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Slideshow: An Early Fall Flight Around the Bay

Slideshow: An Early Fall Flight Around the Bay

Take a low-flying trip around the Bay (in photos).

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"Whiskey’s for Drinking, Water’s for Fighting About"

"Whiskey’s for Drinking, Water’s for Fighting About"

A stark symbol of our quest to bend nature to our will, the Delta remains the epicenter of an epic drama of seemingly insurmountable political battles and power struggles, pitting north against south; farmer against environmentalist.

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"Looking Up" – studying comets with the JUNO mission

"Looking Up" – studying comets with the JUNO mission

Herbert Mehnert a Cline Scholar at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute spent his summer researching Comet Photometry and Morphology. Herbert was introduced to PARI by one of his college professors and jumped at the opportunity to work at the former NASA research institute.

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Collecting "Environmental DNA" (eDNA) in the Fight Against Invasive Species

Collecting "Environmental DNA" (eDNA) in the Fight Against Invasive Species

Scientists from federal and state agencies are regularly collecting samples of the water in the Chicago Area Waterway System looking for DNA cells that have been shed by Asian carp. Finding this environmental DNA (eDNA) would indicate the invasive species is present in the area.

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The Gritty Side of Major League Baseball

The Gritty Side of Major League Baseball

The science behind the decades-old MLB tradition of rubbing down baseballs with mud before they hit the field.

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Two Endangered Icons: Southern Resident Killer Whales and Chinook Salmon

Two Endangered Icons: Southern Resident Killer Whales and Chinook Salmon

Kenneth Balcomb, senior scientist at the Center for Whale Research Friday Harbor, Washington, explains the connection between the Southern Resident killer whales (orcas) and chinook salmon.

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Into the Waves with Orcas

Into the Waves with Orcas

Orcas use sound to navigate, find food and communicate. But underwater noise is making it more difficult. We explore how scientists use hydrophones to track noise from ships and boats to discover what affect noise pollution really has on orcas.

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Toxic Algae on the Loose

Toxic Algae on the Loose

Another mysterious fish die-off happened in a Southern California harbor last week. Scientists are still trying to figure out what caused six tons of sardines to go belly-up in Ventura. Those sardines tested positive for a neurotoxin caused by algae blooms. Meanwhile, commercial shellfish growers say they're noticing some strange patterns as well, as Amy Standen reports.

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Web Extra: From Moo to Methane Slideshow

Web Extra: From Moo to Methane Slideshow

Think cow manure is just waste? See how manure becomes renewable energy in this tour of the Fiscalini Farms dairy.

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Interactive Map: Ants of the Bay Area

Interactive Map: Ants of the Bay Area

Ants aren't just foragers. They're ranchers, farmers and even blood-suckers. Meet some of the amazing ants found in the Bay Area and find out why they're the favorites of local ant scientists.

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Web Extra: Marine Sanctuary Patrol Flight Slideshow

Web Extra: Marine Sanctuary Patrol Flight Slideshow

Check out behind-the-scenes photos from Science on the SPOT's "Marine Sanctuary Patrol Flight" story.

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Alcatraz Goes Green (Slideshow Version)

Alcatraz Goes Green (Slideshow Version)

Alcatraz, the iconic former prison in San Francisco Bay, goes green. Extra stimulus funds have made it possible to replace two aging diesel generators with solar panels that will power up to 60 percent of the island. Amy Standen reports on how the National Park Service plans to hide more than 1300 dark blue solar panels from public view.

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Web Extra: Scenes from the Pacific Garbage Patch

Web Extra: Scenes from the Pacific Garbage Patch

Reporter Lindsey Hoshaw recently returned from a trip to the Pacific Garbage Patch. She was the only journalist on a scientific expedition led by Charles Moore, who discovered the patch 12 years ago. QUEST reporter Amy Standen shares some new photos from Lindsey about her trip to the patch and what she found there.

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Web Extra: Farallon Islands History Timeline

Web Extra: Farallon Islands History Timeline

The Farallon Islands, precariously perched just a few miles from the edge of the North American continental shelf, are home to an incredible array of wildlife, from tiny Auklets to Great White Sharks, The islands have played a surprising role in the cultural, economic, and technological development of the city of San Francisco. This timeline outlines the landmark events between Sir Francis Drake's landing in 1579 and the present day.

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Web Extra: Visit to the Farallon Islands – Audio Slideshow

Web Extra: Visit to the Farallon Islands – Audio Slideshow

Get a behind-the-scenes look of QUEST's trip to the Farallones and find out what's it's like to live on these rocky, remote islands – for both the birds and the scientists who study them.

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Web Extra: Stem Cells and Horses Slideshow

Web Extra: Stem Cells and Horses Slideshow

At UC Davis Veterinary Hospital, competitive performance horses receive stem cell treatments that are still off limits to humans. Get a look inside a treatment facility at UC Davis.

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Web Extra: Hydrogen Highway Slideshow

Web Extra: Hydrogen Highway Slideshow

Five years ago, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his vision for the Hydrogen Highway, a bold and ambitious program that promised to launch an alternative energy revolution in California. Check out images of fuel cells cars and more from this radio story.

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Web Extra: Sea Lion Rescue Slideshow

Web Extra: Sea Lion Rescue Slideshow

Scenes from a sea lion rescue on San Francisco's Ocean beach, the Marine Mammal Center's new $30 million facility, and the triumphant return of three healed animals back to the ocean — and more, in our slide show.

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Web Extra: Mini-Satellites Slideshow

Web Extra: Mini-Satellites Slideshow

Mini-satellites are reaching space in increasing numbers. Check out a few of the satellites built by Stanford University and others.

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Web Extra: Weatherization Slideshow

Web Extra: Weatherization Slideshow

Thanks to the new federal stimulus package, $411 million is coming to California to help the state's buildings become more energy efficient. One program, which helps low-income families weatherize their homes, is seeing its budget triple. Check out images from our radio story as one home is weatherized.

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