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SCIENCE STORIES

Cashing Out
In the digital era, can anything be money?
October 2012, Stanford Magazine

That's Professor Global Hawk
A remote-piloted warrior starts flying for science.
April, 2011, Air & Space

New Light on the Brain

By combining genetics with fiber optics, Karl Deisseroth has given researchers a powerful tool with which to probe our most enigmatic organ.
December, 2010,
Stanford Magazine

The Sex Scholar
Decades before Kinsey, Clelia Mosher was proving that Victorian women weren't so ... Victorian.
April 2010,
Stanford Magazine

Assembly Required
Drew Endy builds a synthetic biology revolution out of very small parts.
August 2009, Stanford Magazine

The Forever Plane
Odysseus, an autonomous surveillance-plane concept, will fly for years on end, powered by nothing but the sun.
June 2009, Popular Science

TOPP Secret
Google Earth and enviromentalists work together to tag Pacific's giant predators and map their underwater ecosystem.
Summer, 2009, Terrain

Serious Gaming
Can you use computer games to teach kids about complex social issues like immigration and climate change?
March 2009, Edutopia

Die Green
Go gently into that good night.
Summer 2008, Terrain

A Scanner, Smartly
Researchers are learning how to "read" your visual cortex
July 2008, California

Seeing is Believing
Maybe virtual reality isn't just a game anymore.
January 2008, Stanford Magazine

Anybody Out There?
The first in a two-part series on the search for life in space, starting with astrobiology's hunt for a “second genesis” in our own solar system.
July 4, 2007, East Bay Express

There's No Place Like Home?
The second half of the life-in-space series, focusing on Geoff Marcy and Debra Fischer's search for other Earth-like planets. And for Goldilocks.
July 11, 2007, East Bay Express

The Case of the Missing Web Page

Is there free political speech on social networking sites like Facebook? I’d like to tell you, but ... mffffprhhgl.
November 29, 2006, East Bay Express

SWM Seeking Alien Hottie
Craigslist …. in … spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace!
April 20, 2005, East Bay Express

Bug Juice
Looking for a way to power hydrogen fuel cells … using termite guts.
September 7, 2005, East Bay Express

Great Expectations

Why do zoo elephants keep killing their own offspring?
June 2003, Smithsonian

Kernels of Truth
Scientists thought they could keep genetically engineered corn from cross-pollinating with native plants. Well, maybe not, says Ignacio Chapela.
May 29, 2002, East Bay Express

The Pentagon Goes to the Video Arcade
The military’s quest to turn shoot-‘em-up gaming software into the ultimate training tool.
July 1999, The Progressive

PROFILES

Tidepools and Terrorists
Rafe Sagarin wonders if you can translate the adaptive tactics of nature to defending a nation.
February 2012, Stanford Magazine

The Story Behind The Story of Stuff
A Q&A with environmental activist Annie Leonard about the surprise success of her Internet video and her lifetime fascination with garbage
Spring 2010, Terrain

Sleuth or Dare
How mystery writer Joe Gores recreated Sam Spade.
May 2009, Stanford Magainze

The Six
One of the last Douglas DC-6 Cloudmasters still flying helped build the H-bomb, changed the travel industry, and ultimately became a movie star.
July 2009, Air & Space

Love At First Byte

A profile of computer science pioneer Donald Knuth, author of The Art of Computer Programming, and first-class sweetheart.
May 2006, Stanford Magazine

Remote Control
Meet robot artist Ken Goldberg, a guy who is too smart for only one career.
November 11, 2005, East Bay Express

Talking Head for the Undead

Professor Paranormal sees dead people. Or at least, he smells them.
February 5, 2003, East Bay Express

Eric Mills and the Horse He Rode In On

California’s one-man animal rights activism team takes on the rodeo.
June 4, 2003, East Bay Express

2C-T-7’s Bad Trip
A profile of psychedelic chemist Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, and what happened when one of his lab inventions ran amok.
May 1, 2002, East Bay Express

Madam Middle

Back in 2001, people thought Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher might be the Democrats’ first female presidential candidate. A profile of a party’s rising star.
June 8, 2001, East Bay Express

The Collectors
Bruce Woodbury and Enid Westberg own the world’s largest collection of smiley faces. And that's just the tip of their collecting iceberg.
January 22, 1999, East Bay Express


ACTION ADVENTURES

Big Idea
The low-flying adventures of the Super Guppy, the world's fattest plane.
August 2008, Air & Space


