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QUEST Quiz: The Sun

QUEST Quiz: The Sun

Test your knowledge about this mysterious, awesome and most vital of stars.

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Journey Into The Sun

Journey Into The Sun

Scientists at Stanford University and Lockheed Martin are playing pivotal roles in a nearly billion-dollar NASA mission to explore the sun. A spacecraft launched in early 2010 is obtaining IMAX-like images of the sun every second of the day, generating more data than any NASA mission in history.

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Web Extra: Music of the Sun

Web Extra: Music of the Sun

In this QUEST web extra, Stanford University astrophysicist Todd Hoeksema explains how solar sound waves are a vital ingredient to the science of helioseismology, in which the interior properties of the sun are probed by analyzing and tracking the surface sound waves that bounce into and out of the Sun.

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Producer's Notes: Journey Into The Sun

Producer's Notes: Journey Into The Sun

Astrophysicists who track space weather today are at a stage Earth weather forecasters were roughly three decades ago. This is about to change.

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Baby Brain Development

Baby Brain Development

Thousands of babies are born each year in the U.S. with brain defects that can cause lifelong disability or even death. UC-San Francisco neurologists and pediatricians are developing better diagnostic tools and treatments to help brain-damaged babies not only survive, but grow up to live more normal lives.

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Reporter's Notes: Baby Brain Development

Reporter's Notes: Baby Brain Development

It is well known that strokes can happen in the elderly. But what many people don't know is that babies suffer strokes.

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Reflections on Friends and Heroes

Reflections on Friends and Heroes

One of the things I enjoy most about my job as a media producer is the opportunity to interact with the amazing people, places and things we profile in our stories.

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Has the Hydrogen Highway Become a Good Idea Again?

Has the Hydrogen Highway Become a Good Idea Again?

Now, after an exciting discovery at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the hydrogen highway is a good idea whose time may have come around.

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Local Hair Cleaning Up Gulf Oil

Local Hair Cleaning Up Gulf Oil

Clean up for the recent spill in the San Francisco Bay was partially cleaned up by hair. Hair is a great catalyst in absorbing oil.

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Hepatitis C: The Silent Epidemic

Hepatitis C: The Silent Epidemic

Hepatitis C is a virus that causes cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. It's the leading cause for liver transplants in the U.S., and an estimated 4 million Americans have the disease. Current treatments are difficult to tolerate and are often ineffective, but recent breakthroughs from Bay Area scientists may soon produce a cure for the disease that claims more than 10,000 American lives each year.

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Producer's Notes: Hepatitis C, Hope and Humanity

Producer's Notes: Hepatitis C, Hope and Humanity

I came to realize that hope has a lot to do with science. It’s the driving force for those who seek cures, for those who work to protect the environment, for those who search for solutions to the pain and problems facing humanity.

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Greening The Grow

Greening The Grow

Voters in California will consider a measure on the November ballot to legalize and tax marijuana. Amid the debate over pros and cons, another issue has been gaining visibility — the environmental damage pot cultivation can incur. Illegal pesticide use and creek water diversion at large-scale outdoor operations are well-documented. But environmental concerns are also growing over indoor marijuana cultivation, as Lisa Morehouse reports.

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What if the Geneticists are Wrong?

What if the Geneticists are Wrong?

What if most people or families had unique DNA differences that led to their disease? Then scientists have been going about finding the causes of genetic disease in the wrong way.

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Reporter's Notes: Greening The Grow

Reporter's Notes: Greening The Grow

Hardy’s lived in the hills of southern Humboldt County since the early ‘70s, when many people shared sense of idealism and environmental responsibility. That’s why he’s so upset about the environmental impacts of the big, indoor marijuana growing operations that have proliferated in the region.

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The Sun—Live In Your Own Backyard!

The Sun—Live In Your Own Backyard!

Chabot volunteers are running a live solar observatory for the public.

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The Great Migration

The Great Migration

For thousands of years and countless generations, migratory birds have flown the same long-distance paths between their breeding and feeding grounds. Understanding the routes these birds take, called "flyways," helps conservation efforts and gives scientists better knowledge of global changes, both natural and man-made. QUEST heads out to the Pacific Flyway with California biologists to track the rhythm of migration.

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QUEST Lab: Bridge Thermometer

QUEST Lab: Bridge Thermometer

The roadway across the Golden Gate Bridge rises and falls as much as 16 feet depending on the temperature. When the sun hits the bridge, the metal expands and the bridge cables stretch. As the fog rolls in, the cables contract and the bridge goes up. Curators from the Outdoor Exploratorium in San Francisco have set up a scope two miles away so you can see how the bridge is moving up or down depending on the weather.

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Producer's Notes: The Great Migration

Producer's Notes: The Great Migration

When people think of bird migration, most naturally think of water fowl. Ducks and geese seem to get a lot of attention in that regard.

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Sea Water Showdown

Sea Water Showdown

A plan being considered by California's State Water Resources Control Board would end the practice of allowing power plants along the coast to suck in ocean water to cool their machinery. Environmentalists say it kills millions of fish larvae, small animals and other ocean life, but the power industry says tighter rules would raise California's electricity prices, already among the nation's highest.

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Reporter's Notes: Sea Water Showdown

Reporter's Notes: Sea Water Showdown

Read about John Vincent's brush with death due to a cooling plant.

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