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Scientists Discover Natural Glass Created by Volcanoes and Lightning

KQED Science | March 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Scientists Discover Natural Glass Created by Volcanoes and Lightning

Geologists are familiar with something most of us have never seen—spherules, or microscopic balls of natural glass that hide in sediments all over the world. A new study reports a previously unknown kind of spherule that’s forged during volcanic eruptions as lightning lashes roiling clouds of hot ash.

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Vivid New Seadragon Found Hiding in a Museum

KQED Science | March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Vivid New Seadragon Found Hiding in a Museum

Science has just introduced the first new seadragon species in 150 years, and the first new ichthyosaur species in 130 years. The coincidence illustrates the value of museum collections.

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A New, Stronger Tunnel to Bring Hetch Hetchy Water to the Bay Area

KQED Science | March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

A New, Stronger Tunnel to Bring Hetch Hetchy Water to the Bay Area

The San Francisco Public Utilities opened on Friday a new cement-encased, steel-lined tunnel that runs from Sunol Valley to Fremont. It will carry an average of 265 million gallons of water a day for customers of the Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program, which consists of more than 80 projects to seismically retrofit and upgrade an 80-year-old water system serving 2.6 million people in the Bay Area.

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The Greenhouse Effect Is Truly at Work, Observations Show

KQED Science | February 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Greenhouse Effect Is Truly at Work, Observations Show

A long record of atmospheric observations has put an "official" stamp on the foundation of climate-change science: the greenhouse effect really works the way we've always said it does.

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Scientists Tackle a Dual Threat: More Acid, Less Oxygen in the Ocean

KQED Science | February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Scientists Tackle a Dual Threat: More Acid, Less Oxygen in the Ocean

Marine scientists from up and down the West Coast say it's a one-two punch to the Pacific food web.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/02/23/california-plastic-bag-ban-on-hold-as-2016-referendum-qualifies/ target=_blank >California Plastic Bag Ban on Hold: Referendum Qualifies for 2016 Ballot</a>

KQED News | February 24, 2015

California Plastic Bag Ban on Hold: Referendum Qualifies for 2016 Ballot

Love it or hate it, you won't find California's new statewide ban on plastic bags taking effect this year … or ever, unless voters endorse it in November 2016. State elections officials announced Tuesday that plastic bag manufacturers have gathered enough voter signatures to force a statewide vote via referendum at ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/24/156799/weird_fern_shows_the_power_of_interspecies_sex?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >'Weird' Fern Shows the Power of Interspecies Sex</a>

KQED News | February 24, 2015

'Weird' Fern Shows the Power of Interspecies Sex

The love between two ferns knows few bounds, it appears. A DNA analysis of a hybrid fern shows that its parents are two different species separated by nearly 60 million years of evolution.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/02/23/is-your-dishwasher-increasing-your-childs-allergy-risk/ target=_blank >Is Your Dishwasher Increasing Your Child’s Allergy Risk?</a>

State of Health | February 23, 2015

Is Your Dishwasher Increasing Your Child’s Allergy Risk?

Could using a dishwashing machine increase the chances your child will develop allergies? That's what some provocative new research suggests — but don't rip out your machine just yet.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/22/156677/the_scents_and_sensibility_of_las_nosy_new_perfume_enthusiasts?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >The Scents and Sensibility of LA's Nosy New Perfume Enthusiasts</a>

KQED News | February 22, 2015

The Scents and Sensibility of LA's Nosy New Perfume Enthusiasts

The sense of smell is a powerful trigger — capable of calling to mind the sight of a new car, or the memory of a freshly mown lawn from many years past. But this power doesn't just serve to remind; it's also captivating scientists and inspiring a burgeoning subculture in ...Read More

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NASA’s Kepler Mission Reincarnated

KQED Science | February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Kepler Mission Reincarnated

Space exploration has suffered its share of setbacks and disappointments over the decades, but few of them stung as much as the 2013 mechanical failure of the Kepler spacecraft, a space telescope designed to accomplish one of the most exciting explorations of space ever: the search for potentially Earth-like planets orbiting other stars.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/what-happens-when-wood-burns/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-happens-when-wood-burns target=_blank >What Happens When Wood Burns?</a>

QUEST | February 19, 2015

What Happens When Wood Burns?

