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  1. Predatory Plant: Lure of the Cobra Lily2014/03/03
    The cobra lily (Darlingtonia californica) uses deception and patience to trick unsuspecting insect prey into its highly specialized pitcher traps.
  2. Science of Beer: Tapping the Power of Brewer's Yeast2014/02/11
    Whether it’s a lager or ale, sour or bitter, dark or light, most beer has one thing in common: yeast. KQED Science visits a commercial yeast laboratory and a local brewery to reveal how this key ingredient is a major player in both science history and beer production.
  3. 200 Geeks, 24 Hours: Science Hack Day in San Francisco2013/12/03
    What happens when you fill up a giant space with over 200 eager science fans from around the Bay Area for a weekend? You get Science Hack Day San Francisco, a two-day event where a diverse group of "hackers" -- from developers and designers to scientists and students -- works side-by-side to see what they can quickly create within 24 consecutive hours.
  4. ZomBees: Flight of the Living Dead2013/10/31
    Something strange and unsettling is happening to Bay Area honeybees. Entomologists at San Francisco State University have identified the culprit: a tiny parasitic fly is causing the bees to exhibit bizarre nocturnal behaviors before suffering a gruesome demise.
  5. Fighting Food Waste2013/10/31
    Forty percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten. From "farm to fork", there are many reasons for food waste, including consumer demand for perfect produce and confusion over expiration dates printed on packaged foods. This massive waste occurs as one in six Americans struggles with hunger every day, even in affluent regions such as Silicon Valley.
  6. Stanford Students Debut Solar-Powered Prefab Home2013/10/02
    Stanford University students set out to revolutionize home design by entering a solar powered prefab house into the Department of Energy's biennial Solar Decathlon competition.
  7. Chasing Pumas: Science on the SPOT2013/09/13
    Join a research team from University of California, Santa Cruz as they track, tranquilize and collar a wild puma. The special GPS collars collect data on the puma’s location and behavior, and they reveal how the big cats survive in their shrinking habitat in the Bay Area.
  8. Next Meal: Engineering Food2013/05/07
    More than a million visitors visit Alcatraz every year, but a recent discovery has revealed another attraction that lives within the shadows of this historic prison.
  9. The Glowing Millipedes of Alcatraz: Science on the SPOT2013/03/19
    More than a million visitors visit Alcatraz every year, but a recent discovery has revealed another attraction that lives within the shadows of this historic prison.
  10. Preserving the Forest of the Sea: Science on the SPOT2013/02/05
    The University Herbarium at the University of California - Berkeley boasts one of the largest and oldest collections of seaweed in the United States, dating back to the time of the U.S. Civil War. Kathy Ann Miller, a curator at the herbarium, is leading a massive project to digitize nearly 80,000 specimens of seaweed collected from the west coast of North America.
  11. Shadows and Spiders-- A Secret Cave in California: Science on the SPOT2012/11/20
    The rural foothills along the Santa Cruz County Coast hold an ancient secret. Deep below the redwoods, White Moon Cave extends for nearly a mile -- making it one of the longest caves in California. But few people have ever been in it. Join the KQED Science team as we squeeze through the narrow clandestine entrance, and meet the uncanny cave inhabitants to bring new light to this hidden realm.
  12. Some Bugs Like it Hot: Climate Change and Agricultural Pests2012/10/10
    Scientists and farmers are starting to notice that, as California's winters warm up, the state is becoming more hospitable to destructive agricultural pests.
  13. Why I Do Science: Stephen Palumbi2012/10/10
    In this edition of "Why I Do Science", we hear from Stephen Palumbi, a world-renowned marine biologist and director of the Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, California.
  14. Black Holes: Objects of Attraction2012/09/26
    Black holes have been the stuff of science fiction since their discovery in the late sixties. But now a new, nimble NASA telescope is using its powerful x-ray vision to hunt for these abundant yet invisible, massive space oddities.
  15. Your Videos on QUEST: Steve Fyffe2012/09/26
    Motion-activated cameras at Stanford University's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve provide scientists a window into the secret lives of the animals that roam around Jasper Ridge at night.
  16. What's Next for Nuclear?2012/09/19
    Can nuclear power be produced safely and affordably? A scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, is working to do just that.
  17. Field Notes: Dan Costa in Antarctica2012/09/19
    QUEST Producer Sheraz Sadiq interviews Bay Area filmmaker and musician Jesse Hiatt about the experience of filming in one of the world's most extreme environments. See his footage in the QUEST segment, "Field Notes: Dan Costa in Antarctica."
