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San Jose's Green Vision Helps Spur Silicon Valley Economic Growth

San Jose's Green Vision Helps Spur Silicon Valley Economic Growth

San Jose is trying to lead the country in clean tech innovation. So how is the city doing?

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Producer's Notes – Science on the SPOT: Lupe the Mammoth Comes to Life

Producer's Notes – Science on the SPOT: Lupe the Mammoth Comes to Life

UC Museum of Paleontology graduate student Kaitlin Maguire describes her behind-the-scenes experiences working to bring a mammoth exhibit to life at the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose.

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Geological Outings Around the Bay: Alum Rock Park

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Alum Rock Park

A hundred years ago Alum Rock Park was a big health spa, with a rail line direct from downtown to the warm mineral springs. Today the springs still run among the upturned rocks between the Hayward and Calaveras faults.

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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: California's Water Future

Producer's Notes: California's Water Future

Could the future of potable water in California be in recycling wastewater? The Orange County Water District thinks so. In February of this year it opened its advanced water treatment plant, which produces 50 million gallons of potable water per day. It took them 13 years to finish the project. They spent a lot of […]

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Falcon Fascination Update

Falcon Fascination Update

Clara soars over San Jose. Credit: Evet Loewen.The remarkable Peregrine Falcons of the Bay Area are making news again. Last year, we followed Jose and Clara, a mating pair that settled directly on San Jose City Hall. Thanks to the efforts of the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group, a webcam was set up to […]

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It's Not Easy Going Green

It's Not Easy Going Green

Image source: Michael PatrickMany Bay Area cities are trying to clean up their acts by putting in place new green initiatives. But from San Jose to Berkeley, some city leaders are finding out it's not always so easy to turn over a new leaf. QUEST looks at the challenges municipalities face with budget constraints, legal […]

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Exploring Alum Rock Park

Exploring Alum Rock Park

Just a few minutes outside of San Jose, you'll find a place to explore 100 million years of history. Alum Rock Park, created in 1872 as the first municipal park in California, offers both ancient rocks and new geologic changes (and lots of nice trails and wildlife, too). Despite its longevity and proximity to a populous urban area, it remains one of the less-visited jewels in the Bay Area's crown.

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The Tech Museum's Tech Challenge goes global

The Tech Museum's Tech Challenge goes global

Guest blogger Lisa Croel of The Tech Museum in San Jose, CA sits in for Dr. Barry Starr this week. I remember loving science class as a kid. The paper-maché messes, the bubbling baking soda, all of the wonderful experiments… I loved it all. Now, many grammar school kids are lucky to get 15 minutes […]

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Exploring Mt. Diablo State Park

Exploring Mt. Diablo State Park

This park is one of the ecological treasures of the San Francisco Bay Area. Every season in the park has its special qualities. Discover for yourself the mountain's beautiful wildflowers, its extensive trail system, fascinating wildlife distinctive rock formations and fossils.

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Exploring Natural Bridges State Beach

Exploring Natural Bridges State Beach

Between the ocean and the edge of Santa Cruz lies one of the largest monarch butterfly overwintering sites in the western United States. The park also hosts large coastal scrub meadows that in spring are filled with native wildflowers.

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Exploring Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Exploring Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The nation's first urban National Wildlife Refuge, it's 30,000 acres of open bay, salt pond, salt marsh, mudflat, upland, and vernal pool habitats are constantly changing.

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