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QUEST TV: From Farm to Fork to Fuel

QUEST TV: From Farm to Fork to Fuel

Explore an urban farm, new ways to reduce food waste, and how cooking grease can be turned into biofuel in this television episode.

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Biodiesel Power

Biodiesel Power

From the deep fryer to the fuel tank, how one North Carolina company is using cooking grease to power a community.

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Lionfish, Pythons, and Garlic Mustard — Oh My!

Lionfish, Pythons, and Garlic Mustard — Oh My!

Across America, invasive species are destroying ecosystems faster than ecologists can find solutions.

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An Oasis Grows in an Urban Food Desert

An Oasis Grows in an Urban Food Desert

In this video we meet former pro-basketball player and MacArthur “genius” award winner Will Allen, and explore the Milwaukee farm where he successfully cultivates food, including fish, to feed thousands of people.

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Lake Tahoe: Can We Save It?

Lake Tahoe: Can We Save It?

Go behind the scenes with the scientists working to keep Lake Tahoe pristine and protect it for generations to come.

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Conversations with Simran Sethi: Food Waste

Conversations with Simran Sethi: Food Waste

Engage with Simran Sethi and QUEST on social media in this conversation about food waste. #QUESTfood

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Stanford Solar Car Races Across Australian Desert

Stanford Solar Car Races Across Australian Desert

Stanford University students design and race a single passenger solar car 1,800 miles across the Australian continent in an international competition that pushes the boundaries of solar-powered technology.

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Cementing a More Sustainable Future

Cementing a More Sustainable Future

A team of innovative students at UNC Charlotte develop a game-changing material poised to improve the way we build our cities and our homes.

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Fighting Food Waste

Fighting Food Waste

Forty percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten. From "farm to fork", there are many reasons for food waste, including consumer demand for perfect produce and confusion over expiration dates printed on packaged foods. This massive waste occurs as one in six Americans struggles with hunger every day, even in affluent regions such as Silicon Valley.

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Battling the Bloom:  Lake Erie

Battling the Bloom: Lake Erie

Millions depend on Lake Erie for drinking water, business, and recreation. Toxic algae blooms put all of this at risk, and now researchers are trying to identify the cause and craft solutions.

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QUEST Google+ Hangout with Simran Sethi about “From Farm to Fork to Fuel”

QUEST Google+ Hangout with Simran Sethi about “From Farm to Fork to Fuel”

Mark your calendars for this Google+ Hangout taking place on Monday, Oct. 14, at 4:00pm PT / 7:00pm ET. Submit questions and comments using #QUESTfoodfuel.

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Stanford Students Debut Solar-Powered Prefab Home

Stanford Students Debut Solar-Powered Prefab Home

Stanford University students set out to revolutionize home design by entering a solar powered prefab house into the Department of Energy's biennial Solar Decathlon competition.

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Recycling Dirt: A New Niche in the Fracking Industry

Recycling Dirt: A New Niche in the Fracking Industry

As an alternative to the landfill, some companies now recycle contaminated rock shavings left over from drilling for natural gas.

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Sustainability Career Clusters

Sustainability Career Clusters

Sustainability Career Clusters Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Agribusiness Systems Pathways Your City, Your Food The Roots of the Carbon Cycle Why Soil Matters Environmental Service Systems Pathways Balancing Act: Otters, Urchins, and Kelp Ocean Acidification Pteropods Very Small and Very Important The Cost of Water What is An Aquifer? Groundwater, Beneath the Surface Groundwater […]

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Science and Engineering Practices

Science and Engineering Practices

Science and Engineering Practices Asking Questions and Defining Problems Career Spotlight: Microbiologist Career Spotlight: Kite Designer Career Spotlight: Mechatronics Engineer Career Spotlight: Coatings Technician Claims of the Advocates: The Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing What are the Challenges of Fracking Natural Shale Gas Reserves? Developing and Using Models Balancing Act: Otters, Urchins, and Kelp The Roots […]

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Disciplinary Core Ideas

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Disciplinary Core Ideas Physical sciences Matter and Its Interactions Structure and Properties of Matter Chemical Reactions Nuclear Processes Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions Forces and Motion Types of Interactions Stability and Instability in Physical Systems Energy Definitions of Energy Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer Relationship between Energy and Forces Energy in Chemical Processes […]

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Crosscutting Concepts

Crosscutting Concepts

Crosscutting Concepts Patterns Cause and Effect Ocean Acidification: The Basics Balancing Act: Otters, Urchins, and Kelp How Does Hydraulic Fracturing Work? Claims of the Advocates: The Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing What are the Challenges of Fracking Natural Shale Gas Reserves? Energy and A Sustainable Future Pteropods Very Small and Very Important Scale, Proportion, and Quantity […]

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Could Ants Teach the Biofuel Industry a Thing or Two?

Could Ants Teach the Biofuel Industry a Thing or Two?

How leaf-cutter ants and fungus gardens could provide the model for sustainably producing biofuels.

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QUEST Launches New Science Series with Award-Winning Host Simran Sethi

QUEST Launches New Science Series with Award-Winning Host Simran Sethi

QUEST Launches New Science Series with Award-Winning Host Simran Sethi Expands to Midwest, Pacific Northwest and Southeast Regions Television Season Premieres October 16 Contact: Sevda Eris, Publicist, seris@kqed.org, 415.553.2835 San Francisco, CA, September 24, 2013 – QUEST, an award-winning multimedia science series, has a new focus on the science of sustainability; a new host, Simran […]

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The World with Us: Can the Earth Support Eleven Billion?

The World with Us: Can the Earth Support Eleven Billion?

Journalist Alan Weisman's latest book, Countdown, explores how we can sustainably manage a population of seven billion people.

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