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Producer's Notes for Cool Critters: Turkey Vultures

Producer's Notes for Cool Critters: Turkey Vultures

Now, a vulture isn't what typically comes to mind for making a good first impression. But this bird is absolutely gorgeous, and unbelievably interesting; we instantly fell in love.

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The Sweet Science of Chocolate

The Sweet Science of Chocolate

Local chocolate makers explain the elaborate engineering and chemistry behind this tasty treat. And learn why it's actually good for your health!

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Cool Critters: Turkey Vultures

Cool Critters: Turkey Vultures

Ever wonder why a vulture's head is bald? QUEST visits the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, CA, to meet their resident Turkey Vulture and learn about what life is like in the Bay Area for these bald "beauties."

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Exploring Pescadero State Beach

Exploring Pescadero State Beach

Pescadero State Beach is no simple place. Scanning its expanse, you can see ocean beach, streams, grasses, cattails, bushy scrub, and tall, ancient trees. If you look more closely you can see over 250 species of birds. The landscape, especially at the water, is never the same two days in a row.

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QUEST Quiz: Sewage

QUEST Quiz: Sewage

If you live in Oakland, how long does it take for sewage to flow from your house, through the EBMUD plant and into the bay?

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Wastewater Woes: Sewage Spills in SF Bay

Wastewater Woes: Sewage Spills in SF Bay

What happens when you flush the toilet? For most of us, what's out of sight is out of mind. But large numbers of sewage spills into San Francisco Bay are forcing cities, water agencies and the public to take a closer look at wastewater and its impacts on the health of the bay.

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Where the (Waste) Water Goes

Where the (Waste) Water Goes

Which treatment plants have had problems with unintentional spills of untreated water into the Bay? Find out on our online map of Bay Area publicly-owned sewage treatment plants and spills.

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Reporter's Notes: Sea Lion Rescue

Reporter's Notes: Sea Lion Rescue

For these notes, I thought I'd focus on something that didn’t make it into the sea lions radio broadcast: the necropsy. Each year the Marine Mammal Center treats somewhere between 600-1000 animals, including California sea lions, Pacific harbor seals, Northern elephant seals, and steller sea lions. About half of them are treated successfully at the […]

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Seahorse Sleuths

Seahorse Sleuths

Seahorses are some of the most enchanting and mysterious creatures in the ocean. They are struggling to survive in threatened habitats around the world, while large-scale trading of seahorses for the traditional Chinese medicine market goes unchecked. Meet the Seahorse Sleuths – local scientists who are working to save them from extinction.

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Web Extra: Raising Seahorses in Captivity

Web Extra: Raising Seahorses in Captivity

Seahorse aquarist Jonelle Verdugo of the Monterey Bay Aquarium talks with Quest about the biology of seahorses on some of the challenges of raising them in captivity.

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Asthma: What Brought on the Epidemic?

Asthma: What Brought on the Epidemic?

The rates of childhood asthma in the United States rose 160 percent from 1980 to 1994 and have remained high ever since, making this chronic lung illness the country's third most common pediatric disease. QUEST meets Bay Area researchers who are investigating possible environmental and social culprits.

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Web Extra: Can We Prevent Asthma?

Web Extra: Can We Prevent Asthma?

Can parents do anything to help prevent their kids from getting asthma? QUEST takes a look at some leading hypotheses.

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QUEST Lab: The Resonator

QUEST Lab: The Resonator

Quest goes to the Exploratorium to learn how and why helium changes the sound of your voice.

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Reporter's Notes: Do-It-Yourself Mini-Satellites

Reporter's Notes: Do-It-Yourself Mini-Satellites

It's a classic engineering story – a garage inventor spends years working in isolation, only to produce something that gets the attention of the world. Ok, the CubeSat story may not be quite as romantic, but it does have a lot of the same ingredients.

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Your Photos on QUEST: Randy Davis

Your Photos on QUEST: Randy Davis

Randy Davis and his adopted dog, Lucky, explore the far reaches of the Bay Area via mountain bike. Once there, Randy photographs spectacular locations that are typically hard to access by car or foot. His eye for light and shadow show a different side of CA's state parks that most visitors don't get to see.

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California's Lost Salmon

California's Lost Salmon

Because of a sharp decline in their numbers, the entire salmon fishing season in the ocean off California and Oregon was canceled in both 2008 and 2009. Quest looks at efforts to protect the coho in Northern California and explores the important role salmon play in the native ecosystem.

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Saving California's Salmon

Saving California's Salmon

You may not think of salmon when visiting Muir Woods, but it's home to endangered Coho Salmon. Meet the volunteers working to restore Redwood Creek and bring back salmon habitat after decades of human influence.

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Sudden Oak Death

Sudden Oak Death

Sudden Oak Death is devastating oak forests along the coast, killing trees that are key to the ecology of the coastal hills. Researchers have found a way to inoculate individual trees from the disease, but are struggling in their search to find a more sweeping answer to the threat.

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Reporter's Notes: Sudden Oak Death

Reporter's Notes: Sudden Oak Death

There is no proven cure for Sudden Oak Death. But that doesn't mean you can't find people selling cures. In fact, the Internet is full of theories – and their related products – that explain how to treat Sudden Oak Death. The problem with them, says UC Berkeley researcher Matteo Garbelotto, is that they don't work. And in fact, he adds, they could actually harm people's backyard oak trees.

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Those Intermittent Renewables – Part 1

Those Intermittent Renewables – Part 1

When it comes to renewable power, California has had one main message: bring on the solar power, bring on the wind turbines! California and the country are heading fast towards a clean energy future. But renewables aren't perfect.

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