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Producer's Notes: In Search of a Better Night's Sleep

Producer's Notes: In Search of a Better Night's Sleep

Nearly all of us have had the experience of waking up and feeling as though the restorative, rejuvenating effects of a good night's sleep had passed us by.

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Alien DNA

Alien DNA

Let’s say you found a bone and you thought it came from an alien. How could you possibly prove such a thing?

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Smog Checks Made Easy

Smog Checks Made Easy

This month Governor Schwarzenegger faces a stack of proposed legislation awaiting his signature. One of those bills has to do with the car you may be sitting in this very moment. It's a proposed change to California's annual smog check program which, as Amy Standen reports in this holiday rebroadcast, is due for a tune up.

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Reporter's Notes: Smog Checks Made Easy

Reporter's Notes: Smog Checks Made Easy

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has kicked off a new campaign to promote the 1-800-Exhaust program.

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New original science video series from QUEST: Science on the SPOT

New original science video series from QUEST: Science on the SPOT

QUEST is pleased to announce a new original science video series, Science on the SPOT. Science on the SPOT goes behind the scenes at local San Francisco Bay Area labs, follows breaking discoveries, and gets you special access to obscure science locations and collections.

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QUEST Lab: Speed of Sound

QUEST Lab: Speed of Sound

Along with cable cars and seagulls, the Golden Gate Bridge foghorn is one of San Francisco's most iconic sounds. But did you know that if you hear that foghorn off in the distance, you can calculate how many miles you are from the bridge? Using the Speed of Sound exhibit at the Outdoor Exploratorium at Fort Mason, Shawn Lani shows us how sound perception is affected by distance.

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Web Extra: Great White Sharks in Captivity

Web Extra: Great White Sharks in Captivity

Over the years The Monterey Bay Aquarium has had success holding a handful of great white sharks in their enormous outer bay exhibit tank. In the process scientists have learned much about these animals and millions of visitors have gotten a chance to meet a live white shark up close and personal.

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The New Bay Bridge: Earthquake Makeover

The New Bay Bridge: Earthquake Makeover

The new self-anchored suspension bridge being built to replace the vulnerable eastern span of the Bay Bridge is scheduled to open in 2013 and will be seismically and aesthetically revolutionary in its design. QUEST explores the engineering features that will give the new bridge the strength and flexibility to withstand the next "big one."

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The Great White Shark: Meet the Man in the Gray Suit

The Great White Shark: Meet the Man in the Gray Suit

Worldwide sharks are now threatened due to extreme overfishing to satisfy the shark fin trade. QUEST ventures to The Farallon Islands and discovers that the creature of our imaginations may not be the monster we think it is. See why scientists are now tracking the movements of great white sharks in hopes of protecting them.

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Reporter's Notes: Chasing the Story

Reporter's Notes: Chasing the Story

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that you have to be nimble and resourceful when your story takes you in interesting, unanticipated directions – like today.

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Producer's Notes: The Great White Shark: Meet the Man in the Gray Suit

Producer's Notes: The Great White Shark: Meet the Man in the Gray Suit

Like many people, I'm fascinated with sharks. I can't remember a time when they did not interest me.

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Science Event Pick – Mixing Art & Science

Science Event Pick – Mixing Art & Science

See science blend with art this week. Visualizing Science is a panel discussion of artists and scientists at Swissnex San Francisco on April 7th. Yuri's Night Bay Area, celebrating the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's first orbit of Earth, is a concert, art installation, and science celebration all mixed into one giant festival.

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Ghost Fleet On The Move

Ghost Fleet On The Move

For decades, more than 70 Navy and merchant ships known as the "ghost fleet" have been anchored in Suisun Bay, waiting for disposal. While many served in World War II, today they're the subject of a lawsuit filed by environmental groups who are concerned about the pollution these aging vessels are leaching into the bay. Now, some of the ships are finally on the move.

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Science on the SPOT: Swimming with Sharks

Science on the SPOT: Swimming with Sharks

In our first installment of QUEST's new Science on the SPOT web series, we go behind-the-scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Meet the intrepid dive team who keeps the enormous Outer Bay Exhibit tank spic-and-span while swimming in 40 pounds of stainless steel, shark-resistant armor.

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Behind the Scenes with the Mythbusters

Behind the Scenes with the Mythbusters

Guest blogger Michael Kadel chronicles our behind-the-scenes visit to our explosive San Francisco neighbors, the Mythbusters.

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Reporter's Notes: Ghost Fleet On The Move

Reporter's Notes: Ghost Fleet On The Move

Argentine ants have had amazing success as an invasive species in the US. Their West Coast super colony numbers in the billions and spans from Mexico to Oregon. But aside from invading homes, they've had a dramatic effect on native ants and local ecosystems.

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Squeezing More Energy from the Sun

Squeezing More Energy from the Sun

The good news is that we can probably meet our energy security and greenhouse emissions goals by increasing the efficiency of buildings, transportation, and agriculture and by using commercially available renewable energy technology. But it won’t be cheap.

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Extreme Mammal: Platypus

Extreme Mammal: Platypus

In the dictionary, mammals are classified as vertebrate animals that are warm-blooded, give birth to live young and feed their young milk. The Platypus is my favorite extreme mammal because it is the quintessential exception to this rule.

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Form Your Team Now for the 2010-2011 QUEST Science Education Institute

Form Your Team Now for the 2010-2011 QUEST Science Education Institute

Come join us at the 2010-2011 QUEST Science Education Institute. QUEST is gearing up for the 2010-2011 Science Education Institute, a professional development opportunity for educators designed to support multimedia integration in middle and high school science programs! We seek to work directly with teams of Bay Area teachers and informal educators dedicated to enhancing […]

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Finding Fifth Cousins

Finding Fifth Cousins

Someone contacted me via 23andMe and said that we may be fifth cousins and asked if I would like to compare genomes. Ok I thought, why not?

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