The Science of Sustainability

Water

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A Sea Without Stars

A Sea Without Stars

As West Coast starfish die by the millions, scientists search for clues about the origin of their mysterious killer.

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Food

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The Sweet Science of Chocolate

The Sweet Science of Chocolate

Everybody loves chocolate, but did you know that small daily doses of dark chocolate are good for your health? Read the story and watch the video to learn about the precision engineering and chemistry behind the beloved treat.

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Energy

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How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive]

How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive]

Hydropower has long been our leading renewable energy resource. Explore how hydroelectric dams work with this interactive graphic.

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Climate

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Should Fracking Be Banned?

Should Fracking Be Banned?

From KQED Education Do Now: On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 three counties in California will decide by ballot whether or not to ban hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking.” It’s steeped in controversy, from the amount of water it uses to how and where that water–and added chemicals–are eventually disposed. Should fracking be banned? Why or why not?

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Biodiversity

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Secrets of the Spider Web

Secrets of the Spider Web

Watch a biologist extract silk from a live spider, as he works to uncover the secrets of this surprisingly versatile material.

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