The Science of Sustainability

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The Skin of a Building and Why it Matters

The Skin of a Building and Why it Matters

Retrofitting the “skin” of an older building can save energy and money. Climb inside one company’s test chamber with QUEST Ohio to find out more.

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Biodegradable Plastics: Too Good to Be True?

Biodegradable Plastics: Too Good to Be True?

Products advertised as “green” aren't always what they appear to be. New research from Ohio State University adds supposedly biodegradable plastics to that list.

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Foraging for a Better Beer

Foraging for a Better Beer

Watch as a Durham, NC brewery makes persimmon beer from foraging to fermentation.

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How to Plant a Backyard Rain Garden

How to Plant a Backyard Rain Garden

This growing season, consider planting a different kind of garden, one that will sop up stormwater and take pressure off the sewage system.

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Tobacco Gets a Makeover as New Source for Biofuel

Tobacco Gets a Makeover as New Source for Biofuel

Is a new biofuel a win for renewable energy or the far-reaching arms of the tobacco industry?

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In Wood We Trust

In Wood We Trust

Does milling wood pellets in North Carolina and shipping them to Europe make sense?

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Sweet and Deadly: Bat-Borne Virus Brews in Bangladesh’s Date Palm Pots

Sweet and Deadly: Bat-Borne Virus Brews in Bangladesh’s Date Palm Pots

Deforestation and increased interactions between humans and wildlife are implicated in the spread of the Nipah virus.

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Drought Risk Atlas Uses Past to Predict Future: A Q&A with Climatologist Mark Svoboda

Drought Risk Atlas Uses Past to Predict Future: A Q&A with Climatologist Mark Svoboda

A new tool promises to help decision makers and the public better understand and prepare for future drought.

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Letting Bears Roam: Q&A with Ecologist Chris Morgan

Letting Bears Roam: Q&A with Ecologist Chris Morgan

According to ecologist Chris Morgan, “What’s good for bears is good for people.” Learn what this fearless expert wants us to know about bears.

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Food Scraps:  An Urbanite’s Dilemma

Food Scraps: An Urbanite’s Dilemma

When it comes to doing what’s best for the environment, compost is king. But sometimes it doesn’t fit into city life. Garbage disposals offer a simpler solution for getting rid of food scraps, but how do they stack up?

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From Coal to Canvas:  An Artist Turns Toxic Runoff into Palette-Worthy Paints

From Coal to Canvas: An Artist Turns Toxic Runoff into Palette-Worthy Paints

In this video from QUEST Ohio, discover how an artist is repurposing runoff from coalmines to create a variety of rich paint pigments—and draw attention to the state’s polluted waterways.

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Keeping Cows Cool as Temps Heat Up

Keeping Cows Cool as Temps Heat Up

If you’re looking for relief on an unusually hot summer day, so are the cows grazing in the pastures. When temperatures climb, milk production drops.

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Underwater Observatory Unlocks Ocean Secrets

Underwater Observatory Unlocks Ocean Secrets

Watch this two-minute video for a sneak peek at an underwater observatory that could revolutionize oceanography.

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Urban Neighborhood is Perfect Place to Grow Lettuce

Urban Neighborhood is Perfect Place to Grow Lettuce

A $17 million greenhouse pioneers large-scale hydroponic technology and replaces vacant land in a troubled Cleveland neighborhood.

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The Roots of the Carbon Cycle

The Roots of the Carbon Cycle

Play this interactive to learn how changing conditions in soil may affect the carbon cycle.

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Beyond Plain Sight

Beyond Plain Sight

Explore unexpected imagery of the Great Plains and see how photographer Michael Forsberg is using timelapse cameras to reveal unprecedented views of how watersheds work.

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Secrets of the Global Seed Vault: A Conversation with Scientist Luigi Guarino

Secrets of the Global Seed Vault: A Conversation with Scientist Luigi Guarino

Explore the inner workings of a mysterious seed vault on a remote island near the North Pole. Scientist Luigi Guarino talks to QUEST about this initiative to safeguard the future of the world’s food diversity.

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Ho-Chunk Nation Promotes Native Edible Plants

Ho-Chunk Nation Promotes Native Edible Plants

Bill Greendeer has been letting indigenous plants return to his farm in southwest Wisconsin. The native plants are abundant and edible.

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Repairing the Land After Frac Sand is Removed

Repairing the Land After Frac Sand is Removed

In Wisconsin, sand that’s perfect for hydraulic fracturing is being mined faster than ever before. But what will the land look like after the rush ends?

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Reawakening Extinct Species

Reawakening Extinct Species

Explore efforts to bring back extinct species in this QUEST documentary. Should we turn back the clock?

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