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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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"Hack for Change" App Contest Announces Winners

"Hack for Change" App Contest Announces Winners

The winners of Change.org 24-hour hackathon for good have been announced.

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Supercomputers Hit an Energy Wall

Supercomputers Hit an Energy Wall

Supercomputers are becoming increasingly vital to modeling complex scientific problems. As they get bigger, they're also becoming massive energy hogs, using as much power as small cities. Now, scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab are hoping reduce that energy load through an unusual source: the technology in your cell phone.

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Resolving Clouds in Climate Change Models

Resolving Clouds in Climate Change Models

As supercomputers grow, so does their energy appetite. Researchers are trying to solve that problem by using a smaller, more pervasive technology.

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Supercomputers Hit an Energy Wall

Supercomputers Hit an Energy Wall

As supercomputers grow, so does their energy appetite. Researchers are trying to solve that problem by using a smaller, more pervasive technology.

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Open Source Science on the Internet

Open Source Science on the Internet

Learn more about the Open Science movement and how we can spread science discoveries across the Web.

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Life-Size Mouse Trap Needs Your Help!

Life-Size Mouse Trap Needs Your Help!

This giant kinetic sculpture is a delight to audiences both young and old and needs your help funding its tour across the US.

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Hands on with Google's Android Accessory Development Kit

Hands on with Google's Android Accessory Development Kit

Google's latest piece of hardware caters to electronics and Arduino enthusiasts, allowing you to do more with your Android device than ever before.

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