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

Large April quake rattled the globeA huge earthquake that struck beneath the Indian Ocean in April triggered an extraordinary burst of large quakes around the world that alerted scientists to new seismic hazards everywhere. […] the one on April 11 caused what scientists termed an “astonishing” increase in dangerous quake activity across five continents for at least six days, with temblors triggered, among other places, in Japan, Alaska, Mexico, and off the coast of Oregon.

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Governor Jerry Brown signs bill that bans the use of dogs to hunt bears and bobcats in California – San Jose Mercury NewsSACRAMENTO — In what animal welfare activists say is the end of an inhumane, unsporting practice and hunters call legislative meddling in natural resource policy, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a law banning the use of dogs to hunt bears and bobcats. The bill, authored by state Sen.

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Invisibility, No Brake Lights, Ads Everywhere: The Future Of Self-Driving CarsFollowing news that California has legalized self-driving cars, the legendary ex-BMW design chief Chris Bangle shares his thoughts on what’s next for auto design. Car designer Chris Bangle has spent years designing forward-thinking vehicles, so now, with self-driving cars just legalized in California, we decided to pick his brain on what’s next for the automobile that no longer needs its master.

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Bearing Sons Leaves Male DNA Traces in Mom’s Brain | Wired Science | Wired.comGiving a whole new meaning to “pregnancy brain,” a new study shows that male DNA-likely left over from pregnancy with a male fetus-can persist in a woman’s brain throughout her life.

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