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Scientists Manipulate Atoms in Real Time

Scientists Manipulate Atoms in Real Time

Imagine a future where iPods are capable of storing hundreds of thousands or millions of songs, where smart phones could play back several hundred times more feature-length Hollywood films than is currently possible, and where solar powered cells become dramatically more efficient in converting light to electricity.

It’s a future that may be possible thanks to research being done by IBM scientists in San Jose who have developed a new technique to manipulate individual atoms and measure how long they can store information in real time, over just a few billionths of a second. Their work could radically shrink a computer’s hard drive, allowing data to be stored on it more efficiently.

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San Francisco Among Top Cities For HIV Testing

San Francisco Among Top Cities For HIV Testing

New CDC survey shows that San Francisco has been successful in getting HIV-positive men tested.

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Scientists Work on New Artificial Kidney

Scientists Work on New Artificial Kidney

A UCSF scientists is leading a team of nearly forty scientists across the nation to develop the world’s first artificial implantable kidney.

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Coastal Cleanup Day

Coastal Cleanup Day

Plastic bottles, aluminum cans, plastic knives and forks, tangled fishing line, plastic bags, food wrappers, cigarette butts… all this and more will be collected from California’s beaches this coming Saturday, September 25, on Coastal Cleanup Day.

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Writer Irwin Silber Dies; Was Featured in QUEST TV Story

Writer Irwin Silber Dies; Was Featured in QUEST TV Story

Oakland writer Irwin Silber died last week. He and his wife, singer Barbara Dane, were featured on a QUEST TV story about Alzheimer's disease.

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40 Years of the Clean Air Act

40 Years of the Clean Air Act

In 1969, there were 65 days when Bay Area air quality exceeded federal health standards. Under those same standards, last year, there wasn’t a single day over the limit. On the 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act, we examine the impacts that the law has had on public health, business, and environmental justice in the Bay Area and what still needs to be done to improve the quality of our air.

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Kepler Scientists Find New Planetary System

Kepler Scientists Find New Planetary System

A team of researchers, led by NASA scientists in Mountain View, announced on Thursday the discovery of at least two Saturn-sized planets outside of our solar system orbiting the same Sun-like star.

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Go Big Green: Stanford Lightens Its Carbon Load

Go Big Green: Stanford Lightens Its Carbon Load

A new generation of eco-centric builders and designers are embarking on a $250 million project to raise, retrofit and re-power buildings across the 8,000-acre campus, in the hopes of slashing Stanford’s greenhouse gas emissions to 20 percent below 1990 levels in just 10 years.

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Polishing Oakland's Crown Jewel: Lake Merritt Reborn

Polishing Oakland's Crown Jewel: Lake Merritt Reborn

Oakland's Historic Lake Merritt is in the midst of a multimillion dollar face lift.

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New Laser Could Create Atomic "Movies"

New Laser Could Create Atomic "Movies"

The world's first X-ray laser could help scientists develop new energy sources and pharmaceuticals.

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SF Scientist Discovers Earliest Tool Use by Human Ancestors

SF Scientist Discovers Earliest Tool Use by Human Ancestors

A Bay Area researcher found evidence that an ancient human ancestor was using stone tools nearly a million years earlier than previously documented.

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Major Breakthrough in Reviving Heart Cells

Major Breakthrough in Reviving Heart Cells

Scientists reported today that they have succeeded for the first time in creating beating heart cells from other types of adult cells.

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Whooping Cough Epidemic Exposes Holes in California's Immunization System

Whooping Cough Epidemic Exposes Holes in California's Immunization System

The whooping cough epidemic that has killed six babies and made an estimated 1,500 people sick in California this year is exposing holes in the state’s immunization system, which leaders in the public health community are now racing to patch.

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Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf Star at San Jose Electric Car Convention

Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf Star at San Jose Electric Car Convention

After years of stops and starts, electric cars and plug-in hybrids are on the cusp of a new era of mainstream acceptance, starting this year.

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Northern California Scientists Helping Lead Project To Build World's Biggest Telescope

Northern California Scientists Helping Lead Project To Build World's Biggest Telescope

Scientists from the University of California are working to construct the largest telescope on Earth.

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