The Science of Sustainability

Gabriela Quirós

Gabriela Quirós

Gabriela Quirós is a TV Producer for KQED Science & Environment. She started her journalism career in 1993 as a newspaper reporter in Costa Rica, where she grew up. She won two national reporting awards there for series on C-sections and organic agriculture, and developed a life-long interest in health reporting. She moved to the Bay Area in 1996 to study documentary filmmaking at the University of California-Berkeley, where she received master’s degrees in journalism and Latin American studies. She joined KQED as a TV producer when QUEST started in 2006 and has covered everything from Alzheimer’s to bee die-offs to dark energy. She has shared two regional Emmys, and four of her stories have been nominated for the award as well. Independent from her work on QUEST, she produced and directed the hour-long documentary Beautiful Sin for PBS, about the surprising story of how Costa Rica became the only country in the world to outlaw in-vitro fertilization.

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Bats In Our Midst

Bats In Our Midst

QUEST ventures under a Central Valley bridge to count the bats that make it their home. The bridge is one of the most important roosting places for Mexican free-tailed bats in the Central Valley, where this voracious insect-eating species protects the local crops from pests. Then meet two volunteers who take injured bats into their homes and nurse them to health.

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Bat Flight a Mechanical Marvel

Bat Flight a Mechanical Marvel

Watch stunning videos of bats in mid flight that are helping Brown University scientists understand how these mammals fly.

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Life-Threatening Mushroom Poisoning

Life-Threatening Mushroom Poisoning

Since Northern California's mushroom season began last September, four people have suffered life-threatening injuries after eating poisonous wild mushrooms.

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Science on the SPOT: Fungus Fair

Science on the SPOT: Fungus Fair

QUEST tags along with fair organizer J.R. Blair and his San Francisco State University students as they collect mushrooms in San Francisco's McLaren Park. Then we tour the annual Fungus Fair in Berkeley to explore the Bay Area's tasty, dangerous and weirdly wonderful fungi.

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15 Months Later, Rediscovered San Francisco Plant Thrives

15 Months Later, Rediscovered San Francisco Plant Thrives

Fifteen months after a native plant thought to be extinct was rediscovered in San Francisco, local botanists have succeeded in growing it and are making plans to plant it out in the wild.

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Science on the SPOT: Restoring San Francisco's Lost Manzanita

Science on the SPOT: Restoring San Francisco's Lost Manzanita

QUEST explores how the San Francisco Botanical Garden is toiling to bring one of the city's rarest native plants, the Franciscana manzanita, back from the brink of extinction.

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Health Officials to Consider Tightening Vaccine Exemptions

Health Officials to Consider Tightening Vaccine Exemptions

Concerned by the increase in the number of children who are starting kindergarten without all their vaccines, public health officials in the Bay Area will look into the possibility of tightening the system that allows parents to opt out from mandatory immunizations.

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Aviation Authorities Prepare for Space Tourism

Aviation Authorities Prepare for Space Tourism

Several private companies are planning to offer the public rides into space starting in the next two to five years. Aviation authorities are preparing for a future in which airplanes and spaceships will share the air.

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San Francisco Among Top Cities For HIV Testing

San Francisco Among Top Cities For HIV Testing

New CDC survey shows that San Francisco has been successful in getting HIV-positive men tested.

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Writer Irwin Silber Dies; Was Featured in QUEST TV Story

Writer Irwin Silber Dies; Was Featured in QUEST TV Story

Oakland writer Irwin Silber died last week. He and his wife, singer Barbara Dane, were featured on a QUEST TV story about Alzheimer's disease.

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New Laser Could Create Atomic "Movies"

New Laser Could Create Atomic "Movies"

The world's first X-ray laser could help scientists develop new energy sources and pharmaceuticals.

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Major Breakthrough in Reviving Heart Cells

Major Breakthrough in Reviving Heart Cells

Scientists reported today that they have succeeded for the first time in creating beating heart cells from other types of adult cells.

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Whooping Cough Epidemic Exposes Holes in California's Immunization System

Whooping Cough Epidemic Exposes Holes in California's Immunization System

The whooping cough epidemic that has killed six babies and made an estimated 1,500 people sick in California this year is exposing holes in the state’s immunization system, which leaders in the public health community are now racing to patch.

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Homegrown Particle Accelerators

Homegrown Particle Accelerators

QUEST journeys back to find out how physicists on the UC Berkeley campus in the 1930s, and at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in the 1970s, created "atom smashers" that led to key discoveries about the tiny constituents of the atom and paved the way for the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

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Producer's Notes: Homegrown Particle Accelerators

Producer's Notes: Homegrown Particle Accelerators

If you’re enthralled by the Large Hadron Collider, you’ll want to watch QUEST’s story on atom smashers.

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Northern California Scientists Helping Lead Project To Build World's Biggest Telescope

Northern California Scientists Helping Lead Project To Build World's Biggest Telescope

Scientists from the University of California are working to construct the largest telescope on Earth.

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Amazing Jellies

Amazing Jellies

They are otherworldly creatures that glow in the dark, without brains or bones, some more than 100 feet long. And they live just off California's coast. Join two top marine biologists who have devoted their careers to unlocking the mysteries of jellyfish and alien-like siphonophores.

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Producer's Notes: Amazing Jellies

Producer's Notes: Amazing Jellies

What are the longest animals in the world? Hint: you’ve most likely never heard of them. They glow in the dark and have many stomachs, mouths and tentacles – sometimes hundreds.

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Maya Skies

Maya Skies

Armed with laser technology, Bay Area engineers are helping create detailed virtual records of the world's great monuments. Their realistic recreation of the Mexican ruins of Chichén Itzá is the basis for "Tales of Maya Skies," a new half-hour film about Maya astronomy designed especially for a planetarium. The film opens at Oakland's Chabot Space & Science Center on November 21. QUEST takes you behind the scenes.

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Your Photos on QUEST: Doug Nomura

Your Photos on QUEST: Doug Nomura

San José photographer Doug Nomura has learned just how to track his subjects to create arresting photos of birds in flight. He focuses his work on the Bay Trail, a 300-mile trail around the Bay. QUEST joins Nomura on the bayfront in Sunnyvale as he works to photograph the many bird species that call the South Bay's mudflats home, or stop here as part of their migration.

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