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Price Tag for October Shutdown of California National Parks: More Than $22 Million

KQED Science | March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Price Tag for October Shutdown of California National Parks: More Than $22 Million

National Park Services says loss of visitor spending hit some communities hard. But Pinnacles, the nation's newest national park, ducked the worst of the problems.

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Can Cultivating Compassion Lead to Happiness?

KQED Science | March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Can Cultivating Compassion Lead to Happiness?

Compassion makes us happy, but the internet makes us jerks. Is there a way to cultivate kindness in the digital age?

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/02/26/new-storm-arrives-in-san-francisco-bay-area target=_blank >Bay Area Storm Triggers Flood Alert, Power Outages</a>

News Fix | February 26, 2014

Bay Area Storm Triggers Flood Alert, Power Outages

Latest series of storms is expected to douse entire region. But the drought? It's still with us. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/02/19/governor-legislative-leaders-offer-emergency-drought-bill/ target=_blank >Governor, Legislative Leaders Announce Drought Aid Package</a>

News Fix | February 19, 2014

Governor, Legislative Leaders Announce Drought Aid Package

Package aims at helping those suffering worst impact of crisis, with emphasis on securing emergency water. ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201402191000?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Elizabeth Kolbert on Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction</a>

Forum | February 19, 2014

Elizabeth Kolbert on Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction

The mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs was known to have coincided with Earth getting hit by an asteroid. Next time, we may be the asteroid, according to Elizabeth Kolbert's new book "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History." Kolbert writes that humans are not only "witnessing one of the ...Read More

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New Trove of Canadian Fossils Expands Knowledge of Cambrian Explosion

KQED Science | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

New Trove of Canadian Fossils Expands Knowledge of Cambrian Explosion

A new trove of soft-body fossils promises to expand the range of time and life-forms available to science as we explore the Cambrian Explosion of a half-billion years ago.

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Drought Leads to Tough Tradeoffs for California Salmon

KQED Science | February 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

Drought Leads to Tough Tradeoffs for California Salmon

State officials are trying to do damage control to help endangered salmon during the drought, but helping some fish could hurt others.

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Record Drought Could Hurt Water Quality

KQED Science | February 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Record Drought Could Hurt Water Quality

With low water levels in rivers, water quality could suffer, creating toxic algae blooms and causing concerns for water districts.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/02/10/state-senator-jerry-hill-joins-fight-to-reopen-martins-beach target=_blank >Peninsula Lawmaker Jumps Into Fight Over Blocked Road to Beach</a>

News Fix | February 10, 2014

Peninsula Lawmaker Jumps Into Fight Over Blocked Road to Beach

State Sen. Jerry Hill introduces bill that wouldo force billionaire to allow access to Martins Beach. ...Read More

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California Drought: Town North of L.A. Could Run Out of Water

KQED Science | February 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Drought: Town North of L.A. Could Run Out of Water

Even with some recent rain, California’s drought grinds on, and health officials say 17 communities could run out of water within the next four months – or sooner. One of those, an hour north of Los Angeles, is the town of Lake of the Woods, perched above the Tejon Pass.

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The Cigar Galaxy Lights Up: Supernova 2014J

KQED Science | February 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Cigar Galaxy Lights Up: Supernova 2014J

Once upon a time in a galaxy 12 million light years away, a tiny white dwarf star went supernova, and for a few fleeting weeks was elevated in brightness to outshine the rest of the stars in its galaxy combined.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/02/05/125413/keystone-pipeline-protest-arrests target=_blank >Activists Protesting Keystone Pipeline Arrested in San Francisco</a>

News Fix | February 6, 2014

Activists Protesting Keystone Pipeline Arrested in San Francisco

Police booked 28 protesters for blockading an entrance to the Federal Building Wednesday. ...Read More

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Protecting the Snowy Plovers Wintering on Urban Beaches

KQED Science | January 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

Protecting the Snowy Plovers Wintering on Urban Beaches

A small flock of snowy plovers have moved to Crown Beach in Alameda this winter. Learn more about why they're threatened from Sharol Nelson-Embry of the East Bay Regional Park District.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/01/28/san-francisco-seeks-10-percent-voluntary-cut-in-water-consumption target=_blank >San Francisco Asks for 10 Percent Cut in Water Use by City and Peninsula Residents</a>

News Fix | January 28, 2014

San Francisco Asks for 10 Percent Cut in Water Use by City and Peninsula Residents

The voluntary cut comes as East Bay district considers tapping the Sacramento River for the first time. ...Read More

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New DNA Study Reveals How Criminal Identical Twins Can Be Caught

KQED Science | January 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

New DNA Study Reveals How Criminal Identical Twins Can Be Caught

Six out of every thousand people are estimated to be identical twins. This means that there are a lot of children being fathered by identical twins and that these twins are involved in a good number of crimes too.  And until recently, none could be identified from just their DNA. This has all changed in a new study where scientists were able to reliably use DNA to tell two identical twins from each other.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/01/24/california-air-quality-improving-despite-spare-the-air-days target=_blank >State: Overall Air Quality Improving Despite Our ‘Spare the Air’ Winter</a>

News Fix | January 24, 2014

State: Overall Air Quality Improving Despite Our ‘Spare the Air’ Winter

But regulators also report that 12 million Californians live in areas where air violates federal rules. ...Read More

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Icebergs and Green Paint: Lessons from California’s Big Droughts

KQED Science | January 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

Icebergs and Green Paint: Lessons from California’s Big Droughts

Importing an Arctic iceberg for freshwater? Painting brown lawns green? California has had some creative ideas for droughts in the past.

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New Fukushima Radiation Study Will Focus on West Coast Kelp Forests

KQED Science | January 15, 2014 | 28 Comments

New Fukushima Radiation Study Will Focus on West Coast Kelp Forests

Researchers are launching a new project to monitor California's kelp forests for radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Scientists will fan out along the California coast to collect kelp and find out if it has absorbed any radiation from the 2011 meltdown.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/01/09/a-dose-of-straight-talk-on-fukushima-radiation-rumors/ target=_blank >A Bay Area Beach Video Stirs Fukushima Radiation Fears — But Shouldn’t</a>

News Fix | January 10, 2014

A Bay Area Beach Video Stirs Fukushima Radiation Fears — But Shouldn’t

Officials say there's no link between nuclear disaster and radiation on a Half Moon Bay beach. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/01/09/epa-imposes-new-fracking-rules-for-california-coast target=_blank >EPA Imposes New Rules for Fracking Off S. California Coast</a>

News Fix | January 9, 2014

EPA Imposes New Rules for Fracking Off S. California Coast

Oil and gas companies that are fracking off the Southern California coast must report chemicals discharged into the ocean under a new rule released by federal environmental regulators.

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