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Science: a Prodigal Son Returns to the White House

Science: a Prodigal Son Returns to the White House

Regular citizens of our tribe–scientists and other seekers of the truth in its many forms– it’s time we came out of the shadows.

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Reporter's Notes: New Life for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Reporter's Notes: New Life for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Researchers call stem cell technology a "revolution" in medicine, along the lines of the development of antibiotics in the 1940s, or the manufacturing of insulin and other therapies from recombinant DNA breakthroughs.

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Science Event Pick: The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial

Science Event Pick: The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial

On January 22nd, there will be a staged re-enactment of the legendary trial that brought the debate to the forefront, staged at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. The play will feature content based entirely on the transcripts of the trial. Good ol' Ed Asner will be starring.

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Reporter's Notes: Last Minute Rules

Reporter's Notes: Last Minute Rules

The Bush Administration has recently passed dozens of so-called "midnight regulations" – last-minute rules and amendments. Many of those new laws affect the environment, including a change to the Endangered Species Act that has California environmentalists deeply worried.

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Chu, Two and Btu

Chu, Two and Btu

People around here at Lawrence Berkeley Lab are saddened by the loss of Dr. Chu as director, but extremely excited about his nomination as Secretary of Energy.

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Snows of the Solar System

Snows of the Solar System

Snow is quite unusual for the Oakland Hills. Is snow so unusual for the rest of the solar system?

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Watts In Your Kitchen?

Watts In Your Kitchen?

Do you know how to spot hidden energy guzzlers in your house? You can compare your home energy use over time and spot those peaks and valleys that indicate something is wrong, or something is right.

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Using Genetics to Pick Your Kids' Sports

Using Genetics to Pick Your Kids' Sports

A genetic test is available that claims to be able to help parents predict what sports their kids will be good at. The idea is that the parents can then funnel their kids into the sports at which they are most likely to succeed. How scary is that!

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The International Year of Astronomy

The International Year of Astronomy

2009 has been designated the International Year of Astronomy (IYA), in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Galileo first pointing the new invention of the telescope at the sky.

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Producer's Notes: Fido Fights Cancer

Producer's Notes: Fido Fights Cancer

I love my dog. For the past ten years, through thick and thin, Brodie has been my happy sidekick, trusted confidant, eager hiking partner and beloved friend. Most of all the kid makes me laugh. He is, I am prone to say, "a glorious twit!"

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Producer's notes for Your Photos On Quest: John Albers-Mead

Producer's notes for Your Photos On Quest: John Albers-Mead

We put out a call for submissions for this Your Photos on Quest segment a little late. As a result, we only got a handful of submissions. Thankfully, John Albers-Mead was one of them.

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Producer's Notes: Geothermal Heats Up

Producer's Notes: Geothermal Heats Up

When I first began researching this story for QUEST, I was surprised that I hadn't heard more about geothermal energy. It's never lumped into that renewable energy laundry list that's recited by politicians and journalists alike — you know, "…solar, wind, hydroelectric and biofuels". But it turns out that geothermal energy has really great potential.

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Exoplanet Snapshots

Exoplanet Snapshots

Exoplanets are planets in other solar systems. Though astronomers have detected over 300 exoplanets since 1995, we only have visible-light images of one of them.

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Plant a Tree, Invent the Future

Plant a Tree, Invent the Future

We planted several young trees at our home in October. I feel good that those new trees are sucking carbon out of the air as we speak. But a recent talk at Berkeley Labs, where Home Energy's offices are located, made me think much bigger.

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Science In Action

Science In Action

Science in Action is metamorphosis of creating a "un-museum" through multi-media as well as a tie with the Academy's past. Today, Science in Action exists on the floor as a breaking news exhibit.

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Science Event Pick: Wonderfest, The Bay Area Festival of Science

Science Event Pick: Wonderfest, The Bay Area Festival of Science

The first weekend of November brings one of my favorite hidden Bay Area gems: Wonderfest, the Bay Area Festival of Science.

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QUEST's Environmental Election Round-Up

QUEST's Environmental Election Round-Up

Unless you're one of the undecided voters, still dithering over your pick for the presidency, it's time to think about some of the other stuff on the ballot: the measures and propositions related to science and the environment. This blog is a round-up of QUEST and KQED's coverage of environmental election issues.

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A Wonderful Find in the Pelt Room

A Wonderful Find in the Pelt Room

It was studying the Snow Leopard that made me fall in love with the big cat family and set me on a course to learn about conservation.

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Living Life To The Extreme

Living Life To The Extreme

Fish live in the below-freezing waters off Antarctica. How these beasts have adapted to their incredibly harsh environment? More specifically, what changes have happened in their DNA that allow them to live where no other animal could?

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Green Sushi

Green Sushi

Modeled after the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s popular Seafood Watch Pocket Guide, the new sustainable sushi guide helps consumers make informed choices by categorizing seafood into three areas: Green (or best choice), Yellow (or good alternative) and Red (what to avoid). Just what kind of sushi you should avoid may surprise you.

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