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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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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/13/disneyland-measles-cases-now-at-26/ target=_blank >Disneyland Measles Cases Now at 26</a>

State of Health | January 13, 2015

Disneyland Measles Cases Now at 26

(Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images) The number of measles cases linked to having visited Disneyland parks in mid-December has climbed to 22 in California, according to state data. There are four more cases in other states — two in Utah and one each in Colorado and Washington. While ...Read More

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Scientists Used Modern DNA to Reconstruct Part of a 19th-Century Man’s Genome

KQED Science | January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Scientists Used Modern DNA to Reconstruct Part of a 19th-Century Man’s Genome

Until recently, you pretty much had to rely on family stories that were passed down through the generations to learn about your ancestors. But that is now set to change. With a little luck, a whole lot of science and genealogy, you may be able to use passed down DNA instead of stories to learn a bit about that great-great-great-grandfather.

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New Soil Erosion Study May Help Sustainable Farming Practices

KQED Science | January 8, 2015 | 1 Comment

New Soil Erosion Study May Help Sustainable Farming Practices

A new way of measuring soil erosion in the geologically recent past, before modern civilization, may help put sustainable agriculture on a firmer footing.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/07/nine-measles-cases-tied-to-disneyland-parks/ target=_blank >Nine Measles Cases Tied to Disneyland Parks</a>

State of Health | January 7, 2015

Nine Measles Cases Tied to Disneyland Parks

(Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images) Nine people who visited Disneyland or Disneyland California Adventure Park during December have confirmed measles cases, state health officials said Wednesday. Seven of the patients live in California and two live in Utah.

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Hot, Unfriendly Skies Could Alter Flights

KQED Science | January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Hot, Unfriendly Skies Could Alter Flights

Transatlantic flights could encounter more turbulence in a warming world, which would affect millions of people.

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Governor Unveils Ambitious New Climate Goals

KQED Science | January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Governor Unveils Ambitious New Climate Goals

During his inaugural speech on Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown focused heavily on energy efficiency calling for further cuts in consumption as a way to combat global warming.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/01/05/an-annotated-guide-to-jerry-browns-state-of-the-state-address target=_blank >An Annotated Guide to Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address</a>

KQED News | January 5, 2015

An Annotated Guide to Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address

Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his inaugural address this morning, signaling initiatives for the upcoming legislative year. During the address he outlined his vision for the state on a number of topics, including education, health care, the environment and the economy.

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