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UC Berkeley researchers miss the mark on minimum wage increases

By Michael Saltsman, The Sacramento Bee Sacramento is the latest California city to consider a higher minimum wage, and proponents have cited studies from researchers affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, suggesting a wage raise is mostly beneficial. This same team is expected to release results for Sacramento.

The 'low' average premium increase is nothing to cheer

To the editor: Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee and UC Berkeley health economist James C. Robinson are not convincing as to the success of Obamacare in California. ("Obamacare works in California. Here's why," op-ed, July 27)

FreeWire Goes After Diesel Generator Market With Mobile Batteries

They are the noisiest, most annoying things about shooting a film on location. No, not the actors. The diesel generators. FreeWire, a startup out of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, has created a set of portable lithium ion battery packs that effectively replace diesel generators as a source of power at [...]

Can a Dear Cal letter get you into Berkeley?

6 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

High school seniors vying for acceptance at UC Berkeley face daunting odds. Until about 50 years ago, Cal admitted any applicant with a B average in college-prep classes. As recently as 1985, the acceptance rate was above 50%. With a record 79,000 applicants in 2014, Berkeley now admits only 17%,...

Naked Tree-Huggers Mounted Eucalyptus Trees At UC Berkeley To Combat ‘War On Trees’

Naked tree-huggers mounted eucalyptus trees at the University of California at Berkeley in an effort to stop what they deemed a, “war on trees.” Approximately 75 people stripped and literally hugged the trees to protest a massive Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) agency grant which allowed scores of trees to be cut down. Show More Summary

UC Berkeley's smart cap can detect spoiled milk

Researchers at UC Berkeley and Taiwan's National Chio Tung University have created a low-cost electronic sensor that's able to wirelessly monitor the freshness of milk. The team created the electronic components for the sensor usingShow More Summary

Move Over Berkeley, San Jose State’s Activists Score a Victory

  Many are familiar with the long history of student activism at University of California at Berkeley, but fewer have heard of the difference-makers at San Jose State University. “San Jose State is in the shadow of UC Berkeley when it comes to student activism,” sociology Professor Scott Myers-Lipton told The Nation. “But we’ve got this […]

UC Berkeley Engineers Devise 3D-Printed ‘Smart Cap’ to Check Safety of Milk, Juice

Engineers at the University of California-Berkeley have developed a so-called “smart cap” using 3D-printed plastic and containing embedded electronics. They recently demonstrated that the device can wirelessly monitor the freshness of...Show More Summary

A Rocking Chair That Charges Your Phone

Volta is the final project of four students from UC Berkeley, which harnesses a chair's rocking motion to generate energy

Intellectual pursuits may buffer the brain against addiction

Challenging the idea that addiction is hardwired in the brain, a new UC Berkeley study of mice suggests that even a short time spent in a stimulating learning environment can rewire the brain’s reward system and buffer it against drug...Show More Summary

This chair wants to rock you to a fully charged iPhone

Four undergraduate students at UC Berkeley created a rocking chair called the Volta that stores kinetic energy from an attached pendulum. At first, the team thought such a chair would be a novelty, a student project that had rocking chair … Read more ›

How the father of big science went small with the invention of a color TV tube

3 weeks agoHealth : Booster Shots

Pioneering physicist Ernest O. Lawrence transformed American science over nearly three decades. The inventor of the cyclotron, the ancestor of such advanced machines as Europe's Large Hadron Collider, Lawrence placed UC Berkeley in the forefront of high-energy physics. He single-handedly saved...

41 Science-Based Actions For A Meaningful Life

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

Happiness, resilience, connection, and kindness: these aren't just central qualities of a well-lived life, but "skills that can be taught and developed over time—with practice," according to UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science CenterShow More Summary

AN News: “Anthropological Listening as a Genre” by Xochitl Marsilli-Vargas (UC Berkeley)

Linguistic anthropologists are accustomed to exploring the way speakers create structures of relevance that provide directionality to social activity. Could we also say the same for listeners? Listening has the potential to generate a specific context by listening “in a particular way;” for example, when a mechanic is deciphering the semantic meaning of the sounds [...]

When Firms Become Persons and Persons Become Firms: outstanding lecture

4 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

UC Berkeley Political Scientist Wendy Brown came to the London School of Economics last week to discuss her book Undoing the Demos, and her lecture (MP3) is literally the best discussion of how and why human rights are being taken away from humans and given to corporations. Read the rest

My Failed Gotcha

(July 1, 2015 09:12 PM, by David Henderson) And remembering another failed gotcha in the past--and what I learned from it. This morning I read an article about the Greek crisis by UC Berkeley economist Barry Eichengreen, who has been following the crisis. In it, he writes: The... (0 COMMENTS)

UC Berkeley, regents sued by sexual assault survivors

last monthNews : NY Daily News

The three victims of sexual assault accuse school officials of failing to properly prevent, investigate and handle sexual assaults.

How one app fed almost 600,000 homeless people

A simple lunch with a homeless vet changed forever the life of Komal Ahmad, who was then a student UC, Berkeley and is now a CEO. Ahmad was walking near campus a few years ago when a homeless man asked her for money, she bought him lunch instead and a a

Evolution of the robotic roach (now with a shell)

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

UC Berkeley researchers have now outfitted tiny RoACH robots with shell-like exoskeletons to protect the electromechanical innards from dust and water and help the bots slip easily through tight, cluttered spaces, just like real roaches. Videos below. Read the rest

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