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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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Beyond Call of Duty: An Educational Video Game Alternative

Beyond Call of Duty: An Educational Video Game Alternative

Games for Change teaches kids about world issues through a variety of video games they produce.

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Participate in Random Hacks of Kindness 2.0

Participate in Random Hacks of Kindness 2.0

Random Hacks of Kindness is developing software to help those in global disasters. They are holding a global hackathon on December 4th and 5th and you're invited to help!

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5 Great Gifts for the DIY Gadget Enthusiast

5 Great Gifts for the DIY Gadget Enthusiast

The perfect gift for the DIY enthusiast in your life is just around the corner. Check out these kits which are sure to please!

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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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