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Lauren Farrar

Lauren Farrar has a background in biology, education, and filmmaking and is a science education interactive media producer at KQED. She enjoys good weather, good food, and good times.

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How Can We Address Indoor Air Pollution?

Do Now: Science | February 26, 2015 | 2 Comments

How Can We Address Indoor Air Pollution?

To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #DoNowFire For more info on how to use Twitter, click here. Do Now What are the challenges of addressing indoor air pollution caused by solid fuel fires for cooking […]

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How Do Greenhouse Gases Work?

Science | February 25, 2015

How Do Greenhouse Gases Work?

Climate change is primarily caused by the accumulation of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere. Click on the interactive to explore how greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere.

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What Happens When Wood Burns?

Science | February 19, 2015

What Happens When Wood Burns?

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

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The Keeling Curve Explained

Science | February 18, 2015

The Keeling Curve Explained

The Keeling Curve is one of the most compelling pieces of scientific evidence that shows that carbon dioxide (CO2) is accumulating in our atmosphere. Click on the red circles in the interactive to learn more about the Keeling Curve, which plots CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere over time.

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Career Spotlight: Research Scientist and Mechanical Engineer

Science | February 13, 2015

Career Spotlight: Research Scientist and Mechanical Engineer

Vi Rapp is a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and focuses her research on improving combustion systems. One aspect of her work is designing cleaner, more efficient cookstoves. Watch this video to learn more about Vi Rapp.

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What Are Greenhouse Gases and Where Do They Come From?

Science | February 11, 2015

What Are Greenhouse Gases and Where Do They Come From?

Climate change is primarily caused by the accumulation of greenhouse gases, or heat-trapping gases, in the atmosphere. Click on the touch icons in the interactive to see sources of the main greenhouse gases.

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Evidence of Global Warming

Science | February 4, 2015

Evidence of Global Warming

Scientists around the globe have noticed that over the last 40 years Earth, as a whole, has been warming. This phenomenon, known as global warming, is affecting regional climates differently. View this interactive graphic to learn about its effects.

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Career Spotlight: Earth System Scientist and Terrestrial Ecologist

Science | January 28, 2015

Career Spotlight: Earth System Scientist and Terrestrial Ecologist

Meet Jennifer Holm, an Earth system scientist and terrestrial ecologist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She uses climate models to study how forests are changing as a result of climate change and how that may impact the future climate.

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What Is Climate Change?

Science | January 21, 2015

What Is Climate Change?

There’s a lot of talk about climate change in the news, but it’s a topic that can be really hard to understand. What exactly is climate change? Click on the interactive map in this post to see major climate zones in the United States.

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Should We Fund Space Exploration?

6 -12 Science | November 25, 2014 | 18 Comments

Should We Fund Space Exploration?

Human space travel has long been a subject of fascination and scientific inquiry. Should we fund space exploration, or would the money be better spent elsewhere?

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