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A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review. Robots with Their Heads in the Clouds UC Berkeley’s Ken Golden on robots, the cloud, and why Google is building a driverless car. —Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports

Robotics Researchers Are Turning The Internet Into A Giant Robot Brain

One of the biggest challenges in building useful robots lies in simply teaching them about our world. Robotics researchers at Cornell, Stanford, Brown, and UC Berkeley are building a compelling solution to this problem, and they're calling...Show More Summary

Scientists Had a 10-Second Warning Before The Napa Quake Hit

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Ten seconds before the magnitude 6.0 Napa earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday morning, the ShakeAlert system at the UC Berkeley already knew that it was coming. Read more...

Earthquake early-warning system gave 10-second alert before Napa quake felt

Scientists at UC Berkeley released a video showing an earthquake early-warning system that sent an alert before the magnitude-6.0 Napa earthquake Sunday morning.

Raising Compassionate Boys: The Power of Touch

Kozo Hattori explains how and why he is getting his sons back in touch with nurturing physical contact.   Researching the power of touch for human development and relationships, Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley,...Show More Summary

New tool makes a single picture worth far more than a thousand words

A photo is worth a thousand words, but what if it could also represent a hundred thousand other images? New software developed by UC Berkeley computer scientists seeks to tame the vast amount of visual data in the world by generating a single photo that can represent massive clusters of images. Show More Summary

Sports Media Liberals Denounce the Diamondbacks

Not even in a faculty lounge at the UC Berkeley Sociology Department could you expect to find a more unbreathable atmosphere of sanctimonious political correctness than in the sports media. This could be because sportswriters and broadcasters tend to be guys who want to devote their lives to sports, yet never had any talent for playing or coaching. Show More Summary

HINT: BY CHEATING. How Berkeley and UCLA Law Schools Responded to Ban on Affirmative Action. UC

HINT: BY CHEATING. How Berkeley and UCLA Law Schools Responded to Ban on Affirmative Action. UCLA lawprof Tim Groseclose has a whole book about it. Here’s my PJTV interview with him.

The Problem with Gary Bauer of Bauer Limousine Using the Term “Intelligent Transportation” for His Buses: He’s Not All That Smart

TweetTo wit:, here’s a fine capture from drunkonthebeach: So Gary Bauer, if you want to have a reputation of being intelligent, you should attempt to become a Lecturer at UC Berkeley. OTOH, if you want to continue being a wealthy, politically-connected rent-seeker, well, keep up the good work…

'Hofmann by Hofmann' on view at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

4 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

In 1960 Hans Hofmann (1880?1966) described the just-completed painting Summer Bliss as one of his finest. At the suggestion of Erle Loran, then chair of the UC Berkeley Art Department, Hofmann offered Summer Bliss to the University in honor of professor Worth Ryder, who had passed away earlier that year. Show More Summary

Scientists Are Working On A Vision-Correcting Tablet Screen That Would Replace The Need For Reading Glasses

As ebooks start to replace hardbacks and newspapers shift online, most of the reading we do tends to be from a screen. With this new reality creeping in, a couple of scientists at UC Berkeley and MIT are realizing that we might be in need of an upgrade from reading glasses. Show More Summary

Apache Spark Gets Billed as the Next Big Data Thing

People in the Big Data and Hadoop communities are becoming increasingly interested in Apache Spark, an open source data analytics cluster computing framework originally developed in the AMPLab at UC Berkeley.  According to Apache, Spark can run programs up to 100 times faster than Hadoop MapReduce in memory, and ten times faster on disk. Show More Summary

New display tech corrects for bad eyesight, makes reading glasses a thing of the past

A new technology from UC Berkeley could make your glasses obsolete by correcting images on a screen so they appear clear to your busted eyes.

Congressman Waxman Tells FERC: Read UC Berkeley’s Climate Change Study

In a Congressional hearing this morning, Congressman Henry Waxman had a rare chance to face all five sitting members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) at the same time to talk about climate change. He took the opportunity to point out UC Berkeley’s recent report on FERC’s authority under existing law to reduce greenhouse […]

A tiny laser sensor can detect explosives

A team of engineers from UC Berkeley in the U.S has developed a new technology that can detect explosives in smaller amounts than ever before. They used a tiny nanoscale plasmon sensor, which consists of a layer of cadmium sulfide on top of a sheet of silver, with a layer of magnesium fluoride in the middle. Show More Summary

Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivity

Berkeley — New technology under development at the University of California, Berkeley, could soon give bomb-sniffing dogs some serious competition. A team of researchers led by Xiang Zhang, UC Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering,...Show More Summary

A Journalism Career That Started in the Toilet

Those were the days… After getting out of the Army in 1960 and setting his sights on journalism, James Oliver Goldsborough enrolled in law school at UC Berkeley. Then, per a write-up today in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by Marylynne Pitz, this happened: An Army buddy called from Daly City, just south of San Francisco, with great news. Show More Summary

From Persona to Personal: 3 Steps to Break Consumer Stereotypes and Start Creating Relevance

According to a study by the UC Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, 85% of the top 1,000 websites have cookies set by a third party. Propelled by widespread anonymity in the early days of the Internet, third-party cookies have undoubtedly...Show More Summary

Monster Black Holes

Astronomer Chung-Pei Ma, PhD, of UC Berkeley, will discuss Monster Black Holes: What Lurks at the Centers of Galaxies, a free, illustrated, non-technical lecture, Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. The public is invited. Seating is first come, first served. Black holes can grow [...]

Torture Memo Author John Yoo Awarded Endowed Faculty Chair At UC Berkeley School Of Law

In America today no good deed goes unpunished nor bad deed unrewarded. One of the co-authors of the notorious "Torture Memos", John Yoo, has been awarded an endowed faculty chair at University of California Berkeley School of Law. Apparently undermining the US Constitution and the rule of law by justifying torture was such an achievement that Yoo warranted special recognition.

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