The Science of Sustainability

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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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Why I Do Science: Kandis Elliot

Why I Do Science: Kandis Elliot

Kandis Elliot is on the Botany Department staff at the University of Wisconsin, but she's not a scientist or professor. Elliot is an artist and transforms mere photographs of plants into lush, painterly artworks that educate as well as captivate.

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Scary Tsunamis

Scary Tsunamis

In this video story, learn how coastal communities in California are vulnerable to massive, potentially deadly tsunamis.

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Silicon Valley Goes to Space

Silicon Valley Goes to Space

In this video story, learn how commercial space ventures are taking off, from mining the moon to space tourism.

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What Is Climate Change?

What Is Climate Change?

Explore this QUEST interactive graphic to see major climate zones in the United States and how climate differs from weather.

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Evidence of Global Warming

Evidence of Global Warming

Explore how rising sea levels, increases in ocean heat and melting glaciers indicate a warming planet in this interactive.

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What Are Greenhouse Gases and Where Do They Come From?

What Are Greenhouse Gases and Where Do They Come From?

Explore different types of greenhouse gas, from carbon dioxide to fluorinated gas, in this interactive graphic.

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The Keeling Curve Explained

The Keeling Curve Explained

Explore the Keeling Curve, which has measured CO2 levels in the atmosphere since 1958, in this interactive graphic.

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How Do Greenhouse Gases Work?

How Do Greenhouse Gases Work?

Find out how greenhouse gases trap heat in the Earth's atmosphere with this interactive graphic.

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Water Vapor's Role in Climate Change

Water Vapor's Role in Climate Change

Learn how water and the Earth's climate directly affect each other in this interactive graphic.

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Career Spotlight: Earth System Scientist and Terrestrial Ecologist

Career Spotlight: Earth System Scientist and Terrestrial Ecologist

Jennifer Holm is an Earth systems scientist and terrestrial ecologist who uses models to study how forests respond to climate change.

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Career Spotlight: Research Technician

Career Spotlight: Research Technician

Chris Wong is a research technician at University of California Berkeley where he investigates how trees like redwoods and sequoias function.

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Career Spotlight: Water Quality Specialist

Career Spotlight: Water Quality Specialist

Melanie Harrison is a water quality specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She helps protect and restore threatened and endangered fish species.

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