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California farmers depend on bees to pollinate the state's multi-billion-dollar fruit and nut crops, but in recent years thousands of bee colonies have disappeared around the country. Meet two Northern California researchers looking for ways to make sure we always have bees to pollinate our crops.
Video on Jul 17, 2007 by Gabriela Quirós
What do kids age 5-8 think about science? Young authors from the KQED Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest read their science-themed contest entries.
Video on Jul 17, 2007 by Amy Miller
When it comes to clean, green policy, California leads the nation. Over the last year, the state has moved forward with plans for cleaner cars, greener industries, and alternative fuels. So why are four of the Bay Area's five oil refineries embarking on multi-million dollar expansion plans? QUEST reports from Richmond, home to one of [...]
Post on Jul 16, 2007 by Amy Standen
When the ghosting takes a geometric form on a wall or ceiling–roughly outlining the framing behind the surface–the ghosting is likely caused by cold spots due to a lack of insulation or voids in the insulation within a wall or attic. Home Energy Magazine gets lots of e-mails from people who visit our Web site, [...]
Post on Jul 13, 2007 by Jim Gunshinan
As Chevron hatches expansion plans for one of California's largest oil refineries, Richmond's Green Party mayor considers the future of her city, and the state.
Audio Report on Jul 13, 2007 by KQED QUEST staff
It may look like waste, but to some people it's green power. Find out how California dairy farms and white tablecloth restaurants are taking their leftover waste and transforming it into clean energy.
Video on Jul 10, 2007 by Amy Miller
More than 100,000 acres of wetlands are being restored in the Bay Area, but how exactly do we know what to restore them to? QUEST discovers how historical ecologists are recreating San Francisco Bay wetlands that existed decades ago.
Video on Jul 10, 2007 by Josh Rosen
Silicon Valley is planning one of the world's largest wireless networks, providing outdoors Web access to all and services to police and first responders. But how exactly does the technology known as Wi-Fi work?
Video on Jul 10, 2007 by Gabriela Quirós
When you look at the physical breakdown of a home run, it's hard to believe it can ever happen. In fact some noted physicists have said that, on paper, hitting a home run is impossible. Let's look at what it takes.
Video on Jul 06, 2007 by Craig Rosa
Golf courses may look green, but they aren't that kind of "green." For many environmentalists, golf courses take away valuable habitat and use too many resources. But there's a movement afoot to make them more eco-friendly.
Audio Report on Jul 05, 2007 by KQED QUEST staff
At UC Berkeley, a team of undergrads is experimenting with velocity, force, and aerodynamics. But you won't find them in a lab — they work on a baseball diamond, throwing fast balls, sliders and curve balls.
Video on Jul 03, 2007 by Chris Bauer
From body work and acupuncture for giraffes, to pachyderm pedicures, come see how the Oakland Zoo is using alternative treatments to guarantee the well-being of its residents.
Video on Jul 03, 2007 by Gabriela Quirós
Hoping to leave today's silicon solar cells behind, the Palo Alto company Nanosolar is creating paper-thin solar panels harnessing nanotechnology, a product that could revolutionize solar power.
Video on Jul 03, 2007 by Josh Rosen
Although not yet widely used, many believe tidal power has more potential than wind or solar power for meeting alternative energy needs. Quest radio looks at plans for harnessing power from the sea by San Francisco and along the northern California coast.
Audio Report on Jun 29, 2007 by KQED QUEST staff
Each year the Marine Mammal Center treats between 500 and 1200 sick and injured animals, but there are always one or two that stand out from the pod. This time it was a Steller Sea Lion named "Astro."
Video on Jun 26, 2007 by KQED QUEST staff
California's largest wind farm cluster at Altamont Pass unintentionally kills golden eagles, burrowing owls and other threatened birds. Now, wind companies, scientists and environmentalists are working to bird-proof these massive wind farms.
Video on Jun 26, 2007 by Gabriela Quirós
It's a typical afternoon at a cafe– cappuccinos, conversation… and the science of black holes? Bay Area "science cafes" have exploded in popularity, putting scientists and everyday folk face to face for casual science roundtables, no lecture notes required. You may view the "Coffee and Pi: Bay Area Science Cafés" TV Story online, as well [...]
Post on Jun 26, 2007 by Amy Miller
QUEST sails out with the Marine Mammal Center as researchers release fur seals that stranded themselves on California beaches and try to understand their mysterious behavior.
Video on Jun 26, 2007 by Chris Bauer
It's a typical afternoon at a cafe– cappuccinos, conversation… and the science of black holes? Bay Area "science cafes" have exploded in popularity, putting scientists and everyday folks face to face for casual science roundtables.
Video on Jun 26, 2007 by KQED QUEST staff
Have you ever looked at your credit card bill and thought you needed to have your head examined? Stanford University is using complex brain imaging to study how humans make shopping decisions, and are finding that emotions play a large role in everyday purchases.
Audio Report on Jun 22, 2007 by KQED QUEST staff