  18. X-ray Microscope: Seeing Cells in 3-D2012/09/12
    At the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, scientists are using a cutting-edge microscope, the first of its kind in the world, to image whole cells in 3-D with the penetrating power of x-rays. The new images generated by the microscope are offering a deeper, more precise understanding of cellular structures and how they change with diseases.
  19. Your Photos on QUEST: Rogelio Bernal Andreo2012/09/12
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  20. Up all Night with SOFIA, NASA's Flying Observatory: Science on the SPOT2012/06/27
    SOFIA is more than a telescope tucked into a re-purposed commercial airliner. It's a complete flying astronomical observation platform which carries a dozen or more astronomers, observers and crew far above the clouds to observe objects and phenomena too cold to be seen in visible light.
  21. The Science of Riding a Bicycle2012/05/15
    Their basic design hasn’t changed much, but scientists still don’t fully understand the forces that allow humans to balance atop a bicycle. QUEST visits Davis – a city that loves its bicycles – to take a ride on a research bike and explore a collection of antique bicycles.
  22. Your Videos on QUEST: Kip Evans2012/05/15
    Kip Evans is a natural history documentary filmmaker and photographer from Pacific Grove, California. This is an excerpt of his short film, "Isla Holbox: Whale Shark Island."
  23. Field Notes: Oakland Zoo in Uganda2012/05/08
    In this "Field Notes" segment, Amy Gotliffe, director of conservation at the Oakland Zoo, shares her photographs and stories from Uganda, where the zoo's Bodongo Snare Removal Project works to protect endangered chimpanzees from illegal poaching.
  24. Exploring Corals of the Deep2012/05/08
    Off California's coastline, thousands of feet below the deep blue ocean where the sun's rays don't reach, teems a diverse community of deep sea corals. Armed with unmanned submarines equipped with robotic arms, sensors and HD cameras, scientists are exploring this treasure trove of corals and the rich marine life living among them.
  25. Childhood Obesity: Kids Fight Back2012/05/01
    One in six kids in the United States is obese, a condition that doubles their risk of heart disease. Lorena Ramos, 14, a patient at the Healthy Hearts clinic at Children's Hospital Oakland struggles to lose weight. Will she succeed?
  26. Rushing to Save Heart Attack Patients2012/05/01
    By rushing heart attack victims to the operating table and opening their blocked arteries while their heart attacks are underway, doctors are now able to save 95% of those who make it to the hospital.
  27. Pump It Up: Heart Health Special Report (FULL SHOW)2012/05/01
    This half-hour program looks at heart disease – the number one killer in the United States – from the point of view of a teenager trying to lower her risk, a heart attack survivor, and a scientist working to rebuild damaged hearts.
  28. Amateur Rocketeers Reach For The Stars2012/04/24
    For decades amateur rocket builders, or "rocketeers," have been trying to reach space. Now with advances in materials and technology, they're able to do it. QUEST travels to rocket launches in fallowed fields and barren deserts to learn more about this addictive hobby and to meet a group of passionate high school rocketeers.
  29. Edible Insects: Finger Lickin' Grub2012/04/24
    "Insects do not taste like chicken," said Daniella Martin, a charismatic advocate of eating low - make that really low - on the food chain. Through public lectures, cooking demonstrations and her 'Girl Meets Bug' website, Martin preaches the gospel of why, in her opinion, more people should munch on mealworms, crunch a cricket or feast on plump bee larvae.
  30. Your Photos on QUEST: Simon Christen2012/04/24
    Photographer Simon Christen shares his passion for observing the environment through the process of time-lapse photography. By training his lens on natural events as fog and the orbiting moon, he discovers things about the natures of these seemingly ubiquitous elements of our world that few have seen before.
  31. Science on the SPOT: New Hope for Heart Repair2012/04/18
    Scientists in San Francisco have coaxed mouse hearts to repair themselves from within. The breakthrough could lead to treatments for the 5 million people in the United States living with a damaged heart.
  32. Science on the SPOT: Monarch Meetup2012/04/05
    Monarch Butterflies migrate from all over the western United States to overwinter along the California coast. Conservation Biologist Stu Weiss uses specialized photographic equipment to study what makes good Monarch overwintering habitat.
  33. Science on the SPOT: National Wildlife Health Center Investigates 2011/11/23
    The USGS National Wildlife Health Center investigates animal die-offs and threats to endangered species through on-site investigation and necropsies--animal autopsy--at its headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin.
  34. New Research into Disappearing Bees2011/11/23
    In 2006, the world learned that honeybees in America and Canada were dying in large numbers, and hives were becoming defunct. Five years later, what have scientists learned about the causes of Colony Collapse Disorder?
  35. Why I Do Science: Kandis Elliot2011/11/23
    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.
  36. Growing Skin2011/11/16
    Biomedical researchers are investigating ways to 'grow' new skin in hopes that healing burns can be quicker, safer and more complete.
