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Stalled Clean Power Alternative to PG&E Looms Large in New S.F. Electricity Law

KQED Science | November 25, 2014 | 3 Comments

Stalled Clean Power Alternative to PG&E Looms Large in New S.F. Electricity Law

A city-run alternative to PG&E could rake in millions for San Francisco but faces opposition from the business sector.

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California Drought: A Glimmer of Hope For Winter Rain And Snow

KQED Science | November 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

California Drought: A Glimmer of Hope For Winter Rain And Snow

But given the state of long-range forecasting, climatologists admit that the glimmer could be a mirage.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/19/water-board-weighs-phasing-out-diablo-canyons-cooling-system target=_blank >Water Board Weighs Phasing Out Diablo Canyon’s Cooling System</a>

KQED News | November 19, 2014

Water Board Weighs Phasing Out Diablo Canyon’s Cooling System

The power plant near San Luis Obispo pulls in 2.5 billion gallons of seawater every day, and then lets it out, 20 degrees warmer, back into the ocean. The system is known to cause marine damage, harming billions of fish larvae.

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Scientists Find Genes in Mice That May Lead to Future Ebola Treatments

KQED Science | November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Scientists Find Genes in Mice That May Lead to Future Ebola Treatments

Scientists have identified Ebola-resistant and Ebola-sensitive mouse strains. Not only will the sensitive mice be useful as a relatively quick way to test new Ebola treatments, but by comparing its genetics to those of the resistant strains, scientists may find new ways to treat Ebola.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/catching-up-on-sleep-science/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=catching-up-on-sleep-science target=_blank >Catching Up on Sleep Science</a>

QUEST | November 12, 2014

Catching Up on Sleep Science

This video story was originally produced by Sheraz Sadiq and was updated by Lisa Landers and Arwen Curry. Be honest – do you ever brag about how little sleep you get? If so, you're not alone. Humans are the only species that seems to deliberately deprive themselves of ...Read More

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Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows: A Long-standing Geological Puzzle

KQED Science | November 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows: A Long-standing Geological Puzzle

The iconic Tuolumne Meadows, in the high Sierra, is a geological puzzle. A newly published study traces the roots of the meadows to an incident deep in time and deep below the ground.

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Life Aboard a ‘Polar Roller’: America’s Last Heavy Icebreaker

KQED Science | November 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

Life Aboard a ‘Polar Roller’: America’s Last Heavy Icebreaker

And a trick to prevent seasickness that the skipper swears by (other than staying ashore).

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Oldest Sequenced Genome From 45,000-Year-Old DNA

KQED Science | November 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Oldest Sequenced Genome From 45,000-Year-Old DNA

In a technological tour de force, a group of scientists have managed to read most of the DNA from the thigh bone of a 45,000 year-old-man. They were able to estimate that humans and Neanderthals bred in a major way 50,000-60,000 years ago and to confirm that the human mutation rate is a bit slower than scientists previously thought.

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A Historic First: Rosetta Spacecraft Plans to Land Its Probe on a Comet

KQED Science | October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Historic First: Rosetta Spacecraft Plans to Land Its Probe on a Comet

After 10 years of travel and three months orbiting the comet 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft is poised to deliver its landing probe, Philae, to the comet's surface -- a first in history.

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Activists Push for Public Review of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

KQED Science | October 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

Activists Push for Public Review of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

An environmental group claims there are unanswered questions about the seismic safety of the Central Coast plant.

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New Research Shows Targeted Antioxidants Help Mice Live Longer, Healthier Lives

KQED Science | October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

New Research Shows Targeted Antioxidants Help Mice Live Longer, Healthier Lives

While many of the benefits of antioxidants are undoubtedly oversold, we do know that if given at high enough levels and targeted to the right place, antioxidants can help a mouse live 10-20% longer. If this holds up in people, that is equivalent to an extra 7-14 years for people here in the U.S.

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New Paper Outlines Updated Look on San Andreas Fault System

KQED Science | October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

New Paper Outlines Updated Look on San Andreas Fault System

A new study from our local earthquake experts has put new and clearer numbers on the risk of large earthquakes in the Bay Area's future--evidence of new progress in this slow process of enlightenment.

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Now You Can Take a Virtual Hike in California State Parks

KQED Science | October 8, 2014 | 3 Comments

Now You Can Take a Virtual Hike in California State Parks

You can now visit 14 California State Parks from the comfort of your own web browser, using Google Street View.

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Set Your Alarm for the Early Morning Total Lunar Eclipse on October 8

KQED Science | October 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Set Your Alarm for the Early Morning Total Lunar Eclipse on October 8

In the wee morning hours of Wednesday, October 8, a total lunar eclipse will occur, delighting anyone of the lucky side of the Earth willing to set their alarms extra early.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/09/30/governor-jerry-brown-signs-plastic-bag-ban target=_blank >Brown Signs Statewide Ban on Plastic Bags</a>

KQED News | September 30, 2014

Brown Signs Statewide Ban on Plastic Bags

The new law will bar most single-use plastic bags. Industry vows to fight back with ballot issue.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/09/26/happy-camp-complex-photos-kari-greer target=_blank >California Wildfire Portrait: At the Heart of the ‘Happy Camp’ Fire</a>

KQED News | September 26, 2014

California Wildfire Portrait: At the Heart of the ‘Happy Camp’ Fire

Glimpses of a fire that’s burned near Northern California’s Klamath River since mid-August.

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Long-Range Forecast: Less Snow for Skiers, Less Water for California

KQED Science | September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Long-Range Forecast: Less Snow for Skiers, Less Water for California

A new federal report affirms what scientists have been saying for years: California's "bank account" of snow-melt water may be overdrawn within decades.

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Drought Rallies Support for California Water Projects

KQED Science | September 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

Drought Rallies Support for California Water Projects

Water worries persist -- and may be driving support for a multi-billion-dollar water bond.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/09/15/fire-south-of-yosemite-burns-21-structures-forces-hundreds-to-flee/ target=_blank >Fire South of Yosemite Burns 21 Structures, Forces Hundreds to Flee</a>

KQED News | September 15, 2014

Fire South of Yosemite Burns 21 Structures, Forces Hundreds to Flee

Update, 10:15 a.m. Monday: A few updated numbers on some of the fires burning throughout the state: The King Fire, just north of U.S. 50 near Pollock Pines, is now reported to have burned 3,900 acres and is 10 percent contained. The fire is burning to the north ...Read More

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California’s Earthquake Early Warning System Is Ready to Get Started

KQED Science | September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

California’s Earthquake Early Warning System Is Ready to Get Started

The Third International Conference on Earthquake Early Warning, held in Berkeley last week, was a revealing glimpse of our future, in which we'll get precious seconds of notice before earthquake shaking strikes our lives and buildings.

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