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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/01/09/153506/why_should_we_search_for_et?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Why Should We Search For ET?</a>

KQED News | January 9, 2015

Why Should We Search For ET?

Will we find ET in the next 25 years? Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at SETI, says yes. He explains that new technologies and the laws of probability make the breakthrough likely.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/01/07/brown-history-will-affirm-wisdom-of-building-bullet-train target=_blank >Brown: History Will Affirm Wisdom of Building Bullet Train</a>

KQED News | January 7, 2015

Brown: History Will Affirm Wisdom of Building Bullet Train

Gov. Jerry Brown began his fourth term as governor by acting on a promise to bring a bullet train to California, signing a symbolic piece of railroad track at a groundbreaking ceremony held on an empty lot in downtown Fresno Tuesday.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/napa-wineries-face-global-warming/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=napa-wineries-face-global-warming target=_blank >Pinot Noir Growth Quadruples, But Could Come up Against Warming</a>

QUEST | January 6, 2015

Pinot Noir Growth Quadruples, But Could Come up Against Warming

As revelers uncorked wine bottles to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year, more of them were celebrating with a glass of California-grown Pinot Noir than a decade ago. But the growing market for this complex, subtle wine could soon run up against climate conditions that make ...Read More

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Interior Secretary: Local Fracking Bans Are ‘Wrong Way To Go’

KQED Science | January 2, 2015 | 25 Comments

Interior Secretary: Local Fracking Bans Are ‘Wrong Way To Go’

County and even statewide strictures are misguided, says federal lands chief.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/why-i-do-science-kandis-elliot/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-i-do-science-kandis-elliot target=_blank >Why I Do Science: Kandis Elliot</a>

QUEST | December 30, 2014

Why I Do Science: Kandis Elliot

Kandis Elliot didn't think she'd make art her profession. Learn why she decided to become a botanical artist and the inspiration behind her work.

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Bird Biology Knowledge Expands with the Sequencing of 48 Genomes

KQED Science | December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bird Biology Knowledge Expands with the Sequencing of 48 Genomes

In a stunning feat of scientific prowess, a large group of scientists has completely sequenced the genomes of 48 different bird species. But as sequencing gets easier, managing all of that data is turning out to be the real challenge.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/27/152585/an_aspiring_martian_continues_to_pursue_the_red_planet?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >An Aspiring Martian Continues to Pursue the Red Planet</a>

KQED News | December 27, 2014

An Aspiring Martian Continues to Pursue the Red Planet

Lt. Heidi Beemer has dreamed of going to Mars since she was 8 years old. She's carefully planned her life, from her education to her career, with a goal of getting to the red planet.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/22/federal-appeals-ruling-upholds-protections-for-central-valley-salmon target=_blank >Federal Appeals Ruling Upholds Protections for Central Valley Salmon</a>

KQED News | December 22, 2014

Federal Appeals Ruling Upholds Protections for Central Valley Salmon

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has upheld measures imposed by federal agencies to protect salmon and steelhead that migrate through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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Next Napa Quake Could Be Bigger, Stronger

KQED Science | December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Next Napa Quake Could Be Bigger, Stronger

New research indicates the fault that triggered the August quake is 20 miles longer than scientists realized, which could produce more powerful earthquakes in the future.

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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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