Street Science

Aquaponic greens at Perennial preview event. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

Street Science: Perennial’s Super Sustainable Dining

Never at a food-centric event have I talked about waste as much as I did at a special preview for the Perennial, a new venture from the husband and wife duo behind Mission Chinese and Commonwealth, Karen Leibowitz and Anthony Myint. Their new restaurant, set to open in February 2015 in Mid Market, will offer modern California cuisine produced as...
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There’s a Wizard on Bartlett Street

You may have seen the mirrors catching the afternoon sunlight on the sidewalk. You may know him from his late-night scooter rides around the Mission. Or you might have passed by the curious planet-like sculpture hanging  in front of his house. Colin Bowring, a graphics software instructor with a passion for science and rainbows, is known in his neighborhood as “the Wizard.”  ...
Sun shines over Dolores Park in this "fogstagram" courtesy of Karl The Fog. See more photos from Karl here.

Street Science: Why the Mission Is Sunny

We’ve all noticed it. Whether we’re having a barbecue in a friend’s back patio, sunbathing in Dolores Park, or waiting in line for ice cream, we’ve all seen days where there seems to be a perfect circle of blue sky hovering  over the Mission – but only over the Mission. We have the famous San Francisco “microclimates” to blame. But...
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Little Scientists: The Growth of Mission Science Workshop

Mission resident Dan Sudran never thought that a science workshop he started in his garage would become a full-time job. In 1991, Sudran set up instruments, rocks, fossils and animal bones in his garage. Neighborhood children were intrigued, and Sudran started teaching them about science. With the help of San Francisco City College and Mission High School, as well as...
Photograph courtesy of Kettukusu.

Street Science: The Poop on Your Sidewalk, Part I

Back when I had a roommate who had a car, someone used to poop behind it. It was good real estate for covert pooping – car on one side, fence on the other, and hard-packed dirt parking surface that (I imagine) perhaps made it feel more ecological and rustic than doing it in the neighbor’s asphalt driveway. It was hard...
Why does RAI Cesar Chavez have such an unexpectedly high mortality rate versus the expected? And why is SF General so awesome?

Street Science: Decoding Local Dialysis Data

Is there something better to do on a slow afternoon than troll through Pro Publica’s data sets? No reported tainted drywall, in California or the Mission. My doctor hasn’t taken any drug company money — at least not according to the settlement information obtained from Pfizer, Glaxo Smith Kline, Astra Zeneca, Eli Lilly, Novartis and Johnson & Johnson. Though there...