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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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The Temptation to Treat Hunches As Science in Earthquake Prediction Research

KQED Science | August 1, 2013 | 8 Comments

The Temptation to Treat Hunches As Science in Earthquake Prediction Research

The science of earthquake prediction is fraught with the human tendency to seek conclusions beyond the reach of the data. In this setting, even the fruitless hypothesis of sunspots is seductive.

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As World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens, California Looks to End Solar Wars

KQED Science | July 12, 2013 | 41 Comments

As World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens, California Looks to End Solar Wars

After controversy over a threatened species delayed several large solar projects, state officials are trying to broker an agreement between conservation groups and solar companies on a path forward for renewable energy.

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Controversial Solar Farm One Step Closer to Construction

KQED Science | June 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Controversial Solar Farm One Step Closer to Construction

The Panoche Valley Solar Farm cleared a hurdle this week. Environmental groups sued to stop the solar project, located near Hollister, but the suit was rejected.

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The Biggest Battery You Haven’t Seen

KQED Science | May 24, 2013 | 4 Comments

The Biggest Battery You Haven’t Seen

This week, PG&E unveiled California’s largest battery project, now storing electrons in San Jose. The project is a pilot for energy storage technology, as electric utilities look for ways to balance increasing amounts of solar and wind energy on the grid.

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Could Rooftop Solar Kill Utilities? California Grapples with Solar’s Success

KQED Science | May 17, 2013 | 9 Comments

Could Rooftop Solar Kill Utilities? California Grapples with Solar’s Success

As increasing numbers of Californians generate their own electricity, they rely less on electric utilities. That’s raising major questions about the future of California’s utilities.

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