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Dominant isn't Always Common

Dominant isn't Always Common

A common genetic misconception is that dominant means common. Here Dr. Starr explains why dominant and recessive doesn't matter for how common a trait is.

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Producer's Notes – Science on the SPOT: Lupe the Mammoth Comes to Life

Producer's Notes – Science on the SPOT: Lupe the Mammoth Comes to Life

UC Museum of Paleontology graduate student Kaitlin Maguire describes her behind-the-scenes experiences working to bring a mammoth exhibit to life at the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose.

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Science on the SPOT: Lupe the Mammoth Comes to Life

Science on the SPOT: Lupe the Mammoth Comes to Life

In 2005, a partial skeleton of a juvenile mammoth was discovered along the Guadalupe River near downtown San Jose. A full-scale replica is now featured in a new exhibit at the Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose. Learn more with Kaitlin Maguire from the UC Museum of Paleontology about these majestic creatures that roamed the Bay Area during the Ice Age.

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Report from the Philippines

Report from the Philippines

Here in the field, time passes slowly but the need to explore, explain and protect natural systems like Philippine coral reef systems is urgent.

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Producer's Notes: Angst in the Redwoods

Producer's Notes: Angst in the Redwoods

Even circus workers have safety nets. The folks who climb giant redwoods don’t.

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Uncovering Risk One Gene at a Time

Uncovering Risk One Gene at a Time

Genetic tests for complex diseases just tell you part of your genetic risk and nothing about your environmental risks.

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Geological Outings Around the Bay: Ring Mountain

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Ring Mountain

The body of rock underlying the central Tiburon Peninsula is the rarest and most scientifically precious part of the Franciscan Complex, an assemblage of materials that was once involved in subduction.

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The Science & Art of Cheese

The Science & Art of Cheese

Cheese. It comes in more than 2,000 varieties — hard, soft, fresh and aged – and it's been with us for thousands of years. Take a journey to Cowgirl Creamery in West Marin to learn how artisan cheese is made and how scientists are putting cheese under the microscope to gain new insights about this incredible, edible food.

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ABC: Adventure, Biology and Conservation

ABC: Adventure, Biology and Conservation

What makes us care about wildlife so much that we dedicate years of study, a hundred hours a week of time for little pay or even recognition?

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Web Extra: The Terroir of Cheese

Web Extra: The Terroir of Cheese

Watch this QUEST web extra to learn how "terroir" – or the characteristics of a specific region such as its climate, soil and topography – indelibly influences the production of award-winning, artisan cheese.

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Producer's Notes: The Science & Art of Cheese

Producer's Notes: The Science & Art of Cheese

Today, it’s hard to pin down exactly how many different cheeses exist in the world. As Professor Bart Weimer of UC Davis said in “The Science of Cheese” story, “cheese is evolving.”

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The Cal Academy's 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition

The Cal Academy's 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition

On April 26th, Academy researchers and educators started the trek to the Philippines to get the Philippine Biodiversity Expedition underway, the largest expedition in the Academy’s history.

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Field Notes: Brian Fisher in Madagascar

Field Notes: Brian Fisher in Madagascar

Entomologist Brian Fisher braves raging rivers, and dense tropical forests as he travels the world searching for new species of ants before they are lost to habitat destruction. Experience a slice of Fisher's life and work through video footage from his field work with ants in Madagascar.

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Bats In Our Midst

Bats In Our Midst

QUEST ventures under a Central Valley bridge to count the bats that make it their home. The bridge is one of the most important roosting places for Mexican free-tailed bats in the Central Valley, where this voracious insect-eating species protects the local crops from pests. Then meet two volunteers who take injured bats into their homes and nurse them to health.

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Producer's Notes: Bugging Brian Fisher

Producer's Notes: Bugging Brian Fisher

Is there such a thing as "too much" of California Academy of Sciences entomologist Brian Fisher? We here at QUEST don't think so!

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Bat Flight a Mechanical Marvel

Bat Flight a Mechanical Marvel

Watch stunning videos of bats in mid flight that are helping Brown University scientists understand how these mammals fly.

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Osama’s Sister’s Brother

Osama’s Sister’s Brother

Scientists could definitely get DNA results from Osama bin Laden in less than 24 hours. And they could conclude with high certainty that the man killed was Osama bin Laden.

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Your Videos on QUEST: Joshua Cassidy

Your Videos on QUEST: Joshua Cassidy

In his debut film, Life by the Tide, San Francisco filmmaker Joshua Cassidy takes an intimate look into the tide pools at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, CA. Your Videos on QUEST features an excerpt of Cassidy's film.

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Searching for Life on Mars

Searching for Life on Mars

After multiple unmanned missions to Mars, we still don't know if life has ever existed there. NASA scientists are hoping a new high-tech rover will help them solve the mystery. The Mars Science Laboratory is scheduled for launch in late 2011 and will search for any evidence that the Red Planet was once capable of supporting life.

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Into the Deep with Elephant Seals

Into the Deep with Elephant Seals

Thousands of northern elephant seals — some weighing up to 4,500 pounds — make an annual migration to breed each winter at Año Nuevo State Reserve, on the San Mateo County coast. Marine biologists are using high-tech tools to explore the secrets of these amazing creatures, which can hold their breath for an hour and dive a mile below the surface.

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