Cecily Mak

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9 trails that every Bay Area hiker needs to check off the to-do list

While many head to San Francisco to visit its top-notch restaurants and cocktail lounges, others who live in the city are eager to get out of town on weekends to enjoy nature.<p>The beauty of living in this area is that you don't have to travel to all the way to the mountains of Tahoe or Yosemite to …

Adventure Travel

2 Easy-to-Make, Dazzling Dishes for Your Holiday Dinner

The holidays are stressful enough without having to worry over the preparation of an elaborate meal. And yet, holiday dinners are such good times to connect over food—and such a great opportunity to show off your cooking chops—that the temptation to go big with your dishes is nearly unavoidable. …

Tom Colicchio

Classic Eichler gets a tasteful renovation and expansion in the heart of Silicon Valley

Klopf Architecture has refurbished and expanded a classic Eichler home in the San Mateo highlands while keeping its mid-century modern charms intact. …

10 Strange Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Earth

The planet we all call home is even more bizarre than you might imagine.<p><b>ONE STRANGE ROCK</b> <i>, a ten-episode global TV event, premiers March 2018 on National Geographic.</i><p>There’s no doubt that planet Earth is awe-inspiring. That’s even more true for the handful of humans who’ve seen it from space with …

Matt Moran's silverbeet, leek and gruyere tart recipe

Known for his Sydney restaurants Aria and Chiswick, the chef makes the most of the diversity of Australia’s fresh produce in his latest cookbook<p>Silverbeet is often overlooked, especially these days when kale is the new(ish) leafy green vegetable on the block. I love silverbeet paired with loads of …

The Juno Space Probe Isn't Where It Should Be, And This Isn't The First Time It's Happened

Messing with general relativity.<p>In the early 1960s, scientists developed the gravity-assist method, where a spacecraft would conduct a flyby of a …

See the Careful Transformation of a Midcentury Eichler in San Francisco

Joseph Eichler developed more than 11,000 homes in California from 1949 to 1966, and though tons are still standing today, many of them have lost their authenticity after going through drastic transformations—but this particular renovation is a different story.<p>Kitchen - Before<p>One defining feature …

Elon Musk has finished building the world's biggest battery in less than 100 days

As promised to help South Australia with energy problems<p>Elon Musk looks to have delivered on his promise to build the biggest lithium ion battery in the world in an effort to help South Australia with its crippling energy problems. “100 days from contract signature or it’s free,” Musk tweeted at …

Elon Musk

24 places in San Francisco to take your out-of-town relatives - Curbed SF

<i>Editor’s note: This map originally appeared in November 2016, and now we've updated and expanded it for the new holiday season.</i><p>The holidays are upon us, which for many means distant relatives, old friends, and new in-laws will be dropping in for a visit.<p>Naturally, you'll want to show them around …

San Francisco

First interstellar visitor described as an ‘oddball’

<b>The first object ever known to enter our solar system from beyond is not your average asteroid or comet.</b><p>We all know what asteroids and comets look …

New Minecraft Update Goes Under the Sea

Mojang's new update for Minecraft, "The Update Aquatic," adds fish, shipwrecks, and awesome tridents. Time to start building aquariums for your …

17 STEM-focused gifts to inspire kids to learn coding and love robotics

1/17<p>Codebabies' ABCs of the Web picture book<p>Start early with this alphabet picture book — written by a web designer — that aims to introduce the under fives to “the language of the web”.<p>So instead of ‘A is for Aardvark’ you get ‘A is for Anchor tag’… Or, er, just stick with cute animals until the …

Kids

Suspect shuts down detective's interview with parade of violent farts

Who needs lawyers when you can have severe intestinal distress?<p>24 year old Sean Sykes Jr. temporarily paused a police investigation in Kansas City …

Disney tried to hide the Millennium Falcon with shipping containers — but it's on Google Maps

• <b>The Millennium Falcon used for the "Star Wars" movies is on Google Maps.</b>• <b><br>The iconic spaceship, which was most likely used in filming "The Last Jedi," out next month, is surrounded by shipping containers, seemingly in an attempt to hide it.</b>• <b><br>It's hilarious, especially because Disney has been very</b> …

