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Reporter's Notes: Museum 2.0

Reporter's Notes: Museum 2.0

Hard economic times and changing social trends have some museums undergoing a 21st century re-design. The focus is on creating more visitor-centered exhibits using new media tools and more input from the public.

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Get a Dog and Save the Planet

Get a Dog and Save the Planet

Are pets, and dogs in particular, a step in the right direction in the battle against global warming and the fight for energy security? Is Underdog more than a cartoon?

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Bay Bridge Rising

Bay Bridge Rising

Bay Bridge construction and engineering brought to life by the award winning website baybridge360.

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Why I Do Science: Healy Hamilton

Why I Do Science: Healy Hamilton

Could you have a career studying rare Amazon River Dolphins, tiny octopuses and endangered sea horses? Healy Hamilton does, and she works with kids to encourages them to become scientists.

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Profile: Sylvia Earle

Profile: Sylvia Earle

She's spent much of the last five decades exploring and protecting the world's oceans. Find out why legendary marine biologist Sylvia Earle thinks that we may only have a few years left to save what she calls "the blue heart of the planet."

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Producer's Notes – Why I do Science: Healy Hamilton

Producer's Notes – Why I do Science: Healy Hamilton

When I first head about Healy Hamilton at a meeting QUEST was having with the California Academy of Sciences, I just knew I was going to like her.

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Producer's Notes – Profile: Sylvia Earle

Producer's Notes – Profile: Sylvia Earle

Everyone knows who Sylvia Earle is, right? Not so. Despite the fact that she’s been at the forefront of marine science and ocean exploration for more than 40 years, she is not a household name.

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Risky Business: Genes Just Part of the Story

Risky Business: Genes Just Part of the Story

When talking about genetic pre-disposition to a condition, make sure you understand both the increased risk factor and the general risk.As the geneticist at the Ask a Geneticist blog, I get a lot of questions about diseases that run in the family.  They usually run along the lines of, "My mother had diabetes, what is […]

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The Corpse Smells of Chocolate?

The Corpse Smells of Chocolate?

The Corpse Flower also known as the Titan Arum is best known for the smell it emits when in bloom. It only blooms for 24 to 48 hours and it emits a smell that can range from rotting garbage to a dead corpse.

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Far Out, Man: Measuring Astronomical Distances

Far Out, Man: Measuring Astronomical Distances

How do we know how far away celestial objects are? This shouldn't be taken for granted, as it's not as straightforward as sounding the depth of the ocean.

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Nature Play: Notes from the Field

Nature Play: Notes from the Field

At Nature Play, a new Oakland Zoo camp, campers need little guidance to make peace with Nature, and each other.

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New Nanoparticles Shed Light on Cell Behavior

New Nanoparticles Shed Light on Cell Behavior

Happily, while Michael Crichton's nanoparticles coordinate an attack on a your vital organs, these new bright, stable particles behave more like benign light bulbs in your cells.

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Tweeting for Energy Efficiency

Tweeting for Energy Efficiency

Are you using Twitter or other social media as a way to promote progressive causes like energy efficiency?

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The Megalodon's Descendants

The Megalodon's Descendants

Among the ancestors of sharks and rays is the megalodon, 45-90 foot predators that fed on whales and dolphins.

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5 out of 9 Justices Recommend Leaving Innocent People in Jail

5 out of 9 Justices Recommend Leaving Innocent People in Jail

In a truly awful decision reminiscent of Gore vs. Bush, the Supreme Court has decided that there should be no federal mandate for genetic testing after someone has been convicted

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Reporter's Notes: Stem Cells and Horses

Reporter's Notes: Stem Cells and Horses

Performance horses at his level can be worth $60,000 and more. Training, too, is an enormous investment. "Gretchen," as we call her in the piece, has spent years training Disney in English dressage.

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Web Extra: Stem Cells and Horses Slideshow

Web Extra: Stem Cells and Horses Slideshow

At UC Davis Veterinary Hospital, competitive performance horses receive stem cell treatments that are still off limits to humans. Get a look inside a treatment facility at UC Davis.

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2009-2010 QUEST Science Education Gets Underway

2009-2010 QUEST Science Education Gets Underway

For those of you who just tuned in, the QUEST Science Education Institute is KQED Education Network's year-long professional development program for Bay Area school districts.

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"Mars Encounter:" An Inconvenient Hoax

"Mars Encounter:" An Inconvenient Hoax

As August approaches, the ghost of Mars returns to haunt us….

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Stem Cells and Horses

Stem Cells and Horses

At UC Davis Veterinary Hospital, competitive performance horses receive stem cell treatments that are still off limits to humans. Veterinarians say their success may pave the way for other animals… like us.

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