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Cap and Trade Faces First Major Political Test

KQED Science | August 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

Cap and Trade Faces First Major Political Test

A group of Democrats wants to delay the planned expansion of California's cap-and-trade system. They're worried about the impact of higher gas prices.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/08/05/the-future-of-sustainable-food-qa-with-wendell-berry/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-future-of-sustainable-food-qa-with-wendell-berry target=_blank >The Future of Sustainable Food: Q&A with Wendell Berry</a>

QUEST | August 5, 2014

The Future of Sustainable Food: Q&A with Wendell Berry

Photo by Guy Mendes Farmer and environmentalist Wendell Berry is known to many as the father of the sustainable food movement. He is an outspoken advocate for an agrarian revolution to end industrialized practices that he says are poisoning the land and destroying rural communities. In recent years Berry has promoted ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/08/04/cal-fire-gains-ground-on-mother-lode-blaze-2nd-fire-burns-near-yosemite/ target=_blank >California Fire Update: Cooler Weather Could Help Firefighters</a>

News Fix | August 4, 2014

California Fire Update: Cooler Weather Could Help Firefighters

The sky over Burney, a town of about 3,500 northeast of Redding, as the nearby Eiler Fire tripled in size on Saturday. (Courtesy Ryan Albaugh) Update, Monday 8:25 a.m.: We're still waiting for updated acreage numbers on the major fires burning in Shasta, Siskiyou and Modoc counties, but cooler, moister weather ...Read More

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Genetically Engineering Wild Populations Could Be Just Around the Corner

KQED Science | July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Genetically Engineering Wild Populations Could Be Just Around the Corner

We might be able to use selfish genes to cause the population of mosquitoes that carry malaria to crash. Is genetically manipulating these insects out in the wild worth preventing hundreds of millions of people from getting malaria?

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California’s Wandering Wolf Now Has Puppies in Oregon

KQED Science | July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

California’s Wandering Wolf Now Has Puppies in Oregon

OR-7 has at least three pups that he and a mate are raising in the Cascade Range of southern Oregon.

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Feds Propose New Safety Rules for Oil Trains

KQED Science | July 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

Feds Propose New Safety Rules for Oil Trains

There have been several fiery oil train derailments in other parts of the country in the past year. The new rules include lower speed limits, better brakes and safer rail cars.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/22/real-time-lightning-tracker-lets-you-keep-track-of-strikes-worldwide/ target=_blank >Real-Time Lightning Tracker Lets You Keep Up on Strikes Everywhere</a>

News Fix | July 22, 2014

Real-Time Lightning Tracker Lets You Keep Up on Strikes Everywhere

This screen shot from Blitzortung.org shows lightning strikes in North America. Click on the image to go to the site. The Oakland A's ballpark, already afflicted by intermittent sewage problems, was cursed early this morning by lightning, which brought down power lines and caused a brief power outage. PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian ...Read More

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New UC Berkeley Study Shows Oxytocin May Help Rejuvenate Aging Muscles

KQED Science | July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

New UC Berkeley Study Shows Oxytocin May Help Rejuvenate Aging Muscles

UC Berkeley researchers have discovered that administering oxytocin may help maintain healthy muscles during aging.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/17/drought-bear-cubs-captured-and-released-in-lake-tahoe/ target=_blank >Three ‘Drought Bear’ Cubs Captured and Released at Lake Tahoe</a>

News Fix | July 17, 2014

Three ‘Drought Bear’ Cubs Captured and Released at Lake Tahoe

Brace yourselves. There is a serious problem taking shape in the Sierra Nevada (but on occasion, it's seriously cute, too.) Nevada Department of Wildlife Conservation Aid Cooper Munson holds two of three black bear cubs captured and safely released on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of NDOWDrought bear cubs. On Wednesday, Nevada Department of ...Read More

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California’s Drought is Hurting Farmers More Than Food Consumers

KQED Science | July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

California’s Drought is Hurting Farmers More Than Food Consumers

Economists estimate that the drought will cost the state's farm economy about $2.2 billion this year, including the loss of more than 17,000 jobs.

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Drought Drives Hungry Bears to Lake Tahoe

KQED Science | July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Drought Drives Hungry Bears to Lake Tahoe

Nevada wildlife officials say they're increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they've started calling "drought" bears.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/prescribed-burn/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=prescribed-burn target=_blank >Fire Returns to the Great Plains</a>

QUEST | July 10, 2014

Fire Returns to the Great Plains

Jose Luis Duce, from Spain's Ministry of the Environment, is training to do a prescribed burn with firefighters from Spain, Colorado, Wyoming, California, and Nebraska.

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With DARPA Support, Lawrence Lab Seeks to Develop Brain Implant to Treat Memory Loss

KQED Science | July 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

With DARPA Support, Lawrence Lab Seeks to Develop Brain Implant to Treat Memory Loss

Misplace your car keys? Forget to buy milk at the store? For those coping with a memory-impairing disease or injury, memory loss can be debilitating. New therapeutic brain implants could help patients overcome memory deficits.

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How Efficient Is Your Sprinkler?

KQED Science | July 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

How Efficient Is Your Sprinkler?

Landscaping makes up half the water bill for most homeowners, and it’s often the most wasteful piece of the water picture.

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New Way to Save Endangered Species: Make Predators Puke

KQED Science | July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

New Way to Save Endangered Species: Make Predators Puke

Marbled murrelets are rare seabirds that lay just one egg a year, and those eggs are a favorite food item for another bird: Steller’s jays. Scientists are hoping to trick the jays into avoiding the murrelet eggs using decoy eggs with a rude surprise inside.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/02/berkeley-city-council-puts-soda-tax-on-november-ballot/ target=_blank >Berkeley City Council Puts Soda Tax on November Ballot</a>

State of Health | July 2, 2014

Berkeley City Council Puts Soda Tax on November Ballot

(Getty Images) By Charles Siler, Berkeleyside Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to include a proposal that would tax distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages on the November ballot. Voters will decide on penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages.The measure, which proposes a one-cent-per-ounce charge at the distributor level, would ...Read More

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Water Snakes Invading California Threaten Native Species

KQED Science | June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Water Snakes Invading California Threaten Native Species

Biologists at UC Davis are growing concerned about the presence of non-native aquatic snakes in California’s waterways.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/06/27/yosemite-land-grant-150th-anniversary target=_blank >Yosemite at 150: From Early Photography to Modern Conservation</a>

News Fix | June 27, 2014

Yosemite at 150: From Early Photography to Modern Conservation

It's been 150 years since Lincoln preserved Yosemite, and the park is celebrating but boosting conservation efforts. ...Read More

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Studying Exoplanets: What A Thousand Points of Light Might Reveal About Earth

KQED Science | June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Studying Exoplanets: What A Thousand Points of Light Might Reveal About Earth

As a flood of new exoplanets swim into our ken, we have ways of turning these pixel-size steams of data into insights about our own planet.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/06/24/water-bond-grows-by-4-billion-fails-to-pass-senate/ target=_blank >Water Bond Grows By $4 Billion, Fails To Pass State Senate</a>

News Fix | June 24, 2014

Water Bond Grows By $4 Billion, Fails To Pass State Senate

$10.5 billion plan now includes more money for reservoirs, but not enough to win Republican votes. ...Read More

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