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Confusion Over Drought Rules on Lawns for New Homes

KQED Science | April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Confusion Over Drought Rules on Lawns for New Homes

Builders and developers are pondering the governor's new water mandates -- and scratching their heads.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/07/tracking-your-own-health-data-too-closely-can-make-you-sick/ target=_blank >Tracking Your Own Health Data Too Closely Can Make You Sick</a>

KQED Science | April 7, 2015

Tracking Your Own Health Data Too Closely Can Make You Sick

Why not check bloodwork a few times a year as some celebrities advise? Because too much testing can lead to false positives (and abnormalities that don’t threaten health) and to unnecessary treatment.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/04/05/159700/will_turning_seawater_into_drinking_water_help_droughthit?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?</a>

KQED News | April 5, 2015

Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown made water conservation mandatory in the drought-stricken state of California. "As Californians, we have to pull together and save water in every way we can," he said. But if the four-year drought continues, conservation alone — at least what's required by the governor's plan — ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/01/20/123932/eight-simple-ways-to-conserve-water/ target=_blank >8 Simple Ways to Conserve Water</a>

KQED News | April 1, 2015

8 Simple Ways to Conserve Water

Gov. Jerry Brown has taken the unprecedented step of ordering mandatory water reductions for the first time in California's history. There are hundreds of ways that homes and offices can save water, like by installing low flow toilets and shower heads, building a rainwater collecting system or altering ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/03/31/ebmud-blames-drought-for-pungent-taste-of-tap-water target=_blank >EBMUD Blames Drought for ‘Pungent’ Taste of Tap Water</a>

KQED News | March 31, 2015

EBMUD Blames Drought for ‘Pungent’ Taste of Tap Water

The drought is causing some tap water in the East Bay to taste bad this week, and the water district that serves more than a million customers there says it's the drought's fault. A change in how the East Bay Municipal Utility District pulls water from its main Sierra ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/03/30/159265/want_to_do_a_little_astrophysics_this_app_detects_cosmic_rays?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Want To Do A Little Astrophysics? This App Detects Cosmic Rays</a>

KQED News | March 30, 2015

Want To Do A Little Astrophysics? This App Detects Cosmic Rays

Scientists in California are hoping to use your smart phone to solve a cosmic mystery. They're developing an app to turn your phone into a cosmic ray detector. If enough people install the app, the scientists think they'll be able to figure out once and for all what's producing the ...Read More

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Researchers at SLAC Study Promising Alternative to Morphine

KQED Science | March 27, 2015 | 3 Comments

Researchers at SLAC Study Promising Alternative to Morphine

Researchers are now studying a new kind of pain reliever with less side effects than morphine, using the Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/03/25/158930/super_termite_could_be_even_more_destructive_than_parent_species?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >'Super Termite' Could Be Even More Destructive Than Parent Species</a>

KQED News | March 25, 2015

'Super Termite' Could Be Even More Destructive Than Parent Species

Scientists in Florida have tracked the development of a new hybrid species of termite — one whose colonies grow twice as fast as the parent species. Termites are among the world's most destructive pests — causing more than a billion dollars in damage each year in the U.S. alone. Researchers say the ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/03/23/what-digital-health-lacks-female-ceos/ target=_blank >What Digital Health Lacks: Female CEOs</a>

KQED Science | March 23, 2015

What Digital Health Lacks: Female CEOs

Health care is undergoing major technological changes, from an explosion of consumer tools used to access medical information to advancements in genetics. But in the booming health-tech economy, just like in the health care industry at large, this transformation is primarily being led by men. Just 6 percent of digital health startups ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/03/23/who-owns-spacex-pictures-elon-musk-says-we-all-do target=_blank >Who Owns SpaceX Pictures? Elon Musk Says, ‘We All Do’</a>

KQED News | March 23, 2015

Who Owns SpaceX Pictures? Elon Musk Says, ‘We All Do’

Motherboard, the science and technology site published by Vice, asked a non-idle copyright question last month: When Elon Musk's SpaceX launches a flight paid for by NASA — and by us, the Great American Taxpaying Public — who owns the very cool pictures of the mission? The ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/03/20/158573/no_pain_no_scientific_gain_one_mans_quest_to_quantify_bug_stings?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >No Pain, No Scientific Gain: One Man's Quest to Quantify Bug Stings</a>

