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Genetic Tells

Genetic Tells

There is no perfect genetic tell. In poker, a tell is something you do that gives away the fact that you're bluffing. Maybe you itch your nose every time you have a bad hand. So now when you make a big bet and itch your nose, you'll lose to the players who have caught on. […]

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Giant penguins from the Southern Hemisphere… (Part 1)

Giant penguins from the Southern Hemisphere… (Part 1)

Photo courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History Earlier this summer, you may have heard about a surprising paleontological discovery from southern Peru. In a paper published in the journal PNAS, a team of paleontologists announced the discovery of two new species of fossil penguins, Icadyptes and Perudyptes, from an area a few hundred […]

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Is This A Real Egg?

Is This A Real Egg?

Years back, I took my Second Grade class to Slide Ranch in Marin, a working educational, ecological farm. There, we visited the hen house and observed the hens sitting calmly on their nests. One clucked and strutted away, revealing a perfect, white egg. I directed Adina to pick it up and bring it to us. […]

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gH2Ost story

gH2Ost story

Link to Tulare Lake Map for larger imageOnce upon a time, the San Francisco Bay watershed contained the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. The lake is no more, but sometimes, in wet years, its spirit still haunts the cotton fields that have taken its place. Up until the last century, Tulare Lake was […]

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Amy's update: Dispatch from CPMC

Amy's update: Dispatch from CPMC

Editor's Note: Producer Amy Miller, who was reporting the story on camera in tonight's 7/24 episode on premature births titled "Born Too Soon: Preterm Births on the Rise", was placed on bed rest for preterm labor 2 weeks after filming. She is at day 27 of mandatory bed rest at the hospital. In this post […]

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Born Too Soon: Preterm Births on the Rise

Born Too Soon: Preterm Births on the Rise

The United States has the highest rate of premature births of any developed nation in the world. But why? QUEST meets Bay Area researchers working to answer that question, and discovers some of the technology and cutting-edge medical procedures used to care for the most vulnerable newborns. You may view the "Born Too Soon" TV […]

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Born Too Soon: Preterm Births on the Rise

Born Too Soon: Preterm Births on the Rise

The United States has the highest rate of premature births of any developed nation in the world. But why? QUEST meets some of the Bay Area researchers working to answer that question.

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Falcon Fascination (TV)

Falcon Fascination (TV)

When it comes to these Bay Area internet celebrities, you can peek into their homes 24 hours day. QUEST visits a famous pair of Peregrine Falcons in downtown San Jose, whose family dramas– from courtship to parenthood– are caught on webcam.

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Recreational DNA Sequencing

Recreational DNA Sequencing

Last blog I talked about the current revolution in DNA sequencing. Within the next five years you'll probably be able to get all 6 billion letters of your DNA on a CD to look over at your leisure. Someone who read the blog asked me if I would have my DNA sequenced for 1000 dollars. […]

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Graywater Guerrillas

Graywater Guerrillas

Reycling graywater from sinks, showers, and washing machines to irrigate your garden is the latest in green living — in many cases, it's also against the law. QUEST reports from the frontlines of D.I.Y eco-plumbing. You may listen to the "Graywater Guerrillas" Radio report online, as well as find additional links and resources. Amy Standen […]

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Do You Sweat Like A Pig?

Do You Sweat Like A Pig?

If you do, then you don't sweat at all — you thermo-regulate by getting wet or muddy. "Sweating like a pig" is myth #1. I spent an hour with a Pot Bellied Pig zookeeper who dispelled this and other myths. Elizabeth Abram Mark is a zookeeper at The Oakland Zoo and cares for the Vietnamese […]

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Attract Native Bees to Your Garden (web only)

Attract Native Bees to Your Garden (web only)

University of California entomologist Gordon Frankie is researching what plants are best at luring honey bees and wild bees. Join us as he gives a tour of his garden in downtown Berkeley.

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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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