• SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — As we move into wildfire season, a new poll out finds there's one natural disaster that Californians fear even more: earthquakes.

    Maybe its the heightened awareness of natural disasters around the world, but the latest Field Poll finds 57 percent of Californians fear earthquakes, more than twice those that cited wildfires. In the Bay Area, 76 percent of those surveyed listed quakes, while only 10 percent chose fires.

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    Pollster Mark DiCamillo said they also asked people when they thought the next big quake was coming.

    "Most people believe that it would likely occur within the next 10 years, 56 percent are saying that. That's actually an increase from the last time we asked that five years ago, when 40 percent said that a major earthquake would likely occur within the next decade," said DiCamillo.

    However, this doesn't mean we're any better prepared. In fact, a federal report out this week finds a massive quake on the lower

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  • The first day of summer served up some serious conditions in the Bay Area: a heat advisory and triple-digit conditions added up to danger. It was 101 in Fairfield, 100 in Concord and 101 in Livermore. Ann Notarangelo was in Martinez where some people actually had to be sent to the hospital.

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    By 2:30 Tuesday at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center they already treated eight cases of heat exhaustion, one case of heat stroke, and most of the patients were children.

    Instead of a swimming pool in temperatures hovering near triple digits, some Concord kids were at a tennis camp.

    "At the beginning of the day I felt like I had lots of energy but by the end of the day I felt like sitting on the couch and dying," says Jynessa Vallado.

    On the court it was 120 degrees, in the shade 95. Tennis coach Shane Farley had a plan for the heat.

    "You can tell they are definitely more tired that just means we take more water breaks, sit in the shade as much as possible. We still

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  • Bay Area scientists have developed a new way to look inside a living breathing body. No radiation required. Dr.  Kim Mulvihill reports on how mice are lighting the way.

    In a lab tucked in the basement of the science building at Stanford, researcher Sarah Sherlock has shed new light on an old problem.

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    "I was surprised, I didn't think it was going to look quite like that," she says.

    The head of the lab Prof. Hongjie Dai, he too was stunned.

    "I was really surprised."

    What did the grad student and her team do?

    By using a laser light, an infrared camera, and extremely tiny particles the Stanford researchers developed a way to look deeply and with greater clarity into the workings of a living, breathing body.

    In this case it was a mouse. First the mouse was sedated. Then the mouse was injected with tiny particles called carbon nanotubes. These nanotubes have an unusual quality. If you shine a light on the mouse the nanotubes circulating inside begin to glow. As they

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