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Playing with Lead – Part 1

Playing with Lead – Part 1

Congress recently passed tougher limits on lead levels due to the large number of recalls of imported toys. But the new law, which went into effect in February, doesn't seem to be keeping dangerous items off store shelves, as reporter Oanh Ha found out.

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Insulate Your &@!*% Attic Hatch, Now!

Insulate Your &@!*% Attic Hatch, Now!

I didn't intend to write about cursing here, but since I am in this so deep now, then damn it, I may as well connect the topic to some cutting edge scientific research. You got a problem with that?

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Reporter's notes: Playing with Lead – Part 1

Reporter's notes: Playing with Lead – Part 1

Suddenly, parents, including me, eyed the toys in our homes and on store shelves with suspicion. Extensive research links lead exposure in children to lower IQ scores, neurological and behavioral problems, even anemia.

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Web Extra: San Francisco Watershed

Web Extra: San Francisco Watershed

Find out why San Francisco's watershed surrounding Crystal Springs Reservoir is sometimes called "California's Original Gold.

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Exploring the Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail

Exploring the Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail

Local nature lovers can enjoy the rare opportunity to hike, bike, or ride their horses through pristine stands of old growth Douglas Fir, evergreen and fragrant coastal scrub while enjoying ridge-top vistas of our watershed lands, reservoirs, the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. To protect our watershed, hiking on the trail is restricted to docent-led ventures three days a week, with advanced registration.

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Science Event Picks: The Low Carbon Diet, August 9 and 10

Science Event Picks: The Low Carbon Diet, August 9 and 10

Most Americans have room to cut their carbon *food*print by 25%. Not easily done, but luckily we have help in the Bay Area. Check out these 2 upcoming events.

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The Tantalizing Physics of Invisibility Cloaks

The Tantalizing Physics of Invisibility Cloaks

The prospect of such technology dazzles the imagination. Could we use such a cloak to hide spy planes? Ugly buildings? UFO landing sites?

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Why We Will Never See Another Einstein

Why We Will Never See Another Einstein

Getting my DNA tested has got me to thinking about, well, my DNA. And your DNA. And everyone else's DNA too.

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The Economics of Household Recycling

The Economics of Household Recycling

Once they leave your driveway, your discarded bottles, newspapers, and other recyclables become part of a multi-billion dollar global commodities market. Last month's phone bill, for example, might be sent to China to be reincarnated as next month's iPhone packaging.

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Reporter's Notes: The Economics of Household Recycling

Reporter's Notes: The Economics of Household Recycling

Part of the problem of recycling programs is that the rules change depending on where you live, the result of a schizophrenic system wherein local municipalities contract with private companies or non-profits to design their own, local recycling programs.

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Jupiter "Nuked" By Comet? (again)

Jupiter "Nuked" By Comet? (again)

An Earth-sized hole on Jupiter! What happened?

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Science Event Pick: Are We Scientifically Illiterate?

Science Event Pick: Are We Scientifically Illiterate?

See author Chris Mooney discuss his new book "Unscientific America" Monday evening, August 3rd in Santa Clara.

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Cool Critters: The Golden Eagle

Cool Critters: The Golden Eagle

Although not as famous as its bald cousin, Golden Eagles are much easier to find in Northern California – one of the largest breeding populations for Golden Eagles is right here in the Mount Diablo valley. Meet one of the largest birds of prey as QUEST visits the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, CA.

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Scary Tsunamis

Scary Tsunamis

In 2004, a massive tsunami struck the Indian Ocean. More than 225,000 people were killed. Bay Area researchers raced to the scene to learn everything they could about these deadly forces of nature.

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Producer's Notes: Scary Tsunamis

Producer's Notes: Scary Tsunamis

On January 26, 1700, at about 9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time one of the largest earthquakes ever to strike the Pacific Northwest rumbled across the Cascadia Subduction Zone. This massive earthquake sent a giant 33 foot high tsunami crashing onto shore, inundating the quiet coastline.

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Producer's Notes: Cool Critters – Golden Eagle

Producer's Notes: Cool Critters – Golden Eagle

Between their enormous size, stunning eyes, and gorgeous plumage, we could see the power and grace that are so iconic to American Eagles.

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Producer's Notes – Born Too Soon: Pre-term Births on the Rise

Producer's Notes – Born Too Soon: Pre-term Births on the Rise

As a result of the QUEST story, my pregnancy became more of a public event than I expected it to be. Naturally, after the boys were born, there were several inquiries as to our well-being. Here’s what happened:

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Journey to the Farallones

Journey to the Farallones

They've been called "California's Galapagos." Nearly 30 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge lie the Farallon Islands. This year marks their 100th anniversary as a national wildlife refuge. While the islands are off limits to tourists, reporter Lauren Sommer caught a ride with marine researchers to learn about how changes are affecting life there.

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Web Extra: Farallon Islands History Timeline

Web Extra: Farallon Islands History Timeline

The Farallon Islands, precariously perched just a few miles from the edge of the North American continental shelf, are home to an incredible array of wildlife, from tiny Auklets to Great White Sharks, The islands have played a surprising role in the cultural, economic, and technological development of the city of San Francisco. This timeline outlines the landmark events between Sir Francis Drake's landing in 1579 and the present day.

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Reporter's Notes: Journey to the Farallones

Reporter's Notes: Journey to the Farallones

Our trip to the Farallon Islands was certainly eventful: seasickness (me), bug bites (me) and immersion in one of the most unique wildlife habitats in the world (luckily). This chain of windblown rocks, about 27 miles from San Francisco, is teeming with 300,000 seabirds in the spring and summer.

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