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The Search for Alcoholism's Miracle Drug

The Search for Alcoholism's Miracle Drug

Alcoholism is a very treatable disease, but still, there are some challenges.

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The Science of Pain

The Science of Pain

Pain is the most common reason for trips to the doctor's office. But how exactly pain works is still a mystery in many ways.

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Chemistry By Smell

Chemistry By Smell

The idea behind Lighthouse for the Blind's chemistry summer camp was to show that chemistry isn’t just a visual science.

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Insuring for Extreme Weather

Insuring for Extreme Weather

Climate change is throwing a wrench into the calculations of insurance companies trying to assess the risks of floods and other natural disaster events.

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Should SETI Stop Looking?

Should SETI Stop Looking?

Of all the questions in science, few have haunted humans as persistently as this: Are we alone? For more than 50 years, scientists have listened for a signal from intelligent life on other planets… and come up empty. Now, they're running short of money. Is it time to give up?

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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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Toxic Algae on the Loose

Toxic Algae on the Loose

California's commercial shellfish growers say there's something fishy going on.

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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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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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Community Action Agencies Continue to Fight for Low-Income Families

Community Action Agencies Continue to Fight for Low-Income Families

Government works when it is directed towards helping its citizens live healthy and productive lives.

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Life-Threatening Mushroom Poisoning

Life-Threatening Mushroom Poisoning

Since Northern California's mushroom season began last September, four people have suffered life-threatening injuries after eating poisonous wild mushrooms.

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Fighting Fire Where Homes and Wilderness Meet

Fighting Fire Where Homes and Wilderness Meet

One idea for closing the state budget gap proposes trimming funds for Cal Fire, the state fire-fighting agency.

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The Science of Snow

The Science of Snow

Lots of snow means good skiing, but it also means an increased danger of avalanches.

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Can Heroes Be Made?

Can Heroes Be Made?

If there is one thing Stanford Professor Phillip Zimbardo is known for, it's that normal people can be turned into sadists. Can he leave a more optimistic legacy and prove the opposite to be true?

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Land Preservation on the Chopping Block

Land Preservation on the Chopping Block

Under Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget, state funding for the Williamson Act would be eliminated.

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Local Cheese Makers Fear a Raw Deal

Local Cheese Makers Fear a Raw Deal

Pasteurization may kill microbes like e.coli, but, they say, it also kills a cheese’s terroir, the unique taste associated with a particular place.

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How CFLs Got Their Bad Rap

How CFLs Got Their Bad Rap

CFLs — maligned for their industrial color and low-quality manufacturing — deserve better.

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Goodbye to the Bevatron

Goodbye to the Bevatron

With the demolition of the Bevatron, a chapter of the Bay Area's high-level physics research comes to a close.

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California's Basement Bargains on Home Efficiency

California's Basement Bargains on Home Efficiency

After spending hundreds of millions of ratepayer dollars flooding the market with CFL light bulbs, California utilities are stepping up their efficiency game.

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Visiting the Dentist Chair of the Future

Visiting the Dentist Chair of the Future

It probably goes without saying — the dentist’s chair isn’t the most popular place to visit. But going to the dentist may one day be a very different experience.

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