  37. Exoskeletons Walk Forward 2011/11/16
    An exoskeleton suit may seem like science fiction, turning ordinary humans into super heroes, but wearable robots are moving forward into reality.
  38. Why I Do Science: Danielle Reed2011/11/16
    If you can't abide Brussels sprouts and broccoli, your genes may be to blame. Geneticist Danielle Reed of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia studies differences in our perception of taste and smell. A small blip in DNA might determine if you're bitter blind or have a sweet tooth.
  39. Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct: Big Fixes for Big Quakes2011/11/09
    The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is hard at work on a $4.6 billion, decade-long construction project to overhaul the Hetch Hetchy water system, which delivers water from the Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite National Park and five local reservoirs to 2.5 million residents in the Bay Area.
  40. The Night Sky: Past and Present2011/11/09
    For over one hundred and fifty years, scientists have captured images of celestial objects scattered across the night sky. The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in North Carolina is attempting to save those historical records before they vanish into a black hole.
  41. Your Photos on QUEST: Mike Forsberg2011/11/09
    Mike Forsberg, a nationally renowned photographer, conservationist, and author from Nebraska, spent four years traveling 100,000 miles across the Great Plains—from North Dakota to Texas—to create a portrait of under-appreciated species and habitats of what many consider "flyover country."
  42. Science on the SPOT: Resurrecting the Dead2011/11/09
    QUEST travels to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to meet Dr. Spurlock, an anatomist and forensic reconstruction artist who uses clay to re-construct the faces of ancient humans in order to show what they looked like when alive. She also sketches more recently deceased individuals using only their remains in order to help law enforcement solve crimes.
  43. Asian Carp: Threat to Great Lakes2011/11/02
    The invasive Asian carp has wreaked havoc in the Mississippi River system. The voracious plankton eaters have out-competed native fish and have become the dominant species in many locations. If the carp reach the Great Lakes, they pose a threat to its $7 billion fishery, so a battle against them is taking place on many fronts.
  44. Cool Critters: Lake Erie Water Snake2011/11/02
    Within and along the waters of Lake Erie (one of the five Great Lakes), there is a daily struggle for survival between natives and unwelcomed invasive species.
  45. Science on the SPOT: The Science of Salt Glaze Pottery2011/10/27
    The art and science of salt glaze pottery requires skills and techniques acquired over generations of trial and error. Ben Owen III combines his family’s experiential knowledge of ceramics and additional scientific knowledge to create and improve his unique works of art.
  46. One Fish Two Fish: Monitoring Marine Protected Areas2011/09/28
    QUEST takes to the high seas with researcher Dirk Rosen to study the underwater world off the California coast. In recent years, the state has established a network of marine protected areas to help fragile habitats and struggling fish populations bounce back. But are they working?
  47. QUEST Lab: Engineering Fire2011/09/28
    In a dark lab at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, engineers and mathematicians are developing new burners and studying different flames in hopes of better understanding the power of fire and how to make the most efficient flame possible.
  48. Induced Seismicity: Man-Made Earthquakes2011/09/21
    In California, more renewable energy comes from geothermal energy than solar and wind, combined. Today, a new technology known as Enhanced Geothermal Systems has the potential to extract even more heat and consequently energy to power steam turbines, but it's not without challenges.
  49. Megathrust Earthquakes2011/09/21
    Experts warn that an offshore quake powerful enough to kill thousands and discharge a tsunami could hit the West Coast anytime. QUEST Northwest talks with geologists and seismologists about cutting edge research in earthquake prediction, and what it would look like if the next "Big One" hits close to home.
  50. QUEST Lab: The Shaking Table at UC Berkeley2011/09/21
    Khalid Mosalam and his colleagues at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center's Shaking Table Laboratory are helping to make communities safer in an earthquake.
  51. Airborne Wind Energy2011/09/14
    Looking up at the jet stream, Ken Caldera, a climate scientist from the Carnegie Institution of Global Ecology at Stanford University says, "We find that there’s more than 100 times the power necessary to power civilization in these high altitude winds."
  52. Your Videos on QUEST: Dan Griffin of GG Films2011/09/14
    "Ocean Babies on Acid" focuses on an experiment that Stephen Palumbi and UC Davis marine biologist Eric Sanford are doing to study the effects of ocean acidification on sea urchin larvae off the California and Oregon coasts.
  53. Your Photos on QUEST: Bryant Austin2011/09/07
    Scotts Valley photographer Bryant Austin swims eye-to-eye with the world's largest animals in order to bring attention to the plight of these intelligent ocean denizens.
