KQED Science

KQED Science brings you award-winning science and environment coverage from the Bay Area and beyond by the flagship Northern California PBS and NPR affiliate.

SoCal Gas to Pay $4 Million After Massive Gas Leak

Southern California Gas Co. has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a case in which it faced a criminal charge associated with its handling of a massive gas leak in Porter Ranch, an affluent neighborhood of Los Angeles, last year. The utility pleaded no contest to a single Read More … Source:: Newsfix – … Continue reading SoCal Gas to Pay $4 Million After Massive Gas Leak →

Netflix Documentary Features Heartbreaking End-of-Life Care Decisions at an Oakland Hospital

When is more medical care helpful in end-of-life situations and when does it just lead to more suffering? How do you know when it’s time to let someone you love pass away naturally? These choices are heart-wrenching for patients, families, and their doctors. A new Netflix documentary short called Extremis, Read More … Source:: State … Continue reading Netflix Documentary Features Heartbreaking End-of-Life Care Decisions at an Oakland Hospital →

California Could Soon Legalize Marijuana But Pot’s Brain Effects Remain a Mystery

Five states are voting this fall on whether marijuana should be legal, like alcohol, for recreational use. That has sparked questions about what we know — and don’t know — about marijuana’s effect on the brain. Research is scarce. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency classifies marijuana as aSchedule I drug. Read More … Source:: State … Continue reading California Could Soon Legalize Marijuana But Pot’s Brain Effects Remain a Mystery →

Tesla’s Updated Autopilot System to Rely More on Radar

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the electric car company is making improvements to the Autopilot system used by its vehicles, which will dramatically reduce the number and severity of crashes in which they are involved. Sunday’s news comes in the wake of a May crash involving a Read More … Source:: Newsfix – Science

Computer Program Maps Cancer Progression

What if doctors could call up a computerized map that would show them how a case of cancer is likely to progress? Tumor cells can mutate in unexpected ways. And cancers can suddenly grow. For doctors, anticipating cancer’s next moves can help guide timely, effective patient treatment. The program maps cancer progression Read More … … Continue reading Computer Program Maps Cancer Progression →

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: How to Judge Research Study Results

A recent study making headlines around the world found that some early-stage breast cancer patients could avoid chemotherapy with only a slightly higher risk of the cancer recurring and spreading than those who underwent the treatment. There is often potential variation in study numbers that make the headlines. The study Read More … Source:: Future … Continue reading Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: How to Judge Research Study Results →

Coastal Commission Roundly Rejects Banning Ranch Development

NEWPORT BEACH — A California panel has overwhelmingly rejected a plan to build nearly 900 upscale homes and a hotel on a valuable stretch of Southern California coastline that has long been the site of oil drilling and now provides habitat for endangered and threatened wildlife. After a 13-hour meeting with Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Coastal Commission Roundly Rejects Banning Ranch Development →