The Science of Sustainability

Partners

In Conversation with Copenhagen

In Conversation with Copenhagen

Last Thursday night at NightLife, Healy Hamilton called in from Copenhagen to give an update on the Copenhagen conference. This year is the 15th annual conference of the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Continue Reading

San Francisco Science Scene

San Francisco Science Scene

I love researching and I always have. In high school, the librarians knew me by name because I spent more time with books than peers. In college, I would pick paper topics specifically to gain access to the Bancroft rare books library at Cal. In school, it was easy to fuel my nerdy interests and get lost into a battle of wits amongst friends but in adulthood, I have had to search for like-minded people and events. Below is my list of favorites intellectual haunts in the city.

Continue Reading

Working Dogs for Conservation

Working Dogs for Conservation

With unemployment at an all time low, it seems controversial that some very solid jobs are going to non-humans, but there are just some things that humans will never be qualified to do.

Continue Reading

Who Owns My DNA?

Who Owns My DNA?

If a DNA testing company gets bought out, what happens to their customers' DNA? Image by Molly Eyres. / CC BY 2.0 One niggling worry I had when I decided to get some genetic testing from 23andMe was what would happen to my DNA if the company failed. By all accounts, 23andMe is a very […]

Continue Reading

Reporter's Notes: Building an Artificial Leaf

Reporter's Notes: Building an Artificial Leaf

When I began this story, it seemed pretty simple. I'd heard that scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab were working to mimic photosynthesis and create a man-made version of the process that could supply us with renewable energy.

Continue Reading

Lunar Ice Smack-down a Success!

Lunar Ice Smack-down a Success!

NASA's LCROSS mission found water on the Moon, no bones about it. Though NASA is still analyzing all the data they reaped from the LCROSS impact event on October 9th, and will be for a long time to come, they seem confident enough about the preliminary findings to make this a definite declaration of discovery!

Continue Reading

Science Event Pick: Geek Out: Surviving on Mars

Science Event Pick: Geek Out: Surviving on Mars

The Lawrence Hall of Science presents Geek Out: Mars Survival Challenge, an opportunity to design your own Mars colony under the guidance of some Martian science experts. Geek Out is a new evening series at LHS for adults only; there will be music, a cash bar, and plenty of eye-popping science.

Continue Reading

Unlocking the Mysteries of Graphene

Unlocking the Mysteries of Graphene

Researchers in Alex Zettl’s group at Berkeley have endeavored recently to isolate suspended membranes of graphene for study and image them at Lawrence Berkeley Lab’s TEAM 0.5, the world’s most powerful transmission electron microscope (TEM).

Continue Reading

Is There Something Dangerous Lurking In Your Purse?

Is There Something Dangerous Lurking In Your Purse?

Each October, within Breast Cancer Awareness Month, my friends and I get into a flurry organizing and putting on Beats for Boobs.

Continue Reading

Fostering Sustainable Behavior – A Powerful, New Perspective

Fostering Sustainable Behavior – A Powerful, New Perspective

What would it take you to change your shower to a low-flow shower head? Be honest.

Continue Reading

Reporter's Notes: Getting Paid to Go Solar

Reporter's Notes: Getting Paid to Go Solar

To go solar or not to go solar? Homeowners looking to save money on their energy bills have a number of factor to consider.

Continue Reading

Science Event Pick: Exploratorium turns 40!

Science Event Pick: Exploratorium turns 40!

The Exploratorium is turning 40 and celebrating the only way they know how: with great science, art, and it's all free! Start with Exploratorium After Dark on Thursday, watch an ice block be cut into one by a motorcycle on Saturday, and conclude with a never told story of Frank Oppenheimer's founding of this San Francisco institution.

Continue Reading

50 Years Later, Still Plenty of Room at the Bottom

50 Years Later, Still Plenty of Room at the Bottom

50 years ago, eminent physicist Richard Feynman gave a gave a prophetic speech at Caltech entitled, "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom." The speech described a rich world of possibilities that could arise if we only applied ourselves toward controlling matter on smaller and smaller scales.

Continue Reading

Living in Limbo: the Zombie-like Qualities of Prions

Living in Limbo: the Zombie-like Qualities of Prions

There is something incredibly satisfying with the zombie movie plot – a virus outbreak devastates a planet but a group of people are immune and fight to save humankind.

Continue Reading

Wildlife + Creative Thinking = Hope: A Day at the Wildlife Conservation Expo

Wildlife + Creative Thinking = Hope: A Day at the Wildlife Conservation Expo

This year's Wildlife Conservation Network Expo in full swing at the Mission Bay Conference Center. It’s a sunny, fall day in October and I am driving into San Francisco. I pass the colorful Love Parade floats revving up without a glance of longing. I pass the turn towards Golden Gate Park for Hardly Strictly Blue […]

Continue Reading

The Large Hadron Collider Gets Ready to Spin Again

The Large Hadron Collider Gets Ready to Spin Again

.In about one month the world’s biggest science experiment, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, will once again fire up.

Continue Reading

Solar Decathlon 2009

Solar Decathlon 2009

I'm used to seeing some unusual things on the Mall in Washington, DC—our nations backyard—but was quite impressed by the 20 solar powered homes arrayed there last Saturday.

Continue Reading

Producer's Notes: Maya Skies

Producer's Notes: Maya Skies

Go behind the scenes of Tales of Maya Skies, the new film produced by Oakland's Chabot Space and Science Center. The half-hour film about Maya astronomy opens at the center's planetarium on November 21.

Continue Reading

Do These Genes Make Me Look Diabetic?

Do These Genes Make Me Look Diabetic?

A couple of weeks ago I was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. Right when I am in the middle of talking about genetic testing!

Continue Reading

Equinox on Saturn Reveals Ring Ripples

Equinox on Saturn Reveals Ring Ripples

Equinox on Saturn reveals ring ripples.

Continue Reading