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Bay Area Maker Faire Weekend Recap

Bay Area Maker Faire Weekend Recap

Maker Faire was last weekend and thousands of DIY enthusiasts converged on the San Mateo Fairgrounds to show off their latest creations and dazzle audiences.

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San Francisco's newest museum funded through Kickstarter

San Francisco's newest museum funded through Kickstarter

The MADE is soon to become San Francisco's first museum devoted to the art and production of video games.

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Geothermal Heats Up

Geothermal Heats Up

Solar and wind power may get the headlines when it comes to renewable energy. But another type of clean power is heating up in the hills just north of Sonoma wine country. The Geysers, the world's largest power-producing geothermal field, has been providing electricity for roughly 850,000 Northern California households, and is set to expand even further.

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Bay Area Maker Faire Inspires Makers of All Ages

Bay Area Maker Faire Inspires Makers of All Ages

Get ready for one of the biggest DIY festivals in the world! Maker Faire is coming to town May 21st – 22nd.

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Spotted Owls Face New Threat

Spotted Owls Face New Threat

Spotted owls, one of the most iconic threatened species in the West, are still declining. That may be due in part to a new threat – not from humans, but from other owls.

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Google Code Jam 2011 Starts May 6th

Google Code Jam 2011 Starts May 6th

Google Code Jam brings together the world's best programmers to compete for the top prize in this annual coding challenge.

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Biomimicry Abounds in the Bay Area

Biomimicry Abounds in the Bay Area

By bringing biologists to the design table, biomimicry offers solutions for increasing sustainability of products, processes, and systems. A new UC Berkeley course, "How Would Nature Do That?" brings together students from architecture, engineering, business, science, and design disciplines to find solutions to sustainable design challenges.

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Combating Bay Invaders

Combating Bay Invaders

Hundreds of invasive species have been found in San Francisco Bay, one of the most invaded estuaries in the world. Hoping to restore native fish and wildlife, California has passed the strictest rules in the nation to prevent ocean freighters from introducing more foreign species to the bay. But as Lauren Sommer reports, the standards are so tough, officials may not be able to enforce them.

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Combating Bay Invaders

Combating Bay Invaders

California has passed the strictest rules in the country to prevent ocean freighters from introducing more foreign species to the bay. But the standards are so tough, officials may not be able to enforce them.

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Calera Limestone, a Gift from the Ancient Pacific

Calera Limestone, a Gift from the Ancient Pacific

This humble stone is both economically and scientifically valuable, not just a mainstay of the concrete supply but a signpost in time from a world now lost.

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Celebrating 50 Years with Yuri

Celebrating 50 Years with Yuri

50 years ago the launch of a bell-shaped capsule called “Vostok 1” on April 12th, 1961 by Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made history as the first human to enter outer space. Yuri’s Night was created to connect and inspire the globe about human spaceflight.

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Robotics Enthusiasts Converge at RoboGames

Robotics Enthusiasts Converge at RoboGames

Robotics takes center stage this weekend, with robots competing against one another at the 8th annual RoboGames.

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A California Bat Success Story

A California Bat Success Story

White-nose syndrome has devastated bat populations back east, and is steadily making its way west. Researchers are keeping close tabs on the Bay Area's 16 bat species, including one thriving colony south of Sacramento.

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A California Bat Success Story

A California Bat Success Story

In the northeast, more than a million bats have been killed by a disease called white-nose syndrome. Slowly but surely, that disease it making its way out west.

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Behind-the-Scenes at the Cal Academy Building

Behind-the-Scenes at the Cal Academy Building

Learn about the interesting methods needed to operate a "green" building and it will show you some of what goes on behind the scenes at the Cal Academy.

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Landslide Season

Landslide Season

Landslides are widespread in the Bay Area by the end of wet winters like this year's rainy season. You can learn their signs for any time of year.

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Raise a Glass to Robot Bartenders at BarBot

Raise a Glass to Robot Bartenders at BarBot

The best drink in town this weekend may be no further than BarBot's robotic bartending competition.

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How Green Is Biomass Energy?

How Green Is Biomass Energy?

California is hungry for renewable energy. Solar and wind power have taken off thanks to the state's ambitious clean energy goals. But there's another way to generate electricity — by using organic material like agricultural and tree waste. It's known as biomass power, but as Lauren Sommer reports, some say it's not as green as it seems.

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How Green is Biomass Energy?

How Green is Biomass Energy?

When you think of where energy comes from, you might picture a power plant or maybe wind mills. You probably wouldn't think of a pile of 12 tons of almond shells.

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Removing the Guesswork Out of Sustainable Sushi

Removing the Guesswork Out of Sustainable Sushi

The American appetite for sushi abounds. But, which of these choices are sustainable to consume and which should be avoided?

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