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San Francisco Bay Invaders

San Francisco Bay Invaders

Scoop a handful of critters out of the San Francisco Bay and you’ll find tourists from far away shores. Invasive kinds of mussels, fish and more are choking out native species, challenging experts around the state to change the human behavior that brings them here. You may view the the "San Francisco Bay Invaders" TV […]

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Lands End Facelift

Lands End Facelift

The land north of the Cliff House near the old Sutro Baths is getting a multi-million-dollar face life by the National Park Service and local philanthropists. The area, rich in history, and in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge will get new trails, catwalks and other features, making it more accessible to millions of […]

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Falcon Fascination

Falcon Fascination

Photo Credit: Glenn Nevill PhotographyOne of the season's most suspenseful wildlife dramas is now taking place via web cam. Peregrine falcons were almost extinct two generations ago. Now much more prolific, two pairs of Peregrine falcons are carrying out their mating season under the gaze of thousands of observers, both online, thanks to cameras placed […]

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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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Underwater Flight with Graham Hawkes

Underwater Flight with Graham Hawkes

It's not James Bond– it's Graham Hawkes, record holder for the deepest underwater solo dive and inventor of Deep Flight, a winged submersible that may revolutionize underwater travel. QUEST TV Reports.

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LIDAR: Lasers Nab Leadfoots

LIDAR: Lasers Nab Leadfoots

A growing number of Bay Area police are putting away their old radar guns and embracing new laser beam guns, clocking cars with much more precision than before. QUEST TV finds out how they work.

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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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Underwater Flight with Graham Hawkes

Underwater Flight with Graham Hawkes

Graham Hawkes, an internationally renowned ocean engineer/inventor, has been responsible for the design of many of the manned and remote underwater vehicles in use today. Mr. Hawkes currently holds the world record for the deepest solo dive, which he achieved while test piloting his Deep Rover submersible. Now he’s taking that expertise and building new […]

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LIDAR: Lasers Nab Leadfoots

LIDAR: Lasers Nab Leadfoots

LIDAR (Light-Imaging Detection and Ranging) is the new generation replacement for the older Radar systems that police have been using to catch speeders. LIDAR uses an IR Pulsed Laser Diode to measure speed, distance and direction. By using beam width of less than one-degree, it’s significantly more accurate than the older radar systems. As the […]

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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.

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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.

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Science of Big Waves

Science of Big Waves

The organizers of the famous Maverick surf contest have voted that the conditions are right for hanging ten this weekend. The monster waves at Mavericks attract big wave surfers from around the world. But what exactly makes these Half Moon Bay waves so big?

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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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