Here’s today’s roundup of science, nature and environment news from the Bay Area and beyond.

California’s Farm Belt Didn’t Dodge the Summer Heat WaveCalifornia’s Farm Belt Didn’t Dodge the Summer Heat Wave Abnormally warm summer temperatures were felt across much of interior California By Nicholas Christen and Craig Miller Autumn is here, so says the calendar. Living on the coast, it might be easy to think that California escaped the heat wave suffered by much of the nation this summer.

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Scientists hunt for cause of hantavirus outbreak at Yosemite – ContraCostaTimes.comClick photo to enlarge Scientists seeking a cause for the deadly hantavirus outbreak among Yosemite visitors over the summer are investigating whether a spike in the deer mouse population, combined with the unusual design of some tent cabins that enabled mice to nest in the insulation, made it easier for people to contract the rare disease.

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Advances in breast cancer genetics studyIn a move that could alter the way that breast cancers are treated, researchers have redefined the disease into four main classes and determined that one type of breast cancer has more in common with an aggressive form of ovarian cancer than other breast cancers.

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Desalination no panacea for Calif. water woes(AP) â In the Central California coastal town of Marina, a $7 million desalination plant that can turn salty ocean waves into fresh drinking water sits idle behind rusty, locked doors, shuttered by water officials because rising energy costs made the plant too expensive. […]

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Trader Joe’s Recalls Peanut Butter

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California’s Farm Belt Didn’t Dodge the Summer Heat Wave – 9/24 KQED Science News Roundup 2 October,2015Jenny Oh

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