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Producer's Notes: Restoration of the San Joaquin River

Producer's Notes: Restoration of the San Joaquin River

Why are we spending millions of dollars to bring back a river that stopped running a long time ago?

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Science on the SPOT: Science of Fog

Science on the SPOT: Science of Fog

San Francisco's fickle summer weather has earned it the nickname "Fog City." Science on the SPOT asks UC Berkeley's Todd Dawson to clear up the mysterious origins of this weather phenomenon, and share his research on how fog is integral to our state's ecology.

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Northern California Scientists Helping Lead Project To Build World's Biggest Telescope

Northern California Scientists Helping Lead Project To Build World's Biggest Telescope

Scientists from the University of California are working to construct the largest telescope on Earth.

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Clean Living, Brighter Children

Clean Living, Brighter Children

Vaccines, clean water and freely available medicines may be good for more than your child’s health. They might actually make her smarter.

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Using DNA to Stop Dogfighting

Using DNA to Stop Dogfighting

Researchers at UC Davis are collecting DNA from dogs seized in police raids on dogfighting operations. The goal is to create a database to help identify and prosecute the extensive underground breeding programs that sell puppies for as much as $50,000 to dogfighting rings. But the database is controversial among some animal rights activists, who believe it would allow shelters to euthanize dogs whose DNA match fighting lineages.

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Reporter's Notes: How the Michael Vick Case Was Good PR for Fighting Dogs

Reporter's Notes: How the Michael Vick Case Was Good PR for Fighting Dogs

Dogfighting rings, as we report in this story, rely on a sophisticated, interstate network of breeders, just like you'd find for any other breed.

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Show Me Science

Show Me Science

If science is nothing else, I feel, it is the frame of mind to question one's own interpretations of reality, and to poke and prod the perception to test what may be fact, and what may be misinterpretation.

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Having a Cuppa

Having a Cuppa

The only two fail-safe ways I found to treat my symptoms of ADD and focus clearly have been exercise and drinking Yerba Mate tea.

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Your Photos on QUEST: Ron Wolf

Your Photos on QUEST: Ron Wolf

Think there's nothing new to see outside? Take a closer look. Photographer Ron Wolf leads us on a hunt for fungi and slime molds, with their surprisingly ornate and elegant patterns, at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve in Los Altos.

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Ants: The Invisible Majority

Ants: The Invisible Majority

Most of us think ants are just pests. But not Brian Fisher. Known as "The Ant Guy," he's on a mission to show the world just how important and amazing these little creatures are and in the process, catalog all of the world's 30,000 ant species before they become casualties of habitat loss. But he can't do it without our help.

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Solar Heats Up in S.F.

Solar Heats Up in S.F.

The solar industry has descended on the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco this week. QUEST Senior Radio Editor Andrea Kissack reports from the Intersolar North America Conference and Expo.

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Producer's Notes: Ants: The Invisible Majority

Producer's Notes: Ants: The Invisible Majority

Peruse all the amazing ant materials that QUEST has created and compiled in the last few months and explore for yourself the wonderful world of ants.

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Producer's Notes: Your Photos on QUEST – Ron Wolf

Producer's Notes: Your Photos on QUEST – Ron Wolf

After spending the day with Ron Wolf, I doubt I’ll ever look at the ground the same way anymore!

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Protecting Marine Reserves

Protecting Marine Reserves

In April, California continued its ambitious efforts to restore declining ocean fisheries by creating 21 new marine protected areas between Half Moon Bay and Mendocino County. In all, fishing would be banned or reduced in 20 percent of state waters there. But with the state budget crisis, how will California enforce these rules?

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Reporter's Notes: Protecting Marine Reserves

Reporter's Notes: Protecting Marine Reserves

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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Slowing Down PACE

Slowing Down PACE

The Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) is being blocked for the time being by, of all things, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, holders of about half of the home mortgages in the country and a major player in the financial crisis that we are still recovering from.

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Science Events Pick – Nerd Nite Part Deux

Science Events Pick – Nerd Nite Part Deux

Nerd Nite SF returns with the two-time world beard champion to answer all your pogonological questions! Also discussing the perils of spacecraft navigation (but don’t call it rocket science!) and how to build your own robotic bartender.

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Trust Building

Trust Building

Whooping cough has reached epidemic proportions in the state of California. And it is hard to know who to be the maddest at.

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Bay Area Ant Invasion

Bay Area Ant Invasion

If you've ever had small, black ants in your kitchen, chances are they're Argentine Ants. These invasive insects have spread across California, forming what some scientists say is one of the largest colonies on Earth. They're also harming native ants. Now, scientists are developing ways to stop the invasion, by learning the language ants use to communicate. Lauren Sommer reports.

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Kepler Spots Hundreds of Possible Planets

Kepler Spots Hundreds of Possible Planets

It's been a little over a year since NASA's Kepler telescope was launched into space. It's mission: to stare unblinkingly at 156,000 stars in a patch of sky in the constellations Lyra and Cygnus on a quest to spot extrasolar planets transiting their stars. Results so far? As anticipated…astounding.

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