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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/18/151928/arctic_is_warming_twice_as_fast_as_world_average?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As World Average</a>

KQED News | December 18, 2014

Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As World Average

The latest word from scientists studying the Arctic is that the polar region is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. And researchers say the trend isn't letting up. That's the latest from the 2014 Arctic Report Card — a compilation of recent research from more ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/15/its-raining-so-how-do-those-reservoirs-look target=_blank >It’s Raining; So How Do Those Reservoirs Look?</a>

KQED News | December 15, 2014

It’s Raining; So How Do Those Reservoirs Look?

It's raining again, and if you believe weather forecasters and the computer models on which they rely, we're in for wet weather for most of this week.

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Evidence of Possible Long-Term Water on Mars

KQED Science | December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Evidence of Possible Long-Term Water on Mars

NASA announced that Mars' Gale Crater was once the site of a vast lake that appears to have filled up, dried out and filled up again repeatedly over a much longer period than wet conditions were believed to have persisted.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2014/12/09/is-it-ethical-to-colonize-mars/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=is-it-ethical-to-colonize-mars target=_blank >Is It Ethical to Colonize Mars?</a>

KQED Science | December 10, 2014

Is It Ethical to Colonize Mars?

From KQED Education Do Now: In a mission where the lines between reality and fantasy seem to be blurred, the Mars One team is planning to launch an expedition to establish a human settlement on the red planet. Is it ethical to colonize Mars or other planets?

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/07/recycled-water-could-damage-redwood-trees/ target=_blank >Redwoods Damaged by South Bay Experiments With Recycled Water Irrigation</a>

KQED News | December 8, 2014

Redwoods Damaged by South Bay Experiments With Recycled Water Irrigation

High salinity of recycled water has deadly effect on the trees, which prefer fog-filled coastal habitats.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/05/orion-spacecraft-splashes-down-after-high-orbit-test target=_blank >Orion Spacecraft Splashes Down After High Orbit Test</a>

KQED News | December 5, 2014

Orion Spacecraft Splashes Down After High Orbit Test

NASA reports successful test of new craft designed for deep space mission.

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Study: California Drought Most Severe Dry Spell in at least 1,200 Years

KQED Science | December 4, 2014 | 2 Comments

Study: California Drought Most Severe Dry Spell in at least 1,200 Years

Low precipitation and record high temperatures combine to set startling record.

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New Residential Water Use Numbers Indicate Conservation Backslide

KQED Science | December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

New Residential Water Use Numbers Indicate Conservation Backslide

The year-over-year water-saving rate slid by more than a third in October, worrying officials calling on residents to reduce water usage during record drought.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/02/call-for-suspension-of-crude-by-rail-shipments-feather-river-derailment target=_blank >Call for Suspension of Crude-by-Rail Shipments After Feather River Derailment</a>

KQED News | December 2, 2014

Call for Suspension of Crude-by-Rail Shipments After Feather River Derailment

Sen. Jerry Hill wants action after state 'dodged a bullet' when train derailed along key waterway.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/02/nasa-prepares-to-test-new-spacecraft-that-youve-likely-never-heard-of target=_blank >NASA Prepares to Test New Spacecraft (That You’ve Likely Never Heard Of)</a>

KQED News | December 2, 2014

NASA Prepares to Test New Spacecraft (That You’ve Likely Never Heard Of)

A vehicle named Orion is designed to carry humans into deep space. But most aren't aware it exists.

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Want to Go to Mars? A Cheaper Alternative Resides in Chile’s Atacama Desert

KQED Science | November 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

Want to Go to Mars? A Cheaper Alternative Resides in Chile’s Atacama Desert

If you want to go to Mars but can’t quite afford the hundreds of billions of dollars for a ticket, there is another solution: consider instead a trip to the Atacama Desert in Chile.

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This Week’s Rain Unlikely to Dent Drought

KQED Science | November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

This Week’s Rain Unlikely to Dent Drought

Rain systems so far this season have been on the wimpy side. This next series is likely to continue the trend.

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Scientists Suspect a Virus is Causing Sea Star Die-Off

KQED Science | November 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

Scientists Suspect a Virus is Causing Sea Star Die-Off

But the virus isn't new to sea stars, so what triggered the current outbreak remains a mystery.

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Study: Warming Climate Means More Lightning

KQED Science | November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Study: Warming Climate Means More Lightning

Memo to firefighters: Modeling by Berkeley researchers suggests a 50 percent spike in ground strikes this century, like the strikes that started last season's largest wildfire in California.

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What Can We Learn from the Italian Earthquake Trial?

KQED Science | November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

What Can We Learn from the Italian Earthquake Trial?

When a court convicted earthquake scientists of manslaughter, seismologists everywhere feared the worst for their own efforts at informing the public. After the convictions were overturned on appeal this week, experts, journalists and the general public can consider the wider lessons learned.

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U.S. and China Greenhouse Gas Deal: Landmark Move or More Hot Air?

KQED Science | November 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

U.S. and China Greenhouse Gas Deal: Landmark Move or More Hot Air?

President Obama sets ambitious goals for greenhouse gas reductions, but the deal faces political battles here and overseas.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/11/10/ucsf-initiative-links-sugar-science-to-your-health/ target=_blank >UCSF Initiative Links ‘Sugar Science’ to Your Health</a>

State of Health | November 10, 2014

UCSF Initiative Links ‘Sugar Science’ to Your Health

A new initiative from UC San Francisco is spelling out the health dangers of sugar in clear terms. The “sugar science” project distilled mountains of research on the health impacts of added sugar and found links to three chronic illnesses. ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/searching-for-other-earths/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=searching-for-other-earths target=_blank >Searching for Other Earths</a>

QUEST | November 7, 2014

Searching for Other Earths

During six weeks every summer, for the past six years, University of California-Berkeley astrophysicist Geoff Marcy and five of his students have spent their nights in a small basement room on campus. The room has a microwave oven, a coffeemaker and a couch with two cushions. But none of ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/04/berkeley-acorn-woodpeckers-habitat target=_blank >Why Are Acorn Woodpeckers Appearing in Berkeley’s Lowlands?</a>

KQED News | November 4, 2014

Why Are Acorn Woodpeckers Appearing in Berkeley’s Lowlands?

They are the clowns of the oak savannah — Acorn Woodpeckers — with their harlequin faces, gregarious habits, and off-kilter laughing calls that inspired Woody Woodpecker. Here in the Bay Area, Acorn Woodpecker colonies are fairly common in the East Bay hills and the western slopes of Mount Diablo, particularly where ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/03/feather-river-fish-hatchery-chinook-salmon-spawning target=_blank >The Chinook Salmon’s Journey: Spawning at Feather River Hatchery</a>

KQED News | November 3, 2014

The Chinook Salmon’s Journey: Spawning at Feather River Hatchery

Where do California's chinook salmon come from? We've all heard the story about the salmon's migration — how young fish just a few inches long travel from the streams and rivers where they were born out through the Delta, San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate. And we ...Read More

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