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Present-Day Tibetans Inherited Genetic Gifts from Paleolithic-Era Ancestors

KQED Science | July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Present-Day Tibetans Inherited Genetic Gifts from Paleolithic-Era Ancestors

The world had been awash in news about how we can see the evidence in our DNA of ancient humans mating with Neanderthals and their close relatives, the Denisovans. Now in a new study out in the journal Nature, a group of researchers has found the strongest evidence to date that this mating mattered.

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft: A Decade of Discovery at Saturn

KQED Science | July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft: A Decade of Discovery at Saturn

A decade ago, NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the largest and most complex robotic probe yet built, arrived in the Saturn system to begin a marathon exploration of the gas giant, its famous and awe-inspiring rings and what has turned out to be a collection of some of the most eye-opening moons in the solar system.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/09/illegal-water-diversions-to-pot-farms-running-some-streams-dry/ target=_blank >Illegal Water Diversions to Pot Farms Running Some Streams Dry</a>

News Fix | July 9, 2014

Illegal Water Diversions to Pot Farms Running Some Streams Dry

The state of Washington is launching legal recreational marijuana sales this week, once again raising the question of whether California will someday follow suit. But a report from state wildlife officials is raising concern about the environmental cost of expanding cannabis cultivation in the Golden State — especially amid ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/07/drakes-bay-oyster-company-kevin-lunny-fights-closure-order target=_blank >Government Pursues ‘Prompt Wind-Down’ of Drakes Bay Oyster Co.</a>

News Fix | July 7, 2014

Government Pursues ‘Prompt Wind-Down’ of Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. workers harvest strings of oysters on Schooner Bay near Point Reyes. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Federal government lawyers are expected to discuss a plan for “the prompt and orderly wind-down” of Drakes Bay Oyster Co. operations at Point Reyes National Seashore — marking the possible end of a ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/07/Berkeley-Struggling-To-Reach-Zero-Waste-Goal-by-2020/ target=_blank >Berkeley Struggling To Reach Zero Waste Goal by 2020</a>

News Fix | July 7, 2014

Berkeley Struggling To Reach Zero Waste Goal by 2020

Drew Jaffe, Berkeleyside Students at John Muir Elementary sort for composting and recycling, but more Berkeley residents need to recycle in order for the city to meet its 2020 zero waste goal. Photo: Green Schools Initiative A recent audit of several City of Berkeley departments has ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/02/california-drought-water-sales/ target=_blank >As California Drought Deepens, Those With Water Can Sell at a High Price</a>

News Fix | July 2, 2014

As California Drought Deepens, Those With Water Can Sell at a High Price

By Garance Burke Associated Press Folsom Lake, east of Sacramento, pictured in January as it reached its winter low. (Dan Brekke/KQED) Throughout California's desperately dry Central Valley, those with water to spare are cashing in. As a third drought year forces farmers to fallow fields and lay off workers, two water districts ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/06/30/new-guidelines-say-many-women-can-skip-pelvic-exam/ target=_blank >New Guidelines Say Many Women Can Skip Pelvic Exam</a>

State of Health | June 30, 2014

New Guidelines Say Many Women Can Skip Pelvic Exam

Pelvic exam has no benefits, lots of harms, for healthy, asymptomatic women. ...Read More

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You Can Transform Your Genetic Ancestry Data Into Health Info, But Your Results May Vary

KQED Science | June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

You Can Transform Your Genetic Ancestry Data Into Health Info, But Your Results May Vary

An online service called Promethease allows you to convert your genetic ancestry data into health data. If you do, keep in mind that you may miss key health data because your ancestry test might not have been designed to find important health markers.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/06/27/whooping-cough-epidemic-continues-1100-new-cases-in-last-two-weeks/ target=_blank >Whooping Cough Epidemic Continues — 1,100 New Cases in Last Two Weeks</a>

State of Health | June 27, 2014

Whooping Cough Epidemic Continues — 1,100 New Cases in Last Two Weeks

Vaccines are key, and pregnant women should be vaccinated in their 3rd trimester to protect their babies. ...Read More

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It’s a Busy Time for Bird Rescue

KQED Science | June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s a Busy Time for Bird Rescue

International Bird Rescue is an aquatic bird rehabilitation center that treats more than 2,500 birds each year.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/06/23/humboldt-county-redwood-poacher-sentenced/ target=_blank >Humboldt County Redwood Poacher Sentenced</a>

News Fix | June 23, 2014

Humboldt County Redwood Poacher Sentenced

Man pleaded guilty to felony charge as parks fight wave of vandalism targeting ancient trees. ...Read More

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A ‘Squid Bloom’ in Monterey Bay Is Good News for Local Fishermen

KQED Science | June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

A ‘Squid Bloom’ in Monterey Bay Is Good News for Local Fishermen

Squid fishermen in and around Monterey Bay are experiencing early success this season with California market squid, which may be a result of a couple happy accidents.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201406181000?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Dogs on Prozac and Other Stories of 'Animal Madness'</a>

Forum | June 18, 2014

Dogs on Prozac and Other Stories of 'Animal Madness'

When Laurel Braitman's Bernese Mountain dog jumped out her apartment window, she knew something wasn't quite right. Her subsequent research into animals with mental illnesses exposed her to a world where mice pluck out their own whiskers, dogs are prescribed Prozac and dolphins beach themselves in mass suicides. In her ...Read More

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A Fourth Drought Year for California: What Are the Odds?

KQED Science | June 15, 2014 | 4 Comments

A Fourth Drought Year for California: What Are the Odds?

Two prominent California water experts advise: don't bet on wet.

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Kepler 10c: An Unexpected Heavyweight Earth

KQED Science | June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kepler 10c: An Unexpected Heavyweight Earth

How big can an Earth-like planet be? Astronomers thought they had a pretty good handle on this question but have just been given a fresh example of how nature never ceases to outpace our imaginations and show us something unexpected.

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Drought Outlook: ‘Disastrous Consequences’ If 2015 Is Dry

KQED Science | June 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Drought Outlook: ‘Disastrous Consequences’ If 2015 Is Dry

A new report echoes some of the worst fears of a fourth straight drought year.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/06/09/fruit-juice-vs-soda-both-beverages-pack-a-wallop-of-sugar-usc-study/ target=_blank >Fruit Juice vs. Soda? Both Beverages Pack a Wallop of Sugar</a>

State of Health | June 9, 2014

Fruit Juice vs. Soda? Both Beverages Pack a Wallop of Sugar

USC researchers report that fruit juices have almost as much fructose as soda, making them just as unhealthful for you. ...Read More

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Crude-by-Rail: More Information Coming to California

KQED Science | June 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

Crude-by-Rail: More Information Coming to California

Beginning Saturday, railroads must notify states when large shipments of crude oil come through by train. The new rule is in response to safety concerns with crude-by-rail.

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New Rules for Power Plants: What They Mean for California

KQED Science | June 1, 2014 | 2 Comments

New Rules for Power Plants: What They Mean for California

New rules for existing power plants could mean more partners for California's carbon market.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/moodys-says-drought-not-hurting-state-finances-yet target=_blank >Report: Drought Impact on Farms No Problem for Economy — Yet</a>

News Fix | May 21, 2014

Report: Drought Impact on Farms No Problem for Economy — Yet

Moody's Investors Service says even in agricultural counties, the financial effects are limited. ...Read More

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