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Web Extra: California Newts of Briones Regional Park

Web Extra: California Newts of Briones Regional Park

Briones Regional Park is home to a wide variety of species – including the charismatic California Newt. Learn more about them and the local habitat – a transitional zone between coastal and central California. Join us and naturalist Meg Platt of the East Bay Regional Park District on our latest Bay Area science hike.

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Tagging Pacific Predators

Tagging Pacific Predators

It's easy to find them in a can, but the lives of tuna in the open ocean have been a mystery to scientists. Thanks to a tagging program, Monterey Bay Area scientists are learning that these underwater sprinters travel thousands of miles around the Pacific.

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Web Extra: Tagging Pacific Predators Extended Interview

Web Extra: Tagging Pacific Predators Extended Interview

Why are Monterey Bay area scientists putting tuna on treadmills? See an extended interview with scientist Barbara Block at the Tuna Research and Conservation Center about her work to get a picture of their migration routes and ecosystem…through the tuna's eyes.

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Cool Critters: Great Horned Owls

Cool Critters: Great Horned Owls

Want to find out why Great Horned Owls can turn their heads 270 degrees? Join us as we meet Olivia the Owl at the Oakland Zoo.

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Ugo Conti's Spider Boat

Ugo Conti's Spider Boat

Bay Area engineer Ugo Conti has sailed the world, but has always suffered from seasickness. A queasy stomach became his motivation to design "Proteus" — a spider-like sea craft made for smoother sailing. And it may change the way people take to the high seas.

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Nature Deficit Disorder

Nature Deficit Disorder

A growing number of children's advocates and political leaders are worried that our culture's disconnection from nature is harming kids. Concerns about the long-term consequences on children's physical and emotional well-being have spawned a national movement to "leave no child inside."

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Web Extra: Interview with Professor Tyrone Hayes

Web Extra: Interview with Professor Tyrone Hayes

Watch an interview with Tyrone Hayes, Professor of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley, about his research into the effects of the pesticide Atrazine on frogs.

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QUEST Quiz: Frogs

QUEST Quiz: Frogs

Think you know about frogs? Test your knowledge with our QUEST Quiz.

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Disappearing Frogs

Disappearing Frogs

Around the world, frogs are declining at an alarming rate due to threats like pollution, disease and climate change. Frogs bridge the gap between water and land habitats, making them the first indicators of ecosystem changes. Meet the Bay Area researchers working to protect frogs across the state and across the world.

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Moving Day

Moving Day

For the past three years, the California Academy of Sciences, the oldest natural history museum in the West, has been housed in a temporary building in downtown San Francisco. Now the Academy is moving into a new, 400,000-square foot green building in Golden Gate Park. But when the residents are fish, penguins and millions of scientific specimens, moving in is no simple task.

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Future History: Plastic Water Bottles

Future History: Plastic Water Bottles

What does our use of bottled water say about us? Take a look from the perspective of an anthropologist from the distant future.

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Amateur Astronomers

Amateur Astronomers

Some of the most passionate astronomers don't even need to leave their own backyards. QUEST meets the amateur stargazers in the Bay Area who are making important observations about the cosmos and inventing tools at home to do it.

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Emotions Revealed

Emotions Revealed

Is your face giving you away? Meet renowned psychologist Paul Ekman, who has spent his life studying how our facial muscles involuntarily reveal emotions like sadness and anger. His comprehensive catalog of human facial expressions has become an important tool for everyone from law enforcement agents to animators.

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Web Extra: Sights and Sounds of Alum Rock Park

Web Extra: Sights and Sounds of 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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Earth Day TV Special: Where We've Been, Where We're Headed

Earth Day TV Special: Where We've Been, Where We're Headed

Journey back in time to the birth of the Bay Area's environmental movement. Meet the everyday people who rescued the Bay Area from environmental disaster and continue to inspire a new generation.

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Mercury in the Bay – Part 1

Mercury in the Bay – Part 1

You might not know it from the textbooks, but California's gold rush was also a mercury rush. Quicksilver mines near San Jose provided gold miners with the mercury they needed to separate gold from ore. 150 years later, we're still facing the consequences of gold-rush era mercury.

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Super Laser at the National Ignition Facility

Super Laser at the National Ignition Facility

It's the largest laser beam in the world and it's being built in the Bay Area. The National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will shoot tremendous bursts of energy at an area the size of a pencil eraser. The goal? To create fusion ignition, a potential clean energy source for the 21st century.

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Resurveying California's Wildlife 100 Years Later

Resurveying California's Wildlife 100 Years Later

In the early 1900's, researchers from UC Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology traveled around California and created detailed records of the wildlife they found. A century later, scientists are revisiting the same sites — they've found that global warming is already having an impact.

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MAKE it at Home: Table-Top Biosphere

MAKE it at Home: Table-Top Biosphere

QUEST teams up with Make Magazine to construct the latest must have, do-it-yourself device hacks, whiz-bang gizmos and techno do-dads.

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Alzheimer's: Is the Cure in the Genes?

Alzheimer's: Is the Cure in the Genes?

By 2050, as our population ages, 15 million Americans will suffer from Alzheimer's disease– triple today's number. Researchers at San Francisco's Gladstone Institutes have found that a gene may hold the key to a cure.

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