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Scary Tsunamis

Scary Tsunamis

In 2004, a massive tsunami struck the Indian Ocean. More than 225,000 people were killed. Bay Area researchers raced to the scene to learn everything they could about these deadly forces of nature.

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Producer's Notes: Scary Tsunamis

Producer's Notes: Scary Tsunamis

On January 26, 1700, at about 9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time one of the largest earthquakes ever to strike the Pacific Northwest rumbled across the Cascadia Subduction Zone. This massive earthquake sent a giant 33 foot high tsunami crashing onto shore, inundating the quiet coastline.

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Producer's Notes: Cool Critters – Golden Eagle

Producer's Notes: Cool Critters – Golden Eagle

Between their enormous size, stunning eyes, and gorgeous plumage, we could see the power and grace that are so iconic to American Eagles.

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Producer's Notes – Born Too Soon: Pre-term Births on the Rise

Producer's Notes – Born Too Soon: Pre-term Births on the Rise

As a result of the QUEST story, my pregnancy became more of a public event than I expected it to be. Naturally, after the boys were born, there were several inquiries as to our well-being. Here’s what happened:

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Decoding Synthetic Biology

Decoding Synthetic Biology

Imagine living cells acting as memory devices; biofuels brewing from yeast, or a light receptor taken from algae that makes photographs on a plate of bacteria. With the new science of synthetic biology, the goal is to make biology easier to engineer so that new functions can be derived from living systems.

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Your Photos on QUEST: Harold Davis

Your Photos on QUEST: Harold Davis

East Bay photographer Harold Davis combines his loves of the natural world with modern digital photography to create images that show the ordinary in an extra-ordinary way. After many years as a commercial photographer, he decided to move back the Bay Area and change his focus.

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Web Extra: Synthetic Biology Extended Interview

Web Extra: Synthetic Biology Extended Interview

Meet Biological Engineer Drew Endy of Stanford University, who is on the forefront of the new science of synthetic biology.

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Producer's Notes: Your Photos on QUEST – Harold Davis

Producer's Notes: Your Photos on QUEST – Harold Davis

The hardest thing about pulling this segment together was determining which of Harold’s photographs to use! Browsing through his thousands of photos on Flickr, and his professional website, you can see the breadth of his subjects.

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Producer's Notes: Decoding Synthetic Biology

Producer's Notes: Decoding Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biology portends big changes in our lives by ushering in a dizzying array of applications in everything from medicine to biofuels, environmental remediation to agriculture.

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QUEST Lab: Newton's Laws of Motion

QUEST Lab: Newton's Laws of Motion

Paul Doherty of the Exploratorium performs a "sit-down" lecture on one of Sir Issac Newton's most famous laws.

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Hog Wild

Hog Wild

In 1924, a hunter purposely released a handful of wild boar in Monterey County. Now the pigs number in the hundreds of thousands and reside in all but two of California's 58 counties. Big, fast, smart and hungry, these animals often out-compete native species and damage fragile native ecosystems.

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Why I Do Science: Healy Hamilton

Why I Do Science: Healy Hamilton

Could you have a career studying rare Amazon River Dolphins, tiny octopuses and endangered sea horses? Healy Hamilton does, and she works with kids to encourages them to become scientists.

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Profile: Sylvia Earle

Profile: Sylvia Earle

She's spent much of the last five decades exploring and protecting the world's oceans. Find out why legendary marine biologist Sylvia Earle thinks that we may only have a few years left to save what she calls "the blue heart of the planet."

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Producer's Notes – Why I do Science: Healy Hamilton

Producer's Notes – Why I do Science: Healy Hamilton

When I first head about Healy Hamilton at a meeting QUEST was having with the California Academy of Sciences, I just knew I was going to like her.

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Producer's Notes: The Sweet Science of Chocolate

Producer's Notes: The Sweet Science of Chocolate

Join QUEST TV Associate Producer Jenny Oh for a taste of the latest chocolate science.

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Producer's Notes for Cool Critters: Turkey Vultures

Producer's Notes for Cool Critters: Turkey Vultures

Now, a vulture isn't what typically comes to mind for making a good first impression. But this bird is absolutely gorgeous, and unbelievably interesting; we instantly fell in love.

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The Sweet Science of Chocolate

The Sweet Science of Chocolate

Local chocolate makers explain the elaborate engineering and chemistry behind this tasty treat. And learn why it's actually good for your health!

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Cool Critters: Turkey Vultures

Cool Critters: Turkey Vultures

Ever wonder why a vulture's head is bald? QUEST visits the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, CA, to meet their resident Turkey Vulture and learn about what life is like in the Bay Area for these bald "beauties."

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Playing the Oldest Recordings

Playing the Oldest Recordings

Last summer, QUEST told you about how scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have developed a technology to playback old audio recordings using visual scans.

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Our Latest 'Your Photos on QUEST' Contest Winner: Harold Davis

Our Latest 'Your Photos on QUEST' Contest Winner: Harold Davis

Congratulations to Harold Davis, the winner of our most recent YPOQ contest, for his photo set "Miracle Worlds of Nature". He will be featured in a TV segment next month.

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