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The American Diet

The American Diet

I just finished reading Omnivore’s Dilemma. It mysteriously appeared on my desk a few months ago; someone who still is anonymous thought I should read it.

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Science Event Pick – Cal Day 2010

Science Event Pick – Cal Day 2010

Cal Day is back and better than ever this year.

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Alien DNA

Alien DNA

Let’s say you found a bone and you thought it came from an alien. How could you possibly prove such a thing?

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Reporter's Notes: Smog Checks Made Easy

Reporter's Notes: Smog Checks Made Easy

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has kicked off a new campaign to promote the 1-800-Exhaust program.

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Producer's Notes: The Great White Shark: Meet the Man in the Gray Suit

Producer's Notes: The Great White Shark: Meet the Man in the Gray Suit

Like many people, I'm fascinated with sharks. I can't remember a time when they did not interest me.

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Science Event Pick – Mixing Art & Science

Science Event Pick – Mixing Art & Science

See science blend with art this week. Visualizing Science is a panel discussion of artists and scientists at Swissnex San Francisco on April 7th. Yuri's Night Bay Area, celebrating the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's first orbit of Earth, is a concert, art installation, and science celebration all mixed into one giant festival.

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Extreme Mammal: Platypus

Extreme Mammal: Platypus

In the dictionary, mammals are classified as vertebrate animals that are warm-blooded, give birth to live young and feed their young milk. The Platypus is my favorite extreme mammal because it is the quintessential exception to this rule.

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Finding Fifth Cousins

Finding Fifth Cousins

Someone contacted me via 23andMe and said that we may be fifth cousins and asked if I would like to compare genomes. Ok I thought, why not?

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Reporter's Notes: Alcatraz Goes Green

Reporter's Notes: Alcatraz Goes Green

Getting power to Alcatraz is its own special conundrum. At various stages of its existence, the island has run on coal, wood, bunker oil, and now diesel fuel, all ferried from the mainland.

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The Largest Land Mammal That Ever Lived

The Largest Land Mammal That Ever Lived

With Extreme Mammals opening in less than a month, new boxes and displays are popping up every day.

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An Urban Layover for Birds: MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline

An Urban Layover for Birds: MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline

Squeezed between the Oakland International Airport and the Coliseum lies one of the best kept secrets of the bay: Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Park, a birding hot spot. I had no idea.

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23andMe: Not Just for Fun Anymore

23andMe: Not Just for Fun Anymore

23andMe has gone away from being a place where you get your DNA tested for coolness’ sake to one with a focus on health and/or ancestry.  With this change has come a much-improved product for people interested in what their DNA tells them about their carrier status for a variety of genetic diseases.

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Holding Hands with an Octopus

Holding Hands with an Octopus

A week ago on Tuesday morning, a co-worker and I were able to go behind the scenes and visit with the Giant Red Octopus and his trainer.

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Celestial Navigation: Finding Your Way in the Dark

Celestial Navigation: Finding Your Way in the Dark

Celestial Navigation – it’s a special topic for me as it blends my interest in astronomy with my long time fascination for things nautical: ships, exploration, adventure, and global geometry.

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Famous African-American Scientists and Innovators: Part III

Famous African-American Scientists and Innovators: Part III

Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African-Americans and takes place February of each year.

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Passing Time in a Museum

Passing Time in a Museum

Time is measured a bit differently by those who work in a museum. Exhibits both permanent and temporary have a lot to do with this.

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Personal Comet

Personal Comet

Nothing seems to capture the pure grandeur and extra-Earthly splendor of outer space like a comet…but at Chabot we like to bring things down to Earth a bit—not to diminish their wonder and awe-inspiring beauty, but rather to give us a chance to connect with pieces of the Universe in a personal way that—we hope—will only enhance their wonder.

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Five Years of Wandering Through the Steinhart

Five Years of Wandering Through the Steinhart

I have been working for the California Academy of Sciences for five years now this month. I have always held a fondness for the aquarium.

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When It Comes to Birds, Oil and Water Don't Mix

When It Comes to Birds, Oil and Water Don't Mix

The International Bird Rescue and Research Center has been working non-stop to save wildlife that suffers from oil spills and other disasters. Their work includes training volunteers, consulting with the petrol industry, and managing a professional emergency response team.

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Do We Have Enough Fresh Water?

Do We Have Enough Fresh Water?

Blue Gold is a documentary that focuses on the controversy that has arisen by the marketing and privatization of water.

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