  54. Sidelined: Sports Concussions2011/09/07
    Studying the effects of a concussion at its source, inside the brain, is no easy feat. Says Dr. Geoffrey Manley, Chief of Neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital, "What we’re dealing with is one of the most complicated injuries in the most complicated organ in the body."
  55. Science on the SPOT: Dark Matter: Inside the Compost Cycle2011/09/06
    How does San Francisco’s 600 tons of compostable waste become a nutrient-rich material that improves the quality of our local wines? Agronomist Bob Shaffer, Northern California's "compost guy," takes QUEST into the composting process.
  56. Science on the SPOT: Salt Creek Tiger Beetles2011/08/26
    The Salt Creek tiger beetle is one of the most endangered species in the United States, with only 200 to 500 beetles left. They're found only in a small saline wetland area just north of Lincoln, Nebraska. QUEST Nebraska reports.
  57. Science on the SPOT: Northern Pacific Rattlesnake Tracker2011/08/17
    Katie Colbert, a naturalist at the Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness, shares with us how she tracked dozens of Nothern Pacific Rattlesnakes and what surprised her about their movements and behaviors.
  58. Science on the SPOT: Rendezvous With Horseshoe Crabs2011/08/10
    Watch as thousands of prehistoric horseshoe crabs take over a beach in Delaware.
  59. Science on the SPOT: Bats Beneath Us2011/08/03
    Every summer, 250,000 bats take up residence under a freeway bridge in California's Central Valley. And each night, they exit the bridge in a stunning ribbon-like formation.
  60. Millie Hughes-Fulford: Scientist in Space2011/07/27
    One of the great things about my job is to be able to talk to some of the world's greatest and most charismatic scientists, like Professor Dan Costa of UC Santa Cruz.
  61. Why I Do Science: Dan Costa2011/07/27
    One of the great things about my job is to be able to talk to some of the world's greatest and most charismatic scientists, like Professor Dan Costa of UC Santa Cruz.
  62. Science on the SPOT: Green Eggs By The Gram - Sustainable Caviar2011/07/27
    Once an exotic product associated with royalty and overfishing, caviar is now being farmed sustainably right here in California.
  63. Science on the SPOT: Sound Waves - Listening to Orcas2011/07/20
    They are an icon of the Pacific Northwest, stirring a mix of fascination, awe and affection. Thousands of people come to the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound just to catch a glimpse of the Southern Resident orcas that call these waters home.
  64. Mt. Umunhum: Return to the Summit2011/07/19
    QUEST treks 3486 feet to the peak of Mt. Umunhum rising steeply above the Silicon Valley. During the Cold War the Air Force installed a sprawling radar station at the top of this mountain. For over 50 years the summit has been off limits to the public. Now it’s being cleaned up and will soon be opened again as open space.
  65. Web Extra: How Hummingbird Got Fire2011/07/19
    Mount Umunhum gets its name from the Ohlone word for hummingbird or "resting place of the hummingbird." Hummingbird is a central figure in the Ohlone creation story and an important part of their culture. Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah-Mutsun Ohlone tribal band, reads the legend of how Hummingbird got fire from the Badger People.
  66. Cool Critters: The Gray Fox2011/07/19
    QUEST visits with a rescued North American Gray Fox at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek. This elusive species is native to the Bay Area and happens to be the only member of the dog family who can climb trees.
  67. Science on the SPOT: Journey of the San Francisco Bay Trail2011/07/12
    A dedicated group of outdoor lovers and trail planners is working to build a 500-mile trail around San Francisco Bay. Come along as QUEST hikes and bikes the newest section.
  68. Science on the SPOT: Lupe the Mammoth Comes to Life2011/06/01
    In 2005, a partial skeleton of a juvenile mammoth was discovered along the Guadalupe River near downtown San Jose. Those bones and a full-scale replica will be featured in The Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose's mammoth exhibit, set to open June 11th. Learn more about these majestic creatures that roamed the Bay Area during the Ice Age with UC Museum of Paleontology's Kaitlin Maguire.
  69. Redwoods and Climate Change2011/05/25
    QUEST follows a group of UC Berkeley scientists to the top of a 320-foot redwood in Mendocino County. Only 5 percent of these ancient redwoods survived our voracious desire for their hardy and plentiful wood. Now scientists are trying to predict how the remaining ones and their descendants might fare in the face of climate change in the decades to come.
  70. QUEST Lab: Properties of Plastic2011/05/25
    Exploratorium Staff Scientist Julie Yu changes and manipulates the physical and chemical properties of plastic bottles by exposing them to heat. This is how plastic bags and bottles can be recycled and used over and over again.
