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Reporter's Notes: Predicting Swine Flu

Reporter's Notes: Predicting Swine Flu

The last time we reported on Swine flu, or 2009 H1N1 virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was considering whether or not to invest in a vaccine for the new influenza strain.

Now, after several delays, the first batches of vaccines — first, a nasal spray version, then an injectible vaccine — is due to hit hospitals and clinics across the country.

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Science Event Pick: LCROSS—Hitch-hiking to the Moon

Science Event Pick: LCROSS—Hitch-hiking to the Moon

As the satellite impact grows closer, NASA is making an effort to talk about the locally driven mission. Many of the upcoming talks are suitable for any audience, from kids to adults.

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Under Our Skin—A Look at Lyme Disease

Under Our Skin—A Look at Lyme Disease

Lyme disease, carried by ticks, has become a politically and medically controversial disease.

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Producer's Notes: Algae Power

Producer's Notes: Algae Power

Before becoming the CEO of Aurora Biofuels, Bob Walsh worked at the oil company Shell for 25 years. Here’s an excerpt of QUEST’s March, 2009, interview with Walsh, most of which didn't make it into the TV segment.

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Genetic Tests: When No Means Maybe (Part 1)

Genetic Tests: When No Means Maybe (Part 1)

Genetic tests often don’t give as much information as you might think.

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Personalized Medicine

Personalized Medicine

We all know that, thanks to our DNA, each of us is a little bit different. Some of those differences are obvious, like eye and hair color, but others are not so obvious, like how our bodies react to medication. Researchers are beginning to look at how to tailor medical treatments to our genetic profiles. Some of the biggest breakthroughs have been in cancer treatment.

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Reporter's Notes: Personalized Medicine

Reporter's Notes: Personalized Medicine

You've probably heard about some of the breakthroughs in personal genome sequencing, where companies take a look at your DNA and send back your risk profile. But there's a flip side to all this genetic research that doesn't have to do with risk: personalized medicine.

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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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