The Science of Sustainability

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. Home to the most listened-to public radio station in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program, and as a leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

Placing a Bet on the Surface of Mars

Placing a Bet on the Surface of Mars

As Curiosity gets ready to use its rock drill for the first time, we can hypothesize on what it will find.

Continue Reading

Pregnancy and Paternity: New Fetal DNA Testing

Pregnancy and Paternity: New Fetal DNA Testing

Imagine you are a woman in a committed relationship. The worst happens and you are raped and become pregnant. What are your options?

Continue Reading

The Stars Go For the Gold

The Stars Go For the Gold

The middle-aged adage that we are made from stardust, made popular by Carl Sagan back in the 1970s, pops up in my thoughts now and then. Not just pretty words; it's the literal truth!

Continue Reading

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Enjoy a quiet canyon amid the noise, haste and rumpled rocks of the East Bay.

Continue Reading

Exploratorium’s Science with Spirit Transcends Place

Exploratorium’s Science with Spirit Transcends Place

A record number of visitors mobbed San Francisco's Exploratorium on its last day at the Palace of Fine Arts. The mood was bittersweet–not just visitors but a good part of the staff grew up at this place. But for the Exploratorium, the magic of science is where you make it.

Continue Reading

Think Before You Drink Grapefruit Juice

Think Before You Drink Grapefruit Juice

You should discuss with your doctor or pharmacist whether ingesting grapefruit could cause an unintentional drug overdose. Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice affects how the body metabolizes certain drugs, and the number of drugs that adversely interact with grapefruit has increased according to new research results.

Continue Reading

Hiking in the New Year at Sibley Volcanic Preserve

Hiking in the New Year at Sibley Volcanic Preserve

Greet the New Year with a hike at the Sibley Volcanic Preserve in the East Bay Regional Park District.

Continue Reading

Our Newest National Park: Pinnacles National Monument

Our Newest National Park: Pinnacles National Monument

This brand-new national park will be the closest one to the Bay Area. Let's get to know it.

Continue Reading

Should I or Shouldn't I? Wrestling with Giving Genetic Tests as Gifts

Should I or Shouldn't I? Wrestling with Giving Genetic Tests as Gifts

When 23andMe offered their DNA test for just $99, I started to think about giving it for Christmas presents.

Continue Reading

Think Tiny: The Science of New Year's Resolutions

Think Tiny: The Science of New Year's Resolutions

Want to keep a New Year's resolution? One Stanford researcher says to give up on lofty goals. Instead, focus on tiny habits.

Continue Reading

Weighing in With Gravity

Weighing in With Gravity

Feel like you've gained a couple of pounds over the holidays? Try the geo-gravitation weight loss field trip plan!

Continue Reading

The 2012 Bay Area Geological Holiday Quiz – Answers Posted

The 2012 Bay Area Geological Holiday Quiz – Answers Posted

Test your knowledge with the second annual KQED QUEST Science Blogs Bay Area Geological Holiday Quiz.

Continue Reading

Conquering Fungophobia

Conquering Fungophobia

Late fall rains signal the start of mushroom season, which can last until spring in the Bay Area. Though only experts should forage and eat wild mushrooms (following park rules about harvesting), anyone can appreciate the rich diversity of these ephemeral fruits of the forest.

Continue Reading

Birdwatching for Science (and Fun!)

Birdwatching for Science (and Fun!)

While scientific research isn’t always fun it can be a "walk in the park" when it involves bird watching. Get a first-hand account of one of the largest and longest-running “Citizen Science” projects in the world, Audubon's Christmas Bird Count.

Continue Reading

Stardust and Sunbreath in the Sutter's Mill Meteorite

Stardust and Sunbreath in the Sutter's Mill Meteorite

The rare meteorite that fell in the Sierra foothills this spring yielded a rich harvest of scientific data.

Continue Reading

Knowing Neanderthals

Knowing Neanderthals

One of the more interesting things to come out of all the cheaper, more robust DNA sequencing technology has been our deeper understanding of human history.

Continue Reading

Touch the Sun at Chabot Space & Science Center

Touch the Sun at Chabot Space & Science Center

Just in time for the imminent event of Solar Maximum, Chabot Space & Science Center is opening a new solar exhibition that features the latest in stunning ultraviolet satellite imagery from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory!

Continue Reading

Help Find the Healdsburg Tektites

Help Find the Healdsburg Tektites

Half meteorite, half Earth rock, these geological oddities may be part of a new strewnfield in the northern Bay Area.

Continue Reading

Can Earth Survive Without Scientist-Citizens?

Can Earth Survive Without Scientist-Citizens?

Last summer, a group of top scientists warned that our penchant for growth and consumption may be pushing earth toward an irreversible tipping point. The days when scientists could share their results with just their colleagues are over, says NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco. It's time for scientists to help solve our "wicked problems."

Continue Reading

Dynamic Duo: Antibiotics and Probiotics

Dynamic Duo: Antibiotics and Probiotics

Scientific evidence now suggests that taking probiotics with antibiotics can reduce the risk of negative side affects. In a recent combined study, people who took probiotics with antibiotics were 42% less likely to develop diarrhea. However, further research is needed to determine the most effective probiotics and dose.

Continue Reading