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.

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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How Hydropower Dams Work

How Hydropower Dams Work

Hydropower has long been our leading renewable energy resource. Explore how hydroelectric dams work with this interactive graphic.

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How Does Electricity Get to Your Home?

How Does Electricity Get to Your Home?

How does electricity move from a power plant to your home, school or nearby shopping center? Find out in this interactive graphic.

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What Is the Difference Between Power and Energy?

What Is the Difference Between Power and Energy?

Although we often use the words “energy” and “power” synonymously, they are not the same. View this interactive to discover what sets energy and power apart.

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How Nuclear Reactors Work

How Nuclear Reactors Work

Do you know how nuclear energy is created? Learn about the steps involved in generating electricity from uranium atoms in this interactive graphic.

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How Is Waste Converted into Energy?

How Is Waste Converted into Energy?

Electricity can even be generated from our garbage. See how a waste-to-energy facility works with this interactive graphic.

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Should Fracking Be Banned?

Should Fracking Be Banned?

From KQED Education Do Now: On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 three counties in California will decide by ballot whether or not to ban hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking.” It’s steeped in controversy, from the amount of water it uses to how and where that water–and added chemicals–are eventually disposed. Should fracking be banned? Why or why not?

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