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San Francisco's Exploratorium is Moving, Growing — and Evolving

San Francisco's Exploratorium is Moving, Growing — and Evolving

The Exploratorium, a San Francisco icon, will soon reopen as a stunning, new, energy efficient building on the city's Embarcadero.

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San Jose's Green Vision Helps Spur Silicon Valley Economic Growth

San Jose's Green Vision Helps Spur Silicon Valley Economic Growth

San Jose is trying to lead the country in clean tech innovation. So how is the city doing?

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Controversial California Water Plan Takes Shape

Controversial California Water Plan Takes Shape

The latest draft fails to mollify opponents to a $23 billion-dollar plan for California’s trickiest water problem: the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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Arsenic and Old Wells

Arsenic and Old Wells

Six years after the EPA's new arsenic rule for drinking water went into effect, poor communities in the San Joaquin Valley—who can’t afford the costs of complying with the stricter standard—face the highest risk of exposure to unsafe arsenic levels.

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Aboard the Tugnacious With Dr. Doom

Aboard the Tugnacious With Dr. Doom

The scientist dubbed “Dr. Doom” for his dire pronouncements about California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is retiring after 33 years working on the troubled ecosystem that's central to California's water supply.

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Struggling Herring Make a Tiny Appearance

Struggling Herring Make a Tiny Appearance

Not that long ago California’s herring population came perilously close to collapse. While their numbers are increasing, herring in the Bay are still struggling to return to their once prolific numbers.

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Nissan Explores Future Car Trends In Silicon Valley

Nissan Explores Future Car Trends In Silicon Valley

Nissan is the latest automaker to open a research center in Silicon Valley to explore the future of the car.

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Sierra Club Director: Time to Take Climate Action to the Streets

Sierra Club Director: Time to Take Climate Action to the Streets

For the first time in the Sierra Club's 120-year history, its national head was arrested for an act of civil disobedience. It signals a new, more aggressive stance for the organization spawned by John Muir.

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Welcoming Pinnacles to the Elite Club of National Parks

Welcoming Pinnacles to the Elite Club of National Parks

If you visit the slice of Central California serenity known as Pinnacles, you might notice the sign out front now says, “National Park.”

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On the Elephant Seal Dating Scene, It’s All About Bravado

On the Elephant Seal Dating Scene, It’s All About Bravado

They may sound like faulty plumbing, but male northern elephant seals have a unique communication system that's all about reputation.

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Coyote Killings: A Complex Debate of Conservation and Cruelty

Coyote Killings: A Complex Debate of Conservation and Cruelty

Coyotes, reviled for preying on sheep and goats, are the most targeted predator in the U.S. This week, hunters in the tiny Modoc County town of Adin will compete in a contest to kill the most coyotes to protect their livestock–even though research shows that killing coyotes results in higher reproductive rates.

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Science on the SPOT: Preserving the Forest of the Sea

Science on the SPOT: Preserving the Forest of the Sea

UC Berkeley's University Herbarium boasts one of the largest and oldest collections of seaweed in the United States. Herbarium curator Kathy Ann Miller is leading a massive project to preserve digitally nearly 80,000 specimens of west coast seaweed.

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Winter Waterfall Hiking in Marin

Winter Waterfall Hiking in Marin

Winter may not bring snow to the San Francisco Bay Area, but it definitely brings waterfalls. If you find time before spring, head to Cataract Creek Trail in Marin County.

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San Francisco a Test Case for Coping with Rising Seas

San Francisco a Test Case for Coping with Rising Seas

Under a strategy known as "managed retreat," San Francisco gets ready to let the ocean reclaim a cherished stretch of Pacific coastline.

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Comments Do Matter (So Get Talking!)

Comments Do Matter (So Get Talking!)

Back in December I wrote a blog post asking scientists to comment online more often.

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Who Gets the Cash for Energy Upgrades from Prop 39?

Who Gets the Cash for Energy Upgrades from Prop 39?

In November, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 39, closing a corporate tax loophole and using the savings to create the largest state energy efficiency initiative in the country. Now the debate over how to use the money begins.

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Fear and Loathing in Wolf Country

Fear and Loathing in Wolf Country

After federal wildlife officials removed endangered species protections on wolves in the Rocky Mountains, hunters quickly killed them by the hundreds. If California's lone wolf leaves the state, he could meet a similar fate.

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In Historic Gold Country, Old Mines Get New Life

In Historic Gold Country, Old Mines Get New Life

It's not the frenzy of 1849, but gold mining is quietly making a comeback in California. While some communities are concerned about the environmental costs, others see the chance for a "greener" gold rush.

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Climate Threat to Dams Overlooked by Regulators

Climate Threat to Dams Overlooked by Regulators

Hydropower provides a good chunk of California's electricity. It relies on a balance of heavy snow in the winter and heavy runoff in the spring. Climate change threatens to throw that balance out of whack, a problem the government isn't examining.

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Hiking in the New Year at Sibley Volcanic Preserve

Hiking in the New Year at Sibley Volcanic Preserve

Greet the New Year with a hike at the Sibley Volcanic Preserve in the East Bay Regional Park District.

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