The Science of Sustainability

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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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Career Spotlight: Water Program Director

Career Spotlight: Water Program Director

Heather Cooley is a director at the Pacific Institute where she uses data to understand and make recommendations about California’s water supply.

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Ocean Acidification and Marine Life

Ocean Acidification and Marine Life

In this interactive graphic, discover how carbon dioxide from the atmosphere mixes with the ocean making it difficult for shellfish to thrive.

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Is It Ethical to Colonize Mars?

Is It Ethical to Colonize Mars?

From KQED Education Do Now: In a mission where the lines between reality and fantasy seem to be blurred, the Mars One team is planning to launch an expedition to establish a human settlement on the red planet. Is it ethical to colonize Mars or other planets?

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Climate Change: Beyond the Headlines

Climate Change: Beyond the Headlines

Explore California’s drought, sea level rise, renewable energy and more at the touch of your finger tip! Clue into Climate is a new e-book series about the science behind climate change with interactive animations, infographics, videos and audio reports from KQED and its partners.

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Millie Hughes-Fulford: Scientist in Space

Millie Hughes-Fulford: Scientist in Space

Former astronaut Millie Hughes-Fulford is sending an experiment into space that could one day help travelers going to Mars and aging people here on Earth. She seeks to understand how a lack of gravity impacts our immune system.

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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

How Hydropower Dams Work

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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