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5:48pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: March 12, 2012

An update on San Bruno's settlement with PG&E, how to dispose of old or unused pharmaceuticals, rethinking the urban development of Oakland's waterfront property, a celebration of Pi Day, and local musician Ava Mendoza.

5:22pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Historically smart land design

California's outer coast once boasted 27 miles of Bay Area beaches. Up until the 20th Century, these beaches provided a natural buffer for the inner land areas; then came freeways, airports and downtowns. KALW's Ben Trefny spoke with Robin M. Grossinger, Senior Scientist and Historical Ecology Program Director at the San Francisco Estuary Institute about California beaches, landscape heritage and how some of these areas have rebuilt themselves.

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4:52pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Arts & Culture

At the Exploratorium, there's no such thing as too much Pi

Pi Day founder Larry Shaw.
Casey Miner

The basic definition of the number pi is that it’s doesn’t have an exact value – it’s an infinite calculation. But it is possible to know the exact number of people required to sing a fully orchestrated song about it – sixteen.

I visited San Francisco’s Exploratorium a few days before this year’s Pi Day celebration, to watch a rehearsal of the 16-person band in question. They’re called Buffon’s Needle, a reference to an 18th Century French mathematician who approximated the value of pi by throwing pine needles on the ground.

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1:49pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Alameda County could take the lead in unwanted medication disposal

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Prescription drug use is rising. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by the year 2008, half of all Americans were taking one or more prescription drugs, and 37 percent of older Americans took five or more.

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10:12am

Mon March 12, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Monday, March 12, 2012

The Federal Transit Administration has committed $900 million to the Bart Silicon Valley project. This extends the existing Bart system 16 miles south to San Jose. Construction can begin, and if all goes as planned, the extension could be running four years from now...

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