The Science of Sustainability

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Arrow Gobies, Ghost Shrimp and Bubble Snails: Teachers Explore the Unique Biodiversity of San Francisco Bay

Arrow Gobies, Ghost Shrimp and Bubble Snails: Teachers Explore the Unique Biodiversity of San Francisco Bay

Dedicated teachers spend a week of their summer vacation delving into science, climate change, and San Francisco Bay ecology.

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Geological Outings Around the Bay: Sunol Regional Wilderness

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Sunol Regional Wilderness

The Franciscan rocks of Sunol Regional Wilderness are star players at the frontier of plate tectonics.

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Getting Back on a Bike: Exploring San Francisco on Two Wheels

Getting Back on a Bike: Exploring San Francisco on Two Wheels

I spent a sunny Wednesday cruising through the city alongside a great San Francisco native on a bike tour facilitated by Streets of San Francisco (SoSF) – which is not anywhere near a normal activity for me.

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Smelly Rocks: Researchers Reveal The Source of "Stinkspar" Stench

Smelly Rocks: Researchers Reveal The Source of "Stinkspar" Stench

The source of the stench in crushed “stinkspar” is a 200-year old mystery. Solving this puzzle took a mixture of old-fashioned chemical analysis and modern instruments.

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The Bay Area Thanks Buckminster Fuller for Geodesic Domes

The Bay Area Thanks Buckminster Fuller for Geodesic Domes

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is showing, for just a few more short days, an exhibit called "The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area." Fuller never actually lived in the Bay Area, but the exhibit's designers seem to think he would have liked it.

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Hope for an Anti-Nicotine Vaccine

Hope for an Anti-Nicotine Vaccine

Recent research shows that a new vaccine led to consistently high anti-nicotine antibody levels that prevented nicotine from reaching the brain. If these findings are confirmed in people, this vaccine could be an effective therapy to help prevent nicotine addiction.

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Deep, Dark Waters of Titan

Deep, Dark Waters of Titan

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, NASA finds another ocean for us to worry about — this time on Saturn's moon, Titan.

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Hetch Hetchy: Will We Do the Anthropocene Thing?

Hetch Hetchy: Will We Do the Anthropocene Thing?

The Restore Hetch Hetchy proposal is the Bay Area's first serious encounter with Anthropocene engineering.

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Making Sense of Electric Car Apps

Making Sense of Electric Car Apps

Electric car drivers use multiple apps to find charging stations.

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Introducing the Higgs Boson

Introducing the Higgs Boson

The Bay Area has a big community of physicists involved with the Higgs boson project, and the Physics Department at UC Berkeley has scheduled a special seminar on the topic this coming Friday.

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Tracking Big Cats to Learn Their Secrets

Tracking Big Cats to Learn Their Secrets

Learning to see the landscape through the eyes of a wild carnivore helps Bay Area residents appreciate the essential ecological roles bobcats, mountain lions, and other predators play in ecosystems. New research shows that lion leftovers feed a surprising diversity of other species.

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Oriental Ink Painting with a Computer Instead of a Brush

Oriental Ink Painting with a Computer Instead of a Brush

Traditional occidental painting techniques like watercolor or oil build an image from many layered brush strokes. You don't usually notice the individual strokes unless you stand very close. But in traditional oriental ink painting, called sumi-e, the brush strokes are the painting.

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Seeding Life Through the Universe

Seeding Life Through the Universe

Watching Prometheus the other day with my son got me to thinking about panspermia. This is the idea that life sometimes spreads through the universe by riding on interstellar flotsam and jetsam like meteors or asteroids.

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First Flight: Bald Eaglet Expected To Leave Lake Chabot Nest Soon

First Flight: Bald Eaglet Expected To Leave Lake Chabot Nest Soon

Hatched on Earth Day, expected to fledge on the Fourth of July, bald eagles are nesting at Lake Chabot. Find out the local story of our national symbol.

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All My Children: Making and Donating a Rock Collection

All My Children: Making and Donating a Rock Collection

A set of rock specimens, collected for teaching kids, has become a group of friends. Is this normal?

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How Do Fireworks Work?

How Do Fireworks Work?

From colors to crackles, fireworks are all about chemistry.

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Ocean Overrun With Gentle Gelatinous Salps

Ocean Overrun With Gentle Gelatinous Salps

What looks like a jellyfish but is closely related to humans? The answer is an oceanic animal called a salp, and right now the waters off California are teeming with unprecedented numbers of these creatures.

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Help the Sea On Your Next Overseas Vacation

Help the Sea On Your Next Overseas Vacation

If the chance to travel abroad and participate in an ongoing ocean research project sounds more appealing to you than poolside Mai Tais, here are seven sea-friendly ideas for your next vacation.

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Space Telescope to Begin Search for Black Holes

Space Telescope to Begin Search for Black Holes

NASA's newest space telescope, NuStar, will soon begin its hunt for black holes. Scientists are hoping to learn more about how they grow and why they're such messy eaters.

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Voyager: Old Spacecraft, New Frontier?

Voyager: Old Spacecraft, New Frontier?

Thirty-five years after beginning a remarkable journey that started with encounters of Jupiter and Saturn, Voyager 1 may once again be making a historic scientific encounter: the boundary between our Solar System and interstellar space!

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