This Is How You Turn San Francisco Into Gotham City

Experimenting with black and white filmmaking and time lapse, Toby Harriman figured out a way to turn San Francisco into Gotham City. It's a perfect example of how composing shots and using music turns a very identifiable city into a whole new one. » 2/25/15 11:00pm 2/25/15 11:00pm

Update: Science Fiction Bookstore Borderlands Will Stay Open!

Here's a huge chunk of happy news to brighten your Sunday: San Francisco's scifi and fantasy bookstore, Borderlands, will stay open for at least another year thanks to a successful sponsorship campaign. YAY! » 2/22/15 8:40am 2/22/15 8:40am

The CIA Once Ran Brothels And Dosed Unsuspecting Customers With LSD

For ten years during the Cold War, the CIA conducted mind-control experiments on unsuspecting San Franciscans. Dubbed Operation Midnight Climax, the program was packed with salacious details: a power-mad narcotics agent, a brothel equipped with two-way mirrors, and gallons of LSD. » 2/20/15 11:17am 2/20/15 11:17am

That Time A Bankrupt Businessman Declared Himself Emperor Of America

For many years, Joshua Norton was a successful 19th-century businessman. Then he lost his entire fortune trying to take over San Francisco's rice market. Here's the story of how his fortunes flipped around one final time and made him Emperor of America. » 2/11/15 4:20pm 2/11/15 4:20pm

A Bizarre Statistical Fact About Patents in San Francisco

I have discovered something extremely strange about San Francisco. It has to do with how many patents the city has produced in the past 25 years. » 2/04/15 6:32pm 2/04/15 6:32pm

Suitcase Stuffed With Human Remains Found On San Francisco Sidewalk

A "suspicious package" report yesterday afternoon led San Francisco police to a wheeled suitcase filled with dismembered human body parts in the city's South of Market neighborhood, just blocks from the headquarters of Twitter, Uber, and other high-tech companies. » 1/29/15 10:13am 1/29/15 10:13am

San Francisco Is Harnessing Public Pressure to Increase Seismic Safety

The most important thing a city can do to reduce its earthquake risk is to ensure its buildings meet a strong seismic code. San Francisco is rolling out new safety laws about soft story collapse, but not everyone is complying. In response, they're harnessing public pressure to help with enforcement. » 10/10/14 6:23pm 10/10/14 6:23pm

A Tour of 'San Fransokyo,' the Hybrid City Disney Built for Big Hero 6

The new movie Big Hero 6 represents the first-ever partnership between Marvel and Disney, two entities known for constructing fantastical universes. So it's not surprising that bringing the story to film also required building an entire city of the future: a blend of Tokyo and San Francisco named San Fransokyo. » 10/07/14 3:52pm 10/07/14 3:52pm

Get Excited and Make Things with SCIENCE!

Do you think science is really, really cool? Do you want to just play with it, making awesome things for no other reason than because you can? You want to find a Science Hack Day, and go to it. » 8/27/14 4:20pm 8/27/14 4:20pm

Geology of the Napa Valley Earthquake

Northern California was hit by a magnitude 6.0 earthquake just outside of Napa at 3:20 am this morning. You saw the damage reports elsewhere: here's all the geoscience behind what happened, and what to expect next. » 8/25/14 9:58am 8/25/14 9:58am

Futurism from 1878: A Panoramic Photograph of San Francisco

Eadweard Muybridge was a Victorian photographer whose work transformed our understanding of the natural world. He was the first to show that horses gallop with all their hooves off the ground — and in this incredible photographic panorama, he reveals San Francisco in its infancy. » 6/17/14 12:20pm 6/17/14 12:20pm

A tree so mighty it deforms space itself!

Take a peek at Deformscape, a garden patio in San Francisco. The architectural sculpture is a practical solution to limited space, and a vertigo-inducing illusion of a wormhole ready to suck the neighbourhood into the Japanese Maple tree. » 3/24/14 12:39pm 3/24/14 12:39pm

San Francisco skeleton find sheds light on ancient Bay Area villages

Last week, construction workers on San Francisco's new Transit Terminal unearthed a skeleton 60 feet underground. The life of the person whose bones they found reveals a lot about how rising water levels have changed life in the Bay Area over the past few thousand years. » 3/03/14 11:48am 3/03/14 11:48am

I dare you to watch this Batkid film and not cheer, cry or applaud

We've told you plenty about Miles, a.k.a. Batkid, the amazing 5-year-old who, despite battling cancer since he was only two, saved San Francisco last November. Now you can watch his superheroic exploits in this 10-minute video, which will not only yank violently on your heartstring, but probably renew your faith in… » 1/16/14 6:00pm 1/16/14 6:00pm

When people lived in abandoned streetcars on San Francisco's beach

The idea of sustainable living off the grid isn't new. In fact, people in San Francisco were doing it in the late 19th century, when they started moving into abandoned street cars along Ocean Beach. They modified the cars, created sidewalks, and eventually the area was dubbed "Carville." » 1/09/14 1:28pm 1/09/14 1:28pm

This video imagines a San Francisco patrolled by semi-autonomous drones

Alex Cornell's video Our Drone Future puts a drone's-eye view on San Francisco, imagining the city patrolled by a drone that interacts with a monitor, but operates on its own. » 12/14/13 11:30am 12/14/13 11:30am

Compare footage of San Francisco before and after the 1906 earthquake

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked San Francisco in 1906 and the resulting fires devastated the city, but old San Francisco remains in photographs and video. This video lets you travel down Market Street as it looked before the earthquake hit. » 11/24/13 9:30am 11/24/13 9:30am

San Francisco's flying car, circa 1920

This 1920 photo was taken at the corner of Hoffman and 23rd St., in San Francisco's Noe Valley, on what looks like a rather foggy day. Clearly, geeks in San Fran have been trying to build flying cars for a pretty long time. » 11/19/13 5:00pm 11/19/13 5:00pm

What if San Francisco and Los Angeles faced each other in a civil war?

San Francisco and Los Angeles' rivalry turns into an all-out war in Sandow Birk's satirical art series In Smog and Thunder: The Great War of the Californias. Birk created grand paintings and wry propaganda posters imagining the bloody battles between Northern California and South. » 11/10/13 10:00am 11/10/13 10:00am

Make-a-Wish is turning San Francisco into Gotham City for one Batkid

Five-year-old Miles is currently battling leukemia and so the Make-a-Wish Foundation is giving him a much more entertaining battle to fight. On November 15th, San Francisco will become Miles' very own Gotham City, which he will patrol as Batkid. » 11/03/13 10:30am 11/03/13 10:30am