The Science of Sustainability

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Think Before You Drink Grapefruit Juice

Think Before You Drink Grapefruit Juice

You should discuss with your doctor or pharmacist whether ingesting grapefruit could cause an unintentional drug overdose. Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice affects how the body metabolizes certain drugs, and the number of drugs that adversely interact with grapefruit has increased according to new research results.

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Hiking in the New Year at Sibley Volcanic Preserve

Hiking in the New Year at Sibley Volcanic Preserve

Greet the New Year with a hike at the Sibley Volcanic Preserve in the East Bay Regional Park District.

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Our Newest National Park: Pinnacles National Monument

Our Newest National Park: Pinnacles National Monument

This brand-new national park will be the closest one to the Bay Area. Let's get to know it.

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Should I or Shouldn't I? Wrestling with Giving Genetic Tests as Gifts

Should I or Shouldn't I? Wrestling with Giving Genetic Tests as Gifts

When 23andMe offered their DNA test for just $99, I started to think about giving it for Christmas presents.

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Think Tiny: The Science of New Year's Resolutions

Think Tiny: The Science of New Year's Resolutions

Want to keep a New Year's resolution? One Stanford researcher says to give up on lofty goals. Instead, focus on tiny habits.

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Weighing in With Gravity

Weighing in With Gravity

Feel like you've gained a couple of pounds over the holidays? Try the geo-gravitation weight loss field trip plan!

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The 2012 Bay Area Geological Holiday Quiz – Answers Posted

The 2012 Bay Area Geological Holiday Quiz – Answers Posted

Test your knowledge with the second annual KQED QUEST Science Blogs Bay Area Geological Holiday Quiz.

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Conquering Fungophobia

Conquering Fungophobia

Late fall rains signal the start of mushroom season, which can last until spring in the Bay Area. Though only experts should forage and eat wild mushrooms (following park rules about harvesting), anyone can appreciate the rich diversity of these ephemeral fruits of the forest.

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Birdwatching for Science (and Fun!)

Birdwatching for Science (and Fun!)

While scientific research isn’t always fun it can be a "walk in the park" when it involves bird watching. Get a first-hand account of one of the largest and longest-running “Citizen Science” projects in the world, Audubon's Christmas Bird Count.

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Stardust and Sunbreath in the Sutter's Mill Meteorite

Stardust and Sunbreath in the Sutter's Mill Meteorite

The rare meteorite that fell in the Sierra foothills this spring yielded a rich harvest of scientific data.

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Knowing Neanderthals

Knowing Neanderthals

One of the more interesting things to come out of all the cheaper, more robust DNA sequencing technology has been our deeper understanding of human history.

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Touch the Sun at Chabot Space & Science Center

Touch the Sun at Chabot Space & Science Center

Just in time for the imminent event of Solar Maximum, Chabot Space & Science Center is opening a new solar exhibition that features the latest in stunning ultraviolet satellite imagery from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory!

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Help Find the Healdsburg Tektites

Help Find the Healdsburg Tektites

Half meteorite, half Earth rock, these geological oddities may be part of a new strewnfield in the northern Bay Area.

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Can Earth Survive Without Scientist-Citizens?

Can Earth Survive Without Scientist-Citizens?

Last summer, a group of top scientists warned that our penchant for growth and consumption may be pushing earth toward an irreversible tipping point. The days when scientists could share their results with just their colleagues are over, says NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco. It's time for scientists to help solve our "wicked problems."

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Dynamic Duo: Antibiotics and Probiotics

Dynamic Duo: Antibiotics and Probiotics

Scientific evidence now suggests that taking probiotics with antibiotics can reduce the risk of negative side affects. In a recent combined study, people who took probiotics with antibiotics were 42% less likely to develop diarrhea. However, further research is needed to determine the most effective probiotics and dose.

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Ladybugs, Ladybugs, Flying Away Home

Ladybugs, Ladybugs, Flying Away Home

Ladybugs have returned to the Oakland Hills and Redwood Regional Park. Find out why they're here and how you can help track ladybugs in your own yard or neighborhood.

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Side Trips from Interstate 5: The Eastern Klamaths

Side Trips from Interstate 5: The Eastern Klamaths

See America's largest area of rock from the Earth's mantle, west of Mount Shasta.

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Wanted: Scientist Comments

Wanted: Scientist Comments

If you’ve ever talked to a scientist, you know they usually have pretty strong opinions that they are not shy about expressing. Except, apparently, in the comments section of general science blogs. Here the silence is scary and, depending on whether these comment sections matter or not, potentially dangerous.

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Still Curious About Mars in 2012

Still Curious About Mars in 2012

NASA is preparing to make a big announcement concerning Mars and a recent discovery by the SAM instrument on board the rover Curiosity, though has qualified the nature of the announcement to scientifically interesting, and not "earth-shaking" as the blogosphere has hyped it in speculation.

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The Mighty Monterey Formation: In Your Future

The Mighty Monterey Formation: In Your Future

More valuable than gold, this great rock unit forms part of the Bay Area's landscape.

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