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Location:

San Francisco, CA

Networks:

KQED

Description:

QUEST is an award-winning multimedia science and environment series created by KQED, San Francisco, the public media station serving Northern California. Launched in February 2007, by the end of its fourth season (in September 2010), QUEST had reached approximately 36 million viewers and listeners through its traditional TV and radio broadcasts and its growing Web audience. QUEST’s ultimate aim is to raise science literacy in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, inspiring audiences to discover and explore science and environment issues for themselves.

Language:

English


Episodes

Nature Provides Its Own Flood Control. Time to Use It?

3/27/2017
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A new approach to flood control favors restoring natural floodplains along rivers whose aging levees are failing.

Duration: 00:04:18


New Coastal Commission Director Plans to Fight the Trump Administration

3/20/2017
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The California Coastal Commission's new Executive Director pledges to protect the state's coastline even as President Trump vows to rollback environmental regulations.

Duration: 00:04:38


These California Ranchers Welcome Trump’s Policies … Here’s Why

3/13/2017
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The plight of ranchers in Tehama County points to the heart of the political divide.

Duration: 00:04:52


Moon Travel Must: Have a Big Checkbook

3/6/2017
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SETI Astronomer Seth Shostak says privatized space tourism, like SpaceX's moonshot for millionaires, will bring the price of space travel down for everyone.

Duration: 00:04:52


Winter Rains Leave Forests Flush With Fungi

2/27/2017
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Mushrooms foragers are harvesting buckets of fungi from wet forests, but its not just wild mushroom that are on the rise. Demand for commercial mushrooms is also skyrocketing.

Duration: 00:04:52


Scientists and Fishermen Scramble to Save Northern California's Kelp Forests

1/30/2017
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California fishermen and marine biologists are working to revive the coast's disappearing kelp forest.

Duration: 00:04:52


California Startup Saves Companies Millions and Combats Climate Change

1/24/2017
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Sunnyvale resident Mark Chung came home from vacation to a huge energy bill. Figuring out what happened gave him an idea for combating climate change.

Duration: 00:06:57


Why Climate Change Continues to Be a Tough Sell

1/9/2017
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Why do nearly half of Americans still doubt the science? Researchers who study the question weigh in on the underlying fears and perceptions.

Duration: 00:06:40


When Scientists Failed Them, Parents Unlocked Genetics of Kids’ Disease

12/19/2016
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With no background in science, these parents were able to identify the gene causing their childrens' rare disease.

Duration: 00:05:03


Heat-Seeking Drones Could Reduce Fire Deaths

12/12/2016
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Attach a thermal imaging camera to a drone and you have a powerful fire-fighting tool that can save precious minutes.

Duration: 00:04:59


Why Renewable Energy Companies Aren’t So Scared of Trump

12/5/2016
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Trump's campaign rhetoric cast a dark cloud over solar and wind development -- but market forces and state commitments could maintain momentum for renewable energy.

Duration: 00:03:58


How Do You Know Which Medical Information on Wikipedia to Trust?

11/28/2016
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Medical professionals and students are working to improve Wikipedia entries on health and medicine in hopes of providing more reliable information to the public.

Duration: 00:06:59


In Vallejo, Proposed Cement Mill Divides a Community

11/21/2016
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Orcem California wants to turn the old flour mill in south Vallejo into a cement mill.

Duration: 00:05:08


How a Sound Guru Got From Synthesizers to the Music of Nature

11/14/2016
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Bernie Krause is widely known for his seminal work in the emerging field of natural soundscape ecology -- but he was also a pioneer in the music form we've come to call electronica.

Duration: 00:06:45


Desalination: Why Tapping Seawater Has Slowed to a Trickle in California

10/31/2016
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Even after six years of drought, tapping the sea for drinking water is proving to be a tough sell. Cost is a major obstacle.

Duration: 00:06:38


Can Ecstasy Help Relieve the Epidemic of Social Anxiety Among Autistic People?

10/24/2016
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Daniel Au Valencia had always gotten the message she talked wrong, stood wrong, looked at people wrong. So she signed up for an experimental trial on the efficacy of MDMA on social anxiety.

Duration: 00:07:17


Your Devices Are Probably Eroding Your Productivity. Here's Why.

10/17/2016
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UCSF neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley says our brains can't multitask, and when we try to force them to, we lose focus.

Duration: 00:04:46


New Stem Cell Technology Could Make Life Easier for Kidney Disease Patients

10/10/2016
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California's stem cell agency is funding a clinical trial of a technology that relies on a patient's own stem cells to work effectively.

Duration: 00:04:56


How Safe Is Safe Enough for a Self-Driving Car?

10/3/2016
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Self-driving cars are close enough to reality that federal regulators are sketching out policies for them, in areas from cyber-security to ethics.

Duration: 00:06:58


10 Years in, Has California's Climate Law Really Lowered Emissions?

9/26/2016
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Emissions are dropping, but it's hard to pin down who—or what—gets the credit.

Duration: 00:04:40

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