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Nobel Laureate George Smoot and the origin of the Universe

Nobel Laureate George Smoot and the origin of the Universe

QUEST TV talks with George Smoot, big bang researcher at UC Berkeley and winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics. You may watch the George Smoot TV story online. Sudden Oak Death and Science of Big Waves (episode #108), which also features this short story, airs tonight on QUEST at 7:30pm on KQED 9, […]

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Plant Plague: Sudden Oak Death

Plant Plague: Sudden Oak Death

Devastating over 1 million oak trees across Northern California in the past 10 years, Sudden Oak Death is a killer with no cure. But biologists now are looking to the trees' genetics for a solution. You may also watch this story online in its entirety, and see additional photos in our flickr photo set. Sudden […]

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Science of Big Waves

Science of Big Waves

A monster lurks just off the coast of Northern California. Known as "Maverick's," this surf break north of Half Moon Bay generates some of the biggest waves in the world, and draws the big wave surfers that live for them. But what makes these waves so big? QUEST talks with scientists who are getting to […]

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Earth Day Special: Where We've Been, Where We're Headed

Earth Day Special: Where We've Been, Where We're Headed

Who are your SF Bay environmental heroes? Let us know in your comments below. Deadly smog, piles of burning garbage, no recycling – on the first Earth Day in 1970, the Bay Area looked vastly different than it does today. But much of the progress since then is thanks to a small, but dedicated group […]

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Nanotechnology Takes Off

Nanotechnology Takes Off

What's 100,000 times thinner than a strand of hair? A nanometer. Discover the nanotech boom in Berkeley, where researchers are working to unlock the potential of nanoscience to battle global warming and disease.

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Journey Into Darkness

Journey Into Darkness

How do you prepare someone who is becoming blind? QUEST follows seeing adults through their physical and psychological training as they learn to live without sight.

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America's Last Whaling Station (TV)

America's Last Whaling Station (TV)

Though you may not believe it, the Bay Area was home to the last whale hunting fleet in the United States – only a generation ago. Quest investigates how Richmond, California was part of a historic moment, and what remains today.

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Orientation Center for the Blind – Student Stories (web only)

Orientation Center for the Blind – Student Stories (web only)

The Orientation Center for the Blind, in Albany, educates adults who are becoming blind. How do you prepare someone for their journey into darkness? Meet 2 more students who are walking this path.

Additional footage from our Journey into Darkness story.

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Discuss the "Journey into Darkness" TV story

Discuss the "Journey into Darkness" TV story

The Orientation Center for the Blind, in Albany, educates adults who are becoming blind. How do you prepare someone for their journey into darkness? What are the current causes of adult blindness? Our QUEST story follows Regina, who is becoming blind, as she develops skills such as walking with a white cane and talks about […]

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Discuss the "Nanotechnology Takes Off" TV story

Discuss the "Nanotechnology Takes Off" TV story

Nanotechnology is the science of manipulating things atom-by-atom to produce the smallest human-made objects. It is among the hottest new research fields in the world, and the Bay Area is a center for its study. Within 15 years, experts predict, it will drive progress in virtually every field, from computing to medicine, manufacturing, energy and […]

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A Giant's Eye View

A Giant's Eye View

This past week I stopped into one of my favorite (indoor) places on the Estuary: the San Francisco Bay Model in Sausalito. Built by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s, the model was used up until 2000 to simulate the effects of changes to the Estuary. It let engineers study the impacts of […]

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Elk Return to the Bay Area

Elk Return to the Bay Area

Tule Elk once dominated the Bay Area landscape, but after the Gold Rush they were hunted to near extinction. Now thanks to naturalists and inspired ranchers, they are making a comeback.

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Super Microscope

Super Microscope

Cutting-edge microscopes at UC San Francisco are helping scientists create three-dimensional images of cells, and may help lead to new medical breakthroughs, including a treatment for Type 1 diabetes.

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Discuss the "Super Microscope" TV story

Discuss the "Super Microscope" TV story

Cutting-edge microscopes at UC-San Francisco are helping scientists create three-dimensional images of cells, and may help lead to new medical breakthroughs, including a treatment for Type 1 diabetes. Eco-Architecture and Elk Return to the Bay Area (episode #105), in which this short segment also appears, airs tonight on QUEST at 7:30pm on KQED 9, and […]

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Discuss the "Elk Return to the Bay Area" TV story

Discuss the "Elk Return to the Bay Area" TV story

For thousands of years, massive herds of Tule Elk ranged across California like bison roaming the great plains. Weighing more than 500 pounds and able to run as fast as a racehorse, they were among the most majestic animals in the west. There were once a half a million native tule elk found in the […]

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Green Building Revolution

Green Building Revolution

An explosion in green building is underway. Cleverly engineered libraries, office buildings, even public housing projects are popping up across the Bay Area, championed as much by landlords as by environmental groups.

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Discuss the "Green Building Revolution" TV story

Discuss the "Green Building Revolution" TV story

In Menlo Park, the headquarters of a multi-billion-dollar foundation is cooled with melting ice instead of air conditioning. In San Jose, a computer company linked its irrigation systems to local weather stations so they automatically adjust as the weather changes. In Los Gatos, a nuns' retreat center uses compacted straw for walls, recycled newspaper for […]

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Discuss the "America's Last Whaling Station" radio and TV story

Discuss the "America's Last Whaling Station" radio and TV story

This month, gray whales are beginning their 12,000-mile spring migration from calving grounds in Baja, Mexico, back up north to feeding grounds off Alaska. Just a generation ago, these waters were hunting grounds for commercial whalers. In fact, Richmond, California was home to America’s last commercial station. It closed in 1972. Nanotechnology Takes Off and […]

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Green Burials

Green Burials

Tired of toxic embalming fluid, rain forest wood caskets and other ecologically unfriendly practices, a new generation of undertakers is attempting to green up the funeral industry with burials that go easy on the land.

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Ladybug Pajama Party

Ladybug Pajama Party

Each year Ladybugs fly in by the millions to winter in the East Bay's Redwood Regional Park. We meet naturalist Linda Yemoto who explains this phenomenon. But how these beetles know where to go is still one of nature's mysteries.

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