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Oldest Sequenced Genome From 45,000-Year-Old DNA

KQED Science | November 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Oldest Sequenced Genome From 45,000-Year-Old DNA

In a technological tour de force, a group of scientists have managed to read most of the DNA from the thigh bone of a 45,000 year-old-man. They were able to estimate that humans and Neanderthals bred in a major way 50,000-60,000 years ago and to confirm that the human mutation rate is a bit slower than scientists previously thought.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/11/03/147527/un_report_warns_of_irreversible_damage_to_earths_climate?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >U.N. Report Warns Of 'Irreversible' Damage To Earth's Climate</a>

KQED News | November 3, 2014

U.N. Report Warns Of 'Irreversible' Damage To Earth's Climate

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/11/03/147526/what_time_is_it_it_depends_where_you_are_in_the_universe?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >What Time Is It? It Depends Where You Are In The Universe</a>

KQED News | November 3, 2014

What Time Is It? It Depends Where You Are In The Universe

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Aging U.S. Icebreaker Fleet May Imperil Polar Science

KQED Science | November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Aging U.S. Icebreaker Fleet May Imperil Polar Science

The last of the Coast Guard's big icebreakers departs San Francisco Bay this week, a rare sight on the Bay and a reminder that the U.S. is falling behind in the race for polar dominance -- and knowledge.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/11/02/147490/standard_time_starts_and_the_summerhaters_celebrate?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Standard Time Starts, And The Summer-Haters Celebrate</a>

KQED News | November 2, 2014

Standard Time Starts, And The Summer-Haters Celebrate

You know what today is, right? That whole Daylight Saving thing is over, which means it gets darker earlier. For a lot of people that might be a downer. You get home from work and it's pitch black outside. Maybe you skip that run because it just feels too cold and dark. ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/11/01/147459/in_texas_the_worlds_biggest_bat_colony_is_saved_from_city_sprawl?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >In Texas, The World's Biggest Bat Colony Is Saved From City Sprawl</a>

KQED News | November 1, 2014

In Texas, The World's Biggest Bat Colony Is Saved From City Sprawl

Down a narrow gravel drive and a short walk past cactus and scrub cedars outside of San Antonio, Texas, is a gaping, dark cave mouth, 60 feet wide, nestled at the bottom of a steep hill. This is the Bracken Bat Cave. Each night at 7:30, millions of bats spiral out ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/11/01/147451/entomologist_slammed_for_euthanizing_puppy_spider?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Entomologist Slammed For Euthanizing 'Puppy Spider'</a>

KQED News | November 1, 2014

Entomologist Slammed For Euthanizing 'Puppy Spider'

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/10/31/virgin-galactics-spaceshiptwo-destroyed-in-test-flight target=_blank >Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Destroyed in Test Flight</a>

KQED News | October 31, 2014

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Destroyed in Test Flight

Virgin Galactic's SpaceshipTwo, a craft developed to carry paying passengers into suborbital space, crashed during a rocket-powered test flight Friday morning near its base in Southern California's Mojave Desert.

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A Historic First: Rosetta Spacecraft Plans to Land Its Probe on a Comet

KQED Science | October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Historic First: Rosetta Spacecraft Plans to Land Its Probe on a Comet

After 10 years of travel and three months orbiting the comet 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft is poised to deliver its landing probe, Philae, to the comet's surface -- a first in history.

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With Residential Retrofit Scheme, Oakland Enters Next Phase of Quakeproofing

KQED Science | October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

With Residential Retrofit Scheme, Oakland Enters Next Phase of Quakeproofing

Oakland gains character as well as affordable housing from its stock of small and mid-sized apartment buildings. A retrofit plan is being prepared to strengthen this crucial part of the city's fabric against earthquake damage.

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Why California’s Largest Estuary No Longer Works for Wildlife

KQED Science | October 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

Why California’s Largest Estuary No Longer Works for Wildlife

Startling maps in a new report on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta show the dramatic loss of marshlands that once supported a vast array of wildlife.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/10/29/state-issues-tailored-quarantine-guidelines-for-travelers-from-ebola-affected-countries/ target=_blank >State Issues ‘Tailored’ Quarantine Guidelines for Travelers from Ebola-Affected Countries</a>

State of Health | October 29, 2014

State Issues ‘Tailored’ Quarantine Guidelines for Travelers from Ebola-Affected Countries

Gov. Jerry Brown met last week with state officials, including state health officer Dr. Ron Chapman, center left. (Brad Alexander/Office of the Governor) Joining other states across the country, California's health officer has now added guidelines for a “risk-based quarantine order” for people traveling to California from one of the three ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/10/29/should-fracking-be-banned/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=should-fracking-be-banned target=_blank >Should Fracking Be Banned?</a>

QUEST | October 29, 2014

Should Fracking Be Banned?

From KQED Education Do Now: On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 three counties in California will decide by ballot whether or not to ban hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking.” It’s steeped in controversy, from the amount of water it uses to how and where that water--and added chemicals--are eventually disposed. Should fracking be banned? Why or why not?

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Activists Push for Public Review of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

KQED Science | October 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

Activists Push for Public Review of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

An environmental group claims there are unanswered questions about the seismic safety of the Central Coast plant.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/california-voters-to-decide-7-5-billion-water-bond-measure/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=california-voters-to-decide-7-5-billion-water-bond-measure target=_blank >California Voters to Decide on $7.5 Billion Water Bond</a>

QUEST | October 29, 2014

California Voters to Decide on $7.5 Billion Water Bond

On November 4, Californians will be able to exercise their opinion about water at the ballot box when they vote on Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion measure that would authorize the state to issue new bonds to pay for a wide variety of water-related projects.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/on-gmo-labeling-oregon-and-colorado-learn-from-california-defeat/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=on-gmo-labeling-oregon-and-colorado-learn-from-california-defeat target=_blank >With GMO Labeling on the Ballot, Oregon and Colorado Learn From California Defeat</a>

QUEST | October 28, 2014

With GMO Labeling on the Ballot, Oregon and Colorado Learn From California Defeat

Voters in Oregon will head to the polls Nov. 4 to decide whether to require foods made with genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled. In doing so, they'll be voting on an initiative shaped in part by the experience of activists in California, who watched a similar measure fail ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/three-california-counties-vote-on-fracking-bans-this-november/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=three-california-counties-vote-on-fracking-bans-this-november target=_blank >Three California Counties Vote on Fracking Bans This November</a>

QUEST | October 27, 2014

Three California Counties Vote on Fracking Bans This November

Santa Barbara, Mendocino and San Benito will decide this November on ballot initiatives that ask voters to ban hydraulic fracturing, the controversial oil- and gas-extraction technique known as “fracking.”

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Berkeley Lab Tackles Global Vaccine Delivery Problem with Portable Solar-Powered Fridge

KQED Science | October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Berkeley Lab Tackles Global Vaccine Delivery Problem with Portable Solar-Powered Fridge

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a portable vaccine solar-power fridge designed to run without power for five days, so vaccines are still viable when they are delivered in remote countries.

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‘Bionic Eye’ Allows Some Blind People to See Light

KQED Science | October 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

‘Bionic Eye’ Allows Some Blind People to See Light

A California woman recently became the first person in the West to receive a new type of bionic eye, an implant that will help her see for the first time in nearly three decades.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/27/146432/fear_of_blowing_big_calls_may_affect_how_umpires_do_their_jobs?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Fear Of Blowing Big Calls May Affect How Umpires Do Their Jobs</a>

KQED News | October 27, 2014

Fear Of Blowing Big Calls May Affect How Umpires Do Their Jobs

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