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Your Photos on QUEST – Erin Malone

Your Photos on QUEST – Erin Malone

Join QUEST in our latest photography feature about viewers like you who love documenting science, environment and nature imagery here in the Bay Area. This week, meet Erin Malone, who makes beautiful, impressionistic images in a place that many overlook or see as ugly– the subtly hued mud & marsh of South San Francisco Bay.

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Tracking Raindrops

Tracking Raindrops

We all rely on the water cycle, but how does it really work? Scientists at UC Berkeley are embarking on a new project to understand how global warming is affecting our fresh water supply. And they're doing it by tracking individual raindrops in Mendocino and north of Lake Tahoe.

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State of Thirst: California's Water Future

State of Thirst: California's Water Future

Are we in danger of running out of water? California's population is growing by 600,000 people a year, but much of the state receives as much annual rainfall as Morocco. With fish populations crashing, global warming, and the demands of the country's largest agricultural industry, the pressures on our water supply are increasing.

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Web Extra: Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve

Web Extra: Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve

As sure as the earth moves in Berkeley, there is a volcano just off Skyline Boulevard. Not just any volcano, mind you. This one's laying on its side with its guts exposed. At Sibley Regional Volcanic Preserve, you'll find the rocky body and layered underpinnings of one of the largest volcanoes that once dotted our geologic neighborhood.

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How to ID a Bullet

How to ID a Bullet

What if you could imprint every bullet with the unique signature of the gun which fired it? That's the goal of California's bullet microstamping law, which takes effect in 2010. But does microstamping work?

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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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