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Geological Outings Around the Bay: Los Trancos Open Space

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Los Trancos Open Space

Lidar mapping unveils one of the Bay Area's best places to visit the San Andreas fault.

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Earthquake Landslides: A Widespread Hazard

Earthquake Landslides: A Widespread Hazard

Earthquakes will always produce landslides, but new knowledge will help us deal with them better.

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Watching the Atmospheric Rivers Flow

Watching the Atmospheric Rivers Flow

Researchers are gearing up to monitor the flood-causing weather monsters known as atmospheric rivers.

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More Clues About Singing Sand

More Clues About Singing Sand

New research shows that sand can sing by itself, but if so, then why are singing sand dunes so rare?

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Women in Science: Meet a Mathematician, a Physicist and a Geologist Through Art

Women in Science: Meet a Mathematician, a Physicist and a Geologist Through Art

There's nothing like role models for inspiring the scientific spirits of women, today and tomorrow! And Marie Curie isn't the only one out there–history is rife with lesser-known but no less fabulous female scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.

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A New Radiocarbon Yardstick from Japan

A New Radiocarbon Yardstick from Japan

A long core of sediment from a Japanese lake is a Rosetta Stone for ice-age climate research.

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Fracking in Urban Oilfields: A New Study Sparks More Debate

Fracking in Urban Oilfields: A New Study Sparks More Debate

A rigorous study shows that fracking is unharmful when the stakes are high. Not much should be made of it.

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Earth Science Week 2012: Careers in the Field

Earth Science Week 2012: Careers in the Field

More than the good salaries and jobs, it's the coolness that attracts young people to geoscience.

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Things You May Not Know About California Tsunamis

Things You May Not Know About California Tsunamis

Scientific agencies have helped the state improve its knowledge of tsunamis and its responses to them. They can teach you and help you respond, too.

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Side Trips from Interstate 5: San Emigdio Mountains

Side Trips from Interstate 5: San Emigdio Mountains

Journeying through the Great Valley's southern rampart is time better spent than inching up the Grapevine.

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Japanese Tsunami Debris Reaches the West Coast

Japanese Tsunami Debris Reaches the West Coast

The data Californians start collecting this weekend will begin a new scientific project to trace the world's ocean currents.

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Be Moved by "Earthquake": A New E-book and iTunes U Course

Be Moved by "Earthquake": A New E-book and iTunes U Course

What are earthquakes? Gain a new perspective on these powerful phenomena with an e-book and iTunes U course co-produced by the California Academy of Sciences and KQED.

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Geological Side Trips from Interstate 80: Griffith Quarry in Penryn

Geological Side Trips from Interstate 80: Griffith Quarry in Penryn

Sometimes you need a break when you're taking Interstate 80 to or from the Sierra. Try this historic quarry in the foothills.

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Outdoor Labs: The UC Natural Reserve System

Outdoor Labs: The UC Natural Reserve System

The University of California runs a unique set of 38 pristine properties around the state for scientific research.

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Geoscientists Without Borders

Geoscientists Without Borders

The chance to do good with their tools draws geoscientists to humanitarian projects around the world.

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Stanford's Signature Sandstone

Stanford's Signature Sandstone

Many prestigious schools feature stone buildings, but the golden sandstone of Stanford's historic core is one of a kind.

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NASA's Roving Robotic Chemist Will Collect Clues For Life on Mars

NASA's Roving Robotic Chemist Will Collect Clues For Life on Mars

Scientists are looking for elements and molecules that signify life as we know it. But even if they don’t find those molecules, minerals contain important information about the Martian environment. That could help scientists determine if life could have survived on the planet.

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What Is That Unusual Smell In Walnut Creek?

What Is That Unusual Smell In Walnut Creek?

The city's hospital sits at the site of an ancient sulfur spring.

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We Are the Desert: Tackling California's Water and Electricity Woes

We Are the Desert: Tackling California's Water and Electricity Woes

As we approach the limits of our power and water, we will face some wrenching decisions with geological dimensions.

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What Shall We Do About Earthquake Weather?

What Shall We Do About Earthquake Weather?

If we can't shake this discredited notion, let's speak it instead with a smile.

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