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Why More Trees in the Sierra Mean Less Water for California

KQED Science | September 15, 2014 | 10 Comments

Why More Trees in the Sierra Mean Less Water for California

California water districts are eyeing a potential new source of water: trees. After a century of fire suppression, Sierra Nevada forests are more dense than ever before. And those pine trees are taking up a lot of water that might otherwise run off into California rivers.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/09/11/vaccine-opt-out-rate-doubled-in-7-years-look-up-your-school-online/ target=_blank >California's Vaccine Opt-Out Rate Doubled in 7 Years</a>

State of Health | September 11, 2014

California's Vaccine Opt-Out Rate Doubled in 7 Years

California law requires that children entering kindergarten be fully vaccinated against a range of diseases. But the rate of parents opting out of vaccines for their children has doubled since 2007. Look up information about schools here.

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Apple Jumps Into Health Monitoring With New Watch

KQED Science | September 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

Apple Jumps Into Health Monitoring With New Watch

The debut of the device marks Apple's entrance into multibillion-dollar mobile health industry.

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Quake-Revived Streams Could Keep Flowing for a While

KQED Science | September 9, 2014 | 2 Comments

Quake-Revived Streams Could Keep Flowing for a While

The Napa quake jump-started several streams in the Napa and adjoining valleys, but how long they'll run and where the water is coming from is hard to pin down.

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Finding the Next Ebola Before it Breaks Out

KQED Science | September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Finding the Next Ebola Before it Breaks Out

Scientists at UC Davis are scouring the globe to find new viruses that can jump from animals to humans. Their goal is to prevent the next pandemic.

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Why You Might Want to Wait Until January to Buy a New Sofa

KQED Science | September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Why You Might Want to Wait Until January to Buy a New Sofa

Two new California laws aim to keep flame-retardant chemicals out of furniture. But how can consumers know for sure?

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West Coast Fish Upgraded to Sustainable Seafood Choice

KQED Science | September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

West Coast Fish Upgraded to Sustainable Seafood Choice

One of the key fisheries on the West Coast is coming back after years of decline.

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Napa Quake Forces Redrawing of Fault Maps

KQED Science | September 2, 2014 | 5 Comments

Napa Quake Forces Redrawing of Fault Maps

Some surprises emerge, which could lead to additional building restrictions in the Napa Valley.

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Landmark Groundwater Reform Headed to Governor’s Desk

KQED Science | August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Landmark Groundwater Reform Headed to Governor’s Desk

The era of unlimited groundwater pumping in California could be ending. A package of bills would require local agencies to restore over-pumped aquifers.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/08/28/141926/an_icy_solution_to_the_mystery_of_the_slithering_stones?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >An Icy Solution to the Mystery of the Slithering Stones</a>

KQED News | August 28, 2014

An Icy Solution to the Mystery of the Slithering Stones

A century ago, miners working in California's Death Valley reported seeing boulders on the desert floor with long trails behind them — as if the stones had been pushed across the sand. But, despite 60 years of trying, no one ever saw what moved them. Now scientists think they have the answer.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/08/27/sleep-apps-myths-and-more-strategies-for-a-good-nights-rest/ target=_blank >Sleep Apps, Sleep Myths and More: Strategies for A Good Night’s Rest</a>

State of Health | August 27, 2014

Sleep Apps, Sleep Myths and More: Strategies for A Good Night’s Rest

Sleep apps can help track sleep, but experts say to stay away from too much tech before bed. On Forum, sleep scientists debunked myths, like what the effects are of sugar, alcohol, hormones and health on your sleep.

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After Record-Breaking Rim Fire, Log Trees or Leave Them?

KQED Science | August 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

After Record-Breaking Rim Fire, Log Trees or Leave Them?

Later this week, the U.S. Forest Service will release plans to allow logging companies to harvest some of the dead trees. Some environmental groups say it would destroy important wildlife habitat.

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South Napa Quake: What Scientists Know So Far

KQED Science | August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

South Napa Quake: What Scientists Know So Far

Scientists are still trying to find out more about the fault where Sunday’s earthquake occurred. They are focusing on the small West Napa Fault.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/08/24/quake-rolls-through-bay-area/ target=_blank >Strong Earthquake Rolls Through Bay Area</a>

News Fix | August 24, 2014

Strong Earthquake Rolls Through Bay Area

The strongest quake to hit the Bay Area since the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989 caused widespread damage in Napa and Vallejo.

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Epic Drought in West Is Literally Moving Mountains

KQED Science | August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Epic Drought in West Is Literally Moving Mountains

Some parts of California’s mountains have been uplifted by as much as half an inch in the past 18 months because the massive amount of water lost in the drought is no longer weighing down the land, causing it to rise a bit like an uncoiled spring.

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Drought-Stricken California Town Struggles to Keep the Water Flowing

KQED Science | August 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Drought-Stricken California Town Struggles to Keep the Water Flowing

From heavy machinery to hand-held flour sifters, this town is pulling out all the stops to save its water.

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A Year After Rim Fire, Debate Sparks Over Replanting Trees

KQED Science | August 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

A Year After Rim Fire, Debate Sparks Over Replanting Trees

Reforestation is common after large fires in the West, but some scientists say it’s time to rethink how forests are replanted.

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Parks Attract Affluent Homeowners to Earthquake Fault Zones Despite Risks

KQED Science | August 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

Parks Attract Affluent Homeowners to Earthquake Fault Zones Despite Risks

The Alquist-Priolo law keeps new homes away from active earthquake faults. But a study finds that the resulting 'fault zone parks' attract wealthy residents despite the seismic hazard.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/08/14/california-water-bond-proposition-1 target=_blank >Water Bond Heads to November Ballot as Proposition 1</a>

News Fix | August 14, 2014

Water Bond Heads to November Ballot as Proposition 1

A bipartisan agreement delivers $7.5 billion bond measure to pay for new dams and other water needs.

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Water Restrictions: Meaning of ‘Mandatory’ Depends on Where You Live

KQED Science | August 12, 2014 | 2 Comments

Water Restrictions: Meaning of ‘Mandatory’ Depends on Where You Live

Enforcement strategies are all over the map, literally and figuratively.

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