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Visiting the Dentist Chair of the Future

Visiting the Dentist Chair of the Future

It probably goes without saying — the dentist’s chair isn’t the most popular place to visit. But going to the dentist may one day be a very different experience.

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California's Redwoods Face Climate Change

California's Redwoods Face Climate Change

After a century of logging, California's old growth redwood forests are only a fraction of what they once were. Today, they remain a narrow coastal band that extends from Monterey Bay to the Oregon border. But redwoods are facing a new threat. As Lauren Sommer reports, scientists are trying to understand how these trees are responding to a changing climate.

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How Jet Lag Resets the Body Clock

How Jet Lag Resets the Body Clock

If you plan to take any long plane trips this holiday season, here are a few things to keep in mind: jet lag, scientists say, often hits women harder than men. The direction you're flying matters, too. Jet lag is worse when traveling from west to east. In fact, studies suggests that jet lag can do a lot more than just wear us out

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How Jet Lag Resets the Body Clock

How Jet Lag Resets the Body Clock

Evolutionarily speaking, there is nothing natural about flying 600 miles per hour, crossing entire continents in the space of a day.

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Fish and Fishermen Go To Market

Fish and Fishermen Go To Market

California fishermen once hauled in groundfish as if there were an unlimited supply, but now fish stocks have plummeted. Beginning in January, fishermen in California, Oregon and Washington will try something new. They'll become owners of the fishery, much like shareholders in a company. But as Lauren Sommer reports, not everyone is happy about it.

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Building an Artificial Leaf

Building an Artificial Leaf

At UC Berkeley, scientists studying how to feed our growing need for energy have turned to a surprising source. As Lauren Sommer reports, researchers there are trying to produce the next generation of green power by mimicking something every weekend gardener works to clean up.

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When Teaching Climate Gets Controversial

When Teaching Climate Gets Controversial

In the wake of mid-term elections, most pundits agree that a national climate change policy is farther from reach. Several science museums and aquariums are currently showing exhibits on climate change in an effort to educate the public on this complicated topic. But as Marjorie Sun reports, these institutions have to walk a fine line through a thicket of sensitive issues.

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Teaching Climate Change

Teaching Climate Change

The California Academy of Sciences and the Monterey Bay Aquarium have a big advantage that some educational institutions in other parts of the country do not: most of their local visitors believe that climate change is real.

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New Images from Inside the Brain

New Images from Inside the Brain

On Wednesday, scientists at Stanford Medical School released new images they’ve produced showing a slice of a mouse’s cerebral cortex.

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Albino Redwoods: Ghosts of the Forest

Albino Redwoods: Ghosts of the Forest

Park rangers in the Santa Cruz Mountains are protecting a decades-old secret: albino redwood trees. Pale and fragile, these so-called "ghost trees" are deliberately off the beaten track, as Amy Standen found out.

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Albino Redwoods: Ghosts of the Forest (Radio)

Albino Redwoods: Ghosts of the Forest (Radio)

Albino redwoods are off the beaten track – for a reason.

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State Parks: Back to the Drawing Board

State Parks: Back to the Drawing Board

California State Parks supporters face tough decisions after defeat of Proposition 21

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VA Doctors Solve a Medical Mystery

VA Doctors Solve a Medical Mystery

As soldiers continue to return from Iraq and Afghanistan, doctors who treat them find themselves at the forefront of scientific research. That's the case at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto, where scientists have made a surprising discovery. Amy Standen reports.

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VA Doctors Solve a Medical Mystery

VA Doctors Solve a Medical Mystery

At the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto, doctors have made a surprising discovery in many vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Lichen Point to Pollution

Lichen Point to Pollution

Air pollution may seem like an urban problem, but it's becoming an increasing concern in California's national parks. In Yosemite National Park, researchers are trying to gauge that impact using an unexpected tool: a fungus called lichen. Lauren Sommer has the story.

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Environment on the Ballot

Environment on the Ballot

QUEST Radio looks at a controversial casino project in Richmond that would allow construction of a $1.2 billion resort with 4,000 slot machines. Supporters of Measure U say it will bring jobs and tax revenue to a neglected former industrial site. Opponents say a Vegas-style operation would destroy habitat along the Richmond shore. Also on the ballot: several local measures on urban growth boundaries. Amy Standen and Lauren Sommer report.

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Richmond Considers a Vegas-Style Casino

Richmond Considers a Vegas-Style Casino

Today, Point Molate is quiet. There’s a handful of abandoned buildings, palm and oak trees, and a view clear across the bay to Mount Tamalpais.

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Urban Growth on the Ballot

Urban Growth on the Ballot

In the East Bay city of San Ramon, voters are deciding a measure that would substantially expand their city limits. Measure W is one of several urban growth measures on Bay Area ballots this November.

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When Brains Hit The Gym

When Brains Hit The Gym

Can brain performance be improved? The $300 million-a-year "brain-fitness" industry is betting that the answer to that question is yes. Some companies say that an 80-year old brain can perform just as well as a 25-year old brain after some specialized video game training. What about crossword puzzles and regular old exercise? QUEST takes a look at the growing brain fitness industry and the science behind it.

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When Brains Hit the Gym

When Brains Hit the Gym

The general idea is that by doing a series of basic and repetitive tasks, which get harder over time, you’re actually changing your brain structure. Over time, the manufacturers claim, you can train an old brain to behave like a new one. But many scientists who study aging are skeptical.

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