QUEST- Back to Science, All New Television Episodes start September 12: See Cells in 3-D, Investigate Nuclear Energy, Discover Antarctica’s Seals and Hunt for Black Holes


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San Francisco — From the streets to the lab and from your own backyard to the far reaches of the planet and the depths of space, make new discoveries with QUEST, KQED’s multimedia science series, which begins new television episodes on Wednesday, September 12, at 7:30pm on KQED 9.

On September 12, QUEST looks through an amazing new microscope —developed in Berkeley— that uses X-rays to generate 3D views of cells. And, QUEST explores Bay Area astrophotographer Rogelio Bernal Andreo’s colorful, wide-field images of deep sky objects like galaxies, nebulae and star clusters.

In the September 19th episode, QUEST meets a Bay Area researcher working to design a safer nuclear reactor to help meet the world’s energy demands, and QUEST travels to icy Antarctica to study hardy Weddell seals with a U.C. Santa Cruz marine biologist.

On September 26, QUEST hunts for black holes with NASA’s new X-ray vision space telescope to unlock the secrets of these invisible space oddities. QUEST also, discovers the motion-activated cameras at Stanford’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve which provide scientists a window into the secret lives of the animals there.

Finally, on October 10, QUEST investigates how climate change is impacting California’s massive farming industry. QUEST also meets ocean scientist Stephen Palumbi, who reflects on his career studying tropical corals.

For more science, listen to QUEST Radio Mondays at 6:30 and 8:30am and explore QUEST ’s science blog, Web-only videos, educator materials and more at

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