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E-book: Engineering Is Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

Science | July 22, 2015

E-book: Engineering Is Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

The new, media-rich e-book from QUEST, Engineering Is Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes, tells the story of how Stanford University bioengineer Manu Prakash and his colleagues designed a lightweight, inexpensive, robust, paper microscope in order to help people in developing countries and remote areas diagnose diseases.

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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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The Role of Public Spaces

Do Now | July 20, 2015 | 5 Comments

The Role of Public Spaces

  FEATURED VIDEO: Andres Amador’s Earthscapes: Art that Goes Out with the Tide Using public beaches as his canvas and rakes as his brushes, Andres Amador creates large-scale artworks that explore nature’s geometry — and life’s impermanence. Do Now What do you believe is the role of public spaces? Public spaces can be physical (ie., a […]

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Totally Confused about the Greek Economic Crisis? Here’s the Deal

News & Civics | July 20, 2015

Totally Confused about the Greek Economic Crisis? Here’s the Deal

Greece is in the middle of a debt crisis. The government is running out of cash and doesn’t have enough to pay back what it owes.

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What’s the Deal with the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

News & Civics | July 20, 2015

What’s the Deal with the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

The majority of products we purchase — from cars to clothing, computers to smartphones, even lots of foods — are manufactured (or grown) through a vast global production process.

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Heat Map (Literally): Real-Time Interactive Wildfire Trackers

News & Civics | July 20, 2015

Heat Map (Literally): Real-Time Interactive Wildfire Trackers

Wildfire season is upon us, as California and other bone dry western states brace for what is all but guaranteed to be another flammable summer.

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Make With KQED and CLMOOC

Events | July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Make With KQED and CLMOOC

KQED will be hosting a make cycle for educators to make, play, learn and connect.

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Explainer: What Are Sanctuary Cities?

News & Civics | July 17, 2015

Explainer: What Are Sanctuary Cities?

Local sanctuary policies are in the national spotlight after an undocumented immigrant with a long criminal history was charged with killing a 32-year-old woman July 1 on a San Francisco pier.

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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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