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2. Turret Spiders Launch Sneak Attacks From Tiny Towers
There are strange little towers on the forest floor. Neat, right? Nope. Inside hides a spider that's cunning, patient and ruthless.
3. Rivers in the Sky: What You Need to Know About Atmospheric River Storms
Atmospheric rivers produce up to 50 percent of California's precipitation annually and 65 percent seasonally.
Geology4. Are You in the Severe Damage Zone for the Bay Area's Next Big Earthquake?
Many of the East Bay's most critical health and safety services such as fire stations and hospitals are situated practically on top of the Hayward Fault, in the zone of most severe damage.
Commentary5. The Quiet Threat Inside ‘Internet of Things’ Devices
As Americans increasingly buy and install smart devices in their homes, all those cheap interconnected devices increase security vulnerabilities to homes, businesses, governments and the internet as as whole.
Report6. Opioid Overdoses Surpass Vehicle Crashes on Leading Causes of Death List
Americans now have a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose, according to new analysis from the National Safety Council.
7. When It Comes to Flame Retardants, New Chemicals, New Problems
In the 2000s, California banned a class of toxic fire retardants called PBDEs, which were put in household items like furniture and electronics. But now the chemicals used to replace them may also be negatively impacting fish and humans.
Science8. UC Battles With Publishing Giant Over Free Public Access to Research
As the open access movement in scientific research gains ground, the University of California is trying to negotiate free public access to its own research with the publisher Elsevier.
Science9. What a Blue Speck Found in Ancient Teeth Could Reveal About Female Artists in the Middle Ages
Analysis of fossilized dental tartar of a medieval woman buried in a German monastery reveals specks of blue to be lapis lazuli — a luxurious pigment used to create gorgeous illuminated manuscripts.