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A New "Rosetta Stone" Tropical Ice Core

A New "Rosetta Stone" Tropical Ice Core

The climate record from the Peruvian glacier Quelccaya is as near to perfect as we can get.

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Richard Misrach’s Cancer Alley: Documenting the Poisoning of America’s Wetland

Richard Misrach’s Cancer Alley: Documenting the Poisoning of America’s Wetland

In the new exhibition on display at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center, "Revisiting the South: Richard Misrach's Cancer Alley," the Berkeley photographer takes a hard look at the environmental consequences of our dependence on petroleum.

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Nerve-Stimulating Headband May Prevent Migraines

Nerve-Stimulating Headband May Prevent Migraines

Migraines affect about 30 million Americans, but anti-migraine medications are often ineffective or cause unpleasant side effects. New research indicates that migraines may be prevented by wearing a headband that stimulates the nerves around the eyes and forehead.

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How Flooding Fields Could Alleviate Water Supply Stress

How Flooding Fields Could Alleviate Water Supply Stress

A new approach to small-scale water "banking" could relieve stress on both the water supply and levees in California's San Joaquin Valley.

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Nurture/Nature: Art and our Environment

Nurture/Nature: Art and our Environment

Nature appreciation and art can combine with powerful results.

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The Rocks of Devil's Slide

The Rocks of Devil's Slide

Lovers of geology look forward to inspecting the roadcut along old Route 1 at Devil's Slide next year.

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UC Berkeley Students Build 3D Printing Vending Machine

UC Berkeley Students Build 3D Printing Vending Machine

Combining 3D printing technology with the convenience and accessibility of the DVD-dispensing Redbox service, student entrepreneurs at UC Berkeley have built a vending machine with a seemingly infinite selection of products.

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At Last:  Devil's Slide Tunnels Open

At Last: Devil's Slide Tunnels Open

Two new tunnels that will replace a cliffhanger drive, known as "Devil's Slide," finally open.

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Resurrection Biology: The Reality of Bringing Back Extinct Species

Resurrection Biology: The Reality of Bringing Back Extinct Species

There has been a lot of buzz of late about bringing back extinct species like mammoths or passenger pigeons. While it might be a good idea to start thinking about these possibilities, we are years or even decades away from being able to actually pull this off with most long dead animals. The problem isn’t […]

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Historic Devil's Slide Tunnels Finally About To Open

Historic Devil's Slide Tunnels Finally About To Open

It's been a long time coming. The first highway tunnels to open in California in nearly fifty years are about ready for motorists.

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Get a Sneak Peek of San Francisco's New Exploratorium

Get a Sneak Peek of San Francisco's New Exploratorium

The Exploratorium, San Francisco's famous hands-on science museum, is moving to a new location on the Embarcadero. We got to follow along as employees packed up exhibits in the old location at the Palace of Fine Arts near the Golden Gate Bridge, and began to settle into their new spot at Pier 15.

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San Francisco's Exploratorium is Moving, Growing — and Evolving

San Francisco's Exploratorium is Moving, Growing — and Evolving

The Exploratorium, a San Francisco icon, will soon reopen as a stunning, new, energy efficient building on the city's Embarcadero.

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Gliese 667 Cc: Musing the Possibilities of Another Earth

Gliese 667 Cc: Musing the Possibilities of Another Earth

Since the first extra-solar planet was found in 1992, we've made some decent progress in exploring other worlds out there, and may even be zeroing in on that "other Earth."

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Scientists Celebrate a Long-Dead Whale

Scientists Celebrate a Long-Dead Whale

Why is a rotting whale on the Antarctic seafloor exciting to geologists?

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Yes, Your Cell Phone Conversation Does Drive People Mad

Yes, Your Cell Phone Conversation Does Drive People Mad

It's well known that talking on your cell phone compromises your ability to perform simple tasks like walking and driving. Now it turns out cell phones impact cognition in bystanders as well: listening to another person talk on their cell phone isn't just incredibly annoying, it also interferes with your memory and concentration.

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Science on the SPOT: The Glowing Millipedes of Alcatraz

Science on the SPOT: The Glowing Millipedes of Alcatraz

More than a million visitors visit Alcatraz every year, but a recent discovery has revealed another attraction that lives within the shadows of this historic prison.

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San Jose's Green Vision Helps Spur Silicon Valley Economic Growth

San Jose's Green Vision Helps Spur Silicon Valley Economic Growth

San Jose is trying to lead the country in clean tech innovation. So how is the city doing?

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Controversial California Water Plan Takes Shape

Controversial California Water Plan Takes Shape

The latest draft fails to mollify opponents to a $23 billion-dollar plan for California’s trickiest water problem: the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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Rescuing Injured Wildlife

Rescuing Injured Wildlife

Wild birds, injured on the beach, get a helping hand from dedicated staff and volunteers. Here's the story of one injured water bird.

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The Ant-Driven Landscape

The Ant-Driven Landscape

Invasive ant species have powerful—and poorly known—effects on a region's soil.

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