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As Renewables Boom, California Struggles to Quit Coal

As Renewables Boom, California Struggles to Quit Coal

California is known for its "green" reputation, so it might be a surprise that residents in Southern California still depend on coal power when they turn on the lights.

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Up, Up and Away: Escaping a Tsunami Vertically

Up, Up and Away: Escaping a Tsunami Vertically

Northwest disaster officials and communities propose new structures for people to get to safety when a killer tsunami wave is on the way, not by trying to outrun the wave, but by trying to out-climb it.

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Induced Seismicity: Man-Made Earthquakes

Induced Seismicity: Man-Made Earthquakes

In California, more renewable energy comes from geothermal energy than solar and wind, combined. Today, a new technology known as Enhanced Geothermal Systems has the potential to extract even more heat and consequently energy to power steam turbines, but it’s not without challenges.

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QUEST Lab: The Shaking Table at UC Berkeley

QUEST Lab: The Shaking Table at UC Berkeley

Khalid Mosalam and his colleagues at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center's Shaking Table Laboratory are helping to make communities safer in an earthquake.

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Megathrust Earthquakes

Megathrust Earthquakes

Experts warn that an offshore quake powerful enough to kill thousands and discharge a tsunami could hit the West Coast any time. QUEST Northwest talks with geologists and seismologists about cutting-edge research in earthquake prediction, and what it would look like if the next “Big One" hits close to home.

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Making Better Land

Making Better Land

Humans have been reclaiming land for thousands of years. Lately we have gotten better at reclamation, but nature continues to test our work.

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Five Tips To Protect Yourself From Being Hacked

Five Tips To Protect Yourself From Being Hacked

Learn five simple things you can do to prevent your accounts from being hacked.

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Airborne Wind Energy

Airborne Wind Energy

On the windswept tarmac of the former Alameda Naval Air Station, an inventive group of scientists and engineers are test-flying a kite-like tethered wing that may someday help revolutionize clean-energy. QUEST explores the potential of wind energy and new airborne wind turbines designed to harness the stronger and more consistent winds found at higher altitudes.

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Stanford Engineering Offers Free Online Classes

Stanford Engineering Offers Free Online Classes

Stanford is offering anyone with a computer and an internet connection an unprecedented opportunity to take free online courses with its engineering department.

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PyStar Trains The Next Generation Of Female Programmers

PyStar Trains The Next Generation Of Female Programmers

Calling all girl geeks! Learn to program, meet other female engineers and brush up on your programming skills at PyStar.

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San Bruno Marks a Somber Anniversary

San Bruno Marks a Somber Anniversary

The San Bruno explosion put a spotlight on something most people rarely think about: the vast network of underground pipes that delivers natural gas to millions of homes across the United States.

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Glove with Sonar Helps the Blind Navigate

Glove with Sonar Helps the Blind Navigate

Tacit is a sonar-enabled glove that helps the blind to detect when objects are nearby.

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Learn to Make Electroluminescent Clothing

Learn to Make Electroluminescent Clothing

Whether you're a first time burner, seasoned native or simply into cool costuming, there are a variety of Bay Area classes and resources to help you light up your clothing this August!

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What Happens to Old Quarries?

What Happens to Old Quarries?

Some of our older quarries left fairly benign footprints. These can be turned into assets that offer some geological interest as well.

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HTTPS Everywhere Comes out of Beta, Supports 1000 Sites

HTTPS Everywhere Comes out of Beta, Supports 1000 Sites

HTTPS Everywhere has released its 1.0 version, moving out of beta and boasting secure HTTPS connections for over 1000 popular websites.

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From Tunnel to Tap: Quake-Proofing Our Water Supply

From Tunnel to Tap: Quake-Proofing Our Water Supply

The Bay Area's vast Hetchy Hetchy system, "a dream in granite, concrete, and steel," is getting an overhaul. The system carries water 167 miles from Yosemite to Bay Area taps; pretty soon that voyage will include the Bay's first true tunnel.

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Rough Waters for Sea Level Rise Planning

Rough Waters for Sea Level Rise Planning

What do Bay Area airports and some big Silicon Valley companies have in common? They sit right on the edge of San Francisco Bay, where sea level rise is expected to have a big impact by the end of the century.

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Stanford Students Create Kinect-Powered 'JediBot'

Stanford Students Create Kinect-Powered 'JediBot'

A group of Stanford engineering students channeled their love of Star Wars to create a 'JediBot', a Kinect-powered robot that is strong with the force.

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Free Bay Area Programming Resources For Aspiring Developers

Free Bay Area Programming Resources For Aspiring Developers

School's out for summer, but that doesn't mean learning has to stop! If you're looking to pick up a new skill, try programming.

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Giving Old Electronics a New Life

Giving Old Electronics a New Life

Looking for what to do with your old electronics? Here are three resources to guide you on the path to reusing!

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