The Science of Sustainability

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Amy's update: The twins arrived safely on 7/27

Amy's update: The twins arrived safely on 7/27

Editor's Note: Producer Amy Miller, who was reporting the story on camera in our 7/24 episode on premature births titled "Born Too Soon: Preterm Births on the Rise", was placed on bed rest for preterm labor 2 weeks after filming. She has some good news to report below. Amy Miller and twin boys: Felix Alexander […]

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The Great Switch-Out

The Great Switch-Out

Compared to traditional incandescent light bulbs, new compact fluorescent bulbs use at least two-thirds less energy and last up to 10 times longer. But some people say their lighting is too harsh. QUEST sheds some light on the bulb debate.

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What's in your Shampoo?

What's in your Shampoo?

Just how safe is your shampoo, eye liner or aftershave? No one really knows. In an effort to shed more light on the ingredients in everyday cosmetics and toiletries, California lawmakers passed the Safe Cosmetics Act, which takes effect this year. It requires manufacturers to report all toxic or carcinogenic ingredients to the state and lets the public decide what is safe.

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Born Too Soon: Preterm Births on the Rise

Born Too Soon: Preterm Births on the Rise

The United States has the highest rate of premature births of any developed nation in the world. But why? QUEST meets some of the Bay Area researchers working to answer that question.

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Illuminating the Northern Lights

Illuminating the Northern Lights

Northern California residents may not be able to see the northern lights like people in Alaska can, but Bay Area scientists are playing a key role in understanding them. Find out more about the spectacular light shows up north and what scientists at UC Berkeley are discovering about the Earth's magnetic field.

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Falcon Fascination (TV)

Falcon Fascination (TV)

When it comes to these Bay Area internet celebrities, you can peek into their homes 24 hours day. QUEST visits a famous pair of Peregrine Falcons in downtown San Jose, whose family dramas– from courtship to parenthood– are caught on webcam.

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Graywater Guerrillas

Graywater Guerrillas

Over the last few years we've all been asked to tread more lightly on the planet – use less energy, less gasoline and less water. Now a growing movement of do-it-yourself-eco plumbers are testing the limits of just how green you can get before running into trouble with the law.

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Attract Native Bees to Your Garden (web only)

Attract Native Bees to Your Garden (web only)

University of California entomologist Gordon Frankie is researching what plants are best at luring honey bees and wild bees. Join us as he gives a tour of his garden in downtown Berkeley.

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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. You may view the "Story Time with Young Science Authors" TV Story online, as well as find additional links and resources. Amy Miller is a Coordinating Producer for television on […]

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Landslide Detectives

Landslide Detectives

With its rolling hills and winter storms, the Bay Area has been a landslide hotspot, putting houses and lives at risk. Now geologists are using new high-tech tools to understand and predict these natural disasters.

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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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