  71. The Science & Art of Cheese2011/05/18
    Cheese. It comes in more than 2,000 varieties – hard, soft, fresh and aged - and it’s been with us for thousands of years. Take a journey to Cowgirl Creamery in West Marin to learn how artisan cheese is made and how scientists are putting cheese under the microscope to gain new insights about this incredible, edible food.
  72. Web Extra: The Terroir of Cheese2011/05/18
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  73. Your Photos on QUEST: Steven Christenson2011/05/18
    Most nature photographers put their cameras away at night. Not Steven Christenson. As the co-founder of the very successful Bay Area Night Photography group, he guides like-minded, low-light photographers to find interesting subjects after the sun goes down. Steven reveals his special process of photographing star trails for Your Photos on QUEST.
  74. Bats In Our Midst2011/05/11
    QUEST ventures under a Central Valley bridge to count the bats that make it their home. The bridge is one of the most important roosting places for Mexican free-tailed bats in the Central Valley, where this voracious insect-eating species protects the local crops from pests. Then meet two volunteers who take injured bats into their homes and nurse them to health.
  75. Field Notes: Brian Fisher in Madagascar2011/05/11
    Entomologist Brian Fisher braves raging rivers, and dense tropical forests as he travels the world searching for new species of ants before they are lost to habitat destruction. Experience a slice of Fisher's life and work through video footage from his field work with ants in Madagascar.
  76. Into the Deep with Elephant Seals2011/05/04
    Thousands of northern elephant seals – some weighing up to 4,500 pounds – make an annual migration to breed each winter at Año Nuevo State Reserve, on the San Mateo County coast. Marine biologists are using high-tech tools to explore the secrets of these amazing creatures, which can hold their breath for an hour and dive a mile below the surface.
  77. Searching for Life on Mars2011/05/04
    After multiple unmanned missions to Mars, we still don’t know if life has ever existed there. NASA scientists are hoping a new high-tech rover will help them solve the mystery. The Mars Science Laboratory is scheduled for launch in late 2011 and will search for any evidence that the Red Planet was once capable of supporting life.
  78. Your Videos on QUEST: Joshua Cassidy2011/05/04
    In his debut film, Life by the Tide, San Francisco filmmaker Joshua Cassidy takes an intimate look into the tide pools at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, CA. Your Videos on QUEST features an excerpt of Cassidy's film.
  79. Science on the SPOT: Banana Slugs Unpeeled2011/04/13
    One of the most beloved and iconic native species within the old growth redwood forests is the Pacific Banana Slug. QUEST goes on a hunt to find and introduce Ariolomax dolichophallus, a bright yellow slug with a big personality.
  80. Science on the SPOT: Secrets of Sourdough2011/03/24
    Since the Gold Rush days when prospectors baked loaves in their encampments, sourdough bread has been a beloved favorite of the Bay Area. But what is true sourdough bread? It's more than just the tangy flavor. Science on the SPOT visits with Maria Marco of UC Davis and baker Eduardo Morrell to learn more about the secret science of sourdough.
  81. Science on the SPOT: Fungus Fair2011/03/09
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  82. Science on the SPOT: Revisiting Albino Redwoods, Cracking the Code2011/02/23
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  83. Science on the SPOT: Revisiting Albino Redwoods, Biological Mystery2011/02/23
    UC Santa Cruz plant biologist Jarmila Pitterman and her students are studying rare albino redwood trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains to better understand the inner workings of these unusual plants. By learning how albino redwoods survive, they may unlock some of the mysteries of how redwood trees live and how they will weather things such as disease, drought or climate change.
  84. Science on the SPOT: Peregrine Falcons Up Close2011/02/09
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  85. Science on the SPOT: Open Source Creativity - Hackerspaces2011/01/26
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  86. Science on the SPOT: Restoring San Francisco's Lost Manzanita2011/01/19
    QUEST explores how the San Francisco Botanical Garden is toiling to bring one of the city's rarest native plants, the Franciscana manzanita, back from the brink of extinction.
  87. Science on the SPOT: Measuring Redwood Giants2010/12/17
    Forest ecologist Steve Sillett is leading a team of scientists as they climb and measure every branch of some of the last and tallest old growth redwoods in California. Their goal is to learn how these ancient giants have historically responded to climatic shifts and to monitor how they are being impacted today by global warming.
  88. Science on the SPOT: Watching the Tides2010/12/10
    Ocean tides rise and fall twice a day, influenced by the gravitational forces of the sun and moon. Studying tides' rhythmic movements helps us understand both the ocean and the cosmos. Astronomer Ben Burress explains how tides work, and QUEST visits Crissy Field in San Francisco to see the oldest continually operating tidal gauge in the Western Hemisphere.
