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Tiny Satellites Give NASA Big Returns

Tiny Satellites Give NASA Big Returns

On Friday, a NASA satellite hitched a ride aboard a U.S. Air Force rocket that launched into space from Kodiak Island, Alaska. But this isn’t your typical satellite.

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Cyber Wolves in (Fire)Sheep Clothing

Cyber Wolves in (Fire)Sheep Clothing

Here are some tips to protect yourself over open Wi-Fi networks from malicious users looking to hack into your accounts.

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Keeping Score

Keeping Score

I have a dream that someday homeowners across the land will feel about their houses and apartments the same way people of my generation felt about their first car. They will all know the basic nomenclature—kilowatt-hours and/or Btu per square foot per year. Or something like that.

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Square Revolutionizes Mobile Payments for Individuals

Square Revolutionizes Mobile Payments for Individuals

Square is changing the way we can make and accept payments using a smartphone.

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A National Expo of Science

A National Expo of Science

This past weekend, I was on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with a notebook and a very good pair of walking shoes. I spent the weekend exploring the inaugural expo of the USA Science and Engineering Festival.

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5 Activities for Science and Technology Enthusiasts on Halloween

5 Activities for Science and Technology Enthusiasts on Halloween

Looking for what to do this Halloween weekend? Here are several activities for technology and science enthusiasts that can please both families and adults alike.

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Exploratorium Unveils Plans for New Home

Exploratorium Unveils Plans for New Home

The Exploratorium, San Francisco’s popular hands-on science museum, is unveiling long-awaited plans for its future home at Piers 15 and 17 along the San Francisco waterfront, a quarter-mile northwest of the Ferry Building.

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Looking for DIY Inspiration? Two Must-Follow Bay Area Makers

Looking for DIY Inspiration? Two Must-Follow Bay Area Makers

Looking to be inspired for your next DIY project? Here are a couple Bay Area makers that will spark your imagination and get you on track to building your next project.

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Make Dazzling Illuminated Costumes for Halloween

Make Dazzling Illuminated Costumes for Halloween

Halloween is quickly approaching us and there's no time like the present to get started on your very own, extremely unique Halloween costume.

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The Turns and Twists of the Devil's Slide Tunnel

The Turns and Twists of the Devil's Slide Tunnel

On October 1st, as news crews filmed the action, Caltrans broke through a retaining wall at the north portal of the Devil’s Slide tunnels on Highway One, opening a new way to link the coastal communities of Pacifica and Montara in San Mateo County.

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The Turns and Twists of the Devil's Slide Tunnel

The Turns and Twists of the Devil's Slide Tunnel

On October 1st, as news crews filmed the action, Caltrans broke through a retaining wall at the north portal of the Devil’s Slide tunnels on Highway One, opening a new way to link the coastal communities of Pacifica and Montara in San Mateo County.

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Geology of the Devil's Slide Area

Geology of the Devil's Slide Area

The combination of steep terrain and the geology of the Devil's Slide area have made this area prone to landslides since Highway 1 was constructed in the mid 1930s.

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Devil's Slide Tunnel Breakthrough

Devil's Slide Tunnel Breakthrough

A Caltrans construction crew on Friday punched through the northern end of Devil’s Slide tunnel that will link Pacifica and Montara. Three years after breaking ground on the project, Caltrans now expects the passage to open next year.

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Science on the SPOT: Digging the Devil's Slide Tunnel

Science on the SPOT: Digging the Devil's Slide Tunnel

California Highway One, south of Pacifica, has earned the nickname, "The Devil's Slide." Now two tunnels are being dug to bypass this treacherous stretch of road. QUEST goes deep underground to learn how Caltrans is digging this new tunnel.

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Aviation Authorities Prepare for Space Tourism

Aviation Authorities Prepare for Space Tourism

Several private companies are planning to offer the public rides into space starting in the next two to five years. Aviation authorities are preparing for a future in which airplanes and spaceships will share the air.

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Inside the Jejune Institute, SF's Most Popular Alternative Reality Game

Inside the Jejune Institute, SF's Most Popular Alternative Reality Game

In a nondescript building at the corner of California and Kearny, lies the office of the Jejune Institute. Enter their office and watch a short induction video and you will be immediately thrown in to a city-wide alternative reality, scavenger hunt that has participants hunt around the city for clues and objects that build upon a larger, mysterious narrative.

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Scientists Manipulate Atoms in Real Time

Scientists Manipulate Atoms in Real Time

Imagine a future where iPods are capable of storing hundreds of thousands or millions of songs, where smart phones could play back several hundred times more feature-length Hollywood films than is currently possible, and where solar powered cells become dramatically more efficient in converting light to electricity.

It’s a future that may be possible thanks to research being done by IBM scientists in San Jose who have developed a new technique to manipulate individual atoms and measure how long they can store information in real time, over just a few billionths of a second. Their work could radically shrink a computer’s hard drive, allowing data to be stored on it more efficiently.

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Scientists Work on New Artificial Kidney

Scientists Work on New Artificial Kidney

A UCSF scientists is leading a team of nearly forty scientists across the nation to develop the world’s first artificial implantable kidney.

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Ham Radio: Helping to Build a Fast and Free Internet

Ham Radio: Helping to Build a Fast and Free Internet

Two members of San Francisco hackerspace, Noisebridge, are looking to make an alternative network that’s modeled after the Internet that provides high-speed connectivity for a fraction of the cost of traditional internet service.

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40 Years of the Clean Air Act

40 Years of the Clean Air Act

In 1969, there were 65 days when Bay Area air quality exceeded federal health standards. Under those same standards, last year, there wasn’t a single day over the limit. On the 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act, we examine the impacts that the law has had on public health, business, and environmental justice in the Bay Area and what still needs to be done to improve the quality of our air.

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