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Jumpin' Jupiter! Where Did the Galileans Go?

Jumpin' Jupiter! Where Did the Galileans Go?

Had Galileo spied the planet Jupiter with his telescope 400 years ago on a night such as a couple of Thursdays ago, would the history of modern astronomy have unfolded any differently?

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Science Event Pick: Golden Gate Raptor Observatory’s 25th Anniversary

Science Event Pick: Golden Gate Raptor Observatory’s 25th Anniversary

In celebration of the 25th anniversary, there are a veritable flock of interactive events and talks scheduled over the next month.

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Repeat After Me: Monkeys Have Tails.

Repeat After Me: Monkeys Have Tails.

If you leave the zoo learning one thing about primates, learn that monkeys have tails and apes do not.

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Try These at Home: 2 Sure-fire Science Demo Classics

Try These at Home: 2 Sure-fire Science Demo Classics

Quick how-to's to make your own non-newtonian matter; float a ball in mid-air indefinitely; pronounce "Bernoulli."

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The Politics of Green Wine

The Politics of Green Wine

Wine grapes are one of the most sprayed crops in California. A growing number of farmers are choosing not to spray and are doing other things for the environment, too. The challenge is there are now so many choices when it comes to green wines, it can be baffling for the eco-conscious consumer. Organic, sustainable, biodynamic, natural… what does it all mean?

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Reporter's Notes: The Politics of Green Wine

Reporter's Notes: The Politics of Green Wine

I often look at the chemical ingredients in what I buy. I shop at farmers markets for organic produce and use green cleaning supplies. So, it caught me off guard when a friend remarked, "you are so aware of what you eat, why aren't you just as curious about what you drink?"

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Science Event Pick: The 11th Hour on Climate Change

Science Event Pick: The 11th Hour on Climate Change

Check out our latest weekly science event pick from Kishore Hari, founder of the Down to a Science science café series in San Francisco.

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Anti-bacterial Soap: is the Medicine Worse Than the Cure?

Anti-bacterial Soap: is the Medicine Worse Than the Cure?

Even if you are not handling reptiles daily like we are, you can take action to reduce exposure to toxic anti-microbials.

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QUEST Quiz: Algae

QUEST Quiz: Algae

Which algae are most efficient at producing oil? What other uses have algae been given throughout history? Take the QUEST Quiz to find out.

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Algae Power

Algae Power

In a co-production with NOVA scienceNow, QUEST explores the potential of algae—once considered nothing more than pond scum—to become the fuel of the future. Entrepreneurs from the Bay Area to LA are working to create the next generation of biofuels from algae. But will you ever be able to run your car off it?

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Getting to Zero Waste

Getting to Zero Waste

As of September 2009, San Francisco residents faced warnings, and even fines, if they failed to recycle, as the city aims to keep ever more garbage out of its landfills. But, after twenty years of curbside recycling and, more recently, composting programs, Californians produce more waste than ever.

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Reporter's Notes: Is This Recyclable?

Reporter's Notes: Is This Recyclable?

After twenty years of curbside recycling and, more recently, composting programs, Californians produce more waste than ever. Amy Standen reports, recycling can only take us so far.

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Crab Nebula: Awesome Beauty From Destruction

Crab Nebula: Awesome Beauty From Destruction

As I write this blog, the age of the Crab Nebula is exactly 955 years and 40 days.

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Top Ten Energy and Water Efficiency Tax Credits and Rebates

Top Ten Energy and Water Efficiency Tax Credits and Rebates

It's a good time to get energy efficient at home, what with a down economy and efforts by federal, state and local governments, and utilities to decrease our overall energy use and create a new, more secure, green economy.

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Science Event Pick: Urban Bees

Science Event Pick: Urban Bees

Cal professor Gordon Frankie will discuss the Urban Bee Project at the next East Bay Science Café, Sept.2. In addition, there are a whole host of local beekeeping organizations that offer educational events.

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Is Your House Haunted by Electronic Vampires?

Is Your House Haunted by Electronic Vampires?

When it comes to climate, the inside and the outside of Bay Area homes are pretty much the same for most of the year. But there are other energy vampires beyond heating and cooling in California homes that threaten to drain your wallet.

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Blowing up the House for Energy Efficiency

Blowing up the House for Energy Efficiency

How much air is your house leaking? Are you unknowingly slurping in dirty air from your garage and attic? Perhaps a blower door test can help you find out.

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Web Extra: Devil's Gulch Ranch Windmill

Web Extra: Devil's Gulch Ranch Windmill

Mark Pasternak of Devil's Gulch Ranch erected the first permitted, electricity generating wind turbine in Marin County. See pictures and hear the story of how it was done.

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Web Extra: Home Energy Audit

Web Extra: Home Energy Audit

QUEST teams up with Climate Watch to give you an inside look at home energy efficiency. Tag along with Sustainable Spaces on a home efficiency "green-up" and learn tips on how to make your home more energy efficient.

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Climate Watch: Unlocking the Grid

Climate Watch: Unlocking the Grid

With the race on to reduce global warming and fossil fuel dependency, experts in alternative energy see a bright future for renewable resources like wind, solar, hydro-power and geothermal energy. QUEST and Climate Watch team up to look at the "Smart Grid" of the future and how it might be improved to more cleanly and efficiently keep the lights on in California.

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