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New 6-Hour Zika Test Could Be Ready Soon

“In a few months, we could use the device in the Zika-infected countries, although I’m hoping it’s in a few weeks.”
—Dr. Charles Chiu
Dr. Charles Chiu, a specialist in infectious diseases at UC San Francisco, is testing a new genetic device that could rapidly diagnose the Zika virus.
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MAP: Water Savings Down Just As Drought Rules Extended

Who’s Saving Water and Who Isn’t
Californians will have to keep saving water through October, but have already backed off conserving water over the winter.
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El Niño: It’s One For the Books — But Not Behaving As Expected

The popular perception that El Niño always brings a lot of water to the Golden State, though, is not particularly accurate.
When it comes to El Niño, strength matters, but there's a lot more going on in the ocean and atmosphere.
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Climate changes. It's what it does! 
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Theranos Lab Problems Pose ‘Immediate Jeopardy’ to Patients, Government Says

A government inspection of blood-testing company Theranos’ lab has found deficiencies that “pose immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety.”
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California Preserves Solar Incentives in Defeat for Utilities

California regulators voted to preserve "net energy metering", which has contributed to the growth of rooftop solar.
But the ruling will mean slightly higher rates for new customers with rooftop solar.
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Scientists Report Big Step Forward in Understanding Schizophrenia

A new study may offer us a better understanding of the biological roots of schizophrenia.
New work suggests a connection between schizophrenia and the brain's deletion of too many synapses.
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Would You See a Holographic Doctor?

This year a USC project aims to replace live doctors with artificial intelligence for many appointment with patients.Not all doctors are buying it. http://ow.ly/XXber
The Virtual Care Clinic plans to combine real physicians, their visual representations, and artificial intelligence into one badass caregiver.
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real doctors are also fake ; they are guardians of hospital and drug industry
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Good News! Sierra Snowpack Is Above Average

State water officials checked the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada today and reported that recent storms boosted it to the highest level in five years.
Snow in the Sierra Nevada is above average for this time of year but California is still a long way from ending the drought.
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Hope for Supporting Polar Science Brightens at the Bottom of the World

The seventh and concluding post in a series of dispatches from freelance writer Brandon Reynolds aboard the USCG icebreaker Polar Star, on its annual resupply mission to the research base, McMurdo Station. It’s a critical task imperiled by the nation’s aging, shrinking fleet of ice-breaking ships.
With a push from the president, prospects may be improving for updating the worn-out tools that support Antarctic research.
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Research is one thing, tourism is another. How can e make sure that the south pole remains tourist-free?!
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Hello Drones! Welcome to the Work Force

The term “drone” evokes wildly disparate images. Some people envision menacing weapons of war. To others they’re remote-controlled flying machines that consumers buy for fun, to shoot video or snap aerial selfies.
From construction to agriculture to delivering goods, drones are taking off for all kinds of commercial uses.
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Hello Drones! Welcome to the Work Force

Today, drones are actually being utilized for various commercial purposes.
From construction to agriculture to delivering goods, drones are taking off for all kinds of commercial uses.
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Walgreens Suspends Theranos Service at Palo Alto Store

The drugstore chain also informed the company it should not send blood samples to the lab the government found could put patients in ‘immediate jeopardy.’
The drugstore chain also informed the company it should not send blood samples to the lab the government found deficient and put patients in 'immediate jeopardy.'
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