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What’s the Best Path to a Sustainable Future?

Science | March 17, 2015 | 116 Comments

What’s the Best Path to a Sustainable Future?

As we face the consequences of a changing climate, many people wonder how we can most effectively change the consumptive habits of U.S. citizens. Is it more effective to change people’s behavior and attitudes or have the government implement regulations?

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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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Should We Modify DNA in Human Embryos? Students Weigh In

Science | March 11, 2015 | 1 Comment

Should We Modify DNA in Human Embryos? Students Weigh In

There is a lot of controversy surrounding the UK’s February 3rd decision to authorize mitochondrial DNA modification in embryos. This new law has taken on the names “three-person embryo” and “three-person babies” law. There is no doubting the social complications and controversy that this law may bring about. People who support the UK’s decision argue […]

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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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Students Discuss the Ethics of Animal Testing

Science | March 2, 2015 | 1 Comment

Students Discuss the Ethics of Animal Testing

Using animals to test for scientific and commercial purposed is a complicated and controversial issue. View what students had to say when asked, When should animals be used for research or industry testing, if ever? Explain your reasoning. Do you think that we should use animal testing in scientific and industry research? When? What kinds of regulations do you think industries should have for using animals in research?

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“Engineering Is” for the Next Generation

Science | February 26, 2015

“Engineering Is” for the Next Generation

Explore the connections between engineering and science with KQED’s new, free e-book, Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves. Learn how researchers designed a new, more efficient cookstove to improve the quality of life for families in Darfur.

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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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