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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

If You’re Offered the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Take It, Experts Say. Here’s Why

4/29/2021
The risk of a blood clot developing after a J&J vaccine is tiny, but it's also scary and confusing. We break down ways to evaluate vaccine options.

Duration:00:03:58

‘Worst. Editorial. Guidance. Ever.’ KQED Science Reporters Reflect on the Pandemic’s Early Days

3/31/2021
Remember when no one knew what this new thing called the ' novel coronavirus' was? Three KQED Science reporters remember some struggles, decisions and startling moments that shaped our coverage.

Duration:00:07:10

Kelp, Sea Otters and Urchins. Who’s Eating Who in Monterey Bay

3/15/2021
California's underwater kelp forests are suffering massive declines. But a new study shows that sea otters are helping to preserve kelp off the Central Coast.

Duration:00:04:40

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

Only 2,000 Monarch Butterflies Remain in California. But They Still Don’t Have Protection

12/17/2020
Federal wildlife officials say that monarch butterflies qualify to be protected as an endangered species but won't be receiving that protection for now.

Duration:00:01:45

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
With dry conditions and drought, this fire season could start early. 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