Star Wars

‘Haunted’ city floating in the ocean leaves experts baffled

<b>A mysterious and ancient city floating in the middle of the ocean is ‘haunted’ – and its presence in the Pacific has left experts baffled.</b><p>New …

Archaeology

Bjork's blockchain-based music project breathes life into a dying industry

As Björk prepares for the release of her upcoming 10th major label release — over 40 years — she’s turning to the technology of the future. She’ll be integrating blockchain into her new album, in a partnership with British startup Blockpool.<p>Dubbed “Utopia,” fans will be able to purchase the album …

Björk

Could This Optical Illusion Save Lives?

We know better than to play in traffic, but there's an eye-catching 3D zebra stripe crosswalk in the Icelandic fishing town of Ísafjörður that hopes …

Optical Illusions

Born in 1896 and still going: meet the world's oldest man (probably)

‘Don Celino’ is 121, according to his Chilean ID card. That makes him four years older than the Guinness-listed oldest person<p>When Marta Ramírez agreed at age 63 to take in a destitute nonagenarian, she didn’t see it as a long-term imposition.<p>The man’s house had burned down, he had no one else and …

Latin America

10 things you don't know about chipmunks

These adorably tiny critters crave lots of alone time and can hold a ridiculous amount of food in their cheeks.<p>For sure, they’re cute as can be with …

An Amazing Tree-Covered Glass House For Sale in the Berkeley Hills

For the first time ever, the personal residence of the late influential architect Donald Olsen is on the market for $1.795 million.<p>Built in 1954, the Donald and Helen Olsen House was designed by Berkeley architect Donald Olsen and is a well-preserved example of International Style. A modern …

Meet the Prefab Unit That's Smart, Mobile, and Sustainable

These self-sufficient, modular prefab housing units from Germany offer smart home technology and are designed to meet the Passive House Standard.<p>Six years ago, German entrepreneur Mark Dare Schmiedel rediscovered his love of nature when he moved to the countryside to build his own loft house along …

Elon Musk releases first image of new tunnel under Los Angeles, announces expansions to LAX and 101

Elon Musk released this weekend the first image of the Boring Company’s new tunnel under Los Angeles and also expanded on the company’s plans for future segments of the project.<p>Earlier this summer, Musk ‘s new startup already confirmed having dug a 160-ft tunnel with an entrance in SpaceX’s parking …

Elon Musk

Mysterious object from deep space has entered the solar system

It was first seen just a month ago. A tiny blip of light was seen to be moving through the sky by the PanSTARRS1 telescope in Hawaii.<p>The number-crunching which followed was automatic. The results were unusual.<p>This object is in an odd position. It’s moving very fast. And it’s in what appears to be a …

Astronomy

When you get a stitch in your side, what's really going on?

Doctors still don’t know what causes it, or how to stop it<p>Before the mile run each year in middle school, on the dreaded walk down from the classroom to the course, my classmates would argue over the best way to prevent a side stitch. More so than turning an ankle or coming in last, that repetitive …

Pain

Thin underwater cables hold the internet. See a map of them all.

YouTube

Here Come the Drones

Our love/hate relationship with tiny mechanical flying things<p>Last weekend, while hiking with my wife on an otherwise beautiful Sunday, a drone buzzed by.<p>I don’t know about you, but these days we’re frequently seeing amateurs flying the things in parks, at the beaches, and in school yards. A few …

Two stars crash into each other, wobbling the universe and flinging out huge amounts of gold

Scientists have observed two stars slamming into each other deep in space, sending out huge amounts of gold in an alchemical explosion.<p>The …

Astrophysics

Researchers watched as gold was made millions of light-years from Earth

In a landmark moment for astronomy and physics that helps explain the origin of the ring on your finger and key components in your cell phone, …

Astrophysics

You know you want to watch a 1,300-pound pumpkin absolutely crush a car

Nearly 2,000 spectators gathered in the Canadian city of Saskatoon last weekend to watch one of life's simplest pleasures: giant fruit crushing stuff.<p>…