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2 Top Kitchen Appliance Energy Myths De-bunked

2 Top Kitchen Appliance Energy Myths De-bunked

Should you wave goodbye to your old microwave? Who's more energy efficient with the dishes– you or your dishwasher?

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QUEST Quiz: Sewage

QUEST Quiz: Sewage

If you live in Oakland, how long does it take for sewage to flow from your house, through the EBMUD plant and into the bay?

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Wastewater Woes: Sewage Spills in SF Bay

Wastewater Woes: Sewage Spills in SF Bay

What happens when you flush the toilet? For most of us, what's out of sight is out of mind. But large numbers of sewage spills into San Francisco Bay are forcing cities, water agencies and the public to take a closer look at wastewater and its impacts on the health of the bay.

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Where the (Waste) Water Goes

Where the (Waste) Water Goes

Which treatment plants have had problems with unintentional spills of untreated water into the Bay? Find out on our online map of Bay Area publicly-owned sewage treatment plants and spills.

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Producer's Notes: Wastewater Woes – Bye-Bye, Poo-Poo!

Producer's Notes: Wastewater Woes – Bye-Bye, Poo-Poo!

I learned that one of the main reasons for so many sewage spills in San Francisco Bay is that those of us who use and depend on the sewage system, don’t really understand it.

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Penny Wise, Science Foolish

Penny Wise, Science Foolish

The economy is in the tank and so the cuts at schools begin. And of course one of the first things on the chopping block is anything that can keep kids interested in science.

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Sea Lion Rescue

Sea Lion Rescue

Next month, the Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands opens its doors to the public for the first time in four years. The Center treats sea lions, elephant seals, and other marine mammals that run into trouble along our coast. They swallow fishing lines, get hit by boat propellers and, increasingly, come down with a bacterial infection that scientists say they still don't understand.

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Reporter's Notes: Sea Lion Rescue

Reporter's Notes: Sea Lion Rescue

For these notes, I thought I'd focus on something that didn’t make it into the sea lions radio broadcast: the necropsy. Each year the Marine Mammal Center treats somewhere between 600-1000 animals, including California sea lions, Pacific harbor seals, Northern elephant seals, and steller sea lions. About half of them are treated successfully at the […]

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Web Extra: Sea Lion Rescue Slideshow

Web Extra: Sea Lion Rescue Slideshow

Scenes from a sea lion rescue on San Francisco's Ocean beach, the Marine Mammal Center's new $30 million facility, and the triumphant return of three healed animals back to the ocean — and more, in our slide show.

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Calling all Psocoptera! Science Book Clubs in the Bay Area

Calling all Psocoptera! Science Book Clubs in the Bay Area

Lively discussion and science books, it's a good combination.

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Hubble Gets a New Lease on Space

Hubble Gets a New Lease on Space

Hubble Space Telescope gets upgrades and repairs… for the last time.

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Producer's Notes: Asthma

Producer's Notes: Asthma

Researchers are still very much working to figure out what, besides changes in the way asthma is diagnosed, might account for the 160 percent rise in the rate of asthma in children younger than five.

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Producer's Notes: Seahorse Sleuths

Producer's Notes: Seahorse Sleuths

This planet may have seemed endlessly bountiful 2000 years ago, but today we can no longer afford to take the survival of non-human species for granted.

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Seahorse Sleuths

Seahorse Sleuths

Seahorses are some of the most enchanting and mysterious creatures in the ocean. They are struggling to survive in threatened habitats around the world, while large-scale trading of seahorses for the traditional Chinese medicine market goes unchecked. Meet the Seahorse Sleuths – local scientists who are working to save them from extinction.

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Web Extra: Raising Seahorses in Captivity

Web Extra: Raising Seahorses in Captivity

Seahorse aquarist Jonelle Verdugo of the Monterey Bay Aquarium talks with Quest about the biology of seahorses on some of the challenges of raising them in captivity.

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Asthma: What Brought on the Epidemic?

Asthma: What Brought on the Epidemic?

The rates of childhood asthma in the United States rose 160 percent from 1980 to 1994 and have remained high ever since, making this chronic lung illness the country's third most common pediatric disease. QUEST meets Bay Area researchers who are investigating possible environmental and social culprits.

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Web Extra: Can We Prevent Asthma?

Web Extra: Can We Prevent Asthma?

Can parents do anything to help prevent their kids from getting asthma? QUEST takes a look at some leading hypotheses.

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QUEST Lab: The Resonator

QUEST Lab: The Resonator

Quest goes to the Exploratorium to learn how and why helium changes the sound of your voice.

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Do-It-Yourself Mini-Satellites

Do-It-Yourself Mini-Satellites

NASA will soon attempt to launch an unusual satellite. Most satellites are the size of a car, but this one is small enough to fit inside a glove compartment. Mini-satellites are reaching space in increasing numbers, thanks also to a do-it-yourself satellite program at Stanford University.

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Reporter's Notes: Do-It-Yourself Mini-Satellites

Reporter's Notes: Do-It-Yourself Mini-Satellites

It's a classic engineering story – a garage inventor spends years working in isolation, only to produce something that gets the attention of the world. Ok, the CubeSat story may not be quite as romantic, but it does have a lot of the same ingredients.

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