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Racetrack Memory On the Move

Racetrack Memory On the Move

Racetrack Memory is a new idea that could compete with some of the most popular memory devices in use today.

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Five Environmental Resolutions for the New Year

Five Environmental Resolutions for the New Year

I’m kind of a sucker for New Year’s resolutions. Here are my environmental resolutions for 2011.

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Piled Higher and Deeper

Piled Higher and Deeper

People with doctorate degrees are piling up while waiting for their dream (or any research) job. This is at the back of my mind most days since I work with graduate students.

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To Boldly Go…Alone

To Boldly Go…Alone

The idea of a one-way, one-astronaut mission to Mars isn't brand new, even in the non-sci-fi world of real space exploration chatter, but it has recently resurfaced in the news.

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A Dangerous Blush

A Dangerous Blush

Some sobering thoughts on alcohol, cancer, and the Asian glow.

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Midnight Delight: Total Lunar Eclipse

Midnight Delight: Total Lunar Eclipse

The Moon and the Earth have a very special relationship in the Cosmos, and one of the most striking and beautiful examples of the this takes place Monday evening: a total lunar eclipse.

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Enter Our Photo Caption Contest with The Monterey Bay Aquarium!

Enter Our Photo Caption Contest with The Monterey Bay Aquarium!

Enter our photo caption contest and you may win (2) tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

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Arsenic and Old Lakes: NASA Finds Life NOT As We Know It

Arsenic and Old Lakes: NASA Finds Life NOT As We Know It

NASA announces finding "life NOT as we know it" in the arsenic-laced waters of Mono Lake.

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Ghostbusters of the Forest

Ghostbusters of the Forest

Because clones aren't always the same, Stanford geneticists have a pretty good shot at figuring out what makes a redwood albino using DNA sequencing.

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Comet Hartley 2: Up Close and Personal

Comet Hartley 2: Up Close and Personal

On November 4, 2010, NASA's EPOXI flyby mission captured stunning close-up images of comet Hartley 2, and let web and satellite audiences fly along on an exciting live experience of the encounter.

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Feeling Crabby? Dungeness Crab Season Is Upon Us

Feeling Crabby? Dungeness Crab Season Is Upon Us

Got Crabs? It's that time of year again for San Francisco’s favorite crustacean: the Dungeness crab.

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A Food, Forest and Education Center by the Freeway

A Food, Forest and Education Center by the Freeway

I live in Hayes Valley and there has been a transformation a few blocks down from where I live. Hayes Valley Farm blooms in an abandoned concrete space; it is a 2.2 acre non-profit community run farm and urban agriculture education and research project.

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Facts are Facts

Facts are Facts

Despite what you might read on the web (including in the comments section of this blog), herd immunity is real. There is an overwhelming amount of data out there to support the idea that it protects us from the diseases that used to sweep through our population. Herd immunity is a fact and therefore real whether you believe in it or not.

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A National Expo of Science

A National Expo of Science

This past weekend, I was on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with a notebook and a very good pair of walking shoes. I spent the weekend exploring the inaugural expo of the USA Science and Engineering Festival.

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Tracing Bad (and Dangerous) Internet Science

Tracing Bad (and Dangerous) Internet Science

A dangerous rumor has been spreading across the web that people with Rh negative blood are resistant or even immune to getting AIDS. They’re not. This is the “everyone is an expert” ethos of the web at its worst.

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When A Sanctuary Is No Longer A Sanctuary

When A Sanctuary Is No Longer A Sanctuary

All is not well in our national marine sanctuaries. This summer and fall there have been at least six ship strikes on whales in the Gulf of the Farallones, the Monterey Bay and near the Channel Island National Marine Sanctuaries.

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Diving in Cordell Bank

Diving in Cordell Bank

Over the past five days I have had the incredible experience of diving on a location few have ever had the opportunity: the Cordell Bank.

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Test Tube Baby Nobel Prize

Test Tube Baby Nobel Prize

Dr. Edwards recently received a Nobel Prize in medicine for figuring out how to fertilize an egg in a Petri dish. Huge social impact but was the science Nobel-worthy?

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Who's Your Daddy?

Who's Your Daddy?

What became clear to me at a recent meeting I attended is that most everyone is going to have his or her DNA read in the near future. Another thing that became obvious is that scientists aren’t doing enough thinking about what impact this will have on society.

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Happy Birthday, Claude!

Happy Birthday, Claude!

I have a birthday month in common with Claude, the Albino Alligator at the California Academy of Sciences! On Wednesday morning, September 15, 2010 – Claude celebrated his golden birthday and turned 15 years old.

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