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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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How Buildings Evolve (or Devolve)

How Buildings Evolve (or Devolve)

I wonder if homes in the past fifty years or so have undergone a similar evolution in architecture– or devolution, depending on your point of view– as churches. Dining with FriendsDuring my former career as a Catholic priest, I taught a few Religious Studies classes at a small college. My favorite text in one class […]

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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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Turning skin cells into embryonic stem cells

Turning skin cells into embryonic stem cells

Last blog I talked about how I may have to be cloned to get my own embryonic stem (ES) cells. I was willing to deal with all of the associated ethical baggage because these sorts of cells would be so useful. They'll help cure many of my future ailments without my body rejecting these ES […]

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Cleaning up Hunters Point

Cleaning up Hunters Point

The Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard bears traces of a toxic — and historic– military legacy. It could also be the site of the new 49ers stadium. But cleaning up this 500 acre Superfund site is costly and time consuming. QUEST looks at how the site got that way, and how the Navy is cleaning it […]

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Cleaning Up Hunters Point

Cleaning Up Hunters Point

The Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard bears traces of a toxic — and historic– military legacy. It could also be the site of the new 49ers stadium. But cleaning up this 500 acre Superfund site is costly and time consuming.

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My Own Stem Cells

My Own Stem Cells

Unlike this cat, my future clone won’t grow beyond a few hundred cells. Last blog I talked about lucky IVF kids who will get to have their own personalized embryonic stem (ES) cells one day. So in the future they'll have cells to help treat their diabetes. Or Alzheimer's. Or Parkinson's. Or… And all of […]

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Stem Cell Gold Rush

Stem Cell Gold Rush

California's landmark stem cell research program made headlines nationally, but what is the latest story behind the science? QUEST investigates the potential for medical breakthroughs in the next decade and how the Bay Area is leading the way.

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Stem Cell Gold Rush

Stem Cell Gold Rush

California's landmark stem cell research program made headlines nationally, but what's the latest story behind the science? QUEST investigates the potential for medical breakthroughs in the next decade and how the Bay Area is leading the way. Leave your comment or question below for Series Producer Josh Rosen on this story. San Francisco Bay Invaders […]

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Here kitty kitty…

Here kitty kitty…

Katie had me. With one paw on firmly on my shoulder and the other on my head, her teeth gently explored my hair. I knew if I pushed away, she would tighten her grip, so I sat still and breathed. She stepped back and examined me with her large, green eyes. I stroked the fur […]

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Why Some Houses Blow

Why Some Houses Blow

I was talking with Matt Golden of Sustainable Spaces, a home performance contractor in San Francisco, at the annual Affordable Comfort conference in Cleveland last month. Matt is what I like to call a "friend of Home Energy," someone who is enthusiastic about our common cause: making homes healthier and more energy efficient. And Matt […]

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How to make ethical embryonic stem cells

How to make ethical embryonic stem cells

One cell can be safely removed to make an embryonic stem cell line.One kind of stem cell is controversial– embryonic stem (ES) cells. The controversy comes from the fact that scientists have to destroy an embryo to get its stem cells. To people who view the 8-cell embryo as a life, this is not acceptable. […]

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Sniffing Out Indoor Air Pollution

Sniffing Out Indoor Air Pollution

Most people think of their house as a sanctuary from toxic air, but indoor air pollution can be at least as potent — and often much more so — as what you breathe outdoors.

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Curing diabetes with stem cells

Curing diabetes with stem cells

Quite a title huh? But some new research in JAMA suggests that it is true. At least these 14 patients haven't had to inject insulin for 1-35 months (so far). These folks were all on their way to having Type 1 diabetes. As you probably know, Type 1 diabetes happens when a patient’s immune system […]

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Video Games– Access for All (TV)

Video Games– Access for All (TV)

Can someone who's quadriplegic or hearing impaired play a video game? QUEST TV takes you to the international Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, where a group of gamers used colorful tactics to convince mainstream developers to make video games accessible for everyone.

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Video Games– Access for All

Video Games– Access for All

Can someone who's quadriplegic or hearing impaired play a video game? QUEST TV takes you to the international Game Developers Conference celebrated recently in San Francisco, where a group of gamers used colorful tactics to convince mainstream developers to make video games that are accessible for everyone. You may watch the Video Games– Access for […]

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Relaxing the Rules on Toxics Reporting

Relaxing the Rules on Toxics Reporting

For 20 years, U.S. factories that put toxic chemicals into the air and water had to report them to the federal government and the public. The Bush Administration recently lowered those requirements by rewriting E.P.A rules. QUEST radio reports.

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Relaxing the rules on toxic reporting

Relaxing the rules on toxic reporting

For the past two decades, U.S. factories that put toxic chemicals into the air and water had to report them, in detail, to the federal government and the public. The Bush Administration recently lowered those requirements by rewriting Environmental Protection Agency rules. That means, in California alone, as much as 6-hundred thousand pounds of toxic […]

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Earth Day Radio Special: The History of Environmental Justice

Earth Day Radio Special: The History of Environmental Justice

QUEST radio takes a look at the history of the environmental justice movement, and where it's going.

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Discuss the "Earth Day Special: The History of Environmental Justice" radio report

Discuss the "Earth Day Special: The History of Environmental Justice" radio report

Thirty-seven years after the first Earth Day, studies are still finding that people of color and low-income families have higher rates of exposure to hazardous waste sites and industrial polluters than the general population. A debate continues over why that is and just what to do about it. QUEST radio takes a look at the […]

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