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A Glimpse of LUCA, Life’s Last Universal Common Ancestor

KQED Science | August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Glimpse of LUCA, Life’s Last Universal Common Ancestor

A new study suggests how early life might have survived without some of the cellular machinery that is absolutely required for life today. Turns out that having a fairly leaky membrane may have been the key.

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201408070850/a target=_blank >Scientists Take on Dangerous Mosquitoes in Central Valley</a>

The California Report | August 7, 2014

Scientists Take on Dangerous Mosquitoes in Central Valley

Two people have died of West Nile virus in Sacramento and Shasta counties, the first reported deaths in the state this year. Last year, 15 people died in California from the virus, which is usually transmitted to humans from a bite by an infected mosquito. One variety of mosquito found recently in San Mateo, Madera and Clovis is particularly worrisome because it can carry a number of deadly diseases, including yellow fever and West Nile. The state's entomologists are mobilizing to fight this new, bloodsucking threat.

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A Simple Mineral Has Geochemical Power That Helps Spark Life

KQED Science | August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Simple Mineral Has Geochemical Power That Helps Spark Life

New work shows that the simple mineral sphalerite has geochemical powers suitable for helping life to arise from precursors in the mineral kingdom.

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Artist Will Take a 13-Hour Watery Stand to Draw Attention to Rising Seas

KQED Science | August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Artist Will Take a 13-Hour Watery Stand to Draw Attention to Rising Seas

A performance artist will stand in San Francisco Bay for a tidal cycle of thirteen hours to dramatize the challenge of rising seas. At high tide, she'll be covered up to her neck.

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The ‘Tahoe Tsunami’: New Study Envisions Early Geologic Event

KQED Science | July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The ‘Tahoe Tsunami’: New Study Envisions Early Geologic Event

A new paper marshals evidence detailing the catastrophic landslide and mega-tsunami that struck Lake Tahoe during the late Pleistocene.

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California’s Biggest Water Source Shrouded in Secrecy

KQED Science | July 31, 2014 | 18 Comments

California’s Biggest Water Source Shrouded in Secrecy

Stanford launches a major investigation of the state's dwindling groundwater resources and finds "alarming" gaps.

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Deep-Sea Octopus is Mother of the Year

KQED Science | July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Deep-Sea Octopus is Mother of the Year

Researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute discovered a deep-sea octopus that tends its eggs for 53 months, longer than any known animal.

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A Quest for Vegan Cheese That Actually Tastes Like Cheese

KQED Science | July 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

A Quest for Vegan Cheese That Actually Tastes Like Cheese

A team of Bay Area scientists is biohacking baker's yeast, in an effort to produce proteins that are just like milk proteins, only they're aren't from milk.

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Europe’s Rosetta Spacecraft Will Soon Ride a Comet

KQED Science | July 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

Europe’s Rosetta Spacecraft Will Soon Ride a Comet

Europe's Rosetta mission is poised to add another extraterrestrial landfall to a very short list, and top a new list as it becomes the first mission to land a probe on a comet.

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Richmond Nearly Ready to Approve Chevron Refinery Project

KQED Science | July 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

Richmond Nearly Ready to Approve Chevron Refinery Project

The Richmond City Council is considering Chevron's plans for a $1 billion project at its refinery there. If it's approved, this is one of the last steps before construction on the project would actually begin.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/22/140287/pop_quiz_20_percent_chance_of_rain_do_you_need_an_umbrella?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?</a>

KQED News | July 22, 2014

Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?

This week, All Things Considered is exploring how people interpret probability. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a 70 percent chance of success? One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/07/21/2014/world_tempature_record target=_blank >World Temperature Hits Record High in June</a>

News Fix | July 21, 2014

World Temperature Hits Record High in June

(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) by Seth Borenstein AP WASHINGTON (AP) — The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month's average global temperature was 61.2 degrees, which is ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/20/140194/astronaut_who_walked_on_the_moon_it_was_science_fiction_to_us?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us'</a>

KQED News | July 20, 2014

Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us'

In November of 1969, astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon. His mission, Apollo 12, arrived at the moon a few months after Apollo 11 made the first moon landing. That historic event celebrates its 45th anniversary Sunday. Apollo 12 got off to a dramatic start: ...Read More

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California Regulators Approve Fines for Wasting Water

KQED Science | July 15, 2014 | 7 Comments

California Regulators Approve Fines for Wasting Water

Watering your lawn or washing your car may become a lot more expensive. State regulators have approved new fines aimed at water wasters, hoping the penalties will lead to a reduction in water use.

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Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

KQED Science | July 14, 2014 | 13 Comments

Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

Activists are hoping local residents will do what state legislators haven’t done -- shut down the controversial oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/13/139992/mark_your_calendars_in_a_year_well_arrive_at_pluto?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Mark Your Calendars: In A Year, We'll Arrive At Pluto</a>

KQED News | July 13, 2014

Mark Your Calendars: In A Year, We'll Arrive At Pluto

Planetary scientist Alan Stern is counting down the days — just 365 of them now. He's spent the past 8 1/2 years waiting for the New Horizons spacecraft to make a close encounter with Pluto. Next year, on July 14, the spacecraft will reach its destination. "Not only did we choose ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/11/round-2-of-richmond-hearing-on-chevron-refinery-plan/ target=_blank >Richmond Panel OKs Chevron Refinery Plan — With Conditions</a>

News Fix | July 11, 2014

Richmond Panel OKs Chevron Refinery Plan — With Conditions

Company says it has ‘grave concerns’ about new environmental proposals attached to project. Read more ...

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Communicating Science Through an Artistic Lens at Stanford

KQED Science | July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Communicating Science Through an Artistic Lens at Stanford

Stanford scientist Sue McConnell will receive $1 million over the next five years to sustain a program that teaches biology seniors to communicate science to the public through art.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/07/10/139871/the_science_of_settling_calculate_your_mate_with_moneyball?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >The Science of Settling: Calculate Your Mate With Moneyball</a>

KQED News | July 10, 2014

The Science of Settling: Calculate Your Mate With Moneyball

In case you missed the buzz on Facebook, scientists recently determined that "beer goggles" do in fact exist, though not precisely in the way we thought. Consuming alcohol, it seems, tends to elevate desire and reduce inhibitions more than alter our actual perception of another person's attractiveness. But there's another ...Read More

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Everything You Know about Cholesterol Is Probably Wrong

KQED Science | July 9, 2014 | 6 Comments

Everything You Know about Cholesterol Is Probably Wrong

Most of us have heard about good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. But it's not the cholesterol that causes harm, it's the particles that carry it. And routine blood tests don't measure them.

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