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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/02/24/beyond-abolishing-the-personal-belief-exemption-to-raise-vaccination-rates/ target=_blank >Beyond Abolishing the ‘Personal Belief Exemption’ to Raise Vaccination Rates</a>

State of Health | February 24, 2015

Beyond Abolishing the ‘Personal Belief Exemption’ to Raise Vaccination Rates

Students leaving a vaccine clinic after being vaccinated against whooping cough at a middle school in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) On Wednesday morning in Sacramento, a MoveOn.org member is expected to deliver a petition with 21,000 signatures calling on the state's government to abolish the personal belief ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/21/156635/exploring_the_solar_system_through_the_eyes_of_robotic_voyagers?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Exploring the Solar System Through the Eyes of Robotic Voyagers</a>

KQED News | February 21, 2015

Exploring the Solar System Through the Eyes of Robotic Voyagers

The Voyager spacecraft have revolutionized our understanding of our solar system since their launch in 1977. After decades of sending back data on our planetary neighbors, Voyager 1 and 2 are entering new territory: interstellar space. In a new book, The Interstellar Age: Inside The Forty-Year Voyager Mission, planetary scientist Jim ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/20/156546/how_can_a_stroke_change_your_brain?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >How Can a Stroke Change Your Brain?</a>

KQED News | February 20, 2015

How Can a Stroke Change Your Brain?

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain About Jill Bolte-Taylor's TED Talk When neuroanatomist Jill Bolte-Taylor felt her brain shut down during a stroke, she was more fascinated than panicked. Even though she spent eight years recovering, she's grateful for the stroke. About Jill Bolte-Taylor Jill Bolte Taylor ...Read More

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Banana Slugs: Secret of the Slime

KQED Science | February 17, 2015 | 1 Comment

Banana Slugs: Secret of the Slime

Beneath the towering redwoods lives one of the most peculiar creatures in California: the banana slug. They're coated with a liquid crystal ooze that solves many problems slugs face in the forest -- and maybe some of our own.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/16/156279/climate_scientist_tries_arts_to_stir_hearts_regarding_earths?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Climate Scientist Tries Arts to Stir Hearts Regarding Earth's Fate</a>

KQED News | February 16, 2015

Climate Scientist Tries Arts to Stir Hearts Regarding Earth's Fate

A decade ago, physicist Robert Davies wasn't all that interested in Earth's climate. His field was quantum optics. But while he was working at the University of Oxford in England, he became intrigued by what was going on at Oxford's Environmental Change Institute, just down the road ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/career-spotlight-research-scientist-and-mechanical-engineer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=career-spotlight-research-scientist-and-mechanical-engineer target=_blank >Career Spotlight: Research Scientist and Mechanical Engineer</a>

QUEST | February 13, 2015

Career Spotlight: Research Scientist and Mechanical Engineer

Vi Rapp is a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who designs clean, efficient, wood-burning cookstoves for communities around the world.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/02/12/after-plenty-of-starts-and-stops-satellite-dscovr-starts-million-mile-journey target=_blank >After Plenty of Starts and Stops, Satellite DSCOVR Starts Million-Mile Journey</a>

KQED News | February 12, 2015

After Plenty of Starts and Stops, Satellite DSCOVR Starts Million-Mile Journey

After a 17-year back story that involved politics and agency peacemaking, the Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, has now begun a million-mile journey that will take it to a place where the gravitational forces between the sun and Earth are balanced. Riding a SpaceX Falcon rocket, DSCOVR took off at ...Read More

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What a Narcoleptic Dog Can Teach Us About Sleep

KQED Science | February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

What a Narcoleptic Dog Can Teach Us About Sleep

Stanford retired its famed pack of narcoleptic research dogs almost a decade ago. But one researcher says there's more to be learned from a sleepy Chihuahua puppy who goes limp at the sight of a good snack.

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Lessons for the Digital Age From a 500-Year-Old Publishing Revolution

KQED Science | February 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lessons for the Digital Age From a 500-Year-Old Publishing Revolution

In the Internet age, many scientists are questioning the traditional publishing model. As we flounder through the digital revolution, it's intriguing to look back at the print revolution of the early Renaissance, which created comparable social and scientific upheaval.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2015/02/05/after-driest-january-on-record-how-low-are-californias-reservoirs-visualization/ target=_blank >After Driest January on Record, How Low Are California’s Reservoirs?</a>

The Lowdown | February 5, 2015

After Driest January on Record, How Low Are California’s Reservoirs?

