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Health Policy2. San Francisco Passes First-in-the-Nation Flavored Tobacco, Vaping Ban
The referendum, which bans flavored tobacco products like menthol cigarettes and gummi bear e-cigarettes, is passing with 68 percent of the vote.
Animals3. VIDEO: First-Ever Views of Manta Rays Swimming With Young
Scientists have discovered the world's first known nursery for manta rays, in protected waters off the coast of Texas.
Climate Change4. It's Not About the Facts: The Irrational Fight Over Climate Change Explained in One Cartoon
Our story on eco-friendly cremation got slammed by Drudge Report readers after it appeared on the site. So we wondered: How is it that so many people reject what is known to be true?
5. You’d Never Guess What an Acorn Woodpecker Eats
OK. Maybe you would. But wait until you see them carefully create their intricate acorn pantry.
Health6. Stanford Pioneer in Brain Research Wins Prestigious Kyoto Prize
Karl Deisseroth, the Stanford University professor who developed a groundbreaking method for probing how brain cells behave and communicate, is the recipient of the 2018 Kyoto Prize for advanced technology.
7. Climate-Related Disasters Make It Harder to Buy Home Insurance in California
California's Insurance Commissioner says home insurance rates are likely to go up. Companies have already filed rate hike requests to start recouping some of the costs of last fall's wildfires.
8. Criminal Charges Filed Against Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes, Sunny Balwani
The much-beleaguered Holmes has stepped down as the company's CEO.
Geology9. Slow, Steady Quakes May Increase Risk Along San Andreas
The new findings call into question current models of earthquake forecasting systems that may be underestimating the risks.
Water10. California Limits Daily Personal Water Use to 55 Gallons – Kind Of
The state’s new per capita limit on indoor water use is groundbreaking, but there is no practical way to enforce it. Rather, it is intended to inspire more conservation and guide larger efforts by water utilities.
KQED Science11. Let's Talk Thor's Hammer and Wakanda ... Sciencewise
In Hollywood, it’s not all about getting the science right; it’s really about how science can inspire the twists and turns in a great story. We talk with the man who helps ignite that inspiration.
Animals12. Koko The Gorilla Dies; Redrew The Lines Of Animal-Human Communication
Koko fascinated and elated millions of people with her facility for language and her ability to interact with humans. She also gave people a glimpse of her emotions.
Environment13. Report Finds Industrial Chemicals in Water Supply More Toxic Than Thought
A draft of the government report had set off alarms within the Trump administration earlier this year. A January email from a White House official referred to the findings as a “potential public relations nightmare.”
14. State Launches Criminal Probe Into Death of a Great White Shark
The necropsy results that sparked the probe have yet to be released but shark experts weigh in on the highly unusual move to launch a criminal investigation.
Health15. Researchers Find Herpes Viruses In Alzheimer's Brains
Two herpes viruses that cause skin rashes in toddlers may accelerate Alzheimer's disease when they infect brain cells. The finding suggests antiviral drugs might help protect the brain.