  89. Science on the SPOT: Cal Academy Butterfly Collection2010/11/18
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  90. Science on the SPOT: Fire and Butterflies2010/10/27
    Can fire save the endangered Mission Blue Butterfly? The Golden Gate National Recreation Area experiments with using controlled burns to improve habitat for this critically imperiled Bay Area native.
  91. Science on the SPOT: Life on the Farallones2010/10/13
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  92. Science on the SPOT: Digging the Devil's Slide Tunnel2010/10/01
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  93. Science on the SPOT: Color By Nano - The Art of Kate Nichols2010/09/15
    Artist Kate Nichols longed to paint with the iridescent colors of butterfly wings, but no such pigments existed. So she became the first artist-in-residence at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to synthesize nanoparticles and incorporate them into her artwork.
  94. Science on the SPOT: Driverless Cars2010/09/03
    Meet Shelley, a car that drives itself. Researchers at Stanford University have developed an autonomous race car and plan on taking it on one of the toughest courses in the country. First, the car is taking them for a test ride at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.
  95. Science on the SPOT: Albino Redwoods, Ghosts of the Forest2010/08/26
    Pale ghosts that hide amidst their gigantic siblings, only a few dozen Albino redwood trees are known to exist. They are genetic mutants that lack the chlorophyll needed for photosynthesis-- how and why they survive is a scientific mystery. QUEST ventures into the deep canopy of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park near Felton, California to track down these elusive phantoms of the forest.
  96. Going UP: Sea Level Rise in San Francisco Bay2010/08/24
    Scientists say it's no secret San Francisco Bay is rising, along with all of the earth’s oceans. The reason -- global warming. This rise in sea level will affect everyone who lives, works, or plays near the bay. QUEST asks how high will the Bay rise and when? And what steps can communities take to plan for it?
  97. Why I Do Science: Edward O. Wilson2010/08/24
    As the "father of biodiversity," two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and guru of myrmecology (the study of ants), E. O. Wilson has been an inspiration to young scientists around the globe. Wilson discusses his life, his career, and his hope for the future of our living world.
  98. Homegrown Particle Accelerators2010/07/27
    QUEST journeys back to find out how physicists on the UC Berkeley campus in the 1930s, and at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in the 1970s, created "atom smashers" that led to key discoveries about the tiny constituents of the atom and paved the way for the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.
  99. Restoration of the San Joaquin River2010/07/20
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  100. Science on the SPOT: Science of Fog2010/07/20
    San Francisco 's fickle summer weather has earned it the nickname "Fog City." Science on the SPOT asks UC Berkeley's Todd Dawson to clear up the mysterious origins of this weather phenomenon, and share his research on how fog is integral to our state's ecology.
  101. Ants: The Invisible Majority2010/07/13
    Most of us think ants are just pests. But not Brian Fisher. Known as "The Ant Guy," he's on a mission to show the world just how important and amazing these little creatures are and in the process, catalog all of the world's 30,000 ant species before they become casualties of habitat loss. But he can't do it without our help.
  102. Your Photos on QUEST: Ron Wolf2010/07/13
    Think there's nothing to new to see outside? Take a closer look. Photographer Ron Wolf leads us on a hunt for fungi and slime molds, with their surprisingly ornate and elegant patterns, at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve in Los Altos.
  103. Science on the SPOT: Marine Sanctuary Patrol Flight2010/06/17
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  104. Amazing Jellies2010/05/25
    In our second episode of Science on the SPOT, join us on a behind-the-scenes trip deep into the massive collection of marine mammal skulls at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. You'd be surprised how much you can learn about an animal's life– and death– by reading their bones.
  105. Science on the SPOT: Skulls at the Cal Academy2010/05/20
    In our second episode of Science on the SPOT, join us on a behind-the-scenes trip deep into the massive collection of marine mammal skulls at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. You'd be surprised how much you can learn about an animal's life– and death– by reading their bones.
  106. Web Extra: Music of the Sun2010/05/19
    In this QUEST web extra, Stanford University astrophysicist Todd Hoeksema explains how solar sound waves are a vital ingredient to the science of helioseismology, whereby the interior properties of the sun are probed by analyzing and tracking the surface sound waves that bounce into and out of the Sun.
  107. Journey Into The Sun2010/05/18
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  108. Sun Quiz2010/05/18
    Test your knowledge about this mysterious, awesome and most vital of stars.
