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UC Berkeley Astronomers Find Most Massive Black Holes Yet

December 5, 2011 | 6:36 pm

UC Berkeley Astronomers Find Most Massive Black Holes Yet

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Astronomers at UC Berkeley have found the two largest black holes ever recorded, both about twice as big as the previous record holder. Each black hole has a monster appetite, consuming everything within 1,000 light years. Their “event horizon,” the region of space from which nothing can escape, is five times the size of our […]

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Dungeness Crab Season Set to Open; Fishermen Still Negotiating Price

November 14, 2011 | 1:53 pm

Dungeness Crab Season Set to Open; Fishermen Still Negotiating Price

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Dungeness crab season officially opens tomorrow, but it could be delayed. Local fishermen are in port today negotiating a price for the crab. “We do the dance every year between the fleet and the processors, trying to reach a price,” says Larry Collins, president of the San Francisco Crab Boat Owners Association. “And we’re doing […]

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NASA’s Flying Telescope Returns to Earth Every Day; Photos

October 31, 2011 | 11:14 am

NASA’s Flying Telescope Returns to Earth Every Day; Photos

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Listen to the audio version of this story The new SOFIA observatory isn’t your average NASA project. Engineers took a 30-year old 747 airplane, cut a hole in the side and installed a 17-ton telescope. Most telescopes are either on the ground or somewhere in orbit, but SOFIA falls somewhere in the middle, flying around […]

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What Makes Us Conserve Energy? Six Lessons from the Smart Grid

October 10, 2011 | 10:31 am

What Makes Us Conserve Energy? Six Lessons from the Smart Grid

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Smart meters have arrived for many Californians. More than 11 million have been installed by electric utilities in the state, with PG&E leading the way. The new meters digitally track a household’s energy use. So, for the first time, we can see our daily and even hourly data online (with a one-day lag before it’s […]

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