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Better Bees: Super Bee and Wild Bee

Better Bees: Super Bee and Wild Bee

California farmers depend on bees to pollinate the state's multi-million dollar fruit and nut crops, but last season thousands of bee colonies disappeared around the country. Meet two Northern California researchers looking for ways to make sure we always have bees to pollinate our crops. You may view the "Better Bees: Super Bee and Wild […]

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Better Bees: Super Bee and Wild Bee

Better Bees: Super Bee and Wild Bee

California farmers depend on bees to pollinate the state's multi-billion-dollar fruit and nut crops, but in recent years thousands of bee colonies have disappeared around the country. Meet two Northern California researchers looking for ways to make sure we always have bees to pollinate our crops.

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Watersheds 101

Watersheds 101

I spent the 4th of July at the Marin County Fair, befriending llamas, riding the Ferris wheel, eating ice cream, and exploring an oversized floor map of Marin watersheds–part of an "Aquatic Adventures" exhibit that The Bay Institute helped to put together for the Fair. It was fun to watch kids and grown-ups alike wander […]

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The Wisdom of the Redwood

The Wisdom of the Redwood

The timeline on the redwood cross section said it had been born when the Roman Empire was at the height of its power, around 100 A.D. I was standing in front of a 30-foot-wide tree trunk in the Northern Californian logging town of Fort Bragg. Tiny little monkey brains, like mine, find it difficult to […]

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A Wonderful Mess

A Wonderful Mess

Our DNA is more than its genes. Credit: Genome Management Information System, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Remember the good old days? Back when our DNA was relatively easy to understand? Well, those days have passed. We used to think our DNA worked in a pretty straightforward way. We called it the central dogma. The central […]

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Eco-golf, Anyone?

Eco-golf, Anyone?

Golf courses may look green, but they aren't that kind of "green." At least not to many environmentalists. For many, golf courses take away valuable habitat and use too many resources. But there’s a movement afoot to make them more eco-friendly. You may listen to the "Eco-golf, Anyone?" Radio report online, as well as find […]

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Why Do Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears?

Why Do Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears?

Mosquitoes are actually the most dangerous animals in the world, killing more than two million people per year. In the United States alone, there are 150 different species, each carrying a different type of disease.

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Eco Golf Anyone?

Eco Golf Anyone?

Golf courses may look green, but they aren't that kind of "green." For many environmentalists, golf courses take away valuable habitat and use too many resources. But there's a movement afoot to make them more eco-friendly.

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Please Touch the Animals: Environmental Enrichment at Zoos

Please Touch the Animals: Environmental Enrichment at Zoos

From body work and acupuncture for giraffes, to pachyderm pedicures, come see how the Oakland Zoo is using alternative treatments to guarantee the well-being of its residents.

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Please Touch the Animals: Environmental Enrichment at Zoos

Please Touch the Animals: Environmental Enrichment at Zoos

Zookeepers are using a lighter touch to keep their animals strong and healthy. From body work and acupuncture for giraffes, to pachyderm pedicures, come see how the Oakland Zoo is using alternative treatments to guarantee the well-being of its residents. You may view the "Please Touch the Animals: Environmental Enrichment at Zoos" TV Story online, […]

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Window on the Bay, Part II

Window on the Bay, Part II

In my last post, I wrote about a recent visit to the Aquarium of the Bay at PIER 39 and a couple of the fascinating creatures we encountered there. Here are a few more: Drifting in slow motion are the otherworldly moon jellies. Found in temperate and tropical waters around the world, they like bays […]

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Explosive Beetles Hack Ant Colonies for Royal Treatment

Explosive Beetles Hack Ant Colonies for Royal Treatment

Guest blogging for Donovan is Dr. Wendy Moore of the California Academy of Sciences. With roughly 350,000 described species, beetles are without a doubt one of the most successful forms of life on Earth. Many beetle species use chemicals to defend themselves, but the true masters of chemical defense are the Bombardier Beetles which deliver […]

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"Astro" the Wayward Steller Sea Lion (web only)

"Astro" the Wayward Steller Sea Lion (web only)

Each year the Marine Mammal Center treats between 500 and 1200 sick and injured animals, but there are always one or two that stand out from the pod. This time it was a Steller Sea Lion named "Astro."

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Fur Seal Pup Rehab

Fur Seal Pup Rehab

QUEST sails out with the Marine Mammal Center as researchers release fur seals that stranded themselves on California beaches and try to understand their mysterious behavior.

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Fur Seal Pup Rehab

Fur Seal Pup Rehab

Californians don't normally see fur seals along local beaches, but lately fur seal pups have been stranding themselves in alarming numbers. QUEST sails out with the Marine Mammal Center as they release these stowaways back into the wild and try to understand their mysterious behavior. You may view the "Fur Seal Pup Rehab" TV Story […]

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Fatal Attraction: Birds and Wind Turbines

Fatal Attraction: Birds and Wind Turbines

With California's ambitious renewable energy goal, the state needs wind power. But California's largest wind farm cluster at Altamont Pass unintentionally kills golden eagles, burrowing owls and other threatened birds. Now, wind companies, scientists and environmentalists are working to bird-proof these massive wind farms. You may view the "Fatal Attraction: Birds and Wind Turbines" TV […]

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What is in your DNA?

What is in your DNA?

How deeply do you want to look into your DNA? Credit: U.S. Department of Energy Genome Programs Remember Jim Watson? The guy who co-discovered what DNA looks like? Recently he got to look at the 6 billion letters that make up his DNA. And maybe soon you can get a peek at yours. In a […]

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The Science of Making Decisions

The Science of Making Decisions

Have you ever looked at your credit card bill and thought you needed to have your head examined? Stanford University is using complex brain imaging to study how humans make shopping decisions, and are finding that emotions play a large role in everyday purchases.

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The Science of Making Decisions

The Science of Making Decisions

Have you ever looked at your credit card bill and thought you needed to have your head examined? Stanford University is using complex brain imaging to study how humans make shopping decisions, and are finding that emotions play a large role in everyday purchases. You may listen to the "The Science of Making Decisions" Radio […]

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Ray's 50-year love affair with 'dem bones

Ray's 50-year love affair with 'dem bones

Photo Dong Lin, California Academy of SciencesWhat would you do if you saw an old guy, with a weather-beaten face and white hair, carving the flesh off the skulls of a dead seal lying in the sand on Ocean Beach, in San Francisco? Would you call the police? If you did, they probably wouldn't care, […]

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