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Chevron's Plans

Chevron's Plans

Richmond city officials are expected to approve a controversial upgrade to the Chevron refinery plant. Quest reports on the decision and explores the debate around Chevron's billion dollar proposal. You may listen to the "Chevron's Plans" Radio report online, as well as find additional links and resources. Amy Standen is a Reporter for QUEST and […]

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Chevron's Plans

Chevron's Plans

Richmond city officials are expected to approve a controversial upgrade to the Chevron refinery plant. Quest reports on the decision and explores the debate around Chevron's billion dollar proposal.

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The joys of a detachable wHaT??

The joys of a detachable wHaT??

With the appearance of spring, I have been noticing new couples and flirtations come alive after being dormant in the gloomy days of winter. When out with my girlfriend and her new beau last night, it was all the more apparent as the third wheel! This is not the first time that during this time […]

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Reporter's Notes and Map: Toxic Business of Dry Cleaning

Reporter's Notes and Map: Toxic Business of Dry Cleaning

View Larger Map California recently became the first state in the country to phase out a toxic chemical used in dry cleaning called perchloroethylene, or perc. The timing is such that cleaners will be able to wait until their current machines need to replaced (the normal lifespan of a perc machine is about 15 years) […]

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The Toxic Business of Dry Cleaning

The Toxic Business of Dry Cleaning

A new law is forcing California's dry cleaners to switch to eco-friendlier cleaning technologies. But what will the cost of environmental progress be for these small family businesses? And will customers put up with the changes?

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Famous African American Scientists & Innovators: Part II

Famous African American Scientists & Innovators: Part II

America might be on the pinnacle of a great change–namely having the first black President of the United States. The democratic primary race is still competitive between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. I was just in Washington, DC, over the President’s Day weekend and it was truly inspiring to see the support for Mr. Obama […]

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Your Photos on QUEST TV – Call for Submissions

Your Photos on QUEST TV – Call for Submissions

View our original YPOQ pilot featuring photographer Russ MorrisDo you love photographing Science, Environment and Nature in Northern California? Would you like to collaborate on a 2-minute QUEST TV short about your photography for an audience of over 100,000 viewers? We're launching a call for submissions for our new series of TV shorts, "YPOQ: Your […]

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How to get away with murder

How to get away with murder

ABC, Yahoo! and others ran a story about a woman who had a liver transplant whose blood type ended up changing. I love stories like this. Not because of the change itself. Most likely, stem cells traveled from the new liver to the patient’s bone marrow. There, the stem cells set up shop and gave […]

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Tactile Maps

Tactile Maps

Human beings have used maps to describe the world for thousands of years. Blind people have used Braille for about 150. But there’s never been a way for blind people to have easy access to maps of everyday places. Until now. Amy Standen reports. You may listen to the "Tactile Maps" radio report online, as […]

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The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

How can you tell when someone's smile is fake? See if you can tell from the 2 images below:* A real, spontaneous smile incorporates tiny muscles around the eye that are nearly impossible to contract at will. You can see this for yourself in an exhibit called "Polite Smile, Delight Smile" part of the Exploratorium's […]

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Wired for wireless: the genetics of text messaging

Wired for wireless: the genetics of text messaging

I love my cell phone. We have a serious relationship. One that may be biologically predetermined. Let me explain. On New Year's Eve I brought my phone with me to San Francisco's Ocean Beach, where I traditionally go, rain or shine, to watch the year's last sunset. I was by myself, but I wasn't alone. […]

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Have You Seen My Dog? Top 10 Tips for finding lost pets

Have You Seen My Dog? Top 10 Tips for finding lost pets

Nyla – found safe and soundYesterday, a 10:00 am Text Message from friend stated: My Dog Nyla had disappeared. I could use some help. My reply: Whatever you need. I know what it is like to have a missing pet. When my cat Tucker slipped out two years ago around the winter holidays, I was […]

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Stemming the tide of disease

Stemming the tide of disease

Scientists can now turn skin cells into embryonic stem cells like these.(Image: Nissim Benvenisty)It is amazing how fast stem cell research is accelerating. Six months ago, we had to destroy embryos to get at their precious embryonic stem (ES) cells. Or we had to at least steal them. Now, as 2008 begins, we can turn […]

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Doing the recombination shuffle

Doing the recombination shuffle

What can DNA Ancestry Tests Really Tell You? A lot of DNA companies are now offering ancestry testing so you can find out more about your ancestors. Overall they can be useful if you have a specific question. But for an overall look at your family's history, they tend to fall short. Let's look at […]

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Tune in: KQED's Forum live from the Buck Institute

Tune in: KQED's Forum live from the Buck Institute

On Tuesday, December 4th, 9-11AM PT, KQED's Forum goes on a live remote to The Buck Institute for Age Research in Marin County to look at the future of aging. QUEST explored the topic of age research on our Eat Less, Live Longer? TV story and Quest for Longevity radio report . The program will […]

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Getting to Know Your DNA

Getting to Know Your DNA

Image source: Chris 73If you could know more about your DNA, would you want to? And if you want to know more, is now the time to find out? You might think so given the flurry of company launches in the last few days. These companies promise to help "decode" your genetics (deCODEme). Or reveal […]

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Nature Deficit Disorder

Nature Deficit Disorder

Many people spend their holiday seasons inside shopping malls. More and more, kids, in particular, are passing up the opportunity to play outdoors during the rest of the year too. The trend could be contributing to serious health risks such as obesity. And so a movement of parents, teachers and lawmakers is trying to get […]

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Nature Deficit Disorder (radio)

Nature Deficit Disorder (radio)

A growing number of parents, children's advocates and political leaders are worried that our culture's disconnection from nature is harming kids. Concerns about long-term health consequences like obesity have spawned a movement to "leave no child inside."

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Cleaning Up Oil in the Bay

Cleaning Up Oil in the Bay

It has been nine days since a Chinese freighter hit the Bay Bridge spilling 58-thousand gallons of bunker fuel into the Bay. After a massive effort only 25 percent of the oil has been cleaned up. And experts say they may not be able to recover much more. As clean-up crews in hazmat suits scour […]

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KQED extended coverage: SF Bay Oil Spill

KQED extended coverage: SF Bay Oil Spill

Oil boom at Crab Cove. Credit: gwenOil Spill update: get KQED's news reports, interviews, analysis and photos as well as links to more coverage, photos from the community, and ways to help in the cleanup efforts. Includes coverage by QUEST radio reporter Amy Standen, and QUEST Managing Editor Paul Rogers. Go to: KQED | News: […]

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