Lake Oroville, Then and Now July 2011 (Paul Hames/CA DWR) August 2014 (Justin Sullivan/Getty) Despite some stormy December days and predictions in Northern California for a wet weekend ahead, the state is bracing ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201502041000?pid=RD19 target=_blank >The Science Behind the Power of Touch</a>

Forum | February 4, 2015

The Science Behind the Power of Touch

If you want to know which NBA team is going to perform the best, watch for the high-fives and chest bumps. In his newest book "Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind," David J. Linden explains how touch relates to success in teams, relationships and can even result in ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/02/02/cancer-hunting-t-cells-used-in-pioneering-new-treatment target=_blank >Cancer-Hunting ‘T Cells’ Used in Pioneering New Treatment</a>

KQED News | February 2, 2015

Cancer-Hunting ‘T Cells’ Used in Pioneering New Treatment

City of Hope hospital and research center in Duarte is pioneering a new way to treat cancer that involves genetically modifying a patient's own immune system so it can better detect and attack tumors. Clinical trials are still in early stages, but the approach is catching on and could be ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/02/01/155136/the_icebergs_are_talking_we_just_have_to_listen?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >The Icebergs Are Talking. We Just Have To Listen.</a>

KQED News | February 1, 2015

The Icebergs Are Talking. We Just Have To Listen.

If a glacier cracks and nobody hears it, does it still make a sound? "Oh, they moan and they groan," says Grant Deane, a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. "They crackle and rumble and fizz, and they have all kinds of amazing sounds that they make." Deane is one of ...Read More

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Rescuing Seabirds from Mystery Goo in the Bay

KQED Science | January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rescuing Seabirds from Mystery Goo in the Bay

Mystery goo in the San Francisco Bay has affected hundreds of sea birds along the East Bay shoreline. Sharol Nelson-Embry of the East Bay Regional Park District recounts their efforts to rescue these birds from this unidentified substance.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/01/28/uc-berkeleys-charles-townes-physicist-and-laser-pioneer-dies-at-99 target=_blank >UC Berkeley’s Charles Townes, Physicist and Laser Pioneer, Dies at 99</a>

KQED News | January 28, 2015

UC Berkeley’s Charles Townes, Physicist and Laser Pioneer, Dies at 99

Charles Townes, a pioneering physicist who won the Nobel Prize for his role in developing the laser, has died at age 99. UC Berkeley, where Townes was still a professor emeritus, said he died Tuesday in Oakland. In a short video made last year shortly before ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/26/not-vaccinated-stay-home-from-school-says-marin-dad-of-leukemia-patient/ target=_blank >Not Vaccinated? 'Stay Home from School,' Says Marin Dad of Leukemia Patient</a>

State of Health | January 26, 2015

Not Vaccinated? 'Stay Home from School,' Says Marin Dad of Leukemia Patient

Rhett Krawitt, outside a classroom at Reed Elementary, in Tiburon. (Courtesy: Carl Krawitt) Carl Krawitt has watched his son Rhett, now 6, fight leukemia for the last four and a half years. For more than three of those years, Rhett has undergone round after round of chemotherapy. Last year, he finished ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/01/24/154749/study_says_creativity_can_flow_from_political_correctness?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Study Says Creativity Can Flow From Political Correctness</a>

KQED News | January 24, 2015

Study Says Creativity Can Flow From Political Correctness

There is a common belief that requiring the use of "politically correct" language in the workplace stifles creativity. Michelle Duguid, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, tells NPR's Arun Rath that, intuitively, that assumption makes sense. "People should be able to freely think, throw any crazy ideas, and any constraint ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/01/22/154616/ecologists_airborne_scanners_see_the_forest_and_the_trees_all?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Ecologist's Airborne Scanners See the Forest and the Trees — All of Them</a>

KQED News | January 22, 2015

Ecologist's Airborne Scanners See the Forest and the Trees — All of Them

In today's world it can be easy to feel like there's nothing left to discover, that all the blank bits of the map have long been filled. Gregory Asner begs to differ, and he's developed a lab in the sky to prove it. In the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, Asner ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/01/19/king-tides-to-hit-bay-area-today target=_blank >Where and When to See King Tides in California</a>

KQED News | January 19, 2015

Where and When to See King Tides in California

Ya gotta love an alert from the National Weather Service that includes the phrase “The sun, moon, and the earth are in proper alignment. …” It has nothing to do with astrology, of course. The NWS is warning that the gravitational force created by the configuration of these celestial ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/01/15/154046/highflying_geese_save_energy_by_swooping_like_a_roller_coaster?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Highflying Geese Save Energy By Swooping Like A Roller Coaster</a>

KQED News | January 15, 2015

Highflying Geese Save Energy By Swooping Like A Roller Coaster

The bar-headed goose is famous for its long, annual migration from the Indian subcontinent to central Asia, a flight that takes it over snow-capped Himalayan Mountains so high and dangerous that human climbers struggle just to stay alive. Scientists had thought these birds might fly up to a high altitude and ...Read More

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