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The Golden Gate gets a big gun

Visitors to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, just north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, will soon be able to check out a massive new World War II-era battleship gun.

The 16-inch gun, originally mounted on the USS Missouri, saw significant action during World War II, and according to the National Park Service, is featured prominently in photographs of the Japanese surrender ceremony that took place aboard the Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945. It will soon be installed in Battery Townsley, in the Marin Headlands area of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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The Golden Gate Bridge, a wonder of the world for 75 years

SAN FRANCISCO--It's one of the wonders of the world, and one of the most photographed things on the planet. And this Sunday, the Golden Gate Bridge turns 75.

While New York may have dozens of world-famous landmarks, and Paris is, well, Paris, San Francisco -- a great city in its own right -- may be best known for its outstanding red bridge, a masterpiece of workmanship that connects the city to its northern neighbor, Marin County.

In the late 1800s, the only way to cross the Golden Gate was by ferry, and those who ran the local vessels were … Read more

At Hacker Dojo, Silicon Valley techies build toward success

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Every day around 10 a.m., the five employees of YourVersion show up for work. Since hackers tend not to be early risers, their favorite workspace is usually still available.

As a former TechCrunch 50 People's Choice winner, you'd think that the company would be well ensconced in plush Silicon Valley offices. But YourVersion, a personalized content aggregation service, is into "extreme bootstrapping," said its CEO Dan Olsen. So rather than blow thousands of dollars each month on rent, he and his team gather here each morning in a funky industrial building with … Read more

Road Trip Pic of the Week, 2/17: What is this?

Update (Friday, 4:58 p.m. PST): The answer to last week's challenge--which 70 people got--is a rat drawn by the secretive graffiti artist Banksy in San Francisco. Thanks to everyone who played, and to everyone, please note that the Picture of the Week challenge is now on hiatus. Please come back when the challenge returns, most likely in mid- to late-March.

This is a pretty normal-looking scene, isn't it? Except for one unusual thing. What is it, and where is it located?

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Road Trip Pic of the Week, 2/10: What is this?

Update (Thursday, 3:05 a.m. PST): The answer to last week's challenge--which 21 people got--is the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Thanks to all who played, and to everyone, please come back later today for this week's challenge.

That's a lot of lights for one building, isn't it? But what building is that, and where is it located?

If you know, you could win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Week challenge.

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Road Trip Pic of the Week, 2/3: What is this?

Update (Thursday, 10:08 a.m. PST): The answer to last week's challenge--which 72 people got--is the giant wind tunnel at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. Thanks to all who played, and to everyone, please come back today for this week's challenge.

That is one huge, and very strange looking building, isn't it? But what is it, and where is it located?

If you know, you could win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Week challenge.

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A sneak peek at Legoland's 'Star Wars' models

SAN FRANCISCO--If you were walking down Second Street here yesterday morning, and thought you might be losing your mind, let me reassure you: Those really were life-size Lego Chewbacca and R2-D2 models and the world's-largest Lego Millennium Falcon.

On March 31, Legoland California will pull back the wraps on its brand-new "Star Wars" Miniland, an all-new interactive area at the amusement park that will feature more than 2,000 individual models from the George Lucas-created universe.

And yesterday, as part of a small tour to promote the new attraction, several Legoland personnel swung through CNET's headquarters … Read more

Road Trip Pic of the Week, 1/27: What is this?

Update (Thursday, 10:26 a.m. PST): The answer to last week's challenge--which 10 people got--is a house in Malibu, Calif., called "Eagle's Watch." Built in the 1950s, its architect was Harry Gesner. Thanks to all who played, and to everyone, please come back today for this week's challenge.

That's a pretty bizarre house and a pretty fancy one too, isn't it? But what is it, and where is it located?

If you know, you could win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Week challenge.

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Road Trip Pic of the Week, 1/20: What is this?

Update (Monday, 9:40 a.m. PST): The answer to last week's challenge--which 143 people got--is Renzo Piano's Living Roof above the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Thanks to all who played, and to everyone, please come back on Thursday for this week's challenge.

That's an odd hillside, with some very strange portholes built into it. Is it a Hobbit house? What is it actually, and where is it located?

If you know, you could win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Week challenge.

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In Singapore, even airplanes can have paparazzi

CHANGI AIRPORT, SINGAPORE--If you don't think airplanes can have paparazzi, consider the following scene.

I was here last month, having flown in from San Francisco the night before, only to wait about 18 hours for my flight to Calcutta, India. Carrying my camera around in search of things to photograph at what I had been told was one of the world's most-interesting airports, I spotted my most-desired prey: An Airbus A380.

But a clear view of the plane was blocked by some walls, as well as a locked gate lounge, and I couldn't figure out how best … Read more