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Happy Birthday, Claude!

Happy Birthday, Claude!

I have a birthday month in common with Claude, the Albino Alligator at the California Academy of Sciences! On Wednesday morning, September 15, 2010 – Claude celebrated his golden birthday and turned 15 years old.

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Producer's Notes: Color By Nano – The Art of Kate Nichols

Producer's Notes: Color By Nano – The Art of Kate Nichols

Artist Kate Nichols synthesizes silver nanoparticles and incorporates them into her unique and colorful macroscale pieces.

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Milky Mutations

Milky Mutations

Lactose intolerance is the norm for mammals. Humans are one of the few animals where a sizable minority of adults are lactose tolerant.

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Fascination with Forensics

Fascination with Forensics

There is a magnet on my fridge that my girlfriend bought me. It says, "I like poetry, long walks on the beach and poking dead things with a stick." It's so funny to me because it's true!

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More Transparent Genetic Testing

More Transparent Genetic Testing

A few minor tweaks to genetic testing companies' websites could make their offerings more transparent to the public and the FDA.

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Producer's Notes: Big Break Regional Shoreline Science Hike

Producer's Notes: Big Break Regional Shoreline Science Hike

For our latest Science Hike, we visited Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley, California. This area is often referred to as the "Inland Coast." However, wishful thinking aside, the name Big Break has little to do with roaring surf.

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The Jupiter Opposition

The Jupiter Opposition

We're approaching the Opposition of Jupiter, the time when Earth passes between the Sun and Jupiter, making the Earth-Jupiter distance its smallest.

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Exploring Big Break Regional Shoreline

Exploring Big Break Regional Shoreline

Big Break Regional Shoreline is a part of the great 1,680-square-mile San Francisco/San Joaquin Delta. This "Inland Coast" is home to 70 species of birds, and provides valuable habitat for beavers, muskrats, and river otters.

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Growing up with Wildlife

Growing up with Wildlife

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and animals had a great deal of influence on my childhood.

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Direct to consumer (DTC) genetic tests: Here Comes the FDA

Direct to consumer (DTC) genetic tests: Here Comes the FDA

Direct to consumer (DTC) genetic tests are taking a beating right now from the FDA. Part of the problem has to do with some snake oil salesmen contaminating the whole field. But part of it has to do with the data that is available right now and how it is presented.

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Major Breakthrough in Reviving Heart Cells

Major Breakthrough in Reviving Heart Cells

Scientists reported today that they have succeeded for the first time in creating beating heart cells from other types of adult cells.

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Poi Origins

Poi Origins

This Monday I started a refresher course in Poi dancing. Poi is a performance art using two balls suspended on ropes a person holds in their hands and swings in a variety of circular patterns.

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Here Comes the FDA

Here Comes the FDA

Over the last few years, a bunch of companies have sprouted up that offer genetic testing over the Internet. The most controversial of these are the ones that offer consumers the chance to predict their future health risks.

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Mars Trek: The Next Generation

Mars Trek: The Next Generation

They just keep getting bigger and better-and curiouser. The next generation Mars rover-The Mars Science Laboratory, "Curiosity"-is well off the drawing board and into its gestation phase…no longer just the gleam in the eye of robotics engineers and Marsologists.

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Computer Memory Poised to Get Shock Therapy?

Computer Memory Poised to Get Shock Therapy?

In recent years, scientists have been playing around with more exotic forms of data storage. It turns out that some very specialized materials are not only like to be magnetically ordered, but are also naturally charged.

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Video Games for Women?

Video Games for Women?

What video games are appealing to women?

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Producer's Notes: Restoration of the San Joaquin River

Producer's Notes: Restoration of the San Joaquin River

Why are we spending millions of dollars to bring back a river that stopped running a long time ago?

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Clean Living, Brighter Children

Clean Living, Brighter Children

Vaccines, clean water and freely available medicines may be good for more than your child’s health. They might actually make her smarter.

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Having a Cuppa

Having a Cuppa

The only two fail-safe ways I found to treat my symptoms of ADD and focus clearly have been exercise and drinking Yerba Mate tea.

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Producer's Notes: Ants: The Invisible Majority

Producer's Notes: Ants: The Invisible Majority

Peruse all the amazing ant materials that QUEST has created and compiled in the last few months and explore for yourself the wonderful world of ants.

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