The Twilight of Beards? Study Says Beards are Out, Stubble is In

Hanna Quevedo

We have a beard and mustache club, residents who participate in national beard competitions, and there was a S.F. man photographed eating ramen out of his beard -- it's safe to say, San Francisco loves beards. But a study shared on the BBC today says the days of the beard may be numbered.

In the study, 1,453 women participants and 213 men participants were shown four photos of men -- ranging clean shaven to full beard -- and the results say that beards are so yesterday. It looks like 2014 is the year of heavy stubble.

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Man vs. Robot: An Epic Ping Pong Battle

Ping Pong gets intense

Update, March 11: The epic match is already over, watch what happened and see who won (link below).

Tomorrow, one of the top table tennis players in the world, Timo Boll, will take on the fastest robot ever built, KUKA KR AGILUS, in a game for the ages.

The match will be featured on; but, currently, the site is not able to handle the amount of traffic coming in. So we're going to give the first point to Boll. Sorry KUKA, this doesn't bode well for you if IT can't handle a website. (Update: The site is working, but slow to load, so you can watch the duel on YouTube.)

We hope they figure out the site soon, we haven't been this excited to watch a ping pong match since Forest Gump versus China.

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Reindeer on the Way: Snow Will Welcome Them to San Francisco

Categories: Events, Science

Taking a holiday from the snow, he's on his way to San Francisco

Just in time for the holidays, reindeer are returning to the California Academy of Sciences. The large, sled-pulling caribou, will get quite the welcome tomorrow morning, when they walk up snow covered steps on their way into the museum.

Of course Santa will be there to greet them and usher them to their reindeer hotel -- an outdoor, fenced area for people to see them close up.

The snowy entrance of Santa's helpers kicks off the annual Academy of Science's "'Tis the Season of Science," which includes exhibits on various reindeer facts (Did you know reindeer see the world in ultra violet light?).

If you want to see the reindeer, sans kids, they'll be hanging out at the museum until Jan. 5, so you can always visit them at one of the Nightlife at the Academy events.

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Tourism for Locals: L.I.Z. Educates and Entertains Pedestrians

Juan De Anda/ SF Weekly
Taking sound and science to the streets.
Market Street has been getting a lot of attention lately, and not necessarily in a bad way.

Recent efforts by San Francisco city officials and agencies have focused on beautifying and improving this long stretch -- through real estate development (hello, Twitter) to commissioning a New Yoker artist to create Market Street posters for the area.

Now, the Mayor's office has collaborated with the Exploratorium to create the first of a series of areas called Living Innovation Zones. This week, Tourism for Locals is highlighting one of their new the interactive science displays called Whispering Dishes, which was erected this past weekend.

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Leaving it All Behind: Voyager I Departs the Solar System, but has a Great Playlist for the Trip

Categories: Science

Thirty-six years after the spacecraft Voyager I was launched, it's finally for sure left our solar system and moved on to bigger, more interstellar space, NASA announced today. After scrutinizing data for more than a year, scientists determined that the spacecraft officially left our heliosphere (the bubble of the sun's particles enclosing the solar system) into interstellar space sometime around August 25, 2012.

All of which means that Voyager I, designed by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is the first man-made object to leave the solar system and is therefore the furthest artifact of human civilization in the universe. Cool, right?

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A Giraffe in the Jungle: One Woman's Quest to Right the Scientific Wrongs in Picture Books

Art by Katy Castronovo

When Kristine Duehl announced she was having a son, the biology Ph.D. candidate was showered with special-interest picture books. But then Duehl cracked the books, and an alarming trend popped out.

"I started noticing all of the scientific errors in the books," the 33-year-old recalled. "We're talking order-level differences."

Like a true scientist, Duehl did some digging and formed a hypothesis: that for many kids, the errors contained in picture books cause gaps in scientific understanding that stick into adulthood. She enlisted fellow mom and illustrator Katy Castronovo, and the pair created the Budding Biologist series, a set of children's books that seek to right the wrongs. Where do I live?, the second work of Duehl's , came out mid-June, and attempts to explain the concept of biomes in a manner both fun and scrupulously correct.

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Shark Week: Great White Spotted in the Bay & California Academy of Sciences Provides Shark Footage Online

Categories: Science, animals

California Academy of Sciences

Sharks. It's not just you, they're everywhere lately. From "Sharknado" to the Discovery Channel's Shark Week; and now, the California Academy of Sciences is getting in on the action, but you won't need a bigger boat to observe these predators.

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Tonight's TV Forecast: Shark Tornadoes

This is what it looks like inside a shark tornado

A lot of TV shows jump the shark. We prefer when programs confront their sharks directly, in any way, shape, or form, be they sharks in the water or sharks in the sky.

Please, please, please don't miss "Sharknado," a made-for-TV movie premiering on the SyFy channel tonight, at 9 p.m. PST. In what promises to be the most epic racket involving weird animal disasters since Snakes on a Plane, (sans Samuel L. Jackson, unfortunately), disaster strikes SoCal in the form of a freak thunderstorm, lifting and scattering our favorite living fossils to the four winds.

Check out the trailer of massive, whirling tunnels of sharks.

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Bisexual Women Twice as Likely to Be Sexually Abused (Study)


In 2011, we found out that bisexual women tend to be more depressed and anxious than their straight counterparts, possibly due to bisexual stigma, researchers surmised. Now a new study shows that bisexual women are also more likely to be sexually and physically abused by their (often male) partners.

See Also: Porn Stars Have Higher Self-Esteem, Spirituality than Other Women: Study

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Video of the Day: The Ultimate How-To Nightlife Event

Anthony Gordon

If you haven't been to a Cal Academy NightLife event, tonight should be one of your New Year's resolutions. Featuring half price admission, plentiful cocktails, interesting bites to eat, and live music, in addition to all the fascinating exhibitions (without the screaming children running around), it's one of the raddest and most informative happenings on a Thursday night.

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Street Fashion of the Academy of Sciences' Nightlife

St. Patrick's Day Includes Irish History, Music, Dance, Drinks at NightLife

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