The Science of Sustainability

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The Most Efficient Home Is One That's Built Already

The Most Efficient Home Is One That's Built Already

Making new homes more efficient is not enough. To solve our energy and environmental problems, we have to make our existing homes much more efficient.

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The Building is Platinum

The Building is Platinum

The California Academy of Sciences is officially the greenest museum on the planet.

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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: The Hayward Fault

Reporter's Notes: The Hayward Fault

A lesser known cousin of the San Andreas, the Hayward fault is a creeper. Basically, it moves, slowly, along the surface but deep inside… it's locked until tension builds up and and it slips.

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Top Energy (and Money) Saving Thermostat Tactics

Top Energy (and Money) Saving Thermostat Tactics

The Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and others recommend that we set our thermostats at 68°F in the winter and F in the summer. Some people are comfortable at home with these temperatures and some or not. So how can we save energy and still be comfortable?

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What makes a shark a shark?

What makes a shark a shark?

So, how do the Bay's leopard sharks, soupfin sharks, sevengill sharks, spiny dogfish, and other shark species differ from "non-shark" fishes? Here are a few key distinctions.

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Insider's View: Cal Academy Opening Day

Insider's View: Cal Academy Opening Day

The majority of staff were "all hands on deck" this past Saturday and Sunday at the California Academy of Sciences. Yet, we were vastly outnumbered. Fifteen thousand people perused the new building while thousands more enjoyed the festivities in the park.

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Producer's Notes- The Hayward Fault: Predictable Peril

Producer's Notes- The Hayward Fault: Predictable Peril

So we know- or should know- the seismic risks of living in one of the most vibrant, diverse places in the U.S. Short of leaving the region, what can we do?

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Producer's Notes: Physics of sailing

Producer's Notes: Physics of sailing

It was another average Tuesday. I was sitting at my desk, looking at my calendar. Another day of budget meetings, returning emails, reviewing contracts, yawn. The usual buzz of production was going on around me, a crew going out to do a story about… sailing. Ah sailing, my favorite topic.

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The Nose Knows

The Nose Knows

We've known for awhile that animals find their "true love" partly through smells. One of the things they are sensing is whether the potential mate has a different set of MHC genes. People might be able to do this as well.

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Expressly Venus

Expressly Venus

With all the attention that the exploration of certain other planets has received lately, I feel that Venus exploration has fallen off our radar a bit, and that it is high time for an update.

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A Swingin' History: Cal Academy's Foucault Pendulum

A Swingin' History: Cal Academy's Foucault Pendulum

There are three iconic exhibits of the Academy that have been revived – the Alligator Swamp Tank, African Hall and the Foucault Pendulum. Each exhibit has its own special history and anecdotes but I quite like the science and Academy history of the Foucault Pendulum.

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Me and CFLs Haven't Parted Ways Just Yet

Me and CFLs Haven't Parted Ways Just Yet

Some readers may have noted that I declared my allegiance to light-emitting diodes LEDs, in a recent blog, since they are potentially much more energy efficient than CFLs. But we'll have to live with CFLs until LEDs become more cost effective…

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Your Cheatin' Genes

Your Cheatin' Genes

A new study suggests that having a certain version of a certain vasopressin receptor gene makes a man less likely to cheat on his partner.

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Bay Area Teachers Make Plans with QUEST

Bay Area Teachers Make Plans with QUEST

What is the most compelling reason to use QUEST resources in the science classroom? "They are local", "I can download them", and "short is good." These are a few of the quick responses given by science educators attending QUEST's first 2-day institutes this summer.

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The Large Hadron Collider: The Who, What and Where of the Why Machine

The Large Hadron Collider: The Who, What and Where of the Why Machine

Here's an overview of some good articles and web content about the Large Hadron Collider, to get you up to speed on particle physics.

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No Pond Turtle Left Behind

No Pond Turtle Left Behind

By creating the best possible environment for the turtles, they grow 3-4 times faster than they would in the wild.

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The Cal Acad's Master List

The Cal Acad's Master List

My position title finally caught up with my nebulous role – Manager, Special Programming. So when I was asked to help out with exhibits, I was up to the challenge. Little did I know what I was getting myself into!

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Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger

Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger

The more I examine our lifestyle, the more I find that it has an impact on the environment equal to, if not greater than, that of our technology.

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Opportunity is Still Rockin'!

Opportunity is Still Rockin'!

Is there life on Mars? Well, that investigation is still ongoing–but from a cybernetic perspective, the surface of Mars is literally crawling with it: in the form of robots!

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