceo-we-are-now-the-poster-child-for-patient-empowerment/ target=_blank >23andMe CEO: We Are Now the ‘Poster Child’ for Patient Empowerment</a>

KQED Science | April 10, 2015

23andMe CEO: We Are Now the ‘Poster Child’ for Patient Empowerment

Many media pundits wrote off a genetic-testing start-up called 23andMe in November of 2013, when federal regulators ordered an immediate halt to sales of its flagship product. In exchange for a swab of spit, Google-funded 23andMe provided people with direct access to over 200 health reports, detailing their risk of ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/04/10/oakland-creek-cement-spill-could-take-a-year-to-clean-up target=_blank >Oakland Creek Cement Spill Could Take a Year to Clean Up</a>

KQED News | April 10, 2015

Oakland Creek Cement Spill Could Take a Year to Clean Up

The valve at the center of two investigations into a major cement spill in a creek in Oakland's Rockridge neighborhood was inspected nearly a week ago, a spokeswoman for the East Bay Municipal Utility District said. The non-standard valve, which closes in a counter-clockwise direction, may have been opened accidentally or ...Read More

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The Next Crime Wave in Farm Country: Stealing Water

KQED Science | April 9, 2015

The Next Crime Wave in Farm Country: Stealing Water

Madera County's DA tries to get out in front of an expected wave of water-related thefts.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/09/weighing-privacy-vs-the-rewards-of-letting-insurers-track-your-fitness/ target=_blank >Weighing Privacy vs. the Rewards of Letting Insurers Track Your Fitness</a>

KQED Science | April 9, 2015

Weighing Privacy vs. the Rewards of Letting Insurers Track Your Fitness

Activity trackers have become increasingly popular over the past few years, monitoring everything from how many steps you walk, to the quality of your sleep. Now, John Hancock, a U.S.-based insurer, hopes that health conscious people will exchange activity data for lower life insurance premiums and other perks. Those who ...Read More

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The Great 1815 Tambora Eruption: What if This Volcano Blew Today?

KQED Science | April 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Great 1815 Tambora Eruption: What if This Volcano Blew Today?

Tambora brought the world a taste of apocalypse 200 years ago. Today we have better tools to monitor volcanoes like it, but the next eruption of its size will still challenge civilization.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/08/we-must-be-very-careful-with-human-genetic-engineering/ target=_blank >We Must Be Very Careful With Human Genetic Engineering</a>

KQED Science | April 8, 2015

We Must Be Very Careful With Human Genetic Engineering

Our geneticist, Dr. Barry Starr, weighs in on the current debate surrounding the latest gene-editing technique. Ever since we've been able to alter DNA, there have been discussions about what this means for the human race. In some far off future, when we can make wholesale changes to human DNA, what ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/08/john-hancock-hopes-youll-trade-activity-data-for-insurance-discounts/ target=_blank >John Hancock Hopes You’ll Trade Activity Data for Insurance Discounts</a>

KQED Science | April 8, 2015

John Hancock Hopes You’ll Trade Activity Data for Insurance Discounts

Would you lead a more active lifestyle if it meant lower life insurance premiums? Insurer John Hancock and Vitality, a global wellness firm, are hoping the answer is yes. But there is a condition: They get to track your activity. The practice is already employed in Australia, Europe, Singapore and South ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2015/04/07/how-much-precious-california-water-did-you-just-eat-finding-the-water-footprint-of-your-food/ target=_blank >How Much Precious California Water Did You Just Eat? Find the Water Footprint of Your Food</a>

The Lowdown | April 7, 2015

How Much Precious California Water Did You Just Eat? Find the Water Footprint of Your Food

Courtesy LA Times Looking to minimize your water footprint at the dinner table? How about a wholesome meal of eggs, carrots, potatoes and beer? Nutritious and downright water efficient (although perhaps not age-appropriate for the whole family). According to a new Los Angeles Times data analysis, the raw ingredients in that meal ...Read More

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Water Conservation Ebbs as Governor Calls for Greater Effort

KQED Science | April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Water Conservation Ebbs as Governor Calls for Greater Effort

The latest figures on water conservation in California would seem to bear out the need for more strict, mandatory measures, such as the governor recently announced.

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Confusion Over Drought Rules on Lawns for New Homes

KQED Science | April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Confusion Over Drought Rules on Lawns for New Homes

Builders and developers are pondering the governor's new water mandates -- and scratching their heads.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/07/tracking-your-own-health-data-too-closely-can-make-you-sick/ target=_blank >Tracking Your Own Health Data Too Closely Can Make You Sick</a>

KQED Science | April 7, 2015

Tracking Your Own Health Data Too Closely Can Make You Sick

Why not check bloodwork a few times a year as some celebrities advise? Because too much testing can lead to false positives (and abnormalities that don’t threaten health) and to unnecessary treatment.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/04/06/radio-reporter-busted-by-water-inspector-drought target=_blank >When a Radio Reporter Gets Busted by the Water Inspector</a>

KQED News | April 6, 2015

When a Radio Reporter Gets Busted by the Water Inspector

It began when she hopped onto the side of my bathtub, plastic bag in hand, and told me to turn on the shower. Sue Tensfeldt hates to be called a water cop. And she's not really a cop at all, but she is on the lookout for water wasters. She's a ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/06/play-this-video-game-and-call-me-in-the-morning/ target=_blank >Play This Video Game and Call Me in the Morning</a>

KQED Science | April 6, 2015

Play This Video Game and Call Me in the Morning

Neuroscientists hope their video game will be the first approved by the FDA.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/04/05/159700/will_turning_seawater_into_drinking_water_help_droughthit?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?</a>

KQED News | April 5, 2015

Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown made water conservation mandatory in the drought-stricken state of California. "As Californians, we have to pull together and save water in every way we can," he said. But if the four-year drought continues, conservation alone — at least what's required by the governor's plan — ...Read More

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Warm Winter Wrought Havoc for Coastal Wildlife

KQED Science | April 5, 2015 | 5 Comments

Warm Winter Wrought Havoc for Coastal Wildlife

Warm air and warm ocean waters together proved bad news this winter for wildlife on the Farallon Islands and along the nothern California coast.

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Lunar Eclipse Visible in Bay Area Saturday Morning

KQED Science | April 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

Lunar Eclipse Visible in Bay Area Saturday Morning

A total lunar eclipse, also known as a "blood moon," will be visible from the Bay Area early Saturday morning.

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NASA’s MESSENGER Spacecraft: Preparing Its Farewell Message From Mercury

KQED Science | April 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

NASA’s MESSENGER Spacecraft: Preparing Its Farewell Message From Mercury

NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is soon to end its 10-year mission in a fiery touchdown on the surface of the planet Mercury--but not before giving us our most up-close look yet at this little understood and elusive world.

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