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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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DIY Telescope Workshop at The Randall Museum

DIY Telescope Workshop at The Randall Museum

Learn to make your own telescope and take a whole new look at the night sky.

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Raise Your Glass to Groundwater

Raise Your Glass to Groundwater

Groundwater is still a major player in Bay Area water supplies, if a largely invisible one.

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Artificial Electronic 'Super Skin' In the Works at Stanford

Artificial Electronic 'Super Skin' In the Works at Stanford

Stanford researchers are developing solar powered electronic skin that could help us detect disease earlier.

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Mobile Homes You Wouldn't Consider Mobile

Mobile Homes You Wouldn't Consider Mobile

What's better than keeping one 100-year-old house out of the landfill? Keeping two 100-year-old houses out of the landfill.

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Famous African-American Astronauts

Famous African-American Astronauts

This April is the 50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagiran going into space, the 30th Anniversary of the first US Space Shuttle Columbia launching into space and the 10th Anniversary of Yuri’s Night.

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