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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/04/30/brown-defends-shift-on-delta-habitat-plan target=_blank >Brown Defends Shift on Delta Habitat Plan</a>

KQED News | April 30, 2015

Brown Defends Shift on Delta Habitat Plan

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday defended a plan that dramatically scales back the amount of habitat restoration for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta while two giant tunnels are built to deliver water to farms and millions of city dwellers to the south. Brown said the new approach would accelerate the pace ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/lowdown/2015/04/27/the-end-of-snow-striking-winter-pics-of-yosemites-half-dome-since-the-drought-hit-gif/ target=_blank >The End of Snow? Striking Winter Pics of Yosemite’s Half Dome Since the Drought Hit [GIF]</a>

The Lowdown | April 27, 2015

The End of Snow? Striking Winter Pics of Yosemite’s Half Dome Since the Drought Hit [GIF]

Sure, California drought imagery may be reaching its saturation point in the media, but the images are just too darn striking to ignore. Case and point. In average precipitation years, the snowpack in California's Sierra Nevada range is usually deepest in March, at the tail-end of winter storms. High elevation peaks ...Read More

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Western Bluebird Populations Expand in the Bay Area

KQED Science | April 24, 2015 | 2 Comments

Western Bluebird Populations Expand in the Bay Area

After their populations plunged in the mid-20th century, bluebirds have made a comeback with help from volunteers who make and monitor nest boxes.

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Stegosaurus, Male or Female? The Answer Is in the Plates

KQED Science | April 23, 2015 | 1 Comment

Stegosaurus, Male or Female? The Answer Is in the Plates

A young paleontologist has figured out how to tell male and female stegosaurs apart from the rows of plates upon their backs.

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When City Codes Clash With State Water Rules, Confusion Reigns

KQED Science | April 22, 2015 | 4 Comments

When City Codes Clash With State Water Rules, Confusion Reigns

Esthetics and water conservation clash as California cities find their own laws at odds with the governor's water reduction mandates.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/04/21/160889/5_years_after_bp_oil_spill_experts_debate_damage_to_ecosystem?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Experts Debate Damage To Ecosystem</a>

KQED News | April 22, 2015

5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Experts Debate Damage To Ecosystem

At the Gulf State Park Pier in Orange Beach, Ala., Wetzel Wood casts his fishing line into the rough surf of the Gulf of Mexico. He pulls his bait, a cigar minnow, through the water just beyond where the waves break for the shore. "On a good day you'd catch king ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/04/19/160713/las_mountain_lion_is_a_solitary_cat_with_a_knack_for_travel?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >LA's Mountain Lion Is a Solitary Cat With a Knack for Travel</a>

KQED News | April 19, 2015

LA's Mountain Lion Is a Solitary Cat With a Knack for Travel

A mountain lion was holed up under a house in Los Angeles for a little while last week, making headlines across the country. But the puma, known as P-22, was already pretty famous. He's got his own Facebook fan page with more than 2,000 likes, plus a couple of ...Read More

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Fossil Study Detects Another Mass Extinction in the Deep Past

KQED Science | April 16, 2015 | 1 Comment

Fossil Study Detects Another Mass Extinction in the Deep Past

A new study of fossils on an island in the Arctic Ocean show a major episode of extinction that qualifies as a new "great dying."

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201504151000?pid=RD19 target=_blank >In Drought-Stricken California, How Much Water Does Agriculture Use?</a>

Forum | April 15, 2015

In Drought-Stricken California, How Much Water Does Agriculture Use?

Agriculture consumes about 40 percent of the state's water, or 80 percent of water available for human use. Critics question the viability of growing water-intensive crops like almonds and rice, but others argue the state's water woes are too complex to pin on a single industry.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2015/04/14/should-we-allow-apps-to-collect-private-health-data-for-research/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=should-we-allow-apps-to-collect-private-health-data-for-research target=_blank >Should We Allow Apps to Collect Private Health Data for Research?</a>

KQED Science | April 14, 2015

Should We Allow Apps to Collect Private Health Data for Research?

