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The Heat is On For California Wines

The Heat is On For California Wines

You’ve probably heard of the wines that made Napa and Sonoma famous, like Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay. But what about Negroamaro or Nero d’Avola? They’re wine grapes that are well-adapted to hotter temperatures — the kind of conditions that California may be facing as the climate continues to warm.

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Building a Better, Tastier Tomato

Building a Better, Tastier Tomato

Many tomatoes have been bred to travel well and look appealing, but now researchers are focusing on making them more nutritious and better tasting.

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Plant Proteins Power Solar Panel

Plant Proteins Power Solar Panel

Simplifying the production of bio-solar cells using many different plants could bring power to the developing world. It could be a whole new way to DIY solar.

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Flowers to Pharmacy

Flowers to Pharmacy

The nation's first hospital in Philadelphia culled its archives to create a collection of medical and botanical texts from the 18th and early 19th century.

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Herbicides: Help or Harm?

Herbicides: Help or Harm?

Recent headlines have brought to light some of herbicides’ unintended effects. Herbicides can provide farmers and gardeners with advantages over unwanted weeds—but they also come with drawbacks.

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15 Months Later, Rediscovered San Francisco Plant Thrives

15 Months Later, Rediscovered San Francisco Plant Thrives

Fifteen months after a native plant thought to be extinct was rediscovered in San Francisco, local botanists have succeeded in growing it and are making plans to plant it out in the wild.

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Mistletoe: Friend or Foe?

Mistletoe: Friend or Foe?

Have you been hanging out under the mistletoe at holiday parties, hoping for a kiss? Well, that mistletoe is more than a Christmas kissing custom. It’s a parasite that can harm trees—and a potential treatment for cancer.

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Tiny Lichen Point to Bigger Pollution Problems in Yosemite

Tiny Lichen Point to Bigger Pollution Problems in Yosemite

Air pollution may seem like an urban problem, but it’s becoming an increasing concern in California’s national parks.

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Home Sweet Serpentine

Home Sweet Serpentine

Serpentine soil is a tough environment, but some unique plants and animals call it home.

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Reporter's Notes: Building an Artificial Leaf

Reporter's Notes: Building an Artificial Leaf

When I began this story, it seemed pretty simple. I'd heard that scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab were working to mimic photosynthesis and create a man-made version of the process that could supply us with renewable energy.

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The World's Largest Seed

The World's Largest Seed

Last Thursday, February 12th, was the inaugural evening of NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences, a weekly science evening for adults. It was also Charles Darwin's 200th birthday. To honor the father of evolution, Academy researchers unveiled Darwin's Carnival, a collection of curious specimens brought out from our collections, including Botany, Ornithology & Mammalogy, Entomology, Herpetology, Invertebrate Zoology, Geology, and the Library Archives.

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Disappearing Plants

Disappearing Plants

Scientists say the state's plants are at risk of collapse unless they migrate or are moved to refuges. According to a new study, two-thirds of California's unique plants, some 2,300 species that grow nowhere else in the world, could be wiped out across much of their current geographic ranges by the end of the century because of rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns.

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Reporter's Notes: Disappearing Plants

Reporter's Notes: Disappearing Plants

Marin will look Baja. Berkeley like Bakersfield. That's the projection of climatologists for the end of this century, if global warming continues on its current path.

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Producer's Notes - MAKE it at Home: Table-Top Biosphere

Producer's Notes - MAKE it at Home: Table-Top Biosphere

Do-it-yourself tabletop biosphere..Last season, QUEST TV went on a field trip to the Maker Faire to see some of the wacky do-it-yourself things coming out of people’s garage work shops. This season, we took Quest Radio Editor Andrea Kissack out to the Make Magazine Test Lab to tinker and experiment with some of our favorite […]

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Spring Dating Tips from the Plant Kingdom

Spring Dating Tips from the Plant Kingdom

It's almost spring: time for sultry nights, birds, bees, renewal and the sweet promise of new love. For us humans, that might mean flirty skirts, a new perfume, a dapper new hat or hip hair cut, all in the hopes of attracting a new, or very old and loyal, perfect mate. Plants also feel the […]

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