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Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

Manu Prakash has designed the Foldscope, an origami paper microscope that costs less than a dollar.

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Does California’s Agriculture Industry Need More Water Restrictions Due to the Drought?

Does California’s Agriculture Industry Need More Water Restrictions Due to the Drought?

From KQED Education Do Now: For the past four years, California has been experiencing an historic drought. Governor Jerry Brown recently mandated a 25 percent reduction in urban water use across the state. While this legislation seems to some to be a long overdue move in addressing the growing water crisis, others criticize it for a lack of attention towards California’s large agricultural industry. What do you think?

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Should We Allow Apps to Collect Private Health Data for Research?

Should We Allow Apps to Collect Private Health Data for Research?

From KQED Education Do Now: On March 9, 2015, Apple announced the release of a new tool that enables researchers to build iPhone apps for collecting health data directly from iPhone users. Should we allow apps to collect private health data for research?

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E-book: Engineering Is Bringing Fish Up from the Deep

E-book: Engineering Is Bringing Fish Up from the Deep

The ocean's mysterious twilight zone is home to a wealth of fish species, many that are new to researchers. In this e-book from KQED, discover how scientists from the California Academy of Sciences engineered a device to safely transport live fish from the twilight zone back to the Academy's aquarium for further study.

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Activity: Air Pressure, It's in the Bag

Activity: Air Pressure, It's in the Bag

Feel changes in air pressure with this hands-on activity.

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To What Extent Should Organisms Be Collected from the Wild?

To What Extent Should Organisms Be Collected from the Wild?

From KQED Education Do Now: For centuries, museums and scientists have been collecting animals, plants and other organisms from the wild for research purposes. To what extent do you think collecting living and nonliving specimens should be allowed?

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Career Spotlight: Biologist

Career Spotlight: Biologist

Matt Wandell is a biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences. Watch how cool his job is.

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What’s the Best Path to a Sustainable Future?

What’s the Best Path to a Sustainable Future?

From KQED Education Do Now: As we face the consequences of a changing climate, many people wonder how we can most effectively change the consumptive habits of U.S. citizens. Is it more effective to change people’s behavior and attitudes or have the government implement regulations?

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Science Spotlight: Fish, Swim Bladders and Boyle's Law

Science Spotlight: Fish, Swim Bladders and Boyle's Law

Watch this demonstration of Boyle's Law that shows how changes in pressure affect a fish's swim bladder.

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Bringing Fish Up from the Deep

Bringing Fish Up from the Deep

Scientists at the California Academy of Sciences have designed a portable decompression chamber to safely bring new fish species up from the twilight zone.

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Why Do Scientists and the Public Disagree?

Why Do Scientists and the Public Disagree?

From KQED Education Do Now: According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, scientists and the public have differing views on science-related issues. Why do you think scientists and the public disagree?

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How Can We Address Indoor Air Pollution?

How Can We Address Indoor Air Pollution?

From KQED Education Do Now: Indoor air pollution from from burning solid fuels for heating and cooking is a huge health concern in many parts of the world. How can we best address this problem?

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“Engineering Is” for the Next Generation

“Engineering Is” for the Next Generation

Explore the connections between engineering and science with KQED’s new, free e-book, Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves. Learn how researchers designed a new, more efficient cookstove to improve the quality of life for families in Darfur.

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Science Spotlight: The Combustion of Wood

Science Spotlight: The Combustion of Wood

What happens when wood burns? In this animated explainer, learn about the chemistry of combustion.

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Should We Modify DNA in Human Embryos?

Should We Modify DNA in Human Embryos?

From KQED Education Do Now: The UK recently voted to authorize mitochondrial DNA modification, which has been dubbed the "three-person embryo" law. Should we modify DNA in human eggs or embryos in order to prevent disease?

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Career Spotlight: Research Scientist and Mechanical Engineer

Career Spotlight: Research Scientist and Mechanical Engineer

Vi Rapp is a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who designs clean, efficient, wood-burning cookstoves for communities around the world.

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When Should Animals Be Used for Research or Industry Testing?

When Should Animals Be Used for Research or Industry Testing?

From KQED Education Do Now: Animal testing in scientific and commercial research has a long and controversial history. When should animals be used for research or industry testing, if ever?

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Should Cold Sufferers Wear Medical Masks?

Should Cold Sufferers Wear Medical Masks?

From KQED Education Do Now: Every year, millions of Americans come down with a case of the common cold, resulting in many missed days of school and work. Should cold sufferers wear medical masks to help prevent spreading germs? Would you wear one the next time you have a cold?

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Napa Wineries Face Global Warming

Napa Wineries Face Global Warming

California’s Napa Valley has a microclimate that produces world-famous wines, but what happens as the climate warms up? Vintners are using advanced technology to conserve water, while scientists are testing varieties that could replace the cool-climate Pinot Noirs of today.

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SkyTEM Aquifer Mapping

SkyTEM Aquifer Mapping

Watch how geologists are using SkyTEM, a flying high-tech rig, to detect and map underground fresh water reserves.

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