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Genetically Speaking, Americans Really Are a Melting Pot of Diversity

KQED Science | January 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

Genetically Speaking, Americans Really Are a Melting Pot of Diversity

A new study confirms that at the DNA level, people in the U.S. are more similar than many might think. People who self identify as African-American, Latino or European-American very often have traces of one or both of the other ancestries in their DNA.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201501231000?pid=RD19 target=_blank >How Technology is Transforming Prosthetics and the Lives of Amputees</a>

Forum | January 23, 2015

How Technology is Transforming Prosthetics and the Lives of Amputees

In the last decade, innovations in 3D printing, advanced bionics and other technologies have led to marked improvements in the form and function of prosthetics. These days, it's not uncommon to see amputees rock climbing, dancing and showing off custom-designed limbs. We explore the changing field of prosthetics. ...Read More

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Help Sought With Mystery Goo Killing Birds in San Francisco Bay

KQED Science | January 20, 2015 | 3 Comments

Help Sought With Mystery Goo Killing Birds in San Francisco Bay

An unidentified substance has killed or injured hundreds of birds so far.

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How Electric Light Changed the Night

KQED Science | January 20, 2015 | 3 Comments

How Electric Light Changed the Night

Artificial light makes the modern world possible. But not all kinds of light are good for us. Electric light has fundamentally altered our lives, our bodies and the very nature of our sleep.

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Sick Sea Lions Wash Up on California Beaches

KQED Science | January 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

Sick Sea Lions Wash Up on California Beaches

The Marine Mammal Center treated record numbers of stranded sea lions last year, and the problem is expected to continue in 2015.

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10 Years After PBDE Ban, Bay Area Wildlife Shows Promising Signs of Recovery

KQED Science | January 16, 2015 | 2 Comments

10 Years After PBDE Ban, Bay Area Wildlife Shows Promising Signs of Recovery

A recent study from the San Francisco Estuary Institute shows that the Bay Area's status as a flame retardant (PBDE) "hot spot" has dramatically improved since the 2002 phaseout of the toxic chemicals.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201501140900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >U.N. Climate Chief Rajendra Pachauri on 'Irreversible and Dangerous' Global Impacts</a>

Forum | January 14, 2015

U.N. Climate Chief Rajendra Pachauri on 'Irreversible and Dangerous' Global Impacts

In November, a United Nations climate panel offered a stark warning to world leaders: time is running out to avoid potentially catastrophic climate change. We'll talk with the chair of that panel, Rajendra Pachauri, about his proposed solutions to the looming crisis. We'll also get his take on the likelihood ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/01/12/supreme-court-rejects-appeal-of-delta-smelt-ruling target=_blank >Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Delta Smelt Ruling</a>

KQED News | January 12, 2015

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Delta Smelt Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has left in place limits on water exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect the Delta smelt.

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New Horizons Spacecraft Wakes up for Its Historic Fly-by of Pluto

KQED Science | January 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

New Horizons Spacecraft Wakes up for Its Historic Fly-by of Pluto

Only 84 years after its discovery in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh, it is the eve of our first-ever close-up look at everyone’s favorite dwarf planet, Pluto. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will make a fly-by on July 14th, after a high-speed, nine-year voyage.

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Foie Gras: Back on California Menus

KQED Science | January 8, 2015 | 2 Comments

Foie Gras: Back on California Menus

Chefs from Los Angeles to San Francisco celebrated on Wednesday when a federal judge lifted a statewide ban on foie gras.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/01/07/tidal-waters-in-san-pablo-national-wildlife-refuge-back-after-more-than-century/ target=_blank >Tidal Waters in San Pablo National Wildlife Refuge Back After More than a Century</a>

KQED News | January 7, 2015

Tidal Waters in San Pablo National Wildlife Refuge Back After More than a Century

As an eager crowd of conservationists gathers to watch an excavator scoop out the final portion of the old levee at the historic Cullinan Ranch, located at the north end of San Pablo Bay, it seems even Mother Nature can't wait.

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Stanford Identifies Drug That May Improve Cardiac Stents

KQED Science | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stanford Identifies Drug That May Improve Cardiac Stents

Stanford researchers believe they’ve found a drug for cardiac stents that can more effectively prevent complications, because the drug targets the actual cause of stent disease.

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UC Berkeley Study Says Migratory Birds Use Infrasound to Avoid Storms

KQED Science | December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

UC Berkeley Study Says Migratory Birds Use Infrasound to Avoid Storms

It’s well-known that daylight length is an important migratory trigger, but a new study from UC Berkeley finds birds use infrasound, or tones lower than the normal range of human hearing, to flee bad weather.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/17/just-add-rain-and-bay-area-hills-turn-green target=_blank >Just Add Rain, and Bay Area Hills Turn Green</a>

KQED News | December 17, 2014

Just Add Rain, and Bay Area Hills Turn Green

Here's a lovely sight and sound for you: Rain sluicing through a towering tree up in Oakland's Redwood Regional Park.

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What Gives the Morpho Butterfly Its Magnificent Blue?

KQED Science | December 16, 2014 | 2 Comments

What Gives the Morpho Butterfly Its Magnificent Blue?

What does it mean to be blue? The wings of a Morpho butterfly are some of the most brilliant structures in nature, and yet they contain no blue pigment -- they harness the physics of light at the nanoscale.

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L.A.’s “Resilience By Design” Report Lays Out Ambitious Earthquake Infrastructure Plan

KQED Science | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

L.A.’s “Resilience By Design” Report Lays Out Ambitious Earthquake Infrastructure Plan

The just-released seismic resiliency plan for Los Angeles goes beyond just saving lives; it hopes to ensure that the nation's second-largest city will still work after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/10/151234/debate_should_we_genetically_modify_food?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Debate: Should We Genetically Modify Food?</a>

KQED News | December 10, 2014

Debate: Should We Genetically Modify Food?

Proponents of GMOs say that farmers who grow these crops are able to use fewer environmentally damaging pesticides. Critics, however, say the claims of those benefits are overblown.

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Earth’s Most Common Mineral is Bagged and Tagged: Meet Bridgmanite

KQED Science | December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Earth’s Most Common Mineral is Bagged and Tagged: Meet Bridgmanite

Thanks to a meteorite collected in 1879, we have finally given a name to the most abundant mineral in Earth. Here's why it took so long to christen this stuff.

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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/millie-hughes-fulford-scientist-in-space/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=millie-hughes-fulford-scientist-in-space target=_blank >Former Astronaut Studies Aging with Space Experiment</a>

QUEST | November 26, 2014

Former Astronaut Studies Aging with Space Experiment

UCSF molecular biologist and former astronaut Millie Hughes-Fulford is sending an experiment into space that could one day help travelers going to Mars and aging people here on Earth. She seeks to understand how a lack of gravity impacts our immune system.

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