The Science of Sustainability

A collaboration of 6 public broadcasters around the country, QUEST is a multimedia series that strives to deepen our understanding of some of today’s most pressing sustainability topics through articles, videos, radio reports, television broadcasts, and educational materials.

Career Spotlight: Environmental Health Engineer

Career Spotlight: Environmental Health Engineer

Amy Pickering is an environmental health engineer. She works at Stanford University and gets to travel a lot.

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Science Spotlight: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Poop

Science Spotlight: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Poop

Poop contains a lot of interesting stuff, including all kinds of microbes. Learn what these microbes do and how they can spread disease.

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Cleaning Poop from Drinking Water

Cleaning Poop from Drinking Water

An interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers at Stanford University have developed a cheap way to clean contaminated drinking water in the slums of Bangladesh.

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Career Spotlight: Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Graduate Student

Career Spotlight: Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Graduate Student

Elijah Martin is a graduate student in Dr. Deepak Srivastava's Lab at Gladstone Institutes where he studies how the heart develops.

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Science Spotlight: Bending Light with a New Kind of Microscope

Science Spotlight: Bending Light with a New Kind of Microscope

Learn how microscopes work by using lenses to bend light to magnify objects.

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Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

Manu Prakash has designed the Foldscope, an origami paper microscope that costs less than a dollar.

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Activity: Air Pressure, It's in the Bag

Activity: Air Pressure, It's in the Bag

Feel changes in air pressure with this hands-on activity.

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To What Extent Should Organisms Be Collected from the Wild?

To What Extent Should Organisms Be Collected from the Wild?

From KQED Education Do Now: For centuries, museums and scientists have been collecting animals, plants and other organisms from the wild for research purposes. To what extent do you think collecting living and nonliving specimens should be allowed?

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Career Spotlight: Biologist

Career Spotlight: Biologist

Matt Wandell is a biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences. Watch how cool his job is.

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What’s the Best Path to a Sustainable Future?

What’s the Best Path to a Sustainable Future?

From KQED Education Do Now: As we face the consequences of a changing climate, many people wonder how we can most effectively change the consumptive habits of U.S. citizens. Is it more effective to change people’s behavior and attitudes or have the government implement regulations?

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Science Spotlight: Fish, Swim Bladders and Boyle's Law

Science Spotlight: Fish, Swim Bladders and Boyle's Law

Watch this demonstration of Boyle's Law that shows how changes in pressure affect a fish's swim bladder.

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Bringing Fish Up from the Deep

Bringing Fish Up from the Deep

Scientists at the California Academy of Sciences have designed a portable decompression chamber to safely bring new fish species up from the twilight zone.

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Why Do Scientists and the Public Disagree?

Why Do Scientists and the Public Disagree?

From KQED Education Do Now: According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, scientists and the public have differing views on science-related issues. Why do you think scientists and the public disagree?

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How Can We Address Indoor Air Pollution?

How Can We Address Indoor Air Pollution?

From KQED Education Do Now: Indoor air pollution from from burning solid fuels for heating and cooking is a huge health concern in many parts of the world. How can we best address this problem?

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“Engineering Is” for the Next Generation

“Engineering Is” for the Next Generation

Explore the connections between engineering and science with KQED’s new, free e-book, Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves. Learn how researchers designed a new, more efficient cookstove to improve the quality of life for families in Darfur.

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Science Spotlight: The Combustion of Wood

Science Spotlight: The Combustion of Wood

What happens when wood burns? In this animated explainer, learn about the chemistry of combustion.

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Should We Modify DNA in Human Embryos?

Should We Modify DNA in Human Embryos?

From KQED Education Do Now: The UK recently voted to authorize mitochondrial DNA modification, which has been dubbed the "three-person embryo" law. Should we modify DNA in human eggs or embryos in order to prevent disease?

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Career Spotlight: Research Scientist and Mechanical Engineer

Career Spotlight: Research Scientist and Mechanical Engineer

Vi Rapp is a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who designs clean, efficient, wood-burning cookstoves for communities around the world.

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When Should Animals Be Used for Research or Industry Testing?

When Should Animals Be Used for Research or Industry Testing?

From KQED Education Do Now: Animal testing in scientific and commercial research has a long and controversial history. When should animals be used for research or industry testing, if ever?

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How Do Greenhouse Gases Work?

How Do Greenhouse Gases Work?

Find out how greenhouse gases trap heat in the Earth's atmosphere with this interactive graphic.

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