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The World's Best Science Fiction, Chosen By Scientists

Tales of strange alien worlds, fantastic future technologies and bowls of sentient petunias have long captivated audiences worldwide. But science …

How Do You Keep Vaccines Cool? Try Spacecraft Insulation

If you've ever been vaccinated, you may have seen the nurse head out of the room to go to the refrigerator to retrieve your injection. That's because most vaccines must be refrigerated during travel and storage or they lose their effectiveness.<p>Vaccines typically need what's known as a "cold chain." …

Public Health

Periscope Up! How to Watch the 24 Hours of Le Mans LIVE on your Phone

We say the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the best automobile race in the world; better than the Indy 500, better than the Monaco Grand Prix and any single event on the NASCAR, WRC, or Formula D calendar. If you’re a fan of any kind of car racing, you should really try to see it live at some point in your …

We Want You to Believe: 15 Episodes to Get Started With 'The X-Files'

Not sure where to start with 'The X-Files'? Start here.<p>For nine seasons, <i>The X-Files</i> brought tales of the paranormal, supernatural, and alien to television, combining <i>Unsolved Mysteries</i> with a conspiracy theory flair. Now the franchise is coming back for a much-anticipated miniseries that has the …

San Francisco Bay Bridge News Gets Worse: Tower Rod Fails Key Test

"What are the odds this is the only one?"<p>One of the steel rods anchoring the tower of the new Bay Bridge eastern span has failed a key integrity test, suggesting it became corroded and broke during years when it was soaking in water, The Chronicle has learned.<p>The test result raises the possibility …