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A California Bat Success Story

A California Bat Success Story

White-nose syndrome has devastated bat populations back east, and is steadily making its way west. Researchers are keeping close tabs on the Bay Area's 16 bat species, including one thriving colony south of Sacramento.

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A California Bat Success Story

A California Bat Success Story

In the northeast, more than a million bats have been killed by a disease called white-nose syndrome. Slowly but surely, that disease it making its way out west.

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Behind-the-Scenes at the Cal Academy Building

Behind-the-Scenes at the Cal Academy Building

Learn about the interesting methods needed to operate a "green" building and it will show you some of what goes on behind the scenes at the Cal Academy.

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Landslide Season

Landslide Season

Landslides are widespread in the Bay Area by the end of wet winters like this year's rainy season. You can learn their signs for any time of year.

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Raise a Glass to Robot Bartenders at BarBot

Raise a Glass to Robot Bartenders at BarBot

The best drink in town this weekend may be no further than BarBot's robotic bartending competition.

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How Green Is Biomass Energy?

How Green Is Biomass Energy?

California is hungry for renewable energy. Solar and wind power have taken off thanks to the state's ambitious clean energy goals. But there's another way to generate electricity — by using organic material like agricultural and tree waste. It's known as biomass power, but as Lauren Sommer reports, some say it's not as green as it seems.

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How Green is Biomass Energy?

How Green is Biomass Energy?

When you think of where energy comes from, you might picture a power plant or maybe wind mills. You probably wouldn't think of a pile of 12 tons of almond shells.

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Removing the Guesswork Out of Sustainable Sushi

Removing the Guesswork Out of Sustainable Sushi

The American appetite for sushi abounds. But, which of these choices are sustainable to consume and which should be avoided?

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DIY Telescope Workshop at The Randall Museum

DIY Telescope Workshop at The Randall Museum

Learn to make your own telescope and take a whole new look at the night sky.

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Raise Your Glass to Groundwater

Raise Your Glass to Groundwater

Groundwater is still a major player in Bay Area water supplies, if a largely invisible one.

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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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