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Infinitesimal increase in Bay Area radiation detected in EPA’s publically available data

By Victoria Schlesinger
Infinitesimal increase in Bay Area radiation detected in EPA’s publically available data

As the public searches for answers about radiation from Japan’s growing nuclear crisis reaching the United States, they are turning to the Environmental Protection Agency’s RadNet Central Data Exchange, which makes nationwide radiation levels available multiple times a day. But the data requires expert interpretation and could further confuse and worry novices trying to...
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Earth headed toward sixth mass extinction say Berkeley scientists

By Victoria Schlesinger

If the current rate of extinction continues, Earth will lose some 75 percent of its species in three centuries, according to a new study by U.C. Berkeley scientists published in the journal Nature this week. Mass extinctions, such as the one predicted, have only occurred five times in the Earth’s history. The dinosaur die-off...
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Room temperature and weather influence belief in climate change

By Victoria Schlesinger

It’s often noted that when NASA scientist James Hansen first told the senate in 1988 about the dangers of a warming planet, the day was sweltering hot. According to a new study by UC Berkeley Haas business school professor Clayton Critcher, the heat influenced Hansen’s audience.  Critcher found that people are more likely to...
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Super graph on normal and abnormal radiation exposures

Did you know that sleeping next to someone blitzes you with 0.05 millionth of a sievert of radiation per night? That eating a banana...
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UC Berkeley study: Using fear backfires on climate change

It’s been a point of maddening frustration for scientists and environmentalists that as the predictions on global warming grow more dire, the public seems...
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A storm of biblical proportions

It’s been a long, cold rainy winter this year in California. But it could get worse — much worse. The USGS warned this past...
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