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QUEST Google+ Hangout with Simran Sethi about “From Farm to Fork to Fuel”

QUEST Google+ Hangout with Simran Sethi about “From Farm to Fork to Fuel”

Mark your calendars for this Google+ Hangout taking place on Monday, Oct. 14, at 4:00pm PT / 7:00pm ET. Submit questions and comments using #QUESTfoodfuel.

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Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf Star at San Jose Electric Car Convention

Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf Star at San Jose Electric Car Convention

After years of stops and starts, electric cars and plug-in hybrids are on the cusp of a new era of mainstream acceptance, starting this year.

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Producer's Notes: The Sweet Science of Chocolate

Producer's Notes: The Sweet Science of Chocolate

Join QUEST TV Associate Producer Jenny Oh for a taste of the latest chocolate science.

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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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Tracking Genetics in Popular Culture

Tracking Genetics in Popular Culture

In the last couple of weeks, on another blog of mine there has been a surge in our answers about genetic chimeras. Usually this means that somewhere in the world, a certain episode of CSI is being shown.

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Producer's Notes: Chasing Beetles, Finding Darwin

Producer's Notes: Chasing Beetles, Finding Darwin

Today QUEST TV broadcasts its half-hour documentary "Chasing Beetles, Finding Darwin," which tells the story of California Academy of Sciences beetle expert David Kavanaugh's unusual prediction that a new species of beetle would be found in Northern California's Trinity Alps.

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Producer's Notes: Ice Age Bay Area

Producer's Notes: Ice Age Bay Area

The rocks, long known as the "Sunset Boulders", have attracted rock climbers for years. I've climbed these rocks before. But like so many other people, I had no idea I was touching history. During the Pleistocene, 10 to 20,000 years ago, this place was very different than it is today, inhabited by massive mega-fauna; bigger elephants, lions, bears and wolves, than we see today.

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Producer's Notes for Cool Critters: Fruit Bats

Producer's Notes for Cool Critters: Fruit Bats

In honor of Halloween this month, Quest offers up a short story on bats. But these are not your screeching, swarming, bloodsucking Hollywood movie bats.

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Reporter's Notes for HIV Research: Beyond the Vaccine

Reporter's Notes for HIV Research: Beyond the Vaccine

Although African Americans represent one eighth of the U.S. population, they make up half of the people living with HIV in the country, according to the Los Angeles-based Black AIDS Institute.

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Your Photos on QUEST #3: and the winner is…

Your Photos on QUEST #3: and the winner is…

Flickr photo community member jalbersmead (John Albers-Mead) will be collaborating with KQED staff on our next 2-minute YPOQ segment for broadcast and web distribution. It will air on November 18, 2008.

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Producer's Notes: Cal Academy Comes To Life

Producer's Notes: Cal Academy Comes To Life

By the time I was ten years old I knew the old California Academy of Sciences building by heart. After countless birthday parties, field trips and family outings, my brother and I, along with our sugar-filled urchin gang of friends and cousins, could have led tours of "the Aquarium."

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Producer's Notes: Autism: Searching for Causes

Producer's Notes: Autism: Searching for Causes

It's challenging to report on an illness such as autism, which scientists and doctors are only beginning to understand (the disease was described in the 1940s) and over which there is so much debate. There is even disagreement around the question of whether or not there has been a real increase in the number of children being diagnosed with autism in California.

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QUEST Quiz: Water

QUEST Quiz: Water

How much water does it take to produce a steak? How much water does a leaky toilet waste? Test your water knowledge in this quiz.

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Producer's Notes: Ghost Fleet

Producer's Notes: Ghost Fleet

On the surface of the story, the Ghost Fleet of Suisun Bay is leaking toxic waste in the form of peeling ship paint containing nasty heavy metals into an already stressed bay ecosystem. Bad guys: Mothball Fleet. Good guys: Enviros who are suing. Simple, right?

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Producer's Notes: Cool Critters: Hyenas

Producer's Notes: Cool Critters: Hyenas

OK, they might look a bit like a great potential pet, but as dog-like as they are, you really don't want one of these at home. They're spotted hyenas – and they're native to sub-Saharan Africa. And I guarantee you that they're tougher and stronger than they look.

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YPOQ 3: Your Photos on QUEST TV – Call for Submissions thru 8/21/08

YPOQ 3: Your Photos on QUEST TV – Call for Submissions thru 8/21/08

Do you love photographing Science, Environment and Nature in Northern California? Would you like to collaborate on a 2-minute QUEST TV short about your photography for an audience of over 100,000 viewers?

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Producer's Notes: How Edison Got His Groove Back

Producer's Notes: How Edison Got His Groove Back

I love the idea that he was just listening to the radio one day and heard that the Library of Congress was failing in its struggle to preserve a significant portion of our nation's music and sound heritage. Haber basically thought, "well, as a designer of instrumentation for particle physics, I think I can help." And that's what he did.

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Producer's Notes: Science Flexes its Muscles

Producer's Notes: Science Flexes its Muscles

Our QUEST story on the science of steroids, how they affect the body, and the super-smart sleuths who are using science to catch the cheaters who abuse them, turned up some interesting information. For one thing, I was surprised to learn that according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse's fact sheet about anabolic-androgenic steroids, nearly 2 percent of 10th graders (both boys and girls) admitted to using steroids at some point…

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Producer's Notes: Why I Do Science

Producer's Notes: Why I Do Science

I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Dr. Robert Drewes, the esteemed Curator and Chairman of the Department of Herpetology at the California Academy of Sciences, upon his return from the Gulf of Guinea where he has been leading research teams over the past decade to study the unique flora and fauna of the islands.

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Nobel Winner Used Stars to Map History of the Universe

Nobel Winner Used Stars to Map History of the Universe

Sitting in a small, non-descript room in the basement of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in Berkeley, astronomy graduate student Hannah Swift and physicist Saul Perlmutter are searching for supernovae, stars destroyed in huge explosions millions or billions of years ago.

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