The Hogs Of War

Tagging along with the Patriot Guard Riders.
July 2006, Mother Jones

Creatures of the Night
Is sneaking pink plastic flamingos onto people’s yards in the middle of the night a business model? The Flamingess says yes.
April 26, 2006, East Bay Express

The $10 Million Woman
The strange travels of Picasso’s “Lady in White,” an oil painting looted by the Nazis during World War II.
August 4, 2004, East Bay Express

Join My Cult!
In the beginning, there was a bar bet. The very strange genesis of Danny Wallace's cult of Join Me.
July 21, 2004, East Bay Express

Catch Me If You Can
How members of the Bay Area’s Filipino community helped take down a woman charged with conning $3 million out of them.
May 12, 2004, East Bay Express

Lost in Iowa
Surviving the Iowa caucuses in the heart of Howard Dean's Perfect Storm.
January 21, 2004, East Bay Express


The Secret of the Santa Maria
In the seventeen years Margaret Brandeis spent hunting for the wreck of the Santa Maria de los Remedios off the coast of Ecuador, she encountered scheming rivals, poisonous sea snakes, crooked diviners, witches, mutinies, and parasites. And that wasn’t even the weird part.
July 16, 2003, East Bay Express

It Was A Dark and Stormy Month…
The year National Novel Writing Month broke.
December 19, 2001, East Bay Express

Rocky Nights in San Leandro

Can a movie about cross-dressing transvestites from space be good clean fun? A case study in what happens when three undercover cops turn up at an unusually wild showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
April 6, 2001, East Bay Express


HEALTH & MEDICINE

Fair Enough?
Are our minds wired for bias? And if so, what can we do about it?
September, 2010, Stanford Magazine

Green the Machines
Could the future of fuel come from the most ancient green thing of all ... algae?
Fall 2009, Terrain

The Meek Shall Inherit the Earthquake

When disaster strikes, those who depend on neighborhood clinics and other community organizations will feel its most lasting reverberations.
March 2009, California

iProd
Forget willpower. What you need is a digital nagging device.
July 2008, Stanford Magazine

Thinking Outside the Cell
For decades, Mina Bissell preached an outsider gospel about what causes cancer. But now, outside is in.
December 12, 2007, East Bay Express

A Cure for All That Ails You?
Is freezing your kids’ umbilical cord blood a potential lifesaver, or just another expensive birthday present they’ll never use?
August 22, 2007, East Bay Express

The Fragile Ones
A gene mutation called Fragile X Syndrome may help researchers unlock the secrets of the cause of autism. Kids like Lucas Clark, who have both, will their Rosetta Stone.
April 19, 2006, East Bay Express

Live, Fast, Die Old
Calorie restrictors chew their way to eternal life, one plateful at a time.
January 18, 2006, East Bay Express

It's a Boy! We Made Sure of It

Does the road to eugenics begin with gender selection?

November 3, 2004, East Bay Express

The Making of a Martyr
The life, death and politicization of Holly Patterson, the first American woman to die after using RU-486 (medical abortion.)
December 17, 2003, East Bay Express

Misery Without Borders
HIV and the migrant farm worker.
February 16, 2001, East Bay Express

CRIME

Dealing in Death
Meet the nation’s second biggest dealer in crime guns. Then learn where three of those guns went.
July 5, 2006, East Bay Express

The Last Stand of Eddy Zheng
Should this thirtysomething model prisoner be deported for a crime he committed at age sixteen?
August 10, 2005, East Bay Express

What A Steal!
Psssst, ladies! Wanna buy a fake designer handbag? I infiltrate the secret world of counterfeit purse parties.
November 3, 2004, East Bay Express

The Afghan Connection

Was this jewelry store owner and hawala operator just trying to help Afghani and Pakistani-Americans wire money to impoverished relatives back home, or was he funneling money to a heroin ring? A curious case of the murkiness of money transfer to the Middle East in a post-9/11 world.
October 22, 2003, East Bay Express

Trailers Are for Travelers
How three Irish Travelers cruising the country in an RV raked in nearly $1 million by pulling a bar-code scam on Home Depot.
September 10, 2003, East Bay Express

The Talented Mr. Young
The Fifth Top. The Imitation Temptation. The con man who has made a career of pretending to be Motown legends.
March 27, 2002, East Bay Express


The Return of the Fifth Top
... And he's back.
May 21, 2003, East Bay Express

REVIEWS AND ESSAYS

A Series of Unfortunate Books
The works of Daniel Handler (or is it Lemony Snicket?)

Fall 2002, East Bay Express

Sour Times
Lemon by Lawrence Krauser

May 25, 2001, East Bay Express


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