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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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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/07/stanford-study-inactivity-more-than-diet-linked-to-obesity-increase/ target=_blank >Stanford Study: Inactivity, More Than Diet, Linked to Obesity Increase</a>

State of Health | July 7, 2014

Stanford Study: Inactivity, More Than Diet, Linked to Obesity Increase

(Getty Images) New research from Stanford shows that physical activity — or lack thereof — may be a bigger driver of the obesity epidemic than diet is. The rate of Americans reporting inactivity has skyrocketed. The researchers looked at national survey results of people's health habits — including diet and exercise — from ...Read More

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Recent Talk on Sea Level Rise Stresses Need for Acceptance and Adaptation

KQED Science | July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Recent Talk on Sea Level Rise Stresses Need for Acceptance and Adaptation

Polar ice sheets are shrinking, sea level is rising and 44% of the world's population lives within 90 miles of the sea in the coastal zone. Oceanographer John Englander's addressed these topics in a recent talk, "Melting Ice, Rising Seas, and Shifting Shorelines: the New Normal" at the Aquarium of the Bay.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/07/03/fish-to-fork-the-rise-of-community-supported-fisheries/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fish-to-fork-the-rise-of-community-supported-fisheries target=_blank >Fish to Fork: The Rise of Community-Supported Fisheries</a>

QUEST | July 3, 2014

Fish to Fork: The Rise of Community-Supported Fisheries

Community-supported fisheries seek to reverse the trend of diminishing local seafood supplies.

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Drought Lessons From Down Under

KQED Science | June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Drought Lessons From Down Under

Australia's nine-year "millennial drought" transformed attitudes toward water. Could California duplicate the gains without the pain?

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Why Poachers Are Raiding the Redwoods in Humboldt County

KQED Science | June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Why Poachers Are Raiding the Redwoods in Humboldt County

Because of heavy logging in the 1800s and early 1900s, only about five percent of the old-growth redwoods remain, with much of that acreage in state and national parks. Now they face another threat: poachers.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/06/26/139312/a_shocking_fish_tale_surprises_evolutionary_biologists?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >A Shocking Fish Tale Surprises Evolutionary Biologists</a>

KQED News | June 26, 2014

A Shocking Fish Tale Surprises Evolutionary Biologists

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/06/24/oceanographers-discover-the-headwaters-of-puget-sound/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=oceanographers-discover-the-headwaters-of-puget-sound target=_blank >Oceanographers Discover the Headwaters of Puget Sound</a>

QUEST | June 24, 2014

Oceanographers Discover the Headwaters of Puget Sound

Scientists may have identified the source of the Pacific Northwest's legendary rich waters, in a submarine canyon in the deep ocean. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/06/23/carbon-control-americas-new-war-on-climate-change/ target=_blank >Carbon Control: America’s New War on Climate Change</a>

The Lowdown | June 23, 2014

Carbon Control: America’s New War on Climate Change

The Obama administration dropped the proverbial climate change bomb earlier this month when it announced a groundbreaking plan, without congressional approval, to significantly reduce the nation's carbon emissions over the next 15 years. Cartoon journalist Andy Warner explains what the new rules set out to do. View as slideshow Andy ...Read More

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Stanford Sleep Researcher Mourns the Loss of Narcoleptic Dog

KQED Science | June 17, 2014 | 3 Comments

Stanford Sleep Researcher Mourns the Loss of Narcoleptic Dog

Bear, the narcoleptic dog who stole the heart of a Stanford specialist in the disease, has died.

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Interactive Map: How Sea Level Rise Could Swamp Coastal Communities

KQED Science | June 13, 2014 | 3 Comments

Interactive Map: How Sea Level Rise Could Swamp Coastal Communities

Rising seas will likely lead to unprecedented flooding along parts of California's coast within 20-60 years, according to a new report.

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California’s Not Ready for Influx of Oil Trains, Says Report

KQED Science | June 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

California’s Not Ready for Influx of Oil Trains, Says Report

Crude-by-rail has been a growing concern as an oil boom in North Dakota has meant more and more crude is traveling to refineries by rail. A series of fiery derailments in the past year has focused attention on the need for accident prevention and emergency response preparation.

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New Evidence of Earth’s Deep Water Cycle Reveals A Virtual Buried Ocean

KQED Science | June 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

New Evidence of Earth’s Deep Water Cycle Reveals A Virtual Buried Ocean

New evidence from high-pressure experiments and earthquake waves suggests the presence of water-rich melt at the base of the upper mantle, far deeper than previous estimates.

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California to Protect Gray Wolves as Endangered Species

KQED Science | June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

California to Protect Gray Wolves as Endangered Species

Though there are no wild wolves in California, state officials, expecting them to get here eventually, voted to protect them.

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