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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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What Would You Explore with a Foldscope?

Do Now | May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 | 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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Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

Science | May 1, 2015

Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

“What if you could drop microscopes literally around the world from an airplane?” Manu Prakash, a professor of bioengineering at Stanford University would often joke with his team. This musing actually heavily influenced the design of their new microscope, a paper origami microscope that can be used for diagnosing diseases in developing countries.

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Career Spotlight: Biologist

Science | March 20, 2015

Career Spotlight: Biologist

Meet Matt Wandell, a biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences. His work involves feeding the animals, cleaning the tanks and making sure everything in the aquarium stays healthy. Wandell also participates in research expeditions to survey coral reefs and collect organisms. Watch this video to learn more about Matt and what he does.

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Science Spotlight: Fish, Swim Bladders and Boyle’s Law

Science | March 13, 2015

Science Spotlight: Fish, Swim Bladders and Boyle’s Law

Watch this demonstration of Boyle’s Law that shows how changes in pressure affect a fish’s swim bladder.

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Water Vapor’s Role in Climate Change

Science | March 11, 2015

Water Vapor’s Role in Climate Change

Water covers nearly three-quarters of Earth. It is continuously moving above, on and below Earth’s surface, cycling among ice, liquid water and vapor. Discover how water and climate affect each other using this interactive.

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Career Spotlight: Water Program Director

Science | March 9, 2015

Career Spotlight: Water Program Director

Heather Cooley analyzes water data to help inform how to manage California’s water supply. Her job involves working with other scientists and agencies to look at water availability and use in California.

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Bringing Fish Up from the Deep

Science | March 5, 2015

Bringing Fish Up from the Deep

Scientists at the California Academy of Sciences have designed a portable decompression chamber to safely bring new fish species up from the twilight zone.

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Ocean Acidification and Marine Life

Science | March 4, 2015

Ocean Acidification and Marine Life

Since the Industrial Revolution in the late 1700s, we have been mining and burning coal, oil and natural gas for energy and transportation.. Click through the arrows to see how ocean acidification is affecting some shelled marine organisms.

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