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Darfur Stoves Project

Darfur Stoves Project

Since the Darfur crisis began in 2003, women living in the refugee camps walked for up to seven hours outside the safety of the camps to collect firewood for cooking, putting them at risk for violent attacks. Now, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have engineered a more efficient wood-burning stove, which is greatly reducing both the women's need for firewood and the threats against them.

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X-ray Microscope: Seeing Cells in 3-D

X-ray Microscope: Seeing Cells in 3-D

At the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, scientists are using a cutting-edge microscope, the first of its kind in the world, to image whole cells in 3-D with the penetrating power of x-rays. The new images generated by the microscope are offering a deeper, more precise understanding of cellular structures and how they change with diseases.

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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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Field Notes:  Oakland Zoo in Uganda

Field Notes: Oakland Zoo in Uganda

In this "Field Notes" segment, Amy Gotliffe, director of conservation at the Oakland Zoo, shares her photographs and stories from Uganda, where the zoo's Bodongo Snare Removal Project works to protect endangered chimpanzees from illegal poaching.

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Starship Math: Are the Stars Our Destiny?

Starship Math: Are the Stars Our Destiny?

What would it take to send a spaceship to another star, all science fiction devices aside?

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Rainy Hike at Redwood Regional Park

Rainy Hike at Redwood Regional Park

One of the joys of being a naturalist is venturing out with intrepid hikers — rain or shine — to catch the action in nature.

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One Whale's Tale

One Whale's Tale

A rooftop is a long way from the deep blue sea, so when I learned that the skull of a juvenile minke whale was resting atop the California Academy of Sciences' living roof, my curiosity was piqued.

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Explaining Earthquakes

Explaining Earthquakes

Dig into the science of earthquakes! Learn the basics, check out an animation on seismic waves, test your quake knowledge, and hear from a Bay Area geophysicist.

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The Stars Within an Eyelash's Reach

The Stars Within an Eyelash's Reach

I want to take a moment, again, to contemplate the vastness of the Universe…and expect an epic fail….

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The Benefits of Radioactive Fallout

The Benefits of Radioactive Fallout

Wildlife seems to be thriving in the radioactive areas around Chernobyl. For now it looks like if animals had to choose, they'd choose radioactivity over humans.

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Operation Vesta: Pluto's Devious Plan to Regain Status?

Operation Vesta: Pluto's Devious Plan to Regain Status?

With the New Horizons spacecraft hurtling toward its 2014 encounter with Pluto, and with the Dawn spacecraft now at its most up-close and personal encounter with Vesta, we are in the process of learning scads of information about two objects that are among the least understood and most under-explored bodies in the Solar System.

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Asian Carp, an "Alien" Threat to Lake Erie

Asian Carp, an "Alien" Threat to Lake Erie

Lake Erie is considered to be the most productive of all five of the Great Lakes.Within its waters are diverse and interdependent plants and animals that make up an intricate web of life. Mostly due to human carelessness, the lake has become home to an increasing number of non-native plants, animals, and micro-organisms which threaten […]

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The Bay Area Science Festival Begins

The Bay Area Science Festival Begins

The Bay Area Science Festival, a 10-day celebration of science, starts this week. There are over 50 exciting events throughout the Bay Area, including hikes, lectures, and concerts.

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Toast To The Dry Days At Cal Academy's Prohibition NightLife

Toast To The Dry Days At Cal Academy's Prohibition NightLife

Celebrate the prohibition era with a sneak preview of Ken Burns new documentary and wine tasting at Cal Academy's NightLife.

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Induced Seismicity: Man-Made Earthquakes

Induced Seismicity: Man-Made Earthquakes

In California, more renewable energy comes from geothermal energy than solar and wind, combined. Today, a new technology known as Enhanced Geothermal Systems has the potential to extract even more heat and consequently energy to power steam turbines, but it’s not without challenges.

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Cast Your Votes For Our Photo Caption Contest with The Tech Museum!

Cast Your Votes For Our Photo Caption Contest with The Tech Museum!

Please vote on your favorite caption for our photo contest with The Tech Museum!

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Enter Our Photo Caption Contest with The Tech Museum!

Enter Our Photo Caption Contest with The Tech Museum!

Enter our photo caption contest and you may win (2) tickets to the Tech Museum's upcoming After Hours event!

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Attached: Uncovering the Differing Styles of Intimacy

Attached: Uncovering the Differing Styles of Intimacy

In May, I went to a "Down to a Science" Café. The topic was "Attached: The Science of Romantic Relationships." I was greatly intrigued after seeing Heller talk and I set out to buy the book.

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Autism More than Genes

Autism More than Genes

A new twin study suggests that the environment may play a bigger role in autism than scientists previously thought.

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Patient-Specific DNA Sequencing Finally Paying Off

Patient-Specific DNA Sequencing Finally Paying Off

Here Dr. Starr talks about three patients who have dramatically improved lives because scientists sequenced their DNA and correctly interpreted the results. The dream of helping individual patients using data from the human genome project is finally being realized.

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