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People tend to think of gravity on Earth as uniform and consistent. But in fact, Earth’s gravitational field is subject to variations that occur over time. This is due to a combination of factors, like uneven distributions of mass in the oceans, continents, and deep interior, as well as climate-related variables like the water balance of continents, and the melting or growing of glaciers.

And now, for the first time ever, these variations have been captured in the image known as the “Potsdam Gravity Potato” – a visualization of the Earth’s gravity field model. Learn more:

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Mind-blowing perspective on wealth in the U.S.

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I had the pleasure of working as a camera department intern with Savides on my first camera job out of college- a movie called The Game.  He was a true artist and one of the finest cinematographers in the world.

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Watch this, compose yourself then share.  Very moving, Mr. Rogers. 
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The Most Important 7 Minutes of Television Ever Recorded

This speech by Mr. Rogers was presented to the United States Senate in 1969, when it was proposed that the funding for PBS would be cut. (Just as Mitt Romney suggested last night.) Fred Rogers appeared before the senate and gave one of the best speeches of all time, one that speaks to the heart of every person and explains why education is vital. If you take a few minutes out of your day to watch anything, watch this. 

#PBS   #MittRomney   #Education   #BigBird

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"Since they can survive in space, maybe they came from space..."

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KQED QUEST Premieres New TV Episodes Tomorrow Night at 7:30pm PDT

We've got an exciting lineup of new television stories that will begin airing tomorrow night on +KQED Channel 9 if you're in the Bay Area.

You can also watch all of our stories online. Check out the beautiful astrophotography of Rogelio Bernal Andreo in this new Your Photos on QUEST video, and learn more about his work here:

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I'll be hosting this Google + Hangout On Air on Wednesday, September 19th.
+KQED SCIENCE is hosting a Hangout on Air round table discussion about the growing problem of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Much of the 300 million tons of plastic is produced globally each year is carelessly discarded and goes from landfills or streets to streams, eventually floating out to sea. The floating garbage is then caught up in the currents, coalescing into swirling marine vortexes called “gyres”.

In 1997, Sea Captain Charles Moore discovered an area in the mid-Pacific Ocean the size of Texas that swirled with trash that was mostly plastic. The area was dubbed “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” and since its discovery, several plastic garbage patches have been found in other oceans around the world.

Plastic debris takes a tragic toll on marine life. Birds and fish ingest it when they mistake bright-colored pieces for food. Sea turtles and migrating birds can become entangled in abandoned plastic fishing nets known as “ghost nets.” Plastics also can leach harmful chemicals into the water which can be carried along the food chain back to humans.

Join this discussion to learn more about the problem as well as some possible solutions.  

Learn more here in the QUEST TV story, Plastic in the Pacific

You'll be able to watch the Hangout On Air here on our Event page. Please feel free to post your questions for our panelists here on our Event page, and we'll do our best to get them answered during our Hangout On Air. 

We have some special guests lined up, including:

Moderator: KQED QUEST TV series producer +Amy Miller 

Captain Charles Moore: Algalita captain who “discovered” the plastic garbage patch and founder of the Algalita Marine Research Institute;

David Lewis, executive director, Save SF Bay

Bill Hickman, +Surfrider Foundation's Rise Above Plastics Campaign Coordinator

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Sea Otters May Be Global Warming Warriors

"Sea otters might be on the frontlines of the fight against global warming. A new study shows that the fur-coated swimmers keep sea urchin populations in check, which in turn allows CO2-sucking kelp forests to prosper."

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