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KQED's award-winning team of science reporters explores climate change, water, energy, toxics, biomedicine, digital health, astronomy and other topics that shape our lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a trusted news source, KQED Science tackles tough questions facing humanity in our time with thoughtful and engaging storytelling.
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KQED's award-winning team of science reporters explores climate change, water, energy, toxics, biomedicine, digital health, astronomy and other topics that shape our lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a trusted news source, KQED Science tackles tough questions facing humanity in our time with thoughtful and engaging storytelling.

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Wildfires Reignite Old Trauma for Survivors of Last October’s Devastation

8/4/2018
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In fire-torn parts of the West, some people now safe are struggling mightily when they again smell smoke or see an orange haze in the sky. That's normal, say therapists. And you can quench the fears.

Duration:00:05:30

Smoke-Chasers Help Predict Wildfire Behavior

8/1/2018
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Every big fire has a meteorologist whose job is to help figure out what the fire might do next. So it helps if that meteorologist has a smoke-chaser.

Duration:00:05:02

The Great Era of California Dam Building May Be Over. Here’s What’s Next

7/23/2018
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Storing water doesn't necessarily mean pouring a lot of concrete anymore -- and that's affecting which projects get funded.

Duration:00:07:38

‘Controlled Burns’ Can Help Solve California’s Fire Problem — So Why Aren’t There More of Them?

7/16/2018
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Experts say it’s possible to avoid catastrophic harm to human and forest health by setting planned burns before human error, lightning or arson choose when fires start. But it's easier said than done.

Duration:00:07:32

Something Else Adding Fuel to California’s Fire Season: Warmer Nights

7/9/2018
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It's a little-known oddity about the changing climate: overnight low temperatures are rising faster than daytime highs. That's not good news for the fire season.

Duration:00:07:20

Oakland Zoo Makes Room for Big Predators. But Is it Enough?

7/2/2018
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The zoo says its new California Trail is designed to re-acquaint visitors with native species, including some long gone.

Duration:00:05:14

Let’s Talk Thor’s Hammer and Wakanda … Sciencewise

6/11/2018
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In Hollywood, it’s not all about getting the science right; it’s really about how science can inspire the twists and turns in a great story. We talk with the man who helps ignite that inspiration.

Duration:00:05:08

Proposition 68: Money for Parks, Beaches and Water Projects

5/24/2018
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California voters have not passed a statewide ballot measure to provide funding for parks, beaches, wildlife and forests since 2006. This measure provides 4.1 billion dollars for parks, beaches and water projects, with a focus on parks in low-income neighborhoods.

Duration:00:03:35

Proposition 72: Rainwater Capture Tax Break Passes Handily

5/21/2018
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Homeowners who install rainwater catchment systems would not have to pay property taxes on the home improvement, if voters pass Prop. 72 on June 5th.

Duration:00:03:25

Climate Scientist Won’t Back Down Despite Threats, Harassment

5/7/2018
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Michael Mann, a leading scientist and agitator for climate action, says his concern is growing, but the situation isn't hopeless ... yet.

Duration:00:07:10

Students With Autism Excel in Working With Data, Helping Scientists

4/9/2018
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A new Bay Area job-training program is pioneering ways to turn what some employers might view as disabilities into strength.

Duration:00:07:44

Today, A Milestone for Cars: No Driver Needed

4/2/2018
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Are you ready to see a car go by without a human behind the wheel? The California DMV can issue permits for these road tests, starting today.

Duration:00:05:14

What Exxon Knew and When They Knew It: Climate Science in S.F. Federal Court

3/19/2018
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San Francisco and Oakland sued oil companies, demanding they pay the costs of sea level rise. A federal judge hears the science Wednesday.

Duration:00:04:57

The Contentious Future of Point Reyes — Here’s What You Need to Know

3/5/2018
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Can farming and ranching coexist with wildlife in a national park? At Point Reyes National Seashore, the question is the center of a battle over the park's future.

Duration:00:07:12

The Lowly Seagrass That Could Save Your Oysters From Climate Change

1/29/2018
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Acidifying oceans are bad news for oyster lovers, but scientists are looking for ways the shellfish industry can adapt.

Duration:00:05:04

The Water in Your Jeans: How Two Consumer Products Giants Are Cutting Back on Water Use

1/12/2018
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California often has too much water or too little water. Businesses are starting to look at how that affects them.

Duration:00:07:05

LISTEN: 1,200 Years of Earth’s Climate, Transformed into Sound

1/8/2018
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Your ears might be the best way to sense the growing pace of climate change.

Duration:00:07:07

Healers Offer Firefighters Free Massage and Acupuncture. And They’re Loving It

10/24/2017
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Thousands of alternative practitioners are donating treatment sessions to those affected by the wildfires.

Duration:00:03:23

Future of Huge California Water Project May Hang on the Next Few Weeks

10/2/2017
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California’s biggest water project in decades appears to be in limbo, as questions about its funding persist.

Duration:00:04:40

40 Years With the Voyager Spacecraft: Earth’s Most Distant Explorers Are Still Calling Home

8/29/2017
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Billions of years from now, when Earth is gone, Voyager 1 and 2 will still be drifting through space bearing witness to human civilization.

Duration:00:04:17