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The Skin of a Building and Why it Matters

The Skin of a Building and Why it Matters

Retrofitting the “skin” of an older building can save energy and money. Climb inside one company’s test chamber with QUEST Ohio to find out more.

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Vacant Lots Get a Green Makeover

Vacant Lots Get a Green Makeover

Vacant lots are a big problem for cities with population loss, like Cleveland, where researchers are testing a cost-efficient way to transform abandoned land into spaces that revitalize neighborhoods and improve the environment.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mine

Out of Sight, Out of Mine

Many Midwestern mines ceased operation long ago, but surrounding land and streams still feel their toxic effects.

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Getting the Munchies for Hemp

Getting the Munchies for Hemp

More people are turning to hemp seeds as a source of healthy fats and protein, and as a sustainable crop.

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Technologies Poised to Keep Asian Carp at Bay, Slowed by Challenges

Technologies Poised to Keep Asian Carp at Bay, Slowed by Challenges

In response to the major threats posed to the Great Lakes by invasive Asian carp, engineers have developed devices to keep them out, but delays in deciding how to implement them might give the fish an edge.

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Tracking Your Own Footprints: Digital Tools to Inspire Conservation

Tracking Your Own Footprints: Digital Tools to Inspire Conservation

Oberlin researchers hope to change the public’s personal habits by offering tools to help track resource use in buildings and cities.

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Why a Dark Sky Matters

Why a Dark Sky Matters

Big city lights may put some dazzle in the night sky, but they also cause problems for people and other creatures attuned to darkness.

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QUEST TV: America’s Energy Future

QUEST TV: America’s Energy Future

Tour a solar energy farm, investigate fracking, and explore new energy-efficient home designs in this television episode.

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QUEST TV: Restoring America's Waters

QUEST TV: Restoring America's Waters

Explore efforts to rebuild oyster reefs, battle algae blooms, and restore salmon to a dammed river in this television episode.

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Restoring the Earth's "Kidneys"

Restoring the Earth's "Kidneys"

Urban development is impeding the ability of native wetlands to serve as natural filters, but efforts are underway in some places to reverse the damage.

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The Twinsburg John Doe: Forensic Reconstruction

The Twinsburg John Doe: Forensic Reconstruction

The Twinsburg John Doe case is an especially tough one, and the Summit County Police Department and the Medical Examiner’s office need help identifying this man.  No dental records have been found that match his teeth.  I hope my facial reconstruction will jog someone’s memory, and that he will be recognized. Background for Twinsburg Case […]

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Science on the SPOT: Resurrecting the Dead

Science on the SPOT: Resurrecting the Dead

QUEST travels to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to meet Linda Spurlock, an anatomist and forensic reconstruction artist who uses clay to re-construct the faces of ancient humans in order to show what they looked like when alive. She also sketches more recently deceased people using only their remains in order to help police solve crimes.

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