Supersonic Jet Model in Wind Tunnel (NASA)

NASA: Supersonic Passenger Jets Closer To Returning To Airports Thanks To Sonic Boom Research

San Francisco to New York in two hours? It’s been possible for 40 years, as anyone who flew the Concorde from New York to London can tell you, but it’s not allowed because of Federal Aviation Administration regulations about supersonic flights over land. Seems people don’t like the sound of sonic booms every few hours over their homes, but new research from NASA Ames Research Center, and the facility at Edwards could make sonic booms more tolerable, and make hour-long cross-country flights a reality.

06/17/2014

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StarDate: Cosmic Hailstones

Space rocks hit our planet all the time. Most of them burn up in the atmosphere, but a few hit the ground. And most of those are unseen — they hit the oceans or deserts or other uninhabited regions. But like the one in New Zealand, a few have witnesses.

06/12/2014

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The Smart Traveler’s Guide To East Bay: Have Fun Without Spending A Fortune

Check out these free and low-cost suggestions for fun activities without spending a fortune.

06/09/2014

An exterior view of Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara as it nears completion, May 13, 2014. (CBS)

Levi’s Stadium Guide

Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara is the new home of the San Francisco 49ers, the third stadium in the team’s history following Kezar Stadium and Candlestick Park. The stadium’s ribbon-cutting was on July 17 and […]

06/04/2014

Commuter traffic backs up at the toll plaza to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

5 Most Congested Cities In The U.S.

Mapping and navigation company reveals the cities in the U.S. where getting stuck in traffic is almost inevitable…

06/04/2014

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StarDate: Moon And Regulus

Regulus is the bright heart of Leo, the celestial lion. It’s several times bigger and heavier than the Sun, and hundreds of times brighter. Its most interesting feature, though, is its shape. Instead of a nice, round ball, it’s shaped more like a round jelly doughnut.

06/03/2014

Top 10 Reasons To Visit Diablo Valley This Summer

Located in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area, Diablo Valley is the place to visit this summer.

05/30/2014

Best Hiking Trails Of Mount Diablo

Mount Diablo sits within Mount Diablo State Park, an ecological gem of the San Francisco Bay region.

05/30/2014

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Northern California Beaches Dominate List Of State’s Dirtiest

Last week we learned that Santa Cruz’s Cowell Beach ranked as the dirtiest sand strip in the state, according to Heal the Bay’s annual survey of conditions. However, a closer look at the data shows far more Northern California spots on their “Beach Bummer” list than SoCal locations for the first time in recent years. The designation means that researchers recorded the lowest water quality during the year at those locations.

05/29/2014

Photo Courtesy Of John Gierach

How to Pass The Time While Fishing

Try out these tips from John Gierach, author of “All Fisherman Are Liars,” the next time the fish just aren’t biting.

05/07/2014

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America’s Top 20 Beaches

Check out the best beaches in America.

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Most Romantic Cities In The World

Take an enchanting trip for Valentine’s Day. Tour the world’s most romantic cities, in photos.

Baby fur seal

The Animals Of Antarctica

Antarctica is the most inhospitable place on Earth. Certain creatures survive there, though global warming can threaten their natural habitats.

Iceberg off Antarctic Peninsula

The Ice Of Antarctica

Antarctica, the coldest place on Earth, is feeling the effects of global warming. See the view from the bottom of the Earth.

Yellowstone National Park

Our Country’s National Parks

National Parks preserve some of America’s most interesting and unique environments. Take a trip to these national treasures.

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