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The Fantastic Fur of Sea Otters

KQED Science | January 6, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Fantastic Fur of Sea Otters

Sea otters aren’t just cute -- they’re a vivid example of life on the edge. Unlike whales and other ocean mammals, sea otters have no blubber. Yet they're still able to keep warm in the frigid Pacific waters. The secret to their survival? A fur coat like no other.

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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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What We Know — And Don’t Know — About the Sea Star Die-Off

KQED Science | March 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

What We Know — And Don’t Know — About the Sea Star Die-Off

Starfish on the West Coast have been dying in startling numbers. Some observers have documented sea star bodies turning to mush, others described the creatures disintegrating. It's "sea star wasting disease," and scientists don't know what causes it.

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3 of the World’s Best Scientific Aircraft Team Up for Climate Science Research

KQED Science | January 9, 2014 | 5 Comments

3 of the World’s Best Scientific Aircraft Team Up for Climate Science Research

A tag-team of all-star research aircraft, including a robot, set out next week on a quest to explore a great atmospheric engine in the West Pacific with a powerful influence on global climate.

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