  109. Hepatitis C: The Silent Epidemic2010/05/11
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  110. The Great Migration2010/05/04
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  111. QUEST Lab: Bridge Thermometer2010/05/04
  112. Science of Taste2010/04/27
  113. Web Extra: City Egg, Country Egg2010/04/27
  114. Cool Critters: Dwarf Cuttlefish2010/04/27
  115. Plastic in the Pacific2010/04/20
  116. Catching Up on Sleep Science2010/04/13
  117. QUEST Quiz: Sleep2010/04/13
  118. The Great White Shark: Meet the Man in the Gray Suit2010/04/06
  119. The New Bay Bridge: Earthquake Makeover2010/04/06
  120. Web Extra: Sharks in Captivity2010/04/06
  121. QUEST Lab: Speed of Sound2010/04/06
  122. Suiting up for Science: Swimming With Sharks2010/04/06
  123. The Farallon Islands - "California's Galapagos"2009/10/13
  124. Maya Skies2009/10/13
  125. Your Photos on QUEST: Doug Nomura2009/10/13
  126. Why I Do Science: Drew Endy2009/10/06
  127. Mercury in San Francisco Bay2009/10/06
  128. QUEST - National Parks Special: Bringing the Parks to the People2009/09/29
  129. Illuminating Depression2009/09/22
  130. Youth Speaks Green: Simone Crew2009/09/22
  131. Algae Power2009/09/15
  132. QUEST Quiz: Algae2009/09/15
  133. Climate Watch: Unlocking the Grid2009/08/25
  134. Cool Critters: The Golden Eagle2009/07/28
  135. Scary Tsunamis2009/07/28
  136. Decoding Synthetic Biology2009/07/21
  137. Your Photos on QUEST: Harold Davis2009/07/21
  138. Hog Wild2009/07/14
  139. QUEST Lab: Newton's Laws of Motion2009/07/14
  140. Profile: Sylvia Earle2009/07/07
  141. Why I Do Science: Healy Hamilton2009/07/07
  142. The Sweet Science of Chocolate2009/06/16
  143. Cool Critters: Turkey Vultures2009/06/16
  144. Wastewater Woes: Sewage Spills in SF Bay2009/05/26
  145. QUEST Quiz: Sewage2009/05/26
  146. Seahorse Sleuths2009/05/19
  147. Asthma: What Brought on the Epidemic?2009/05/19
  148. QUEST Lab: The Resonator2009/05/19
  149. California's Lost Salmon2009/05/12
  150. Your Photos on QUEST: Randy Davis2009/05/12
  151. Goodbye to the Bevatron2009/04/20
  152. Climate Watch: California at the Tipping Point2009/04/14
  153. NASA Ames Rocket to the Moon2009/04/07
  154. The World's Most Powerful Microscope 2009/03/31
  155. Cool Critters: Opossums2009/03/31
  156. QUEST Lab: Five-Cent Battery2009/03/24
  157. Asteroid Hunters2009/03/24
  158. Zeppelins Resurrected2009/03/17
  159. Animal Chefs2009/03/17
  160. Your Photos on QUEST: Laura Watt2009/03/17
  161. Tracking Urban Lions2009/03/02
  162. Acidic Seas2009/02/11
  163. Chasing Beetles, Finding Darwin2009/02/10
  164. Geothermal Heats Up2008/11/18
  165. Your Photos on QUEST: John Albers-Mead2008/11/18
  166. Fido Fights Cancer2008/11/25
  167. Waiting for the Electric Car2008/11/25
  168. Inside an Explosion2008/11/25
  169. Ice Age Bay Area2008/11/18
  170. Eclipse Chasers2008/11/18
  171. Super Ball Fission2008/11/18
  172. Under the Microscope: Science Struggles in Schools2008/10/28
  173. Bio-Inspiration: Nature as Muse2008/10/21
  174. Underwater Wilderness: Creating Marine Protected Areas2008/10/21
  175. Make At Home: Tabletop Linear Accelerator2008/10/21
  176. WEB EXCLUSIVE: High-Speed Rail on the Ballot2008/10/17
  177. HIV Research: Beyond the Vaccine2008/10/14
  178. Artificial Intelligence: Thinking Big2008/10/14
  179. Cool Critters: Fruit Bats2008/10/14
  180. The Hayward Fault: Predictable Peril2008/09/30
  181. The Physics of Sailing2008/09/30
  182. Your Photos on QUEST: Cris Benton2008/09/30
  183. Autism: Searching for Causes2008/08/19
  184. Cal Academy Comes to Life2008/08/19
  185. QUEST Quiz: Water2008/08/19
  186. Ghost Fleet2008/08/12
  187. Macro Concerns in a Nano World2008/08/12
  188. Cool Critters: Hyenas2008/08/12
  189. Science Flexes its Muscles2008/07/29
  190. How Edison Got His Groove Back2008/07/29
  191. Why I Do Science2008/07/29
  192. Dark Energy2008/07/22
  193. Tracking Raindrops2008/07/22
