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UCSF Scientists Bio-Hack Bacteria

UCSF Scientists Bio-Hack Bacteria

Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco have hacked into the genetic wiring of billions of individual bacteria and outfitted them with the kind of on/off switches normally found in computer chips, not living organisms.

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How Jet Lag Resets the Body Clock

How Jet Lag Resets the Body Clock

Evolutionarily speaking, there is nothing natural about flying 600 miles per hour, crossing entire continents in the space of a day.

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Arsenic-Eating Bacteria Expands Definition of Life

Arsenic-Eating Bacteria Expands Definition of Life

A Bay Area biochemist has found a new strain of bacteria living in the briny shores of Mono Lake that can not only eat arsenic, a substance highly toxic to most organisms, but thrive on it.

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AIDS Researchers Unlock Cell Death Mystery

AIDS Researchers Unlock Cell Death Mystery

For nearly 30 years scientists have known that a cell vital to the immune system dies off in patients with HIV, leading eventually to the onset of AIDS. But exactly when and how has remained a mystery – until now.

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Tiny Satellites Give NASA Big Returns

Tiny Satellites Give NASA Big Returns

On Friday, a NASA satellite hitched a ride aboard a U.S. Air Force rocket that launched into space from Kodiak Island, Alaska. But this isn’t your typical satellite.

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Teaching Climate Change

Teaching Climate Change

The California Academy of Sciences and the Monterey Bay Aquarium have a big advantage that some educational institutions in other parts of the country do not: most of their local visitors believe that climate change is real.

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New Images from Inside the Brain

New Images from Inside the Brain

On Wednesday, scientists at Stanford Medical School released new images they’ve produced showing a slice of a mouse’s cerebral cortex.

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Albino Redwoods: Ghosts of the Forest (Radio)

Albino Redwoods: Ghosts of the Forest (Radio)

Albino redwoods are off the beaten track – for a reason.

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State Parks: Back to the Drawing Board

State Parks: Back to the Drawing Board

California State Parks supporters face tough decisions after defeat of Proposition 21

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Tiny Lichen Point to Bigger Pollution Problems in Yosemite

Tiny Lichen Point to Bigger Pollution Problems in Yosemite

Air pollution may seem like an urban problem, but it’s becoming an increasing concern in California’s national parks.

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Earth-Sized Planets Could Be Common

Earth-Sized Planets Could Be Common

The Earth may not be as unique as we think it is. That's according to findings announced today by UC Berkeley. Astronomers there believe that Earth-sized planets may be more abundant in the universe than previously thought.

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Richmond Considers a Vegas-Style Casino

Richmond Considers a Vegas-Style Casino

Today, Point Molate is quiet. There’s a handful of abandoned buildings, palm and oak trees, and a view clear across the bay to Mount Tamalpais.

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Urban Growth on the Ballot

Urban Growth on the Ballot

In the East Bay city of San Ramon, voters are deciding a measure that would substantially expand their city limits. Measure W is one of several urban growth measures on Bay Area ballots this November.

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Exploratorium Unveils Plans for New Home

Exploratorium Unveils Plans for New Home

The Exploratorium, San Francisco’s popular hands-on science museum, is unveiling long-awaited plans for its future home at Piers 15 and 17 along the San Francisco waterfront, a quarter-mile northwest of the Ferry Building.

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When Brains Hit the Gym

When Brains Hit the Gym

The general idea is that by doing a series of basic and repetitive tasks, which get harder over time, you’re actually changing your brain structure. Over time, the manufacturers claim, you can train an old brain to behave like a new one. But many scientists who study aging are skeptical.

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Health Officials to Consider Tightening Vaccine Exemptions

Health Officials to Consider Tightening Vaccine Exemptions

Concerned by the increase in the number of children who are starting kindergarten without all their vaccines, public health officials in the Bay Area will look into the possibility of tightening the system that allows parents to opt out from mandatory immunizations.

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The Turns and Twists of the Devil's Slide Tunnel

The Turns and Twists of the Devil's Slide Tunnel

On October 1st, as news crews filmed the action, Caltrans broke through a retaining wall at the north portal of the Devil’s Slide tunnels on Highway One, opening a new way to link the coastal communities of Pacifica and Montara in San Mateo County.

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The Turns and Twists of the Devil's Slide Tunnel

The Turns and Twists of the Devil's Slide Tunnel

On October 1st, as news crews filmed the action, Caltrans broke through a retaining wall at the north portal of the Devil’s Slide tunnels on Highway One, opening a new way to link the coastal communities of Pacifica and Montara in San Mateo County.

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Devil's Slide Tunnel Breakthrough

Devil's Slide Tunnel Breakthrough

A Caltrans construction crew on Friday punched through the northern end of Devil’s Slide tunnel that will link Pacifica and Montara. Three years after breaking ground on the project, Caltrans now expects the passage to open next year.

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Aviation Authorities Prepare for Space Tourism

Aviation Authorities Prepare for Space Tourism

Several private companies are planning to offer the public rides into space starting in the next two to five years. Aviation authorities are preparing for a future in which airplanes and spaceships will share the air.

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