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Removing the Guesswork Out of Sustainable Sushi

Removing the Guesswork Out of Sustainable Sushi

The American appetite for sushi abounds. But, which of these choices are sustainable to consume and which should be avoided?

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Protecting Sharks' Marine Protected Areas and "Paper Parks"

Protecting Sharks' Marine Protected Areas and "Paper Parks"

There have been success in countries with resources to enforce and convict violators within marine protected areas, but many of these areas are in name only – "paper parks."

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Secretive Openness

Secretive Openness

It will take a long time for scientists to figure out why those redwoods in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park are albino. And because of the way science is set up, it will take the public even longer to find out the answer.

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Mastodons, Mummies, and Meteorites:  Evidence of Life Out There?

Mastodons, Mummies, and Meteorites: Evidence of Life Out There?

A recent publishing of the investigation of a rare class of meteorite (the CI1 Carbonaceous Chondrite) by Dr. Richard Hoover of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center has caused another stir among scientists and the news media regarding possible origins of life on Earth and life in the Universe in general.

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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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Fungi Underfoot

Fungi Underfoot

No, this blog post is not about athlete’s foot or toenail fungus or any other infection you might inadvertently catch from the floor of a locker room or the seat of a BART train. It’s about giant underground fungi and their reproductive parts– a.k.a. mushrooms.

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The Future of the International Science Café Movement

The Future of the International Science Café Movement

In mid February, I attended and presented at the inaugural 2011 International Public Science Events Conference (IPSEC) in Washington DC on behalf of the California Academy of Sciences.

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NASA's Cosmic Two-For-One Deal:  A Return to Comet Tempel 1

NASA's Cosmic Two-For-One Deal: A Return to Comet Tempel 1

On February 14, 2011, NASA encountered the comet Tempel 1 using the recycled Stardust spacecraft. For the first time in history, they visited the same comet twice – affording them the opportunity to observe changes in the icy body.

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Shark Fin Trade Puts Sharks At Risk

Shark Fin Trade Puts Sharks At Risk

Sharks are seriously at risk in the world ocean to overfishing and the growing threat of shark finning.

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Friend Your Local Fault

Friend Your Local Fault

Earthquakes will never be as predictable as the weather, but if you get to know your nearest faults then earthquakes will be less of a surprise.

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Elephant Seals Through Eighth Grade Eyes

Elephant Seals Through Eighth Grade Eyes

This weekend, I went to Ano Nuevo State Park to see the elephant seals, along with 14 Oakland middle schoolers.

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All (U.S.) Children Left Behind

All (U.S.) Children Left Behind

New test results confirm what many of us have feared: U.S. students suck at science.

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A New Energy Label Promotes Wind Power

A New Energy Label Promotes Wind Power

Soon you’ll be able to go to a store and buy a product you know was made from pure, clean wind energy.

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Kepler's Smokin' Performance: Zero to 68 in 4 Months!

Kepler's Smokin' Performance: Zero to 68 in 4 Months!

NASA's Kepler mission announces the results from its first four months of observations: 1235 possible planets around other stars!

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Falconry Ruffles Feathers and Saves a Species

Falconry Ruffles Feathers and Saves a Species

This time of year, you may see birds of prey, with their wings outstretched, circling overhead – it is nesting season.

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Reliable Science Web Resource: Scitable

Reliable Science Web Resource: Scitable

An interview with Vikram Savkar, the man who runs a reliable web resource for science called Scitable.

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Famous African-American Astronauts

Famous African-American Astronauts

This April is the 50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagiran going into space, the 30th Anniversary of the first US Space Shuttle Columbia launching into space and the 10th Anniversary of Yuri’s Night.

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A Better Military Through Genetics

A Better Military Through Genetics

A new report recommends that all military people have their DNA sequenced to advance science and to create a better military. Can we trust the military to get this right – or anyone?

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Oil and the Sanctuaries Expansion Bill

Oil and the Sanctuaries Expansion Bill

Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, is pushing to expand marine sanctuaries and permanently ban offshore oil drilling off much of the North Coast.

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Meet Our Newest Relative

Meet Our Newest Relative

Scientists identified a new human relative just using DNA from a fossilized finger. Using this DNA they showed more non Homo sapien DNA in modern humans. First Neanderthals, now Denisovans. Who knows what DNA we'll find next.

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