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10:04 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Insect Pests Thriving Thanks to Climate Change

A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines how climate change is connected to a proliferation of menacing outdoor pests, from poison ivy to ticks.
Credit Deborah C. Smith

  The effects of gradual climate change can be both large and small. But, as Lori Abbott reports, some of the small ones are getting more numerous.

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The Exchange
9:57 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Tastes and Tips at the Fermentation Festival

 

Fermentation is an essential part of the brewing of beer and other alcoholic beverages, but that process is also involved in the making of a wide variety of foods. They’ll be on display and, in many cases, available for both sampling and instruction at the Farm to Fermentation Festival in Santa Rosa this weekend. Here’s a preview.

Find a full schedule of festival events here.

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California Update
6:16 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Risk of Ebola "Extremely Low" in California, Officials Say

Officials say say the patient now in a Sacramento isolation unit is at low risk of Ebola infection.
Credit mynews4.com

  ALSO: The California Senate passes a bill encouraging the UC and CSU to establish computer science courses that would meet the mathematics requirement for college admission.

Today's reporting by Pauline Bartolone and Max Pringle.

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Inside our Brains
5:37 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Sleep and Memory

  Your brain relies on a good night’s sleep to properly code and store a day’s worth of memories. Lack of uninterrupted sleep can play havoc with that process—and is harmful in other ways as well. 

   Just as differing types of memories are linked to particular kinds of sleep, says Dr. Mehrdad Rezavi of the Marin Memory and Sleep Center, poor sleep will affect our overall well-being in the corresponding areas.

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California Update
6:45 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Study: California Water Allocations Exceeds Supply

A receding Folsom Lake reveals a previously submerged settlement.
Credit Andrew Nixon / Capitol Public Radio

  ALSO: The California Senate has approved a bill that would prohibit school districts from expelling students for acts of “willful defiance.”

Today's reporting by Ed Joyce and Ben Adler.

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Astronomical Discoveries
5:09 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Impactful History of Novato's Asteroid Fragments

The rock found by Lisa Webber: the Novato meteorite numbered N1. Scale is in inches.
Credit CAMS

  The small meteor fragments that burned across the North Bay night sky 22 months ago apparently originated in the huge planetary collision in which our moon was formed, some four and a half billion years ago.

Because the falling meteorite happened to pass through the range where his cameras were focused and recording, SET's Dr. Peter Jenniskens was able to predict its path as it dispersed and came to Earth, and calculate it's far longer trajectory on the way into our atmosphere.

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California Update
6:55 am
Tue August 19, 2014

GOP: Reverse Budget Reserve Restriction On School Districts

File photo: California Assembly at work
Credit Andrew Nixon

  ALSO: California woo's Tesla Motors with economic incentives and environmental regulatory waivers.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Max Pringle.

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Divergent Studies
6:02 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Counting California's White Shark Population

  How many white sharks are swimming in California’s coastal waters? A new survey debunks an earlier claim that the marine predators’ numbers are declining, and that the species as a whole is endangered.

  Sharks are generally solitary creatures, says George Burgess, but they can be found in sizable groups at locations where their preferred food sources are abundant.

The Sonoma and Marin coast is dotted with such “aggregation” sites for the Whites, Burgess adds, such as Goat Rock Beach near Jenner, and around the mouth of Tomales Bay.

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California Update
6:50 am
Mon August 18, 2014

California's July Jobs Report Mediocre

Experts say high-speed rail is facing the same battles and delays as every other major infrastructure project.
Credit smartplanet.com

  ALSO: After years of debate and legal challenges, California’s High-Speed Rail Authority says preliminary construction and impact studies are now underway.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Max Pringle.

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Second Chances
3:10 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

Youth Connections Offers Diplomas and More

Youth Connections program manager Jason Carter with recent graduate Martha Solorio-Camacho, outside the Santa Rosa classroom that has been the program's home for its first two years.
Credit Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Re-entry students can get much more than a high school diploma through Community Action Partnership’s Youth Connections program in Santa Rosa. Life skills and workplace readiness are also part of the curriculum.

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