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Just How Much Water Are Silicon Valley Data Centers Guzzling?

As the California drought lingers on and the threat of rising water rates becomes reality, Silicon Valley companies are looking for alternative methods to keep its computer farms cool.


If You Drive In Oakland, Police Probably Know Where You’ve Been

A San Francisco-based civil liberties group is painting a stark portrait of what it looks like when tens of thousands of cars are tracked on the streets of Oakland.


San Francisco’s Tiniest Closet-Like Condo Just Sold For $415K

No, it’s not a dorm room — but it’ll cost you the same of putting three kids through college, medical school and then maybe leave you with some leftover change for retirement.


Aurora Borealis Lighting Up Night Sky All Week Due To Severe Solar Storm

A second strong solar storm this week is predicted to slam Earth Wednesday, causing fluctuations in the power grid and GPS while sparking bright auroras across the world.


Stunning Photo Shows Northern Lights Make Rare Appearance In Bay Area

Extreme solar weather events pushed the Northern Lights so far last week that one Bay Area photographer was lucky enough to capture the celestial phenomenon.


Scientists Now Predicting Near 100% Chance Of Strong El Nino, But Rainfall Isn’t Always Guaranteed

Climate experts say El Nino is growing stronger and could bring drought-busting wet weather to California this year. While the ocean condition is nearly guaranteed, rainfall doesn’t always follow the sea temperature increase.


Arnold Schwarzenegger Says ‘Hasta La Vista’ To Gay Marriage Hater On Facebook

Arnold Schwarzenegger channeled the Terminator for a snappy reply to an anti-gay marriage Facebook fan after he turned his profile photo rainbow for pride celebrations.


Women Rejoice Over Long(er) Bathroom Lines At Apple’s WWDC 2015

Flushing toilets may not be the most glorious indicator of women rising in tech, but it’s certainly one to celebrate.


Berkeley Email ‘Spampocalypse’ Brings 70 Strangers Together For Potluck Picnic

Anyone needing a quick and dirty introduction to life in Berkeley should examine the great email storm of 2015.


Girl Scouts Return $100K To Transphobic Donor, Then Raise $124K In One Day On Indiegogo

Girls Scouts celebrating a $100,000 donation to send 500 girls to camp quickly turned bitter after learning it came with a catch: it could not be used to support transgender girls.


Barbie Book ‘I Can Be A Computer Engineer’ Tells Girls They Need Boys To Code

Mattel Inc. is under fire for botching Barbie’s latest attempt to empower girls in a new book titled I Can Be a Computer Engineer.


Hoarder’s SF Home With Mummified Corpse,’Vintage Charm’ Can Be Yours For Just Under $1 Million

The San Francisco housing market hardly flinched when a home formerly belonging to a 90-year-old whose mummified body was found inside went on the market.


FULL LIST: How Much H20 Your Bay Area Water Agency Is Expected To Save

First-ever statewide mandatory water restrictions in California went into effect Monday, impacting nearly everyone at home with a combination of rate increases, surcharges and penalties.


TIMELINE: How San Francisco Became A Sanctuary City For Undocumented Immigrants

For more than two decades, San Francisco continues to be considered a sanctuary for people in the U.S. illegally, prohibiting police officers from accessing people’s immigration policy and even ignoring Immigration Customs and Enforcement detainer requests. Here’s how the policy came to be.


TIMELINE: How The U.S. Went From Eliminating Measles In 2000 To The Worst Outbreak In Decades

The recent measles outbreak that has reached 14 states and infected more than 100 people has many wondering how a disease that was considered eradicated in the U.S. 15 years ago is a renewed threat to public health. Here’s a timeline of the rise and fall of measles outbreaks and the role the anti-vaccine movement plays.


7 Commuting Fails You’ll See In The Bay Area This Rainy Season

When it rains in the San Francisco Bay Area, it pours. And when local drivers need to travel in stormy weather, they get creative — or just plain stupid.


5 Breathtaking Bay Area Bike Rides

The Bay Area is brimming with beautiful bike rides made for bonding with friends over stunning views, accelerated heart rates and picnic lunches. Whichever direction you decide to veer, you’ll find plenty of world-class bike routes to pedal. We’ve narrowed it down to our five favorite.


Women Scientists Show What #DistractinglySexy Looks Like After Nobel Laureate’s Sexist Remarks

Women scientists everywhere are revealing “distractingly sexy” photos of themselves after a Nobel Prize-winning British scientist said there was “trouble with girls” working in laboratories.


Good Luck Using An Apple Watch If You Have A Tattoo Sleeve

It looks like Apple’s product development team doesn’t have arm tattoos, or at least didn’t seek out people who do in order to make sure Apple Watches function properly.


5 Reasons Why Oakland Is Awesome And Ready For Its Closeup Following Warriors NBA Finals Win

The Golden State Warriors NBA crown is breathing life into a city that has more frequently made national headlines for police brutality protests, high crime rates and blight.


Traffic Trouble, Parking Problems, Fondled Food At Levi’s Stadium For Chile Vs. Mexico Soccer Game

For $60 a car, you’d think parking lots could provide signage, and for a region preparing for a Super Bowl, there is a serious amount of logistical coordination to get straightened out to avoid over 3 hours sitting in traffic in a “Candlestick Park”-like moment. And did I mention the security guard fondled my sandwich? What contraband could I possible have smuggled in between two delicious pieces of sourdough bread?


Beatles Bay Area 50th Anniversary

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Fake ’90s Band Polaris From ‘The Adventures Of Pete And Pete’ Goes On Tour 21 Years Later

Rejoice millennials. If you grew up watching Nickelodeon in the early ’90s (when it was actually good) then get ready for this slice of news.