The Science of Sustainability

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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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The Sweet Science of Chocolate

The Sweet Science of Chocolate

Everybody loves chocolate, but did you know that small daily doses of dark chocolate are good for your health? Read the story and watch the video to learn about the precision engineering and chemistry behind the beloved treat.

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Should Soda Be Taxed?

Should Soda Be Taxed?

From KQED Education Do Now: Soda, while sweet and inexpensive, may not be worth drinking. Sugary drinks can have many negative health effects, including a 26% greater risk of type 2 diabetes for regular soda drinkers (one to two cans per day). Should soda and other sugary drinks be taxed for health reasons? Why or why not?

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Catching Up on Sleep Science

Catching Up on Sleep Science

Sleep: it’s more important than you might think. Watch the video to see how sleep imprints memories, regulates emotions, and cleanses the brain of toxins.

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Diving Into the Twilight Zone

Diving Into the Twilight Zone

Join aquarium director Bart Shepherd on an expedition to explore one of the most mysterious ocean realms: the twilight zone.

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Searching for Other Earths

Searching for Other Earths

Do other planets like Earth exist? Since it launched in 2009, NASA’s Kepler space observatory has revealed billions of Earth-size planets. Now scientists are looking for signs of water on these planets. Watch a video and read about their search.

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Future of You

Future of You

Explore new technologies driving a digital health revolution to hack and track our lives.

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Condors vs. Lead Bullets

Condors vs. Lead Bullets

Once nearly extinct, California condors are making a steady recovery. But a new threat– lead poisoning from old bullets– is slowing progress, leaving scientists between wildlife preservation and the politics of hunting.

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Should Fracking Be Banned?

Should Fracking Be Banned?

From KQED Education Do Now: On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 three counties in California will decide by ballot whether or not to ban hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking.” It’s steeped in controversy, from the amount of water it uses to how and where that water–and added chemicals–are eventually disposed. Should fracking be banned? Why or why not?

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California Voters to Decide $7.5 Billion Water Bond Measure

California Voters to Decide $7.5 Billion Water Bond Measure

Learn about Proposition One, which would issue billions in bonds for water projects.

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On GMO Labeling, Oregon and Colorado Learn from California Ballot Defeat

On GMO Labeling, Oregon and Colorado Learn from California Ballot Defeat

As Oregon and Colorado vote on GMO labeling, advocates say they learned from the defeat of a similar measure in California in 2012. Watch the video to learn more.

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Three California Counties Vote on Fracking Bans this November

Three California Counties Vote on Fracking Bans this November

Santa Barbara, Mendocino and San Benito counties will vote on hydraulic fracturing this November. San Benito activists were the first to qualify a ballot initiative to ban the controversial oil- and gas-extraction technique.

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In Rare Sea Snail, Scientists Find Compound That Could Help Cancer Patients

In Rare Sea Snail, Scientists Find Compound That Could Help Cancer Patients

A marine mollusk with a coveted blood protein is shaping the way researchers treat cancer and autoimmune diseases.

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Is Project-Based Learning the Way to Go?

Is Project-Based Learning the Way to Go?

From KQED Education Do Now: More than 5,000 schools nationwide have transitioned from traditional learning methods to project-based learning (PBL). Should all schools move in this direction and implement PBL in their science classes?

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Will Recycling Phosphorus Help Stop Algae Blooms?

Will Recycling Phosphorus Help Stop Algae Blooms?

A new Wisconsin facility aims to clean up algae-plagued lakes by stripping phosphorus out of wastewater.

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Glowing Plants? City Streets Lit by Trees

Glowing Plants? City Streets Lit by Trees

A start-up in San Francisco has engineered plants to mimic fireflies and glow at night, but some environmental groups are voicing concerns.

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