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Chevron Tries Again With Richmond Refinery Revamp

Chevron is looking to launch a billion-dollar construction project at its Richmond refinery. It’s a slimmed down version of a project that environmentalists stopped with a lawsuit a few years ago.

Learn more from +Molly Samuel at KQED Science.
Chevron is looking to launch a billion-dollar construction project at its Richmond refinery. It’s a slimmed down version of a project that environmentalists stopped with a lawsuit a few years ago.
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A Major In Coffee? UC Davis Might Be Brewing One Up

"Many of us have those friends who insist that they're coffee connoisseurs and drink exclusively drip brews. But really, there aren't many academic programs that train people in the taste and science of coffee.

That might all change soon. The University of California, Davis, recently founded a Coffee Center dedicated to the study of the world of java. This week, the center held its first research conference."

Learn more from +NPR:  http://goo.gl/IZguke
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Why the Next Rainstorm Might Make a Bigger Dent in the Drought

"Watching the TV news reporters out in their slickers, in front of suddenly raging rivers last weekend, it was tempting to open the taps and start celebrating the end of California’s Big Dry. But officials and forecasters were quick to point out that the festivities would be premature."

Read more from KQED Science's Craig Miller: http://goo.gl/xUaat2

(Image: The Cosumnes River, before and after the atmospheric river storm of February 8-9.  Credit: Carson Jeffres)
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Science of Beer: Tapping the Power of Brewer's Yeast

Whether it's a lager or ale, sour or bitter, dark or light, most beer has one thing in common: yeast. KQED Science visits a commercial yeast laboratory and a Bay Area brewery to reveal how this key ingredient is a major player in both science history and beer production. 

Learn more about the science of beer from KQED Science's +Jenny Oh Hatfield: http://goo.gl/X1yX9i
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Co-Existing with the Dynamics of California’s Changing Coastline

It should be clear at a glance that a coast like this is a temporary thing. Can we manage it to minimize misery? Learn more from +Andrew Alden at KQED Science: http://goo.gl/8yoDHY
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How Much Water Do Californians Use And What Would 20 Percent Less Look Like?

Check out The Lowdown's interactive charts to see how water is used -- and how much -- in California.
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Silicon Valley Billionaire Battles Surfers Over Beach Access

A small beach in Half Moon Bay has become ground zero for a drawn-out legal battle between locals and one Silicon Valley billionaire who would like to keep the public out.

Learn more from KQED Science's Amy Standen: http://goo.gl/sEftL7
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49ers Tackle Sustainability With New Green Stadium

49ers fans may miss the cold weather at Candlestick Park, but can look forward to solar panels, bicycle parking and grass watered with recycled water. Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara is being touted as the greenest stadium in the NFL.

Learn more from KQED Science's +Molly Samuelhttp://goo.gl/c2nWTI
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Busy Martinez Beavers Are Still Hard at Work in the Wintertime

The city of Martinez turned its creek flooding problem into a downtown asset and gained some famous beavers in the process. Learn how beavers benefit the creek ecosystem and where you can see them at the Martinez Regional Shoreline from Sharol Nelson-Embry of +East Bay Regional Park District at KQED Science: http://goo.gl/E9bJVQ
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Four Bay Area Cities Selected as Future Models of Resilience

A $100 million effort to push the world's cities toward better disaster resistance is making a test case with a "gang of four" 'Resilient Cities': Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco. 

Learn more from +Andrew Alden at KQED Science: http://goo.gl/J837py
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Stanford Scientists Celebrate Evidence of Universe’s Early Growth

"In one of the first tiny fractions of an instant after the Big Bang, the Universe expanded explosively, faster than the speed of light. That exponential expansion of, well, everything, is described by the theory of inflation, which may now be confirmed.

+Stanford University has released a video of three of its researchers sharing champagne and getting a little emotional.

Physicist Chao-Lin Kuo is part of a team that announced Monday it’s found evidence to support inflation, a theory his colleague Andre Linde has also worked on."

Read more from +Molly Samuel at KQED Science: http://goo.gl/ENB15W
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Can Cultivating Compassion Lead to Happiness?

Compassion makes us happy, but the internet makes us jerks. How to cultivate kindness in the digital age? A recent Stanford study sheds light on how compassion might cultivate good health and happiness.

Learn more from +Danna Staaf at KQED Science.
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Scientists Say Their Giant Laser Has Produced Nuclear Fusion

“Researchers at a laboratory in California say they’ve had a breakthrough in producing fusion power with a giant laser. The success comes after years of struggling to get the laser to work, and is another step in the decades-long quest for fusion energy.

Omar Hurricane, a researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, says that for the first time, they’ve produced significant amounts of fusion by zapping a target with their laser. “We’ve gotten more energy out of the fusion fuel than we put into the fusion fuel,” he says.”

Read more from +NPR: http://goo.gl/HZG698
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Science of Beer: Tapping the Power of Brewer's Yeast

Bay Area G+'ers - please join us at the February 12th "Ask a Scientist" event that will be focusing on the Science of Beer! We'll be showing a video, Q & A with scientists and beer tasting. 
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California Winemakers Brace for Drought Impacts

"Northern California vintners are already looking ahead to the next wine harvest and bracing for impacts as the drought deepens. Some will be hit much harder than others.

“Yield is going to be the major factor this year,” says Domenick Bianco, who oversees growing operations for Renteria Vineyard Management, which farms about 1,300 acres in the Napa Valley.

Sometimes smaller yields can produce very high-quality wines. Napa growers are aggressively pruning back vines, which will concentrate precious water and nutrients on a smaller number of grape clusters. But fewer grapes still mean lower profits. “We could see a dramatic reduction in yield, so it could have a very large economic impact,” warns Bianco."

Learn more from Craig Miller's KQED Science: http://goo.gl/XDTP4L
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David Perlman: The Energizer Bunny of Bay Area Science Writers

David Perlman, the San Francisco Chronicle’s science editor has been on the job for more than a half-century. He covered the launch of the space age and the unfolding of the computer age, and his career has spanned Pluto’s entire life as a planet, from its discovery in 1930 to its demotion to sub-planet.

Learn more from KQED Science's Craig Miller: http://goo.gl/uk6ajF
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Governor’s Budget Plan Getting High Marks from Environmentalists

"Environmental groups are generally lauding Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget, which includes an outline for spending revenue from the state’s carbon auctions.

The cap-and-trade program charges companies for the right to pollute. Fees are then supposed to be used for programs aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions and to shield consumers from any hikes in their electric bill caused by the regulation. Brown’s budget proposes how to spend $850 million from the program."
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Geological BFF's: Mud Microbes Require Rare Earth Metals to Thrive

The obscure rare-earth metals turn out to be unexpectedly essential to life in hot volcanic mud--and probably elsewhere.

Learn more from +Andrew Alden at KQED Science: http://goo.gl/lzTCGE

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Findy's fun fact: Ever wondered how an actual snowflake looks like? Physics professor Kenneth Libbrecht from CalTech has been studying snowflakes since 1997. Using a special device, he shows us what they look like in reality.

To see more snowflakes: http://www.easyoops.com/snowflakes
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River Otters Are Thriving All Over the Bay Area

These charismatic critters draw a lot of attention and are thriving in local creeks, lakes and estuaries.The River Otter Ecology Project is working on the first-ever population assessment of these animals throughout the Bay Area - learn more from Sharol Embry of the +East Bay Regional Park District at KQED Science: http://goo.gl/4XSIjX
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