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.
Post on Dec 10, 2009 by Cat
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 [...]
Post on Nov 23, 2009 by Dr. Barry Starr
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.
Post on Nov 20, 2009 by Lauren Sommer
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!
Post on Nov 20, 2009 by Ben Burress
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.
Post on Nov 18, 2009 by Kishore Hari
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).
Post on Nov 16, 2009 by Christopher Smallwood
Each October, within Breast Cancer Awareness Month, my friends and I get into a flurry organizing and putting on Beats for Boobs.
Post on Nov 12, 2009 by Cat
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.
Post on Nov 05, 2009 by Kishore Hari
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.
Post on Nov 02, 2009 by Christopher Smallwood
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.
Post on Oct 28, 2009 by Cat
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 [...]
Post on Oct 21, 2009 by Amy Gotliffe
.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.
Post on Oct 19, 2009 by Christopher Smallwood