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Trend: Large Wildfires More Common and Destructive in the West

There have been at least 117 large wildfires to date including 70 that are still burning. Those fires along with thousands of smaller blazes have contributed to 7.8 million acres burned in the U.S., a record for this time of year. http://ow.ly/RI16Q
There’s been a notable increase in the large wildfires — defined as those 1,000 acres or bigger. That puts it right in line with trends since the 1970s of more large fires and more acres burned by these large wildfires as the West dries out and heats up.
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How Tiny Sensors are Driving Innovation in Medicine

To make measuring pressure easier, Dr. Sretavan and teams of researchers at UCSF are trying to make their tools smaller. The team is designing a tiny sensor that reflects light and could possibly be anchored into the tissue of the iris.
Tiny, highly sensitive chips could replace otherwise invasive procedures and clunky machinery, while driving down the cost of testing and bringing health care closer to home.
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Monterey Bay’s Future Marine Scientists

For kids growing up on the Central Coast, actually getting to the ocean can depend on their socioeconomic status or where their families live.
Region is teeming with programs to inspire next generation, no matter who they are or where they come from.
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GoPro Captures Sustainable Fishing 600 Feet Under the Sea

Pennisi has developed an innovative “light touch” net that hovers above the sea floor, and is sized to allow the juvenile fish to escape before fishermen haul the net on board.
When the Monterey Bay Aquarium was first getting underway, local fisherman Giuseppe “Joey” Pennisi helped catch some of the octopus and ling cod to put in t
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Sustainability is the way of future fishing, it's the only way to secure fish stocks.😆
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Chameleons have developed a whole language of color far beyond what we can understand.

Learn more in our latest Deep Look episode: Nature’s Mood Rings: How Chameleons Really Change Color http://ow.ly/RwjB0
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Defense Secretary Unveiling ‘Flexible Sensor’ Initiative in Silicon Valley

Defense Secretary Ash Carter is visiting Silicon Valley on Friday to announce the Pentagon is funding a new venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft.
Public-private partnership focuses on sensors that could be used in wide array of fields, from engineering to health monitoring.
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When a defense Secretary can keep us out of war, That's then I'll trust them!
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Scientists once thought that chameleons color-changing abilities allowed them to better camouflage themselves. Find out what we know now: http://ow.ly/RlQjJ
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wow, who would have thought that these tiny lil reptiles would have a microcosm of crystals embedded in its skin, how incredible!
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A Monster El Niño Could Bring Relief and Misery to California

Recent observations strongly agree with model forecasts of a powerful and strengthening El Niño event in the Pacific. Indeed, warmth of the eastern tropical Pacific has recently reached values only seen previously during the strongest El Niño on record in 1997-1998.
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How Chameleons Really Change Color

Like many animals, chameleons can see a wider range of light than humans can, including ultraviolet light. Chameleons have developed a whole language of color that extends far beyond what we can understand.
Chameleons don't change color to match their environment; it’s just the opposite. How do they do it? By manipulating tiny crystals in their skin. Now, UC Berkeley researchers are on a quest to create synthetic chameleon skin inspired by these reptiles’ uncanny ability.
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How did they evolve the ability to change color?
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They didn't. GOD did.
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How Many Fish in the Sea? Genetic Testing Could Answer That

Advances in genetic testing have revolutionized everything from health care decisions to crime forensics. Now, the technology may help protect marine life off the California coast.
DNA testing, the same tech used in human health, could change the way biologists study the ocean.
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ICYMI: Why Chameleons Really Change Color. New Deep Look episode explores!
Chameleons don't change color to match their environment; it’s just the opposite. How do they do it? By manipulating tiny crystals in their skin. Now, UC Berkeley researchers are on a quest to create synthetic chameleon skin inspired by these reptiles’ uncanny ability.
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