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How to Identify a Bullet

How to Identify a Bullet

Last month, the FBI released a report showing violent crime has dropped for the second year in a row… down nearly two percent in 2008, from a year earlier. Still, many homicide cases go unsolved. A new technology called "bullet microstamping" aims to help change that. But will it work? Amy Standen reports.

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Toward Greener Biofuels and Greener Cars

Toward Greener Biofuels and Greener Cars

For all the excitement, selling the American public on biofuels feels a little like feeding methadone to a heroin addict.

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Reconnecting Science, Religion and Health Care

Reconnecting Science, Religion and Health Care

I think that science is fundamentally about information and religion is fundamentally about relationship. The word religion comes from the Latin "to reconnect."

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QUEST – National Parks Special: Bringing the Parks to the People

QUEST – National Parks Special: Bringing the Parks to the People

QUEST examines how the Golden Gate National Recreation Area was saved from development, the rise of not-for-profit land trusts in protecting and restoring Northern California's open spaces, and how these vital places are used and maintained by the communities served by them.

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National Park Service – Soundscapes

National Park Service – Soundscapes

In 2003, following a year-long nature sounds study in Sequoia National Park, Craig Miller, then founder of Vox Terra (now Senior Producer of Climate Watch) and Bernie Krause, founder of Wild Sanctuary, co-produced this four-and-a-half minute "journey." It takes you from the familiar cacophony of the urban soundscape to a serene spot in Sequoia Park. Take the journey and see how desensitized to urban noise you've become.

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Producer's Notes, National Parks Special: Bringing the Parks to the People

Producer's Notes, National Parks Special: Bringing the Parks to the People

Living here in the San Francisco Bay Area I marvel at the diverse culture that sprouts from our surrounding parks and open spaces.

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Genetic Tests: When No Means Maybe (Part 2)

Genetic Tests: When No Means Maybe (Part 2)

In my last blog post, I showed how the two most powerful ancestry tests, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y chromosome, were useless to me in my hunt. Now I want look at the rest of my DNA. So here we go!

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The Quietest Place I've Been: Reporter's Notes for Soundscapes of National Parks

The Quietest Place I've Been: Reporter's Notes for Soundscapes of National Parks

Plopped down on a sand dune in Death Valley, one gains a certain appreciation for both the national parks and natural "quiet."

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National Parks Sounds Blog Video

National Parks Sounds Blog Video

Craig Miller's sound piece from a while back for the blog.

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MOON Spells "Water"

MOON Spells "Water"

Even before NASA's LCROSS spacecraft is set to hit the Moon and hopefully kick up a cloud containing water, evidence for the presence of water on the Moon is mounting.

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Youth Speaks Green: Simone Crew

Youth Speaks Green: Simone Crew

Simone Crew of Youth Speaks, a San Francisco literary arts organization, recites "Yasmeena," one of her "green inspired" poems.

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Illuminating Depression

Illuminating Depression

Nearly 15 million Americans suffer from depression. Learn why depression is more than just "feeling blue," the difficulties of treating it with traditional medications and how new tools

and research are shedding light on brain structures that may play an integral role in treating it.

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Illuminating Depression Extended Interview: Philippe Goldin

Illuminating Depression Extended Interview: Philippe Goldin

What is the link between anxiety and depression, and can a form of talk therapy help treat both conditions? Learn more in an extended interview with Philippe Goldin, Clinical Research Scientist for the Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience Group at Stanford University.

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Producer's Notes – Youth Speaks Green: Simone Crew

Producer's Notes – Youth Speaks Green: Simone Crew

Through Youth Speaks Green, we’ll explore how young people in the Bay Area view the challenges of becoming green. We’ll be looking beyond clean fuels, efficient vehicles and solar panel rebates and delving instead into the personal.

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Producer's Notes: Illuminating Depression

Producer's Notes: Illuminating Depression

Imagine a medical disease that afflicts eighteen million people in the U.S., for which more than 160 million prescriptions were filled in 2008, that is one of the leading causes of disability in the U.S., but a disease for which no definitive medical model of pathology exists.

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Poker Research: the Next Hot Topic for Supercomuting?

Poker Research: the Next Hot Topic for Supercomuting?

Chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov lost to IBM's Deep Blue in 1997, but while this was a cultural landmark for Artificial Intelligence, Poker is a more meaningful challenge for researchers.

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Predicting Swine Flu

Predicting Swine Flu

Why do some people get severely sick from swine flu and others barely feel it? As flu season ramps up, scientists at UCSF's Viral Discovery Center are racing to learn more about the 2009 H1N1 virus, including how it's evolving, and whether our current treatments will remain effective.

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Graywater Comes to the Golden State

Graywater Comes to the Golden State

California uses up to 10% of its energy treating, moving, or heating water, so saving water saves energy as well.

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Reporter's Notes: Predicting Swine Flu

Reporter's Notes: Predicting Swine Flu

The last time we reported on Swine flu, or 2009 H1N1 virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was considering whether or not to invest in a vaccine for the new influenza strain.

Now, after several delays, the first batches of vaccines — first, a nasal spray version, then an injectible vaccine — is due to hit hospitals and clinics across the country.

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Science Event Pick: LCROSS—Hitch-hiking to the Moon

Science Event Pick: LCROSS—Hitch-hiking to the Moon

As the satellite impact grows closer, NASA is making an effort to talk about the locally driven mission. Many of the upcoming talks are suitable for any audience, from kids to adults.

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