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Science Spotlight: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Poop

Science Spotlight: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Poop

Poop contains a lot of interesting stuff, including all kinds of microbes. Learn what these microbes do and how they can spread disease.

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Cleaning Poop from Drinking Water

Cleaning Poop from Drinking Water

An interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers at Stanford University have developed a cheap way to clean contaminated drinking water in the slums of Bangladesh.

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5 Resources for Learning About Engineering Careers

5 Resources for Learning About Engineering Careers

Curious as to what a design release engineer does, or a mechatronics engineer? Find out the answers and engage young people in engineering careers with this collection of resources from around the Web.

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How Smart Should We Allow Robots to Get?

How Smart Should We Allow Robots to Get?

From KQED Education Do Now: Artificial intelligence is now more available to us than ever before, and it is getting smarter every year. While some scientists envision artificially intelligent robots as rescuers and caretakers of the future, others are worried that creating technology as intelligent as humans might be rather dangerous. How smart do you think we should we allow artificial intelligent to become?

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E-book: Engineering Is Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

E-book: Engineering Is Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

Access to healthcare and diagnostic tools aren't always easy to come by in many parts of the world. In this e-book from KQED, discover how engineers from Stanford University designed an easy-to-use, easy-to-fix, paper microscope that costs $1 to produce in order to help people in remote areas diagnose diseases.

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What Would You Explore with a Foldscope?

What Would You Explore with a Foldscope?

From KQED Education Do Now: A bioengineer at Stanford University has designed an inexpensive, origami microscope–called a Foldscope–to allow people from around the world to make discoveries and answer their own questions. What would you explore with a Foldscope?

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

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

From KQED Education Do Now: Read what students had to say about the ethics of allowing apps to collect personal data for research.

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Career Spotlight: Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Graduate Student

Career Spotlight: Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Graduate Student

Elijah Martin is a graduate student in Dr. Deepak Srivastava's Lab at Gladstone Institutes where he studies how the heart develops.

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Would You Eat Insects?

Would You Eat Insects?

From KQED Education Do Now: The California drought is bringing increased attention to resource use in agriculture–not only within the state, but around the world. With a growing global population, use of land and water resources will have to change to meet future demand for animal protein. Would you eat insects as part of a sustainable, earth-friendly diet?

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Science Spotlight: Bending Light with a New Kind of Microscope

Science Spotlight: Bending Light with a New Kind of Microscope

Learn how microscopes work by using lenses to bend light to magnify objects.

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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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