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

Science | August 7, 2015

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

Poop contains a lot of interesting stuff including tons of microbes, like bacteria. Depending on our own health, our poop can harbor both helpful and harmful microbes.

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Cleaning Poop from Drinking Water

Science | July 31, 2015

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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What Would You Explore with a Foldscope?

Do Now | July 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

What Would You Explore with a Foldscope?

A bioengineer at Stanford University has designed an inexpensive, origami microscope–called a Foldscope–to allow people from around the world to make discoveries and answer their own questions. What would you explore with a Foldscope?

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Career Spotlight: Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Graduate Student

Science | July 23, 2015

Career Spotlight: Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Graduate Student

Elijah Martin is a second-year graduate student in the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology program at University of California, San Francisco. He works in the laboratory of Dr. Deepak Srivastava at the Gladstone Institutes. Martin studies how the heart forms to try to understand the causes of heart disease in order to develop therapies.

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Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

Science | July 22, 2015

Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

The Foldscope costs less than a dollar to produce and could have major implications for global health and for science education.

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Science Spotlight: Bending Light with a New Kind of Microscope

Science | July 21, 2015

Science Spotlight: Bending Light with a New Kind of Microscope

Manu Prakash, a bioengineer at Stanford University, has created a fully functional microscope out of waterproof paper that uses teeny-tiny lenses to magnify objects. He calls it a Foldscope. The different parts of the microscope are printed on paper, which the user punches out and folds together. The Foldscope requires no power outlets and works with standard microscope slides.

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Career Spotlight: Water Quality Specialist

Science | July 21, 2015

Career Spotlight: Water Quality Specialist

Meet Melanie Harrison, a water quality specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA). She helps protect and restore threatened and endangered fish by evaluating development projects.

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Activity: Air Pressure, It’s in the Bag

Science | July 17, 2015

Activity: Air Pressure, It’s in the Bag

In this activity, students are asked to create a change in air pressure using a garbage bag and vacuum cleaner, then create an illustration, model or concept map that explains what is happening.

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Career Spotlight: Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Graduate Student

Science | May 14, 2015

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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Bending Light with a New Kind of Microscope

Science | May 7, 2015

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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