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Iron Mining Controversy in Northern Wisconsin

Iron Mining Controversy in Northern Wisconsin

A pristine area in Northern Wisconsin next to Lake Superior, much prized for its clean water and wilderness, is also home to 25 percent of the country’s iron ore reserves, a commercial value of $200 billion.

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What’s So “Smart” About a Smart Home?

What’s So “Smart” About a Smart Home?

SmartHome Cleveland was designed to create a vision for sustainable technologies and practices that are available right now to people who are thinking about building or renovating their homes.

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IBM's Watson Computer and the Future of Artificial Intelligence

IBM's Watson Computer and the Future of Artificial Intelligence

Go behind the scenes of IBM's Watson and learn just how it beat the pros on Jeopardy.

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Is High-Speed Rail Grinding to a Halt?

Is High-Speed Rail Grinding to a Halt?

In 2008, high speed rail seemed like a game changer, the kind of "Big Idea" that California is famous for. But three years later, the plan is in serious trouble.

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Exoskeletons Walk Forward

Exoskeletons Walk Forward

An exoskeleton suit may seem like science fiction, turning ordinary humans into super heroes, but wearable robots are moving forward into reality.

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Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct: Big Fixes for Big Quakes

Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct: Big Fixes for Big Quakes

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is hard at work on a $4.6 billion, decade-long construction project to overhaul the Hetch Hetchy water system, which delivers water from the Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite National Park and five local reservoirs to 2.5 million residents in the Bay Area.

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SF Beta Mobile Gaming Edition Showcases Startups

SF Beta Mobile Gaming Edition Showcases Startups

SF Beta brings together technologists, investors, bloggers and press who want to see what's on the cutting edge of startups.

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Geekli.st: A New Social Network In The Works For Developers

Geekli.st: A New Social Network In The Works For Developers

This new social network aims to provide a digital playground for developers looking to meet their peers.

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The Bay Area Science Festival Begins

The Bay Area Science Festival Begins

The Bay Area Science Festival, a 10-day celebration of science, starts this week. There are over 50 exciting events throughout the Bay Area, including hikes, lectures, and concerts.

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What Makes Us Conserve Energy? 6 Lessons from the Smart Grid

What Makes Us Conserve Energy? 6 Lessons from the Smart Grid

Smart meters are providing consumers with hourly and daily energy use information. But does it inspire conservation?

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In a Sea of Energy Data, Utilities Try to Inspire Conservation

In a Sea of Energy Data, Utilities Try to Inspire Conservation

Smart meters are providing California households with their hourly and daily energy use information for the first time. Consumers use less electricity, studies have shown, when they can see that data. But getting them to pay attention to energy in the first place may be the biggest hurdle.

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Science Hack Day Coming This November

Science Hack Day Coming This November

Are you a mad scientist in training looking to meet your brethren? Science Hack Day is the perfect opportunity to meet fellow science geeks and create an awesome project in this 48 hour hackathon.

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One Fish Two Fish: Monitoring Marine Protected Areas

One Fish Two Fish: Monitoring Marine Protected Areas

QUEST takes to the high seas with researchers Dirk Rosen, James Lindholm and their crew to study the underwater world off the California coast. In recent years, the state has established a network of marine protected areas to help fragile habitats and struggling fish populations bounce back. But are they working?

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QUEST Lab: Engineering Fire

QUEST Lab: Engineering Fire

In a dark lab at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, engineers and mathematicians are developing new burners and studying different flames in hopes of better understanding the power of fire and how to make the most efficient flame possible.

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Arse Elektronika Sex + Tech Conference Hits SF

Arse Elektronika Sex + Tech Conference Hits SF

If you're interested in learning about the intersection between sex and technology, Arse Elektronika's 5th annual conference is a must.

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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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