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Since You Can’t Ride BART Across the Bay This Weekend, Might As Well Learn about Its Origins

News & Civics | August 1, 2015

Since You Can’t Ride BART Across the Bay This Weekend, Might As Well Learn about Its Origins

The Bay Area Rapid Transit system transports nearly 400,000 passengers on an average weekday. It’s the nation’s fifth-largest rail system, with 104-miles of track stretching from the far reaches of the Bay Area’s eastern suburbs to San Francisco International Airport, south of the city.

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Engineering is…Solving Poop Problems

General | July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Engineering is…Solving Poop Problems

Here is a sneak peek of a new KQED video, Cleaning Poop from Drinking Water. This video is part of our Engineering Is: Cleaning Poop from Drinking Water e-book. The e-book explores the science and engineering principles behind the Lotus Water project’s device designed to purify drinking water in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The e-book includes videos, […]

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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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KQED Science Needs Your Input!

General | July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

KQED Science Needs Your Input!

Science teachers—we’ve reformatted our science and engineering e-books and we’d like to know what you think! Sign up to be part of an exclusive focus group and partner with KQED staff and an independent evaluator to explore our multimedia-rich e-books. Your input can influence how the materials are used. Participants will receive a $50 gift […]

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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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Ranu Mukherjee’s Hybrid Films

Art School | July 27, 2015

Ranu Mukherjee’s Hybrid Films

Ranu Mukherjee created the term hybrid film to describe her dynamic, animated artworks created with hundreds of layers of photography, paintings and digital imagery.

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Submit Your Video for A Global Film Project About Character

Community Voices | July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Submit Your Video for A Global Film Project About Character

Why does character matter? What are the skills you need to flourish in the 21st Century? A global “cloud filmmaking” project led by Tiffany Shlain launched with a film about The Science of Character, and she is now gathering entries from students, teachers and communities for a new film, The Adaptable Mind. Use your mobile […]

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How the Birthplace of the Modern Ku Klux Klan Became America’s Largest Confederate Monument

News & Civics | July 27, 2015

How the Birthplace of the Modern Ku Klux Klan Became America’s Largest Confederate Monument

This is Stone Mountain, and it’s become part of a heated national debate about Confederate flags and monuments, an issue that flared anew last month after a young man with suspected white supremacist leanings allegedly murdered nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC.

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Amazing Grace: Presidential Clemency Works and Why Obama’s Letting 46 Drug Offenders Out of Prison

News & Civics | July 24, 2015

Amazing Grace: Presidential Clemency Works and Why Obama’s Letting 46 Drug Offenders Out of Prison

President Obama last week (July 13) commuted the sentences of 46 inmates in federal prison, all of whom were serving time for non-violent drug offenses, mostly related to cocaine trafficking.

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

Science | July 23, 2015

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

The new, media-rich e-book from QUEST, Engineering Is Bringing Fish Up from the Deep, explores the story of how Academy scientists designed a portable decompression chamber in order to safely transport fish discovered on their expeditions to the Philippines.

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