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Predatory Plant: Lure of the Cobra Lily

KQED Science | March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Predatory Plant: Lure of the Cobra Lily

What lurks inside a hungry pitcher plant? The cobra lily, a carnivorous plant native to California, uses deception, patience and bacteria to catch and digest its prey. Watch it in action.

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Science of Beer: Tapping the Power of Brewer’s Yeast

KQED Science | February 11, 2014 | 3 Comments

Science of Beer: Tapping the Power of Brewer’s Yeast

Whether it’s a lager or ale, sour or bitter, dark or light, most beer has one thing in common: yeast. KQED Science visits a commercial yeast laboratory and a local brewery to reveal how this key ingredient is a major player in both science history and beer production.

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Our Top Science Stories from 2013

KQED Science | December 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Our Top Science Stories from 2013

From the debut of the world's largest solar plant to Comet ISON, zombified bees to the physics of sailing — it's been another year of diverse storytelling from the KQED Science team. Here's a round-up of our top 10 stories (based on page views) that you've enjoyed in 2013.

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200 Geeks, 24 Hours: Science Hack Day in San Francisco

KQED Science | December 3, 2013 | 1 Comment

200 Geeks, 24 Hours: Science Hack Day in San Francisco

What happens when you fill up a giant space with over 200 eager science fans from around the Bay Area for a weekend? You get Science Hack Day San Francisco, a two-day event where a diverse group of "hackers" -- from developers and designers to scientists and students -- works side-by-side to see what they can quickly create within 24 consecutive hours.

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Silicon Valley VC’s Take on Successful Space Startups

KQED Science | November 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Silicon Valley VC’s Take on Successful Space Startups

Steve Jurvetson is a leading Silicon Valley venture capitalist and a board member of rocket maker and launch services company, SpaceX. He shares what it takes to launch a successful start-up in the high-stakes space industry.

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Silicon Valley Goes to Space

KQED Science | November 18, 2013 | 8 Comments

Silicon Valley Goes to Space

Commercial space ventures are taking off and opening up space like never before. With its culture of risk and game-changing startups, Silicon Valley is playing a starring role in many of these new space companies. But risks and costs emerge with the increasing privatization of space.

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ZomBees: Flight of the Living Dead

KQED Science | October 31, 2013 | 2 Comments

ZomBees: Flight of the Living Dead

Something strange and unsettling is happening to Bay Area honeybees. Entomologists at San Francisco State University have identified the culprit: a tiny parasitic fly is causing the bees to exhibit bizarre nocturnal behaviors before suffering a gruesome demise.

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Why Does a Curveball Curve?

KQED Science | October 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Why Does a Curveball Curve?

With the World Series in full swing, most Americans would probably say they know the basic rules of baseball: the pitcher throws it, the batter hits it, three strikes and you’re out. But underneath it all, the rules that truly govern this game are the laws of physics. “When you go to a ballgame you’re […]

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NASA’s ‘Mohawk Guy’ on the Search for Signs of Life on Mars

KQED Science | October 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

NASA’s ‘Mohawk Guy’ on the Search for Signs of Life on Mars

NASA's "Engineer with a Mohawk" has become a pop culture phenom (62,000 Twitter followers isn't too shabby). But under that comb beats the heart of a true explorer, as we found when he dropped by for a visit.

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Science on the SPOT: Chasing Pumas

KQED Science | September 13, 2013 | 1 Comment

Science on the SPOT: Chasing Pumas

Join a research team from University of California, Santa Cruz as they track, tranquilize and collar a wild puma. The special GPS collars collect data on the puma’s location and behavior, and they reveal how the big cats survive in their shrinking habitat in the Bay Area.

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QUEST | February 5, 2013

Science on the SPOT: Preserving the Forest of the Sea

"Walking down the stacks, you almost feel like you’re in Indiana Jones looking for the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant," said Kathy Ann Miller, PhD, a curator and seaweed expert as she led me down a long, nondescript corridor flanked by row upon row of one ...

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QUEST | November 20, 2012

Science on the SPOT: Shadows and Spiders– A Secret Cave in California

Human beings have always been fascinated with caves. These clandestine spaces carved by mysterious forces elicit our natural curiosity, while at the same time the foreboding depth of their darkness creates a very visceral apprehension. Coupled with the baseline fear of earthquakes that many of us in California share, caves ...

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QUEST | June 27, 2012

Science on the SPOT: Up all Night with SOFIA, NASA's Flying Observatory

Seen from the exterior with its rear canopy closed, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) aircraft looks much like a typical jumbo jet you might see at any airport– perhaps even reminiscent of another well-known, heavily modified Boeing 747, Air Force One. "SOFIA has a lot of characteristics ...

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QUEST | April 18, 2012

Science on the SPOT: New Hope for Heart Repair

More than 5 million people in the United States live with damaged hearts that make it difficult to walk and carry out other simple daily tasks. Pacemakers and drugs can help, but they don’t repair the heart muscle that has died as a result of a heart attack or clogged ...

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QUEST | April 6, 2012

Science on the SPOT: Monarch Meetup

Bugs normally don’t garner much adoration from people, but monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) are an exception. Monarch butterflies are arguably the most beloved and instantly identifiable insect in the United Sates. Perhaps nowhere else does an insect receive higher regard than in Pacific Grove, CA, which has gone so far ...

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QUEST | November 23, 2011

Science on the SPOT: National Wildlife Health Center Investigates

National Wildlife Health Center Investigates Educator Guide ( pdf ) A resource for using QUEST media in the classroom; created by QUEST Wisconsin. The setting could almost pass for a peaceful wildlife refuge, but for the daily rumbling of the Fed-Ex truck on the winding gravel ...

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QUEST | November 10, 2011

Science on the SPOT: Resurrecting the Dead

As Director of Human Health at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Dr. Linda Spurlock’s job is to educate the public through exhibits, programming, and health education classes. But, from time to time, she is asked to utilize her unique scientific training as a biological anthropologist and forensic artist ...

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QUEST | October 27, 2011

Science on the SPOT: The Science of Salt Glaze Pottery

The Owen family can trace their pottery roots back six generations, so far back that their family’s artwork now rest in the The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC. Ben Owen III has been making pottery since he was big enough to sit ...

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QUEST | September 6, 2011

Science on the SPOT: Dark Matter: Inside the Compost Cycle

Every day, San Francisco’s compostables – all 600 tons of them – are hauled away from the city. I found myself asking, “Where does it all go?” While looking for the answers, I found agronomist Bob Shaffer. Shaffer started out as a farmer, but soon realized that he was more interested ...

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QUEST | August 26, 2011

Science on the SPOT: Salt Creek Tiger Beetles

Salt Creek Tiger Beetle Educator Guide ( pdf ) A resource for using QUEST Nebraska video in the classroom; created by PBS/NPR partner station NET. If you ever want to meet someone enthusiastic about their job, catch up with the staff that works in the

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