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Danna Staaf

Danna is a marine biologist, a science writer, a novelist, an artist, and an educator. She helped found the outreach program Squids4Kids, illustrated The Game of Science,
and has blogged at Squid A Day
since 2009. She holds a BA in Creative Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a PhD in Baby Squid from Stanford. She lives in San Jose with her husband, daughter, and cats.

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Spineless: New Photography Collection Celebrates Our Undersea Cousins

KQED Science | December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Spineless: New Photography Collection Celebrates Our Undersea Cousins

A new book about marine invertebrates celebrates the sumptuous beauty of our lesser-known cousins.

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Helix Science Center in Los Altos Will Close Its Doors at the End of November

KQED Science | November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Helix Science Center in Los Altos Will Close Its Doors at the End of November

Helix, a Los Altos "community science center" run by the Exploratorium, will close its doors on November 30. The 5,000-square-foot space brought hands-on science exhibits, a classroom with ever-changing activities and a museum gift shop to downtown Los Altos.

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Bay Area Scientists Artfully Present Their Research in Oakland Exhibit

KQED Science | October 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

Bay Area Scientists Artfully Present Their Research in Oakland Exhibit

“Experimental Space” is the latest show at Oakland art gallery Aggregate Space, consisting of images and videos created by scientists in the course of their research.

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Dancing with Atoms: Innovative Art Advances Computing and Chemistry

KQED Science | September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Dancing with Atoms: Innovative Art Advances Computing and Chemistry

We humans are naturally enchanted by life at scales smaller than our own. An imaginative art installation can draw you into the sub-microscopic realm with the compelling immersion of a video game.

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Pretty but Prickly: the Defenses of California Plants

KQED Science | September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pretty but Prickly: the Defenses of California Plants

Discover the beauty of sharpness and learn how to tell the difference between thorns, spines, and prickles.

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Artist Will Take a 13-Hour Watery Stand to Draw Attention to Rising Seas

KQED Science | August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Artist Will Take a 13-Hour Watery Stand to Draw Attention to Rising Seas

A performance artist will stand in San Francisco Bay for a tidal cycle of thirteen hours to dramatize the challenge of rising seas. At high tide, she'll be covered up to her neck.

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Communicating Science Through an Artistic Lens at Stanford

KQED Science | July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Communicating Science Through an Artistic Lens at Stanford

Stanford scientist Sue McConnell will receive $1 million over the next five years to sustain a program that teaches biology seniors to communicate science to the public through art.

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Famous Sunset Paintings Reflect Key Air Pollution Events From the Past

KQED Science | June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Famous Sunset Paintings Reflect Key Air Pollution Events From the Past

Data about volcanic eruptions and industrial pollution are encoded in great works of art.

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An Unusual Stanford Art Exhibit Draws Upon Disease for Inspiration

KQED Science | May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

An Unusual Stanford Art Exhibit Draws Upon Disease for Inspiration

Imagine entering an art museum, only to recognize a disease you've struggled with. A variety of maladies are featured in the exhibit “Inside Rodin’s Hands: Art, Technology, and Surgery at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center.

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World’s Largest “Tentacles” Exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium Will Cultivate Its Own Cephalopods

KQED Science | April 8, 2014 | 2 Comments

World’s Largest “Tentacles” Exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium Will Cultivate Its Own Cephalopods

The Monterey Bay Aquarium's new exhibit will be the world’s largest, most diverse display of octopuses, squid and cuttlefish. To pull it off, aquarists are coaxing reproduction from the most reluctant critters.

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Can Cultivating Compassion Lead to Happiness?

KQED Science | March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Can Cultivating Compassion Lead to Happiness?

Compassion makes us happy, but the internet makes us jerks. Is there a way to cultivate kindness in the digital age?

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Using Art to Imagine a Restored Bay Delta Watershed

KQED Science | February 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Using Art to Imagine a Restored Bay Delta Watershed

The San Francisco Bay Delta watershed is enormous. It has also been enormously altered. Volunteer, non-profit and government efforts have all done a great deal to restore the watershed. But according to Derek Hitchcock, an ecologist with The Watershed Project, “Cultural healing is needed before watershed healing.”

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Stunning Fish Skeletons Serve Science and Art

KQED Science | January 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stunning Fish Skeletons Serve Science and Art

Cleared and stained skeletons are strikingly beautiful. But not many people outside the lab would ever know it—until now. "Cleared" is an exhibit of stained fish skeletons currently on display at the Seattle Aquarium, prepared and photographed by Adam P. Summers. Recently, Summers and his colleagues used a cleared and stained manta ray to discover how these curiously flat fish filter food out of the water.

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Here’s Some Sweet Research: Increased Chocolate Consumption Linked to Less Body Fat

KQED Science | December 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Here’s Some Sweet Research: Increased Chocolate Consumption Linked to Less Body Fat

‘Tis the season to indulge—and perhaps make up for it at New Year’s with a resolution to exercise more. But what if all that chocolate doesn’t require penitence? A new paper has linked chocolate consumption to reduced “fatness” in European teens. This confirms and extends a recent study from UCSD that found a similar link in Californian adults.

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Creepy Cat Eyes Inspire Road Markers (And Other Unexpectedly Interesting Inventions)

KQED Science | November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Creepy Cat Eyes Inspire Road Markers (And Other Unexpectedly Interesting Inventions)

Nature's inventiveness often inspires human innovation, as in the well-known case of Velcro. Learn about other inventions featured in "Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things," an exhibit currently on display at the San Jose Museum of Art.

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A Squid’s Switchable Cells Offer Key to Camouflage

KQED Science | October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

A Squid’s Switchable Cells Offer Key to Camouflage

New research shows that market squid may have something to offer the engineering sector: skin cells that can switch between transparent and white. Humans could use these cells to develop new bio-inspired materials; squid probably use them for cross-dressing.

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Kids Explore the World Through Science Photography at San Jose’s Children’s Discovery Museum

KQED Science | September 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kids Explore the World Through Science Photography at San Jose’s Children’s Discovery Museum

The San Jose Children's Discovery Museum has a new program that introduces seventh, eighth and ninth graders to digital SLR cameras and the basic principles of photography. It's also a first-time science experience for many students.

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