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To What Extent Should Organisms Be Collected from the Wild? Students Weigh In

Science | May 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

To What Extent Should Organisms Be Collected from the Wild? Students Weigh In

There has been a recent debate among scientists about the necessity and effectiveness of collecting specimens from the wild. Read what students had to say about what extent museums and aquariums should be collecting organisms from the wild.

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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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A Brief History of Earth Day

Science | April 21, 2015

A Brief History of Earth Day

Here’s a quick quiz about the history of Earth Day.

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What’s the Best Path to a Sustainable Future? Students Weigh In

Science | April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

What’s the Best Path to a Sustainable Future? Students Weigh In

There is no doubt that human consumption can have a negative effect on our environment. Read what students had to say when asked, What’s the best way to create a sustainable future in a changing climate — through government regulation, or through changing people’s habits and attitudes?

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Why Do Scientists and the Public Disagree? Students Weigh In

Science | April 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Why Do Scientists and the Public Disagree? Students Weigh In

Recent surveys done by The Pew Research Center in collaboration with the AAAS show that scientists and adults in the United States have differing views on many science-related issues. Hear what students had to say when asked why there is this often difference of opinion.

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E-book: Engineering Is Bringing Fish Up from the Deep

Science | April 2, 2015

E-book: Engineering Is Bringing Fish Up from the Deep

The ocean’s mysterious twilight zone is home to a wealth of fish species, many that are new to researchers. In this e-book from KQED, discover how scientists from the California Academy of Sciences engineered a device to safely transport live fish from the twilight zone back to the Academy’s aquarium for further study.

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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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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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