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Artificial Electronic 'Super Skin' In the Works at Stanford

Artificial Electronic 'Super Skin' In the Works at Stanford

Stanford researchers are developing solar powered electronic skin that could help us detect disease earlier.

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Mobile Homes You Wouldn't Consider Mobile

Mobile Homes You Wouldn't Consider Mobile

What's better than keeping one 100-year-old house out of the landfill? Keeping two 100-year-old houses out of the landfill.

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Famous African-American Astronauts

Famous African-American Astronauts

This April is the 50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagiran going into space, the 30th Anniversary of the first US Space Shuttle Columbia launching into space and the 10th Anniversary of Yuri’s Night.

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Pushing The Boundaries of Visual Computing at Stanford

Pushing The Boundaries of Visual Computing at Stanford

Stanford is opening a new computing center to study visual computing, user experience and user interaction.

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Cool Roofs

Cool Roofs

As global average temperature increases, the Arctic becomes warmer, the snow melts, and seawater takes its place. Snow is a great reflector of invisible light; seawater isn’t.

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Science on the SPOT: Open Source Creativity – Hackerspaces

Science on the SPOT: Open Source Creativity – Hackerspaces

Inspired in part by the open source movement, public spaces are emerging where people congregate to share ideas, make cool projects, teach, and brainstorm on everything from coding to cooking.

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Smartphone Apps for Makers, Engineers and Explorers

Smartphone Apps for Makers, Engineers and Explorers

There are a host of smartphone apps available to help makers, engineering enthusiasts and the part-time mad scientists with their hobbies.

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How it Works at the Crucible

How it Works at the Crucible

I grew up wih the mantra, "If something works, take it apart and find out why”. The Crucible takes that one step further in adding artistic and community-oriented components.

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Learning About Life Through Real-Time Biotic Video Games

Learning About Life Through Real-Time Biotic Video Games

Imagine a world where games could influence the actions of others. A team at Stanford has taken the first step towards creating biotic games.

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Be the Best Maker/Science Geek You Can Be in 2011

Be the Best Maker/Science Geek You Can Be in 2011

Want to flex your maker skills in the new year? Here are several clubs and organizations that will help and inspire you to do so!

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California's Basement Bargains on Home Efficiency

California's Basement Bargains on Home Efficiency

Once upon a time, the job of your local utility — say, PG&E, or SMUD in Sacramento was simple: to sell you energy. Well, that business model is changing. Amy Standen reports.

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Racetrack Memory On the Move

Racetrack Memory On the Move

Racetrack Memory is a new idea that could compete with some of the most popular memory devices in use today.

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Pacific Pinball Museum Scores High Marks

Pacific Pinball Museum Scores High Marks

Learn more about the history of these machines, how their engineering has evolved over time and even play a few games!

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Visiting the Dentist Chair of the Future

Visiting the Dentist Chair of the Future

It probably goes without saying: the dentist's chair isn't the most popular place to visit. But going the dentist may soon be a very different experience. As Lauren Sommer reports, researchers at the University of California San Francisco are developing new technology that may make dentists' drills less common.

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Visiting the Dentist Chair of the Future

Visiting the Dentist Chair of the Future

It probably goes without saying — the dentist’s chair isn’t the most popular place to visit. But going to the dentist may one day be a very different experience.

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A Scavenger Hunt for Bay Area Chemistry Nerds

A Scavenger Hunt for Bay Area Chemistry Nerds

Flex your chemistry muscles and join with fellow science nerds to compete in the Chemistry in Pictures photo scavenger hunt.

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Heart Spark Turns Your Heartbeat into Art

Heart Spark Turns Your Heartbeat into Art

Heart Spark is an ingenious way to measure your heartbeat while interfacing with technology.

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UCSF Scientists Bio-Hack Bacteria

UCSF Scientists Bio-Hack Bacteria

Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco have hacked into the genetic wiring of billions of individual bacteria and outfitted them with the kind of on/off switches normally found in computer chips, not living organisms.

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Hacking the Kinect For Art's Sake

Hacking the Kinect For Art's Sake

The Kinect by Microsoft has provided hackers with a new toy to experiment with. One Bay Area photographer shows us the Kinect in a new light.

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Prediction Vs. Performance: Facing Energy Challenges

Prediction Vs. Performance: Facing Energy Challenges

Henry Gifford, a mechanical systems designer and principal at Gifford Fuel Saving, Inc. in New York City, is suing the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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