Health, Science, Environment

4:52pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Astronomy

Where's the best place to view the Comet PanSTARRS?

UFOs may be a bit far fetched, but this week there is something else coming from outer space. The Comet PanSTARRS can be seen in western skies this week.  To learn more about the science behind the spectacle, KALW's Ben Trefny spoke with Urban Astronomer Paul Salazar.

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8:35pm

Wed March 6, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Remembering the Bay's Naval history before it floats away

Naval Defense Reserve Fleet in Suisun Bay
Ashleyanne Krigbaum

After World War Two, Suisun Bay was a west coast port for the navy’s largest ships. The first grey goliaths arrived in the bay in 1946, and continued coming in over the following decades. They were meant to be a reserve fleet – so in theory, if the Navy ever needed extra ships, this is where they would get them. But for the most part, they never have needed them. And over time, the fleet has become a graveyard – a graveyard that needs a lot of upkeep.

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1:26pm

Wed March 6, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

East Bay Express: City contractor faces labor and environmental charges

Over the years, Bill Aboudi has portrayed himself as a champion of independent truckers in Oakland. The local businessman has a city contract to operate a large parking operation for big rigs at the former Oakland Army Base. But records also reveal strong evidence that Aboudi has violated several labor and environmental regulations in recent years, along with multiple city laws, and that he owes city taxpayers more than $235,000 in back rent and penalties for use of public property.

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5:52pm

Wed February 27, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: February 28, 2013

How do we define wilderness?; Brain Vitamin: Is desalination a viable solution to water shortages?; and Science commentary: The low-oxygen ocean lifestyle.

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4:10pm

Wed February 27, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Science commentary: The low-oxygen ocean lifestyle

The floor of the Pacific Ocean.
Under CC license from Flickr user Matt McGee

When we talk about climate change, it’s easy to get stuck in our terrestrial mammal mindset. Let’s face it: most of us are total dry land chauvinists. The only time we even notice something’s happening to the ocean is when it’s gnawing away at our coastline. But something else is going on just beneath the surface. Certain sections of the ocean are losing oxygen – and that’s just as bad for sea creatures as it would be for us.

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