  194. Your Photos on QUEST - Erin Malone2008/07/22
  195. State of Thirst: California's Water Future2008/07/15
  196. Web Exclusive: Tagging Pacific Predators Extended Interview2008/05/20
  197. Tagging Pacific Predators2008/05/20
  198. Darfur Stoves Project2008/05/20
  199. Nature Deficit Disorder2008/05/13
  200. Ugo Conti's Spider Boat2008/05/13
  201. Cool Critters: Great Horned Owls2008/05/13
  202. Disappearing Frogs2008/05/06
  203. Web Exclusive: Frogs in Decline, Interview with Professor Tyrone Hayes 2008/05/06
  204. QUEST Quiz: Frogs2008/05/06
  205. Emotions Revealed2008/04/29
  206. Amateur Astronomers2008/04/29
  207. Future History: Plastic Water Bottles2008/04/29
  208. Super Laser at the National Ignition Facility2008/04/15
  209. Resurveying California's Wildlife 100 Years Later2008/04/15
  210. MAKE it at Home: Table-Top Biosphere2008/04/15
  211. Astronomer Dr. Jill Tarter of SETI Institute2008/04/09
  212. Alzheimer's: Is the Cure in the Genes?2008/04/08
  213. Biofuels: Beyond Ethanol2008/04/08
  214. Cool Critters: Sharks of the Bay2008/04/08
  215. The Fierce Humboldt Squid2008/03/26
  216. SETI: The New Search for ET2008/04/01
  217. QUEST Lab: Aerogel2008/04/01
  218. Into the Inferno: The Science of Fire2007/09/25
  219. Do-it-Yourself Science: The Maker Faire2007/09/25
  220. Second Life: Big Avatar on Campus2007/09/25
  221. From Salt Ponds to Wetlands2007/09/18
  222. Watching the Brain at Work: MRIs and Beyond2007/09/18
  223. Sea 3-D: Charting the Ocean Floor2007/09/18
  224. Eat Less, Live Longer?2007/09/11
  225. Earthquakes: Breaking New Ground2007/09/11
  226. Your Photos on QUEST - Russ Morris2007/09/11
  227. Perilous Diesel2007/09/04
  228. The Reverse Evolution Machine2007/09/04
  229. Urban Forest 2.02007/09/04
  230. Napa Wineries Face Global Warming2007/07/31
  231. The Planet Hunters2007/07/31
  232. The Great Switch-Out2007/07/31
  233. Born Too Soon: Preterm Births on the Rise2007/07/24
  234. Illuminating the Northern Lights2007/07/24
  235. Falcon Fascination2007/07/24
  236. Better Bees: Super Bee and Wild Bee2007/07/17
  237. Landslide Detectives2007/07/17
  238. Story Time with Young Science Authors2007/07/17
  239. Wi-Fi Revolution2007/07/10
  240. Wetlands Time Machine2007/07/10
  241. From Waste To Watts: Biofuel Bonanza2007/07/10
  242. Out of the Park: The Physics of Baseball2007/07/03
  243. Please Touch the Animals: Environmental Enrichment at Zoos2007/07/03
  244. Solar City: The Future of Nanosolar2007/07/03
  245. Fatal Attraction: Birds and Wind Turbines2007/06/26
  246. Fur Seal Pup Rehab2007/06/26
  247. Coffee and Pi: Bay Area Science Cafés2007/06/26
  248. Stem Cell Gold Rush2007/05/29
  249. San Francisco Bay Invaders2007/05/29
  250. Lands End Facelift2007/05/29
  251. Video Games For All2007/05/01
  252. Underwater Flight with Graham Hawkes2007/05/01
  253. LIDAR: Lasers Nab Leadfoots2007/05/01
  254. George Smoot and the origin of the Universe2007/04/24
  255. Plant Plague: Sudden Oak Death2007/04/24
  256. Science of Big Waves2007/04/24
  257. Earth Day Special: Where We've Been, Where We're Headed2007/04/17
  258. Journey Into Darkness2007/03/27
  259. America's Last Whaling Station2007/03/27
  260. Nanotechnology Takes Off2007/03/27
  261. Green Building Revolution2007/03/20
  262. Elk Return to the Bay Area2007/03/20
  263. Super Microscope2007/03/20
  264. Green Burials2007/02/27
  265. California's High Speed Rail2007/02/27
  266. Ladybug Pajama Party2007/02/27
  267. Condors vs. Lead Bullets2007/02/20
  268. Genetic Testing through the Web2007/02/20
  269. San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers2007/02/20
  270. San Francisco Bay Debris2007/02/13
  271. Plug-In Hybrid Cars2007/02/13
  272. Forensic Identification2007/02/13
  273. NASA Ames Rocket to the Moon2007/02/06
  274. What's Killing the Sea Otters?2007/02/06
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