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QUEST: 2004 Episodes

Climate Change: In Our BackyardClimate Change: In Our Backyard

Sea levels rising? The end of the sugar maple? Tropical diseases heading this way? We've heard a lot about "climate change" and "global warming," but how do we sort through the many terms and myths to see what this planetary issue means here in northern New England? QUEST takes us from fishing on the coast of Maine to farming off-the-grid in New Hampshire to living in-town in Burlington, Vermont. Using close-to-home examples, the views of leading scientists come alive as they show how climate change can affect almost every aspect of our lives - and in turn, how we affect the climate.

More Info: Follow an ice core expedition; Calculate your energy consumption; How's the air quality in your area?

Featured Scientist: Barry Rock

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Lesson Plans: middle level | secondary level

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Biomechanics of SportsBodies In Motion:
The Biomechanics of Sports

Using athletics, QUEST takes a fresh look at the way our bodies move. Bridging the gap between research and the playing field, coaches, trainers and athletes themselves discover how to optimize performance and what to do when injury causes that performance to fail. Whether it’s defying gravity on a diving board or repairing a broken wrist, these coaches and trainers help us discover the science behind the sports we love.

More Info: How does a curveball work?

Featured Scientist: Angel Soutuyo

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Lesson Plans: middle level | secondary level

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SpringSpring

Spring comes so late to northern New England that it hardly seems as though we have it at all. Yet each year, we get to enjoy at least a few weeks of this wondrous season. But because of our late start, things have to happen quickly and profusely. Spring is the time of year that wildlife and our plants come to life again and get right to the business of creating new life. It’s the season for sex – not just for animals, but also plants. We’ll see how the natural world struts its stuff to advertise its availability. It’s no wonder we feel so rejuvenated this time of year.

Tree Reproduction Quiz (Flash required)

Featured Scientist: Susan Sawyer

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Lesson Plans: middle level | secondary level

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Gulf of MaineGulf of Maine

“Out of sight, out of mind,” the ocean world and the fate of its creatures are unknown to most of us. Although a day at the shore has changed very little, life beneath the waves is in crisis. Like the last buffalo, cod may never return as a wild species. Right whales face extinction. Invasive Asian crabs are killing native species. As QUEST takes us into the Gulf of Maine, we see a dynamic web of life, not as an extension of our world, but as its own ecosystem. What is going on down there? Can more be done?

More Info: Research | Endangered Species | Fishermen & Scientists

Featured Scientist: Robert Steneck

Lesson Plans: middle level | secondary level

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Bio-InvasionBioinvasion

Is our environment evolving or under attack? Our modern day ecology is under onslaught from spreading alien organisms. Human activity is silently globalizing our world on an unforeseen level. Our land, forest and waters are all at risk. Why? Because these plants and animals are capable of moving aggressively into a habitat and monopolizing resources to the detriment of other species. Can scientists help us win the war against this bio-invasion?

More Info: Think you've found an invasive? Who to contact.

Featured Scientist: Linda Gregory

Lesson Plans: middle level | secondary level

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Inventors of New EnglandInventors of New England

From colonial times to the present, our famous “Yankee” ingenuity has come into play when facing the demands of life in northern New England. Meet some modern inventors who apply science to life in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire – with mind-expanding results. Watch wood products become stronger than steel, hear doctors detect an early heartbeat in the womb, and see a “living” machine turn waste into food. Come inside the invention process with students who figure out a way to de-ice their town sidewalks – then jump into the wild world of a robot competition. Northern New England inventors redefine the possible.

More Info: History of Inventors in NE | Help for Start-ups

Interactive: Inventors of New England (Flash required)

Featured Scientist: John Todd

Lesson Plans: middle level | secondary level

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National Science Foundation Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Maine Forest Products Council Irving Woodlands, LLC Desiree Carlson, M.D. More Connected. More Maine.

Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation.
Additional funding is provided by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Forest Products Council, Irving Woodlands LLC., Desiree Carlson, M.D., and gifts to More Connected. More Maine, The Campaign for Maine Public Broadcasting Network's Programming.

A list of other funders includes:
The Davis Family Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and Lincoln Ladd.

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