Combustion, which is simply the burning of something, is a rather complex chemical process. We rely quite heavily on combustion technologies for energy. For example, we burn gasoline to power our cars; we often burn oil or gas in home heating systems; and power plants usually burn coal, oil ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/12/156047/8_million_tons_of_plastic_clutter_our_seas?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >8 Million Tons of Plastic Clutter Our Seas</a>

KQED News | February 12, 2015

8 Million Tons of Plastic Clutter Our Seas

Plastic is one of those inventions that transformed the world. It's light, durable and you can make lots of things with it. But it's also transforming Earth's oceans ... and not in a good way. A lot of plastic ends up there. Scientists are just now getting a handle on how ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/02/11/coast-guard-cutter-suspected-source-of-oil-spill-in-oakland-estuary target=_blank >Coast Guard Cutter Suspected Source of Oil Spill in Oakland Estuary</a>

KQED News | February 11, 2015

Coast Guard Cutter Suspected Source of Oil Spill in Oakland Estuary

The Coast Guard and other agencies are investigating an oil spill in the Oakland Estuary overnight that prompted a voluntary evacuation of the Alameda Marina.

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State Proposes Rules to Protect Drinking Water From Fracking Waste

KQED Science | February 10, 2015 | 1 Comment

State Proposes Rules to Protect Drinking Water From Fracking Waste

Under pressure from a federal deadline and amid news reports that state regulators allowed oil companies to inject wastewater into aquifers clean enough to drink from, officials outlined plans for new safeguards.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/02/06/feds-offer-new-money-to-boost-california-drought-efforts/ target=_blank >Feds Offer New Money to Boost California Drought Efforts</a>

KQED News | February 6, 2015

Feds Offer New Money to Boost California Drought Efforts

The Obama administration is “all in” when it comes to helping California deal with a historic drought, said U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Friday in announcing a new $50 million relief program.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/02/05/bay-area-storm-update-waiting-for-the-rain target=_blank >Bay Area Storm Update</a>

KQED News | February 5, 2015

Bay Area Storm Update

Watching the National Weather Service online radarscope Thursday night after six weeks of midwinter dry weather, you can see there's rain out there offshore. But it has seemed to crawl toward the coast all evening. The Storm at a Glance Rain: Rain moved a little more slowly over the ...Read More

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New Stem Cell Therapy Helping Hard-to-Heal Bone Fractures

KQED Science | February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

New Stem Cell Therapy Helping Hard-to-Heal Bone Fractures

About 6 million people in North America suffer bone fractures each year. While most recover well, 5 to 10 percent of these patients -- half a million Americans annually -- are resistant to healing. UC Davis researchers are developing an improved surgical therapy for such fractures, that uses stem cells to speed recovery.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201502030900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Central Valley Aquifers Tainted by Oil Companies</a>

Forum | February 3, 2015

Central Valley Aquifers Tainted by Oil Companies

As stream beds run dry and reservoirs shrink under California's historic drought, the state's water reserves face another threat: contamination. Years of lax regulation have allowed oil companies to pump wastewater laced with oil and chemicals into Central Valley aquifers. We discuss the effects of "wastewater injection" on California's dwindling ...Read More

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Your Chance to Weigh In on the EPA’s New Smog Proposal

KQED Science | January 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Your Chance to Weigh In on the EPA’s New Smog Proposal

Regulators say the stricter new standard could save lives and reduce hospitalizations. Critics say it would be costly and would kill jobs.

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Shrinking Sierra Snowpack Heightens Drought Worries

KQED Science | January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Shrinking Sierra Snowpack Heightens Drought Worries

'Frozen reservoir,' source of a third of California's water, is far below historical average.

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