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Drought Drives Drilling Frenzy for Groundwater in California

KQED Science | June 2, 2014 | 14 Comments

Drought Drives Drilling Frenzy for Groundwater in California

The unrestrained race to drill new wells could put California's biggest water source in jeopardy.

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New Rules for Power Plants: What They Mean for California

KQED Science | June 1, 2014 | 2 Comments

New Rules for Power Plants: What They Mean for California

New rules for existing power plants could mean more partners for California's carbon market.

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From 63 Light Years Away, An Exoplanet is Ready for Its Closeup

KQED Science | May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

From 63 Light Years Away, An Exoplanet is Ready for Its Closeup

Recently, a major milestone in space exploration was reached: a planet was captured in a picture! The big deal is that the planet captured in this shot, a gas giant planet named Beta Pictoris b, is 63 light years away--over 100,000 times farther away than even Pluto.

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Plastic Substance Created by Pollution Yields a New Word: Plastiglomerate

KQED Science | May 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Plastic Substance Created by Pollution Yields a New Word: Plastiglomerate

When future geologists, whatever species they may be, look for our signs in the fossil record of the future, it may be this newly described amalgam of plastic and sediment.

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Despite Drought, Laws to Track California’s Biggest Water Users Ignored

KQED Science | May 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

Despite Drought, Laws to Track California’s Biggest Water Users Ignored

Some farm water districts are flouting requirements to measure and report water deliveries to customers.

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Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders

KQED Science | May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders

A team of neuroscientists at the University of California at San Francisco is embarking on a $70 million project, funded by the Department of Defense, to develop treatment for depression, anxiety disorders, addiction and other mental disorders.

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Veterans of Long-Past Wars Find Hope in PTSD Diagnosis

KQED Science | May 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Veterans of Long-Past Wars Find Hope in PTSD Diagnosis

More than a quarter-million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, but younger vets aren't the only ones dealing with it. Even today, veterans from conflicts as far back as World War II struggle with symptoms.

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Seven of 10 of California’s Most Polluted Beaches Are in Northern California

KQED Science | May 22, 2014 | 14 Comments

Seven of 10 of California’s Most Polluted Beaches Are in Northern California

The polluted beaches that made the 'Beach Bummers' list suffer from problems like poor circulation and outdated sewage systems.

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Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Slashed by Officials

KQED Science | May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Slashed by Officials

The amount of oil that can be recovered from California's vast Monterey Shale formation using existing technology is far less than thought.

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Santa Cruz Is First California County to Ban Fracking

KQED Science | May 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

Santa Cruz Is First California County to Ban Fracking

Tuesday morning the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the pre-emptive move against hydraulic fracturing. A state bill that would ban fracking until there is more scientific study is in limbo.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/sacramento-halfway-through-costly-water-meter-marathon target=_blank >Sacramento Halfway Through Costly Water-Meter Marathon</a>

News Fix | May 20, 2014

Sacramento Halfway Through Costly Water-Meter Marathon

Sacramento is nearly ten years into a program to install 100,000 water meters in homes. The project is running late and costs are ballooning.

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Major Solar Storm Narrowly Misses Earth

KQED Science | May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Major Solar Storm Narrowly Misses Earth

Two years ago, a solar coronal mass ejection of possibly the greatest recorded strength in history blasted by Earth's orbit. Had it impacted Earth's protective magnetic field, we could have experienced major disruptions in communication, brilliant aurora displays at tropical latitudes, damage to orbital satellites and possibly even major power blackouts.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/humboldt-county-man-arrested-in-redwood-national-park-poaching-case target=_blank >Humboldt County Man Arrested in Redwood Poaching Case</a>

News Fix | May 14, 2014

Humboldt County Man Arrested in Redwood Poaching Case

A suspect has been charged with vandalizing coast redwoods to steal burls prized by collectors and furniture makers.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/vinod-khosla-says-he-cannot-recall-decision-to-close-road-to-beach target=_blank >Silicon Valley Billionaire Testifies in Lawsuit Over Disputed Beach</a>

News Fix | May 12, 2014

Silicon Valley Billionaire Testifies in Lawsuit Over Disputed Beach

Vinod Khosla says he can't recall much about intentions for or decisions about San Mateo County property. ...Read More

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For San Francisco Bone Collector, Skulls Are a Lifelong Love Affair

KQED Science | May 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

For San Francisco Bone Collector, Skulls Are a Lifelong Love Affair

San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences opens a skull exhibit this week, featuring the work of Ray Bandar, a man who has devoted 60 years to cleaning the skulls and bones of some of California's most beloved animals.

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California Drought: Hopes Rising for El Niño

KQED Science | May 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

California Drought: Hopes Rising for El Niño

A strong summer El Niño could set the stage for a wet winter -- or not. Forecasters say it's still early in the game.

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Consumer Gene Tests Face Uncertain Future

KQED Science | May 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

Consumer Gene Tests Face Uncertain Future

Personal genetics companies that offer health insights are working to satisfy federal regulators and keep up with changing science.

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NOAA Expedition Finds Asphalt Volcanic ‘Tar Lilies’ in Gulf of Mexico

KQED Science | May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

NOAA Expedition Finds Asphalt Volcanic ‘Tar Lilies’ in Gulf of Mexico

A research expedition in the Gulf of Mexico has stumbled on a field of beautiful natural sculptures made of asphalt on the sea floor.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/reawakening-extinct-species/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=reawakening-extinct-species target=_blank >Reawakening Extinct Species</a>

QUEST | April 22, 2014

Reawakening Extinct Species

Explore efforts to bring back extinct species in this QUEST documentary. Should we turn back the clock?

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Drones: The Newest Water-Saving Tool for Parched Farms

KQED Science | April 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Drones: The Newest Water-Saving Tool for Parched Farms

Farmers are looking to the sky for the latest water-saving tool. But will aviation authorities allow it?

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