KQED News | March 20, 2015

No Pain, No Scientific Gain: One Man's Quest to Quantify Bug Stings

Spring is officially here and that means flowers, gardens and bugs. At least one man couldn't be happier about the return of insects — especially the ones that hurt.>...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/03/19/why-insulin-is-so-expensive-in-the-u-s/ target=_blank >Why Insulin Is So Expensive in the U.S.</a>

State of Health | March 19, 2015

Why Insulin Is So Expensive in the U.S.

For many decades, the only insulin available to people with diabetes came from the pancreases of cattle or pigs. Insulin from animals is still available outside the U.S. — and cheaper than a recombinant DNA version.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/03/19/158483/scientists_catch_up_on_the_sex_life_of_coral_to_help_reefs?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Scientists Catch Up on the Sex Life of Coral to Help Reefs Survive</a>

KQED News | March 19, 2015

Scientists Catch Up on the Sex Life of Coral to Help Reefs Survive

For the first time, biologists have caught a rare type of coral in the act of reproducing, and they were able to collect its sperm and eggs and breed the coral in the laboratory. The success is part of an effort to stem the decline in many types of ...Read More

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Bee Decline Linked to a Combination of Stressors

KQED Science | March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bee Decline Linked to a Combination of Stressors

There's plenty you can do, however, to help honeybees, from observations you can make when watching pollinators to what you plant in your garden.

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South American Peaks Contain 2000-Year Record of Lead in the Air

KQED Science | March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

South American Peaks Contain 2000-Year Record of Lead in the Air

New data from the ancient ice of a tropical glacier shows that lead in gasoline tainted the Earth with the toxic metal far more than any other source, past or present, human or natural.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/03/12/marine-sanctuaries-around-farallon-islands-to-expand-massively target=_blank >Marine Sanctuaries Around Farallon Islands to Expand Massively</a>

KQED News | March 12, 2015

Marine Sanctuaries Around Farallon Islands to Expand Massively

Well at least some in the Bay Area are getting more housing. Two marine sanctuaries off the coast of Northern California will more than double in size, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has ruled.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2015/03/11/getting-hot-in-here-the-beat-of-californias-four-year-drought/ target=_blank >Getting Hot in Here: The Beat of California’s Four-Year Drought</a>

The Lowdown | March 11, 2015

Getting Hot in Here: The Beat of California’s Four-Year Drought

Florida might not like to talk about climate change, but here in drought-stricken California, the topic's not so taboo. Mired in year four of the worst drought on record, Californians are witnessing the climate literally change before their eyes. As the state nears the end of one of ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/03/10/157846/as_climate_wars_heat_up_some_skeptics_are_targets?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >As Climate Wars Heat up, Some Skeptics Are Targets</a>

KQED News | March 10, 2015

As Climate Wars Heat up, Some Skeptics Are Targets

Scientists who warn that the earth's climate is changing have been subjected to hacking, hate mail, and even court action in recent years. That ire usually comes from conservative groups and climate skeptics seeking to discredit the research findings.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/03/08/rhinos-near-extinction-as-san-diego-researchers-look-for-answers target=_blank >Northern White Rhino Nears Extinction as San Diego Researchers Look for Answers</a>

KQED News | March 10, 2015

Northern White Rhino Nears Extinction as San Diego Researchers Look for Answers

The South Africa exhibit at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is home to more than 100 animals, and rhinos are at the top of the pecking order. The sweeping enclosure is designed to replicate their African habitat. This is Jane Kennedy's domain. She is lead keeper and she knows many ...Read More

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Powerful Genetic Test Prevents Paternity Mix-Up

KQED Science | March 9, 2015 | 5 Comments

Powerful Genetic Test Prevents Paternity Mix-Up

A couple who used a fertility clinic to conceive was ready to sue when the child’s blood type didn’t match up with mom and dad’s. Obviously the clinic had used the wrong sperm or made some other awful mistake. Except in this case they probably hadn’t. The couple, whose case I worked on, gave me […]

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