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Why Sneaker Waves Are So Insidious


Every now and then, the ocean sneaks up on the land, with a wave that’s bigger than all the rest. Scientists are working out where these dangerous waves come from.

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Bay Area Wildlife Tracking 101


What are some of the first things I should look for when tracking animals? —Nick in Fremont I used to think I was a good tracker. I even taught classes, but the more I learned about tracking, the more I … Read more

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Why Do Skunks Dance?


There are two species of skunk in the Bay Area, the familiar striped skunk, and the less common spotted skunk.