The Science of Sustainability

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Should We Fund Space Exploration?

Should We Fund Space Exploration?

From KQED Education Do Now: Human space travel has long been a subject of fascination and scientific inquiry. Should we fund space exploration, or would the money be better spent elsewhere?

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Soup Without Sharks

Soup Without Sharks

Shark fin soup was once served at celebratory banquets in Chinese restaurants across California. But since a ban on shark fins went into effect in 2013, restaurants like Koi Palace, in Daly City, have been experimenting with alternatives.

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Darfur Stoves Project

Darfur Stoves Project

Since the Darfur crisis began in 2003, women living in the refugee camps walked for up to seven hours outside the safety of the camps to collect firewood for cooking, putting them at risk for violent attacks. Now, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have engineered a more efficient wood-burning stove, which is greatly reducing both the women's need for firewood and the threats against them.

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Searching for Life on Mars

Searching for Life on Mars

Watch how the NASA Curiosity rover is the most sophisticated rover ever deployed on Mars.

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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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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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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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How Does Electricity Get to Your Home?

How Does Electricity Get to Your Home?

How does electricity move from a power plant to your home, school or nearby shopping center? Find out in this interactive graphic.

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What Is the Difference Between Power and Energy?

What Is the Difference Between Power and Energy?

Although we often use the words “energy” and “power” synonymously, they are not the same. View this interactive to discover what sets energy and power apart.

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How Nuclear Reactors Work

How Nuclear Reactors Work

Do you know how nuclear energy is created? Learn about the steps involved in generating electricity from uranium atoms in this interactive graphic.

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Energy and Electricity: From Source to Use

Energy and Electricity: From Source to Use

Energy can’t be transferred with 100 percent efficiency. This infographic explains how we “lose” energy as it moves from the source—coal—to becoming electricity in our homes.

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How Solar Power Works

How Solar Power Works

How is energy from the sun collected and used to generate electricity? Find out in this infographic.

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How Is Waste Converted into Energy?

How Is Waste Converted into Energy?

Electricity can even be generated from our garbage. See how a waste-to-energy facility works with this interactive graphic.

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How Is Energy Measured?

How Is Energy Measured?

Explore units of energy–from the calorie to the joule—with this infographic.

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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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Should Soda Be Taxed?

Should Soda Be Taxed?

From KQED Education Do Now: Soda, while sweet and inexpensive, may not be worth drinking. Sugary drinks can have many negative health effects, including a 26% greater risk of type 2 diabetes for regular soda drinkers (one to two cans per day). Should soda and other sugary drinks be taxed for health reasons? Why or why not?

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Catching Up on Sleep Science

Catching Up on Sleep Science

Sleep: it’s more important than you might think. Watch the video to see how sleep imprints memories, regulates emotions, and cleanses the brain of toxins.

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Diving Into the Twilight Zone

Diving Into the Twilight Zone

Join aquarium director Bart Shepherd on an expedition to explore one of the most mysterious ocean realms: the twilight zone.

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Searching for Other Earths

Searching for Other Earths

Do other planets like Earth exist? Since it launched in 2009, NASA’s Kepler space observatory has revealed billions of Earth-size planets. Now scientists are looking for signs of water on these planets. Watch a video and read about their search.

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Future of You

Future of You

Explore new technologies driving a digital health revolution to hack and track our lives.

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