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Career Spotlight: Environmental Health Engineer

Career Spotlight: Environmental Health Engineer

Amy Pickering is an environmental health engineer. She works at Stanford University and gets to travel a lot.

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Science Spotlight: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Poop

Science Spotlight: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Poop

Poop contains a lot of interesting stuff, including all kinds of microbes. Learn what these microbes do and how they can spread disease.

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Cleaning Poop from Drinking Water

Cleaning Poop from Drinking Water

An interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers at Stanford University have developed a cheap way to clean contaminated drinking water in the slums of Bangladesh.

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Career Spotlight: Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Graduate Student

Career Spotlight: Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Graduate Student

Elijah Martin is a graduate student in Dr. Deepak Srivastava's Lab at Gladstone Institutes where he studies how the heart develops.

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Science Spotlight: Bending Light with a New Kind of Microscope

Science Spotlight: Bending Light with a New Kind of Microscope

Learn how microscopes work by using lenses to bend light to magnify objects.

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Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

Manu Prakash has designed the Foldscope, an origami paper microscope that costs less than a dollar.

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Career Spotlight: Biologist

Career Spotlight: Biologist

Matt Wandell is a biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences. Watch how cool his job is.

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Science Spotlight: Fish, Swim Bladders and Boyle's Law

Science Spotlight: Fish, Swim Bladders and Boyle's Law

Watch this demonstration of Boyle's Law that shows how changes in pressure affect a fish's swim bladder.

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Bringing Fish Up from the Deep

Bringing Fish Up from the Deep

Scientists at the California Academy of Sciences have designed a portable decompression chamber to safely bring new fish species up from the twilight zone.

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Science Spotlight: The Combustion of Wood

Science Spotlight: The Combustion of Wood

What happens when wood burns? In this animated explainer, learn about the chemistry of combustion.

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Career Spotlight: Research Scientist and Mechanical Engineer

Career Spotlight: Research Scientist and Mechanical Engineer

Vi Rapp is a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who designs clean, efficient, wood-burning cookstoves for communities around the world.

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Napa Wineries Face Global Warming

Napa Wineries Face Global Warming

California’s Napa Valley has a microclimate that produces world-famous wines, but what happens as the climate warms up? Vintners are using advanced technology to conserve water, while scientists are testing varieties that could replace the cool-climate Pinot Noirs of today.

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SkyTEM Aquifer Mapping

SkyTEM Aquifer Mapping

Watch how geologists are using SkyTEM, a flying high-tech rig, to detect and map underground fresh water reserves.

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Why I Do Science: Kandis Elliot

Why I Do Science: Kandis Elliot

Kandis Elliot is on the Botany Department staff at the University of Wisconsin, but she's not a scientist or professor. Elliot is an artist and transforms mere photographs of plants into lush, painterly artworks that educate as well as captivate.

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Scary Tsunamis

Scary Tsunamis

In this video story, learn how coastal communities in California are vulnerable to massive, potentially deadly tsunamis.

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Silicon Valley Goes to Space

Silicon Valley Goes to Space

In this video story, learn how commercial space ventures are taking off, from mining the moon to space tourism.

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Career Spotlight: Earth System Scientist and Terrestrial Ecologist

Career Spotlight: Earth System Scientist and Terrestrial Ecologist

Jennifer Holm is an Earth systems scientist and terrestrial ecologist who uses models to study how forests respond to climate change.

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Career Spotlight: Research Technician

Career Spotlight: Research Technician

Chris Wong is a research technician at University of California Berkeley where he investigates how trees like redwoods and sequoias function.

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Career Spotlight: Water Quality Specialist

Career Spotlight: Water Quality Specialist

Melanie Harrison is a water quality specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She helps protect and restore threatened and endangered fish species.

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Career Spotlight: Water Program Director

Career Spotlight: Water Program Director

Heather Cooley is a director at the Pacific Institute where she uses data to understand and make recommendations about California’s water supply.

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