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KQED Science’s Top Five Stories of 2014

KQED Science | December 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

KQED Science’s Top Five Stories of 2014

From the launch of our original web video series Deep Look to our stories over the science of schizophrenia and the politics of water — it's been another year of diverse storytelling from the KQED Science team. Here's a round-up of our top 5 stories (based on page views) that you enjoyed in 2014.

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New Data from Rosetta Spacecraft Sheds Light on Origins of Earth’s Oceans

KQED Science | December 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

New Data from Rosetta Spacecraft Sheds Light on Origins of Earth’s Oceans

After several months of analysis of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has yielded some intriguing, and maybe, unexpected results. The data is refueling a long-running debate in the scientific community about a matter closer to home: the origin of Earth's oceans.

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Ten Years After Indian Ocean Tsunami, California is Better Prepared

KQED Science | December 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ten Years After Indian Ocean Tsunami, California is Better Prepared

The tragedy sparked a decade of improvements to our tsunami warning system.

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Storms a Boon for Rainwater Harvesters

KQED Science | December 17, 2014 | 11 Comments

Storms a Boon for Rainwater Harvesters

More Northern California residents are harnessing winter storms and cashing in on local rebate programs for rainwater harvesting.

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Northern California Ski Slopes Reopen After Storm

KQED Science | December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Northern California Ski Slopes Reopen After Storm

Bay Area Storm Brings Fresh Snow and Ski-Worthy Conditions to the Sierra Nevada

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‘Pineapple Express’ Soaks Bay Area

KQED Science | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

‘Pineapple Express’ Soaks Bay Area

The precipitation flooding many parts of the Bay Area is part of a low pressure system that is both common and uncommon during California's winter months.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/09/our-next-storm-very-windy-and-very-wet target=_blank >Our Next Storm: Very Windy and Very Wet</a>

KQED News | December 10, 2014

Our Next Storm: Very Windy and Very Wet

The storm is here and some areas like Sonoma County have received 5 inches of rain. Winds gusting over 70 mph have knocked out power lines and 174 flights at San Francisco International Airport have been canceled.

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Study: California Drought Most Severe Dry Spell in at least 1,200 Years

KQED Science | December 4, 2014 | 2 Comments

Study: California Drought Most Severe Dry Spell in at least 1,200 Years

Low precipitation and record high temperatures combine to set startling record.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/04/150859/world_climate_talks_in_lima_aim_to_move_beyond_kyoto_treaty?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >World Climate Talks in Lima Aim to Move Beyond Kyoto Treaty</a>

KQED News | December 4, 2014

World Climate Talks in Lima Aim to Move Beyond Kyoto Treaty

Most agree recent U.N. climate meetings have seen mixed success at best. This year, however, negotiators think they have some fresh ideas to entice developed countries and developing ones to work together.

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New Residential Water Use Numbers Indicate Conservation Backslide

KQED Science | December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

New Residential Water Use Numbers Indicate Conservation Backslide

The year-over-year water-saving rate slid by more than a third in October, worrying officials calling on residents to reduce water usage during record drought.

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The Hidden Perils of Permafrost

KQED Science | December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Hidden Perils of Permafrost

For thousands of years, mysterious bacteria have remained dormant in the Arctic permafrost. Now, a warming climate threatens to bring them back to life. What does that mean for the rest of us?

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/secrets-of-the-spider-web/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=secrets-of-the-spider-web target=_blank >Secrets of the Spider Web</a>

QUEST | November 17, 2014

Secrets of the Spider Web

Todd Blackledge admits that he sometimes gets called Spider-Man, but he's not scaling any walls or slinging webs at bad guys. An evolutionary biologist at the University of Akron, Blackledge studies spiders and their webs, a topic that he finds endlessly fascinating.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/14/drought-photos-see-lake-oroville-fall-near-historic-low-over-20-months target=_blank >Drought Photos: See Lake Oroville Fall Near Historic Low Over 20 Months</a>

KQED News | November 14, 2014

Drought Photos: See Lake Oroville Fall Near Historic Low Over 20 Months

"Drought poster child" lake sits just 5 feet above record low point, forcing people to rappel down to their boats at Bidwell Marina. If the water surface level drops much more, it could cause problems for hydroelectric power generation at Hyatt Power Plant in the bedrock of Lake Oroville.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/11/13/the-sweet-science-of-chocolate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-sweet-science-of-chocolate target=_blank >The Sweet Science of Chocolate</a>

QUEST | November 13, 2014

The Sweet Science of Chocolate

Chocolate is the solid gold of sweets, providing a standard of delectability that's been upheld around the globe for more than 2,000 years. The ancient Mayans and Aztecs even used the ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/diving-into-the-twilight-zone/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=diving-into-the-twilight-zone target=_blank >Diving Into the Twilight Zone</a>

QUEST | November 11, 2014

Diving Into the Twilight Zone

Through centuries of exploration, humans have climbed the highest peaks and hacked through the densest jungles. From pole to pole, there isn't a continent left unexplored, and very little land on earth that has not been set foot on by a human being. Yet only 10 percent of the world’s vast oceans have been truly explored. ...Read More

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The Amazing Life of Sand

KQED Science | November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Amazing Life of Sand

There’s a story in every grain of sand: tales of life and death, fire and water. If you scooped up a handful of sand from every beach, you'd have a history of the world sifting through your fingers. From mountain boulders to the shells of tiny ocean creatures, follow the journey that sand takes through thousands of years across entire continents to wind up stuck between your toes.

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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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Why California’s Largest Estuary No Longer Works for Wildlife

KQED Science | October 30, 2014 | 4 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://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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Photos From Thursday’s Solar Eclipse

KQED Science | October 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

Photos From Thursday’s Solar Eclipse

Missed the eclipse? See photos here.

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