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New Nuclear

New Nuclear

In California, nuclear power has long been a subject that's "radioactive." But recent polls suggest that Californians may finally be warming up to the idea and a new study suggests that a clean energy future may not happen without it. Craig Miller reports on the prospects for a "nuclear revival" in the Golden State.

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Reporter's Notes: Do We Need Nuclear?

Reporter's Notes: Do We Need Nuclear?

More people appear to be saying "yes" these days, even if grudgingly. The question is: Is it too late?

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My Favorite Beneath-the-Sea Firework

My Favorite Beneath-the-Sea Firework

The giant red octopus residing at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a formidable presence.

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Playing with Lead – Part 2

Playing with Lead – Part 2

Months after the federal government enacted stricter standards intended to keep lead out of children's toys, a KQED investigation found merchandise that violates the law still sitting on many Bay Area store shelves. In part two of the series, QUEST looks at the challenges of keeping leaded toys out of stores.

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Science Event Pick: Stardust in our Bones

Science Event Pick: Stardust in our Bones

David Lindberg, Professor of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley, and Steve Croft, postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Astronomy at UC Berkeley will tie these great anniversaries in a unique lecture this weekend.

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Mars Rock Talks, Opportunity Listens

Mars Rock Talks, Opportunity Listens

Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity finds a meteorite on Mars that may shed more light on the history of Mars' atmosphere.

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The Cove

The Cove

The Cove is a new documentary about dolphins that might just make you an activist.

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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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