Dispatches From the Vaccine Wars in California

The city of Berkeley has long been a liberal bastion in a region already known for its lefty politics. And yet, despite its status as a progressive university town, Berkeley is at the forefront of one prong of the war against vaccines. Tuesday night’s city council meeting here revealed the hippie side of the… » 4/09/15 2:56pm 4/09/15 2:56pm

Be Prepared for the Next Big One With This DIY Earthquake Detector

A large-scale early warning system for California earthquakes should be rolling out soon—at least, as soon as the government funding kicks in. Until then, one of the scientists working on the prototype decided to turn his seismic knowledge into an at-home science project, designing this DIY earthquake alarm for… » 9/10/14 4:30pm 9/10/14 4:30pm

Rube Goldberg Voting Machine Is Irreverent, Thankfully Irrelevant

Well, the election is over! Luckily, it was pretty clear from about two hours in who would be the winner this time around , so even if there were a couple of iffy voting » 11/05/08 3:30am 11/05/08 3:30am , it wouldn't be anything to take up to the Supreme Court. Still, some post-election voting humor never hurt anybody – check out this Rube…

Lighting Review: Berkeley Lamp II - 'The Only Lamp Designed By Science'

The Gadget » 9/25/08 4:00pm 9/25/08 4:00pm: A lamp with two bulbs, both dimmable, that provides a 50% energy savings over incandescent lamps, an extra 120v port on its base to make up for the one it takes up, and a choice of either 5500K daylight bulbs or 3500K sunset bulbs. It's patented by , which is the oldest national laboratory and is…