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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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Producer's Notes: The Sweet Science of Chocolate

Producer's Notes: The Sweet Science of Chocolate

Join QUEST TV Associate Producer Jenny Oh for a taste of the latest chocolate science.

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Producer's Notes for Cool Critters: Turkey Vultures

Producer's Notes for Cool Critters: Turkey Vultures

Now, a vulture isn't what typically comes to mind for making a good first impression. But this bird is absolutely gorgeous, and unbelievably interesting; we instantly fell in love.

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Cool Critters: Turkey Vultures

Cool Critters: Turkey Vultures

Ever wonder why a vulture's head is bald? QUEST visits the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, CA, to meet their resident Turkey Vulture and learn about what life is like in the Bay Area for these bald "beauties."

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Where's my Hydrogen Highway?

Where's my Hydrogen Highway?

Five years ago, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his vision for the Hydrogen Highway, an ambitious program that promised to launch an alternative energy revolution in California. Right now, that highway is not as smooth as planners had hoped and government funding is in danger of drying up.

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Exploring Pescadero State Beach

Exploring Pescadero State Beach

Pescadero State Beach is no simple place. Scanning its expanse, you can see ocean beach, streams, grasses, cattails, bushy scrub, and tall, ancient trees. If you look more closely you can see over 250 species of birds. The landscape, especially at the water, is never the same two days in a row.

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Reporter's Notes: Where's my Hydrogen Highway

Reporter's Notes: Where's my Hydrogen Highway

Hydrogen is not exactly a fuel. That is, we don't burn it to make energy. It's used more as a medium for storing and transporting energy.

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How toxic is a busted compact florescent bulb?

How toxic is a busted compact florescent bulb?

Which is worse for you, a can of tuna or a broken CFL bulb? Sorry, Charlie…

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Web Extra: Hydrogen Highway Slideshow

Web Extra: Hydrogen Highway Slideshow

Five years ago, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his vision for the Hydrogen Highway, a bold and ambitious program that promised to launch an alternative energy revolution in California. Check out images of fuel cells cars and more from this radio story.

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Playing the Oldest Recordings

Playing the Oldest Recordings

Last summer, QUEST told you about how scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have developed a technology to playback old audio recordings using visual scans.

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The Farallones Caught on Camera

The Farallones Caught on Camera

A new webcam on the Farallon Islands helps scientists– and the public– monitor wildlife.

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Our Latest 'Your Photos on QUEST' Contest Winner: Harold Davis

Our Latest 'Your Photos on QUEST' Contest Winner: Harold Davis

Congratulations to Harold Davis, the winner of our most recent YPOQ contest, for his photo set "Miracle Worlds of Nature". He will be featured in a TV segment next month.

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Using Mice to Understand Human Speech

Using Mice to Understand Human Speech

Scientists have started to look at DNA to try to figure out why we can speak and other animals can't. One gene that has caught their attention is called FOXP2.

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Cash for Clunkers

Cash for Clunkers

How would you like the government to help you buy a newer, more fuel-efficient set of wheels? That's the idea behind a so-called Cash for Clunkers program that Congress is considering. But is it a boon for the environment or just a hand-out to Detroit automakers? The plan is not so novel. California has had a similar program for a decade.

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Reporter's Notes: Cash for Clunkers

Reporter's Notes: Cash for Clunkers

As this radio story airs, Congress is debating two Cash for Clunkers proposals, one from the Senate and one from the House of Representatives. (A third proposal, also from the Senate, is almost identical to the House version.) Both would pay consumers to scrap their "clunkers" in exchange for brand-new, more fuel-efficient models.

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