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Producer's Notes: Your Photos on QUEST—Doug Nomura

Producer's Notes: Your Photos on QUEST—Doug Nomura

San José photographer Doug Nomura has learned just how to track his subjects to create arresting photos of birds in flight. He focuses his work on the Bay Trail, a 300-mile trail around the Bay. QUEST joins Nomura on the bayfront in Sunnyvale as he works to photograph the many bird species that call the South Bay’s mudflats home, or stop here as part of their migration.

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Producer's Notes: Maya Skies

Producer's Notes: Maya Skies

Go behind the scenes of Tales of Maya Skies, the new film produced by Oakland's Chabot Space and Science Center. The half-hour film about Maya astronomy opens at the center's planetarium on November 21.

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Do These Genes Make Me Look Diabetic?

Do These Genes Make Me Look Diabetic?

A couple of weeks ago I was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. Right when I am in the middle of talking about genetic testing!

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Predicting the Next Big One

Predicting the Next Big One

It's been twenty years since the Loma Prieta Earthquake ravaged downtown Santa Cruz and damaged San Francisco's Marina District and the Bay Bridge. QUEST looks at the dramatic improvements in earthquake prediction technology since 1989. But what can be done with ten seconds of warning?

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Equinox on Saturn Reveals Ring Ripples

Equinox on Saturn Reveals Ring Ripples

Equinox on Saturn reveals ring ripples.

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Reporter's Notes: Predicting the Next Big One

Reporter's Notes: Predicting the Next Big One

It's been twenty years since the Loma Prieta Earthquake ravaged downtown Santa Cruz and damaged San Francisco's Marina District and the Bay Bridge. Quest looks at the dramatic improvements in earthquake prediction technology since 1989. But what can be done with ten seconds of warning?

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Film Premiere: Saving the Bay

Film Premiere: Saving the Bay

The first two episodes of "Saving the Bay" premiere on KQED Channel 9 on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8pm. Click here to find additional air times/dates and to find out what else "Saving the Bay" has to offer.

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Why I Do Science: Drew Endy

Why I Do Science: Drew Endy

Stanford University's Drew Endy is a synthetic biologist, or as he puts it, someone who makes biology easier to engineer. He's one of the leading lights of this relatively new scientific field which builds on disciplines like computer science, electrical engineering and genetics. Find out why Endy is passionate about the cutting edge of biology.

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Mercury in San Francisco Bay

Mercury in San Francisco Bay

There's a hidden danger in San Francisco bay: mercury. A potent neurotoxin that can cause serious illness, mercury has been flowing into the bay since the mining days of the Gold Rush Era. It has settled in the bay's mud and made its way up the food chain, endangering wildlife and making many fish unsafe to eat. Now a multi-billion-dollar plan aims to clean it up. But will it work?

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Producer's Notes: Mercury in San Francisco Bay

Producer's Notes: Mercury in San Francisco Bay

Because there wasn't time in the QUEST TV segment on mercury in the bay to include information on safe fish eating practices, below are the guidelines, along with web links, to help you get plenty of Omega 3s and still keep your mercury levels low.

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How to Identify a Bullet

How to Identify a Bullet

Last month, the FBI released a report showing violent crime has dropped for the second year in a row… down nearly two percent in 2008, from a year earlier. Still, many homicide cases go unsolved. A new technology called "bullet microstamping" aims to help change that. But will it work? Amy Standen reports.

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Toward Greener Biofuels and Greener Cars

Toward Greener Biofuels and Greener Cars

For all the excitement, selling the American public on biofuels feels a little like feeding methadone to a heroin addict.

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Reconnecting Science, Religion and Health Care

Reconnecting Science, Religion and Health Care

I think that science is fundamentally about information and religion is fundamentally about relationship. The word religion comes from the Latin "to reconnect."

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QUEST – National Parks Special: Bringing the Parks to the People

QUEST – National Parks Special: Bringing the Parks to the People

QUEST examines how the Golden Gate National Recreation Area was saved from development, the rise of not-for-profit land trusts in protecting and restoring Northern California's open spaces, and how these vital places are used and maintained by the communities served by them.

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National Park Service – Soundscapes

National Park Service – Soundscapes

In 2003, following a year-long nature sounds study in Sequoia National Park, Craig Miller, then founder of Vox Terra (now Senior Producer of Climate Watch) and Bernie Krause, founder of Wild Sanctuary, co-produced this four-and-a-half minute "journey." It takes you from the familiar cacophony of the urban soundscape to a serene spot in Sequoia Park. Take the journey and see how desensitized to urban noise you've become.

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Producer's Notes, National Parks Special: Bringing the Parks to the People

Producer's Notes, National Parks Special: Bringing the Parks to the People

Living here in the San Francisco Bay Area I marvel at the diverse culture that sprouts from our surrounding parks and open spaces.

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Genetic Tests: When No Means Maybe (Part 2)

Genetic Tests: When No Means Maybe (Part 2)

In my last blog post, I showed how the two most powerful ancestry tests, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y chromosome, were useless to me in my hunt. Now I want look at the rest of my DNA. So here we go!

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The Quietest Place I've Been: Reporter's Notes for Soundscapes of National Parks

The Quietest Place I've Been: Reporter's Notes for Soundscapes of National Parks

Plopped down on a sand dune in Death Valley, one gains a certain appreciation for both the national parks and natural "quiet."

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National Parks Sounds Blog Video

National Parks Sounds Blog Video

Craig Miller's sound piece from a while back for the blog.

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MOON Spells "Water"

MOON Spells "Water"

Even before NASA's LCROSS spacecraft is set to hit the Moon and hopefully kick up a cloud containing water, evidence for the presence of water on the Moon is mounting.

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