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NOVA “Fabric of the Cosmos” with Brian Green 11/2 Live Webcast

NOVA “Fabric of the Cosmos” with Brian Green 11/2 Live Webcast

Today at 6PM PST, The World Science Festival, Columbia University and NOVA are hosting a screening of 'What is Space?' to coincide with the 'NOVA: Fabric of the Cosmos' series premiere. Also included will be Saul Perlmutter, local Lawrence Berkeley Lab astrophysicist and winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.

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The Bay Area Science Festival Begins

The Bay Area Science Festival Begins

The Bay Area Science Festival, a 10-day celebration of science, starts this week. There are over 50 exciting events throughout the Bay Area, including hikes, lectures, and concerts.

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Seeing Relativity: No Bungees Attached!

Seeing Relativity: No Bungees Attached!

One hundred eleven years ago, Chabot Director Charles Burckhalter photographed a solar eclipse. What he couldn't know is that, almost two decades later, his pictures would be caught up in a race, to prove or disprove, one of the great Universe-changing theories in history.

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Dumpster Diving on Mars

Dumpster Diving on Mars

Ready for another great adventure to that fabled world, Mars? How about an interplanetary dumpster dive? Curious? Come with us to Gale Crater.

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Berkeley Lab Physicist Shares Nobel

Berkeley Lab Physicist Shares Nobel

Meet one of the three winners of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, Lawrence Berkeley Lab astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter. He explains how dark energy, which makes up 70 percent of the universe, is causing our universe to expand.

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Opportunity's Endeavour

Opportunity's Endeavour

NASA's Opportunity rover has reached the goal of its three-year slog across the landscape of Mars!

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Armchair Astronomy Takes Off On The Web

Armchair Astronomy Takes Off On The Web

Take a look at some of the best resources on the Web for armchair astronomers.

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Supernova Super Hero

Supernova Super Hero

Supernova SN2011fe, nearby in the galaxy M-101, is the first stellar explosion of its type to be observed in decades, and offers astronomers a valuable opportunity to refine our understanding of the size and expansion of the Universe.

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NASA’s WISE Spots Ys

NASA’s WISE Spots Ys

NASA’s WISE spacecraft has revealed something new lurking in the dark: Y Dwarfs.

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Dawn of A New Era

Dawn of A New Era

We have achieved orbit – that is, NASA's Dawn spacecraft is now orbiting and studying the large asteroid Vesta.

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Quasar APM 08279+5255:  Really Big Bathtub Drain?

Quasar APM 08279+5255: Really Big Bathtub Drain?

Somewhere out there, at the most distant reaches of space and time, a vast space-ocean with 140 trillion times more water than the drop that fills Earth's ocean basins is pouring down the drain of a super black hole.

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A Year in the Life of an Ice Giant

A Year in the Life of an Ice Giant

Would you believe we discovered the planet Neptune only one year ago?

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Celebrate Science with SETI this Summer

Celebrate Science with SETI this Summer

Learn more about SETI's mission and goals at this family friendly event on July 23rd.

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Dawn: Mission to Explore Strange New Worlds

Dawn: Mission to Explore Strange New Worlds

We are soon to explore a new world, one that we haven't seen up close before: the asteroid Vesta. What will we find, and why are we even interested in what amounts to a mega-mountain of rock hurtling through space?

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The Sun is Having A Blast!

The Sun is Having A Blast!

"Wow!" was what everyone who watched this solar flare event and enormous Coronal Mass Ejection were saying–pretty much all they could say with their jaws dropping the way they were.

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Milky Way 2.0?

Milky Way 2.0?

A recent image of a "twin-like" galaxy to the Milky Way may offer us the best glimpse of our home that we'll ever see.

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Dark Endeavours

Dark Endeavours

When NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavour lifted off on its 25th and final mission to space on Monday morning, it carried a bus-sized, two billion dollar observatory that will probe some of our Universe's deepest, darkest secrets: dark matter, and the unaccounted antimatter.

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Your Photos on QUEST: Steven Christenson

Your Photos on QUEST: Steven Christenson

Most nature photographers put their cameras away at night. Not Steven Christenson. As the co-founder of the very successful Bay Area Night Photography group, he guides like-minded, low-light photographers to find interesting subjects after the sun goes down. Steven reveals his special process of photographing star trails for Your Photos on QUEST.

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Producer's Notes: Finding Light

Producer's Notes: Finding Light

When I was trolling for our first YPOQ photographer for the new season of QUEST TV, I went back to some of those early submissions and was immediately struck by Christenson’s set of vibrant, kinetic images.

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Is it Time for SETI to Stop Looking?

Is it Time for SETI to Stop Looking?

Are we alone? For more than 50 years, scientists have listened for a signal from intelligent life on other planets… and come up empty. Now, they're running short of money. Is it time to give up?

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