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Producer's Notes – Science on the SPOT: Lupe the Mammoth Comes to Life

Producer's Notes – Science on the SPOT: Lupe the Mammoth Comes to Life

UC Museum of Paleontology graduate student Kaitlin Maguire describes her behind-the-scenes experiences working to bring a mammoth exhibit to life at the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose.

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Earthquake Warning Signs in Tiny Marine Fossils

Earthquake Warning Signs in Tiny Marine Fossils

It feels like the world is still shaking from the earthquake and ensuing tsunami that hit northern Japan on Friday.

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A Record of the East Bay’s Past Revealed During Caldecott Tunnel Construction

A Record of the East Bay’s Past Revealed During Caldecott Tunnel Construction

If you use Highway 24 as part of your daily commute you are already familiar with the Caldecott Tunnel, which connects Orinda and Oakland, but do you know about the geology of the hills through which the tunnel was constructed?

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SF Scientist Discovers Earliest Tool Use by Human Ancestors

SF Scientist Discovers Earliest Tool Use by Human Ancestors

A Bay Area researcher found evidence that an ancient human ancestor was using stone tools nearly a million years earlier than previously documented.

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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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Predicting Fossil Finds

Predicting Fossil Finds

Scientists used evolutionary theory to figure out where to find the bones of this fishibian. Lately I have been reading Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. And so far it is a fascinating read. What is so great about this book for a scientist is that it gives the big picture on evolution. This sort […]

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Reporter's Notes: Investigating Darwin's Legacy

Reporter's Notes: Investigating Darwin's Legacy

This year marks the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin – and the 150th anniversary of his landmark work, "On the Origin of Species". One of the iconic fossils that supports Darwin's theory of evolution is called the Archaeopteryx.

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Methane on Mars? Moooooooo!

Methane on Mars? Moooooooo!

Methane on Mars? Really? What does that mean? If you know anything about the source of most of Earth's atmospheric methane gas, you already know the answer: possible life.

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Producer's Newts: Briones Regional Park Exploration

Producer's Newts: Briones Regional Park Exploration

It's entirely possible to spend years living in the Bay Area and never encounter a California Newt. This tiny amphibian spends most of its time living in burrows and holes. But once year, the newts make an epic migration (at least for them) to nearby ponds for mating season. It's incredible to see dozens of […]

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Carving the holiday dinosaur: a phylogeny of wishbones

Carving the holiday dinosaur: a phylogeny of wishbones

A wishbone from a theropod and a turkey.This week, many of us celebrated one of the most American of holidays: Thanksgiving. Following tradition, most of us probably had a bite or two of turkey — if you were one of the fortunate to get your hands dirty, you may have used this New York Times […]

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