The Science of Sustainability

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Better Bees: Super Bee and Wild Bee

Better Bees: Super Bee and Wild Bee

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.

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Story Time with Young Science Authors

Story Time with Young Science Authors

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.

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Big Plans for Big Oil

Big Plans for Big Oil

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 […]

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We Got Ghosts!

We Got Ghosts!

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, […]

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Big Plans for Big Oil

Big Plans for Big Oil

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.

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From Waste To Watts: Biofuel Bonanza

From Waste To Watts: Biofuel Bonanza

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.

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Wetlands Time Machine

Wetlands Time Machine

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.

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Wi-Fi Revolution (TV)

Wi-Fi Revolution (TV)

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?

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Anatomy of a Home Run (web only)

Anatomy of a Home Run (web only)

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.

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Eco Golf Anyone?

Eco Golf Anyone?

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.

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Out of the Park: The Physics of Baseball

Out of the Park: The Physics of Baseball

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.

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Please Touch the Animals: Environmental Enrichment at Zoos

Please Touch the Animals: Environmental Enrichment at Zoos

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.

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Solar City: The Future of Nanosolar

Solar City: The Future of Nanosolar

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.

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Harnessing Power from the Sea

Harnessing Power from the Sea

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.

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"Astro" the Wayward Steller Sea Lion (web only)

"Astro" the Wayward Steller Sea Lion (web only)

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."

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Fatal Attraction: Birds and Wind Turbines

Fatal Attraction: Birds and Wind Turbines

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.

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Coffee and Pi: Bay Area Science Cafés

Coffee and Pi: Bay Area Science Cafés

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 […]

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Fur Seal Pup Rehab

Fur Seal Pup Rehab

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.

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Coffee and Pi: Bay Area Science Cafés – TV Story

Coffee and Pi: Bay Area Science Cafés – TV Story

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.

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The Science of Making Decisions

The Science of Making Decisions

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.

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