From KQED Education Do Now: On March 9, 2015, Apple announced the release of a new tool that enables researchers to build iPhone apps for collecting health data directly from iPhone users. Should we allow apps to collect private health data for research?

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/04/10/data-shows-bay-area-cleantech-investment-on-the-wane target=_blank >Data Shows Bay Area Cleantech Investment on the Wane</a>

KQED News | April 10, 2015

Data Shows Bay Area Cleantech Investment on the Wane

Investment in the cleantech industry has seen major growth in the San Francisco Bay Area over the last decade, jumping from less than half a billion in venture capital dollars to $3 billion, according to figures from the State of the Valley conference in February. Yet, a closer look at ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/06/play-this-video-game-and-call-me-in-the-morning/ target=_blank >Play This Video Game and Call Me in the Morning</a>

KQED Science | April 6, 2015

Play This Video Game and Call Me in the Morning

Neuroscientists hope their video game will be the first approved by the FDA.

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Warm Winter Wrought Havoc for Coastal Wildlife

KQED Science | April 5, 2015 | 5 Comments

Warm Winter Wrought Havoc for Coastal Wildlife

Warm air and warm ocean waters together proved bad news this winter for wildlife on the Farallon Islands and along the nothern California coast.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/03/31/is-pollution-from-asia-making-the-central-valleys-bad-air-even-worse/ target=_blank >Is Pollution From Asia Making the Central Valley’s Bad Air Even Worse?</a>

State of Health | March 31, 2015

Is Pollution From Asia Making the Central Valley’s Bad Air Even Worse?

Advocates say the San Joaquin Valley Air District should focus on sources it can control, like farming machinery. (David McNew/Getty Images) By Alice Daniel California's Central Valley grapples with some of the dirtiest air in the nation. The culprits range from its vast agriculture industry to trucks on Highway 99. But one ...Read More

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Drought Hasn’t Dampened Gorgeous Bay Area Wildflowers Display

KQED Science | March 27, 2015 | 3 Comments

Drought Hasn’t Dampened Gorgeous Bay Area Wildflowers Display

The drought hasn't held back the wildflowers this year. See what's blooming in naturalist Sharol Nelson-Embrys blog.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201503261000?pid=RD19 target=_blank >National Park Service Director on the Future of America's Parks</a>

Forum | March 26, 2015

National Park Service Director on the Future of America's Parks

Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, talks about the future of our national parks.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/03/24/158805/sea_turtles_test_urban_waters_in_southern_california_jacuzzi?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Sea Turtles Test Urban Waters in Southern California 'Jacuzzi'</a>

KQED News | March 24, 2015

Sea Turtles Test Urban Waters in Southern California 'Jacuzzi'

The green sea turtle typically lives in tropical waters, like the shores of Mexico or Hawaii. But recently, scientists have discovered a population swimming year round in a river just south of Los Angeles. It's the northernmost group of these turtles known to science. Visit the three-mile stretch of the San Gabriel ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/03/23/158771/former_orca_trainer_for_seaworld_condemns_its_practices?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Former Orca Trainer for SeaWorld Condemns Its Practices</a>

KQED News | March 23, 2015

Former Orca Trainer for SeaWorld Condemns Its Practices

Last year 4 million people visited SeaWorld's theme parks, where the top shows feature killer whales, also known as orcas. For years, activists have charged that keeping orcas in captivity is harmful to the animals and risky for the trainers who work with them.

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Cassini Detects Signs of Conditions Friendly to Life

KQED Science | March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Cassini Detects Signs of Conditions Friendly to Life

Far beneath the icy crust of Saturn's small moon Enceladus, hydrothermal activity may be at work, activity similar to what is found in some life-friendly environments on Earth.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/career-spotlight-biologist/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=career-spotlight-biologist target=_blank >Career Spotlight: Biologist</a>

QUEST | March 19, 2015

Career Spotlight: Biologist

Matt Wandell is a biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences. His work involves feeding the animals, cleaning the tanks and making sure everything in the aquarium stays healthy. Wandell also participates in research expeditions to survey coral reefs and collect organisms.

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