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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.

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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Episodes

California Has a Rule to Protect Workers Against Pandemics. Here’s How It’s (Not) Working

2/5/2021
Twelve years ago, Cal/OSHA passed a rule aimed at preparing hundreds of thousands of Californians from airborne disease. Why didn't it protect more people?

Duration:00:06:46

Analysis: Trump Administration Incompetence Helped Save Environmental Regulations

12/1/2020
Donald Trump had one of the most antienvironmental agendas in U.S. history, says Rolling Stone's Hannah Murphy. However, his administration 'was really quite bad' at carrying out its plans. KQED talks to Murphy about this and what Joe Biden can do to put the environment front and center.

Duration:00:04:37

What Is the True Cost of California Wildfires? No One Really Knows

10/29/2020
'There are many things under the state's control that we can do to make this problem better,' said Michael Wara, who led the team assessing wildfire costs.

Duration:00:02:24

From Condoms to Coronavirus Masks, ‘Harm Reduction’ Has Worked to Protect Public Health

10/13/2020
From a public health perspective, pasting a proverbial big X over something is frequently a losing bet. The solution: harm reduction, or allowing risky behavior provided that rules are imposed to lessen the chances of injury or illness.

Duration:00:07:16

Millions of Older Californians Live Where Wildfire Threatens. Mostly, They’re on Their Own

8/14/2020
The most promising solution is neighbors helping neighbors, so older adults living independently can evacuate in a disaster

Duration:00:06:59

California AG Wants More Companies to Be Able to Make COVID-19 Drug

8/5/2020
The drug maker balks as 34 state attorneys general call on Washington to step in and authorize more manufacturers.

Duration:00:01:48

Meet the Plants! SF Botanical Garden Looks Like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for Flora

7/20/2020
From rare magnolias to towering palm trees, the San Francisco Botanical Garden is a haven for plants threatened by climate change and deforestation around the globe.

Duration:00:04:42

Ten Simple Rules for Building an Anti-Racist Research Lab

7/13/2020
There's nothing simple about solving racial inequity in science, but here is one place to start.

Duration:00:04:33

When Picky Eating Becomes a Dangerous Disorder

6/24/2020
People who have avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder are not just finicky about their food. Their phobias can lead to serious nutritional deficiencies.

Duration:00:04:41

And Now … Fire Season. This Year, It’s Especially Important to Prepare. Here’s How

6/8/2020
Fire season isn't waiting for the COVID-19 pandemic to subside. Protect yourself, your family and your neighborhood by preparing now for a bad wildfire.

Duration:00:04:34

Yosemite National Park Plans to Reopen, But It’s Not Going to Be the Same. Here’s What We Know

5/25/2020
Yosemite National Park officials have drafted a plan to reopen as early as June. If approved by the Interior Department, however, things aren't going to be like they were pre-pandemic, at least not as first.

Duration:00:04:37

Big Push: Probing Virus Genomes for Clues to Contain COVID-19 Outbreaks

5/12/2020
Bay Area researchers are joining forces with scientists around the world to trace the evolution of the COVID-19 virus, parsing its genome to contain its spread.

Duration:00:02:09

Warning: That Coronavirus News You’re Reading Could Be All Wrong

5/4/2020
From the start of this pandemic, science news has unfolded at a dizzying pace and crushing volume. Scientific research, which usually creeps along in the background until publication day and then pops up to say something worthy, is suddenly making breathtaking international news every few days. The speed of science research has gone into overdrive and the media horde is hungry for answers. Science is meant to be a slow process of asking questions, then submitting the answers to the kind of...

Duration:00:03:50

How Can California Fight Wildfires in the Middle of a Pandemic? In a Few Months, We’ll Likely Find Out

4/20/2020
Fire agencies and emergency managers are now planning how they'll fight wildfires, issue evacuation orders, set up shelters and handle power shutoffs in the face of the massive challenge of coping with a highly infectious disease.

Duration:00:04:22

Thousands of Bay Area Patients Wait for Surgery as Hospitals Hold Beds for Coronavirus Surge

4/16/2020
Elective procedures, including brain surgery, are on hold to preserve hospital beds and conserve masks.

Duration:00:04:02

Coronavirus: When Will We Know if California Is Flattening the Curve?

3/30/2020
Experts are telling us that staying home is the one way to 'flatten the curve' of the number of cases of COVID-19. But when will we know if this massive change to our daily lives is having enough of an impact?

Duration:00:04:31

Here’s Something You CAN Do Outside: Stargazing. Our Easy Guide to the Night Sky

3/27/2020
Looking for something new to do as you shelter in place? Now's a great time to take up stargazing.

Duration:00:04:07

Coronavirus: If You’re Infected, All Your Close Contacts Have to Be Tracked Down. Here’s How That Works

3/9/2020
The circles of potential exposures to the coronavirus can expand rapidly. In Solano County, the health department has had to follow up with over 400 people based on a single infection, says the county's health officer.

Duration:00:04:36

Pluto’s Got a Heart! Sure, It’s an Icy Plain of Nitrogen, But Still …

2/14/2020
One of the most stunning discoveries of the 2015 New Horizons flyby mission to Pluto was a big, heart-shaped region full of canyons, plains and mountain chains.

Duration:00:02:37

Psychedelic Therapy Available to More People During Clinical Trials

2/10/2020
The FDA has granted researchers “expanded access” to help people with treatment-resistent PTSD.

Duration:00:02:44