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Shark Fin Trade Puts Sharks At Risk

Shark Fin Trade Puts Sharks At Risk

Sharks are seriously at risk in the world ocean to overfishing and the growing threat of shark finning.

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Elephant Seals Through Eighth Grade Eyes

Elephant Seals Through Eighth Grade Eyes

This weekend, I went to Ano Nuevo State Park to see the elephant seals, along with 14 Oakland middle schoolers.

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All (U.S.) Children Left Behind

All (U.S.) Children Left Behind

New test results confirm what many of us have feared: U.S. students suck at science.

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Producer's Notes: Science on the SPOT – Falcons Up Close

Producer's Notes: Science on the SPOT – Falcons Up Close

QUEST's web-only video series, Science on the SPOT, takes a close-up look at the Peregrine Falcon.

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Science on the SPOT: Peregrine Falcons Up Close

Science on the SPOT: Peregrine Falcons Up Close

QUEST meets the San Francisco Zoo's resident Peregrine Falcon, "Bella." The story of the Peregrine Falcon is a conservation success story. And the zoo's hope is that when people meet Bella they are inspired to take conservation into their own hands.

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Falconry Ruffles Feathers and Saves a Species

Falconry Ruffles Feathers and Saves a Species

This time of year, you may see birds of prey, with their wings outstretched, circling overhead – it is nesting season.

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Reliable Science Web Resource: Scitable

Reliable Science Web Resource: Scitable

An interview with Vikram Savkar, the man who runs a reliable web resource for science called Scitable.

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Sudden Oak Death Plus Wildfire: A Natural Experiment

Sudden Oak Death Plus Wildfire: A Natural Experiment

A natural experiment created by the overlap of the Basin Complex Fire and a UC Davis study allowed scientists to test whether SOD did in fact make wildfire worse. What they found was not what the news media or the firefighters predicted.

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A Better Military Through Genetics

A Better Military Through Genetics

A new report recommends that all military people have their DNA sequenced to advance science and to create a better military. Can we trust the military to get this right – or anyone?

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Oil and the Sanctuaries Expansion Bill

Oil and the Sanctuaries Expansion Bill

Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, is pushing to expand marine sanctuaries and permanently ban offshore oil drilling off much of the North Coast.

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It's Gray Whale Season!

It's Gray Whale Season!

It’s gray whale season. As you gaze out across the Pacific, you may see one.

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15 Months Later, Rediscovered San Francisco Plant Thrives

15 Months Later, Rediscovered San Francisco Plant Thrives

Fifteen months after a native plant thought to be extinct was rediscovered in San Francisco, local botanists have succeeded in growing it and are making plans to plant it out in the wild.

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Science on the SPOT: Restoring San Francisco's Lost Manzanita

Science on the SPOT: Restoring San Francisco's Lost Manzanita

QUEST explores how the San Francisco Botanical Garden is toiling to bring one of the city's rarest native plants, the Franciscana manzanita, back from the brink of extinction.

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Learning About Life Through Real-Time Biotic Video Games

Learning About Life Through Real-Time Biotic Video Games

Imagine a world where games could influence the actions of others. A team at Stanford has taken the first step towards creating biotic games.

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Meet Our Newest Relative

Meet Our Newest Relative

Scientists identified a new human relative just using DNA from a fossilized finger. Using this DNA they showed more non Homo sapien DNA in modern humans. First Neanderthals, now Denisovans. Who knows what DNA we'll find next.

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Rediscovering Extinct Plants

Rediscovering Extinct Plants

This week, QUEST’s Science on the SPOT video will feature the Franciscan manzanita, a plant thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in San Francisco’s Presidio in 2009.

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Piled Higher and Deeper

Piled Higher and Deeper

People with doctorate degrees are piling up while waiting for their dream (or any research) job. This is at the back of my mind most days since I work with graduate students.

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Mistletoe: Friend or Foe?

Mistletoe: Friend or Foe?

Have you been hanging out under the mistletoe at holiday parties, hoping for a kiss? Well, that mistletoe is more than a Christmas kissing custom. It’s a parasite that can harm trees—and a potential treatment for cancer.

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California's Redwoods Face Climate Change

California's Redwoods Face Climate Change

After a century of logging, California's old growth redwood forests are only a fraction of what they once were. Today, they remain a narrow coastal band that extends from Monterey Bay to the Oregon border. But redwoods are facing a new threat. As Lauren Sommer reports, scientists are trying to understand how these trees are responding to a changing climate.

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A Dangerous Blush

A Dangerous Blush

Some sobering thoughts on alcohol, cancer, and the Asian glow.

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