Science & Medicine
[LESS INFO] 36 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 05/14/08
A growing number of children's advocates and political leaders are worried that our culture's disconnection from nature is harming kids. Concerns about the long-term consequences on children's physical and emotional well-being have spawned a national movement to "leave no child inside." QUEST explores why we need nature, and efforts to encourage children to play outdoors.
[LESS INFO] 53 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 05/14/08
Bay Area engineer Ugo Conti has sailed the world, but has always suffered from seasickness. A queasy stomach became his motivation to design "Proteus" - a spider-like sea craft made for smoother sailing. He designed the Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel to cross the ocean while flexing with the movement of the waves. And it may change the way people take to the high seas.
[LESS INFO] 32 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 05/07/08
Around the world, frogs are declining at an alarming rate due to threats like pollution, disease and climate change. Frogs bridge the gap between water and land habitats, making them the first indicators of ecosystem changes. Meet the Bay Area researchers working to protect frogs across the state.
[LESS INFO] 38 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 05/07/08
Watch a interview with Dr. Tyrone Hayes, Professor of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley about his research into the effects of the pesticide Atrazine on frogs.
[LESS INFO] 65 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 04/30/08
Is your face giving you away? Meet renowned psychologist Paul Ekman, who has spent his life studying how our facial muscles involuntarily reveal emotions like sadness and anger. His comprehensive catalog of human facial expressions has become an important tool for everyone from law enforcement agents to animators.
[LESS INFO] 47 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 04/16/08
It's the largest laser beam in the world and it's being built in the Bay Area. The National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will shoot tremendous bursts of energy at an area the size of a pencil eraser. The goal? To create fusion ignition, a potential clean energy source for the 21st century.
[LESS INFO] 83 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 04/16/08
In the early 1900's, researchers from UC Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology traveled around California and created detailed records of the wildlife they found. A century later, scientists are revisiting the same sites - they've found that global warming is already having an impact.
[LESS INFO] 50 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 04/10/08
1/2 HOUR WEB-ONLY QUEST SPECIAL: the complete November 2007 interview with astronomer Dr. Jill Tarter of SETI Institute on site at the Allen Telescope Array in Hat Creek, CA. Tarter is generally thought to be the inspiration for Ellie Arroway, the character played by Jodi Foster in the classic science fiction movie "Contact."
[LESS INFO] 66 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 04/09/08
By 2050, as our population ages, 15 million Americans will suffer from Alzheimer's disease - triple today's number. Researchers at San Francisco's Gladstone Institutes have found that a gene may hold the key to a cure.
[LESS INFO] 37 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 04/09/08
For years there's been buzz - both positive and negative - about generating ethanol fuel from corn. But thanks to recent developments, the Bay Area is rapidly becoming a world center for the next generation of green fuel alternatives. Meet the scientists investigating the newest methods for converting what we grow into what makes us go.
[LESS INFO] 54 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:00 04/02/08
Is anyone out there? For over 40 years scientists have been searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, but they've found nothing. Now the new Allen Telescope Array, a string of 350 radio telescopes, is being built 300 miles north of San Francisco and is breathing new life into the search.