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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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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/09/09/142788/more_than_half_of_us_bird_species_threatened_by_climate_change?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >More Than Half of U.S. Bird Species Threatened by Climate Change</a>

KQED News | September 9, 2014

More Than Half of U.S. Bird Species Threatened by Climate Change

People in Maryland love their Baltimore orioles — so much so that their major league baseball team bears the name of the migrating bird. Yet, by 2080, there may not be any orioles left in Maryland. They migrate each year and, according to a new report, could soon be forced ...Read More

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Quake-Revived Streams Could Keep Flowing for a While

KQED Science | September 9, 2014 | 2 Comments

Quake-Revived Streams Could Keep Flowing for a While

The Napa quake jump-started several streams in the Napa and adjoining valleys, but how long they'll run and where the water is coming from is hard to pin down.

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How to Drive Home the Drought Message: Make It a Game

KQED Science | September 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

How to Drive Home the Drought Message: Make It a Game

As the drought continues, efforts to spur action include an online game that puts users in charge of California's water supply.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/09/08/yosemite-national-park-fire-half-dome-helicopter-evacuations target=_blank >Yosemite Fire Flares Up, Forces Helicopter Evacuations</a>

KQED News | September 8, 2014

Yosemite Fire Flares Up, Forces Helicopter Evacuations

Associated Press A smoke plume from the Meadow Fire in Yosemite National Park prompted helicopter evacuations of about 100 hikers near iconic Half Dome. (Yosemite National Park via Twitter) A wildfire burning for weeks in the Yosemite National Park backcountry grew unexpectedly on Sunday, forcing the helicopter evacuation of about 100 park ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/09/04/west-nile-virus-infections-in-california-at-all-time-high-view-map-of-cases-by-county/ target=_blank >West Nile Virus Infections in California at All-Time High (Map of Cases by County)</a>

State of Health | September 4, 2014

West Nile Virus Infections in California at All-Time High (Map of Cases by County)

West Nile virus is hosted primarily by birds — and spread by mosquitos. (Getty Images) West Nile Virus infections in mosquitoes are at their highest recorded level ever in California. Last week, 52 new human cases were reported, bringing the total to 181. Eight people have died from the illness. “If you're out ...Read More

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Researchers Have Vision-Correcting Computer Screens in Their Sights

KQED Science | August 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Researchers Have Vision-Correcting Computer Screens in Their Sights

What if everyone could clearly see their phone and computer screens without wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses? Researchers have developed new vision-correcting display technology that could help make this a reality.

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The First Annual World Shorebirds Day Kicks off on September 6

KQED Science | August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

The First Annual World Shorebirds Day Kicks off on September 6

Shorebird populations worldwide are declining, and endangered birds like the spoonbill sandpiper are facing extinction in the next five years. Learn about shorebirds who migrate to San Francisco Bay during winter months and how you can join the first annual "World Shorebirds Day" celebration.

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Feds Will Allow Logging in Some Areas Burned by Rim Fire

KQED Science | August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Feds Will Allow Logging in Some Areas Burned by Rim Fire

A U.S. Forest Service decision will allow loggers to remove dead trees from 52 square miles of forests blackened last year in a massive central California wildfire, a move contested by environmentalists.

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After Record-Breaking Rim Fire, Log Trees or Leave Them?

KQED Science | August 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

After Record-Breaking Rim Fire, Log Trees or Leave Them?

Later this week, the U.S. Forest Service will release plans to allow logging companies to harvest some of the dead trees. Some environmental groups say it would destroy important wildlife habitat.

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What Causes Earthquakes?

KQED Science | August 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

What Causes Earthquakes?

The earth is constantly shifting and the Earth’s crust is broken up into many rocky plates, like pieces of a puzzle.

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San Francisco Wants to Know: Is Your Living Room Window Killing Migratory Birds?

KQED Science | August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

San Francisco Wants to Know: Is Your Living Room Window Killing Migratory Birds?

Between 100 million and one billion birds die each year from colliding with glass windows of commercial or residential buildings. San Francisco is launching a program to track the damage caused by windows in homes.

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Drought-Stricken California Town Struggles to Keep the Water Flowing

KQED Science | August 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Drought-Stricken California Town Struggles to Keep the Water Flowing

From heavy machinery to hand-held flour sifters, this town is pulling out all the stops to save its water.

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