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Seven Things to Know About the Sixth Mass Extinction

KQED Science | February 21, 2014 | 3 Comments

Seven Things to Know About the Sixth Mass Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert’s book “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” centers around two premises: that humans are witnessing a very high rate of species extinction and that humans are causing much of it.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/02/20/hpv-vaccine-prevents-cancer-yet-most-kids-still-dont-get-it/ target=_blank >HPV Vaccine Prevents Cancer, Yet Most Kids Still Don’t Get It</a>

State of Health | February 20, 2014

HPV Vaccine Prevents Cancer, Yet Most Kids Still Don’t Get It

You would think that a vaccine that could prevent cancer would be an easy sell, but that's hasn't proven to be true so far with the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. Just 33 percent of girls and less than 7 percent of boys in the U.S. have gotten all three recommended ...Read More

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Love is in the Air…And it Smells like Striped Skunks

KQED Science | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Love is in the Air…And it Smells like Striped Skunks

Most people associate February with the scent of roses, but there is another scent that seems to be everywhere this time of year, too. Striped skunks around the Bay Area are on edge due to breeding season, using their foul-smelling spray to communicate to each other and protect themselves as they wander looking for mates.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/02/13/vegetarian-farmed-fish-may-be-key-to-sustainable-aquaculture/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vegetarian-farmed-fish-may-be-key-to-sustainable-aquaculture target=_blank >The Key to Sustainable Fish Farming? Vegetarian Fish</a>

QUEST | February 13, 2014

The Key to Sustainable Fish Farming? Vegetarian Fish

World demand for seafood is rising, but many of the world's oceans are already overfished. Now scientists are creating vegetarian diets for species like trout, which may lessen the strain on over-fished oceans. ...Read More

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Don’t Eat the Dirt on Mars: the Pros and Cons of Perchlorate

KQED Science | February 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Don’t Eat the Dirt on Mars: the Pros and Cons of Perchlorate

To be successful Mars colonists, future astronauts will need to know both the potential hazard and utility of the soil. One unusual compound that has garnered quite a bit of attention is called perchlorate; it has the potential to be both a blessing and a curse for future explorers.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/02/10/after-the-storm-how-do-the-reservoirs-look/ target=_blank >After the Rain: Did the Storm Put a Dent in the Drought?</a>

News Fix | February 10, 2014

After the Rain: Did the Storm Put a Dent in the Drought?

One home truth for all of Northern California after weekend storm: The drought's a long way from over. ...Read More

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DNA of 7000-Year-Old Spanish Skeleton Reveals Details About Appearance

KQED Science | February 10, 2014 | 2 Comments

DNA of 7000-Year-Old Spanish Skeleton Reveals Details About Appearance

Scientists have just done something that would have been unimaginable even a few years ago—they have sequenced the entire set of DNA from a 7000 year old Spaniard. And this isn’t all. They have also managed to learn that he was most likely a dark-skinned, blue or green-eyed man who had trouble digesting milk as an adult.

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California Drought: 17 Communities on the Critical List

KQED Science | January 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

California Drought: 17 Communities on the Critical List

It finally rained and snowed in parts of Northern California, but we are still deep in a drought. Now, 17 communities in California are at risk of running out of water within 60 to 100 days.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/during-drought-pop-up-wetlands-give-birds-a-break/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=during-drought-pop-up-wetlands-give-birds-a-break target=_blank >During Drought, Pop-Up Wetlands Give Birds a Break</a>

QUEST | January 27, 2014

During Drought, Pop-Up Wetlands Give Birds a Break

As California's drought gets worse, farmers and conservationists are teaming up to create temporary wetlands for birds migrating on the Pacific Flyway.

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201401241630/b target=_blank >Venerable Lick Observatory Faces Funding Cut</a>

The California Report | January 24, 2014

Venerable Lick Observatory Faces Funding Cut

On the UC Regents' agenda this week was a progress report on the California Extremely Large Telescope project, also known as the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). The project, to be built in Hawaii, will be a partnership between UC and Caltech, as well as Canada, China, India and Japan. But ...Read More

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Amateur Astronomer and Telescope Inventor John Dobson Dies at 98

KQED Science | January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Amateur Astronomer and Telescope Inventor John Dobson Dies at 98

John Dobson, the co-founder of San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers and the inventor of a telescope that people can build themselves, died on January 15 in Burbank. He was 98. For decades, Dobson introduced the public to the sky, setting up telescopes in cities and parks and inviting passers-by to take a look into space. And […]

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As Toxics Regulations Increase, Companies Simply Switch Chemicals

KQED Science | January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

As Toxics Regulations Increase, Companies Simply Switch Chemicals

A UCSF researcher explains how public pressure on makeup manufacturers seems to work, and why it's "common sense" to keep plastic dishware out of the microwave.

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Proposed Pittsburg Oil Project Draws Protest

KQED Science | January 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Proposed Pittsburg Oil Project Draws Protest

The East Bay city of Pittsburg is considering a new oil terminal, which would supply crude to Bay Area refineries. Some residents are hoping to stop the plan in its tracks.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/01/08/flu-now-widespread-in-california/ target=_blank >Flu Now Widespread in California</a>

State of Health | January 9, 2014

Flu Now Widespread in California

State health officials are urging Californians to get vaccinated against the flu. At least eight people have died statewide in recent weeks, including a death in Contra Costa County announced on Tuesday. ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/in-dry-year-california-looks-to-cloud-seeding/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=in-dry-year-california-looks-to-cloud-seeding target=_blank >In Dry Year, California Looks to Cloud Seeding</a>

QUEST | January 6, 2014

In Dry Year, California Looks to Cloud Seeding

There's no doubt about it, it's dry out there. 2013 ended as the driest year ever recorded in many parts of California. So water managers are trying to squeeze out every last drop with an old technology: cloud seeding.

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California’s ‘Big Dry’

KQED Science | January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

California’s ‘Big Dry’

For many parts of California, 2013 was the driest year on the books.

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Endangered Coho Salmon Return to Marin to Spawn

KQED Science | December 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Endangered Coho Salmon Return to Marin to Spawn

Watching wild salmon swimming upstream isn’t just for for people with a television. This is the time of year for people in the San Francisco Bay Area to leave their couches and watch the endangered coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) spawn in Marin! There are three main viewing sites in Marin, although the Leo T. Cronin […]

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2013/12/28/131783/the_hunt_for_meteorites_begins_in_antarctica?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >The Hunt For Meteorites Begins In Antarctica</a>

KQED News | December 28, 2013

The Hunt For Meteorites Begins In Antarctica

At the end of the Earth, a search for out-of-this-world rocks is in full swing. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2013/12/26/coming-face-to-face-with-cost-of-delta-tunnel-plan/ target=_blank >Coming Face to Face With the Real Cost of the Delta Tunnel Plan</a>

News Fix | December 27, 2013

Coming Face to Face With the Real Cost of the Delta Tunnel Plan

A presentation to San Joaquin irrigation district suggests total price tag could hit $67 billion. ...Read More

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Little Cheer for Some Big Sur Fire Evacuees

KQED Science | December 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Little Cheer for Some Big Sur Fire Evacuees

Evacuees return home after the Big Sur fire that damaged or destroyed 34 residences.

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