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20n, A YC Synthetic Biology Startup, Uses Software To Engineer Microbes For Chemical-Making

20n, one of a wave of biotech-related startups that Y Combinator is starting to fund, is the brainchild of a UC Berkeley professor and a post-doc. Saurabh Srivastava and J. Christopher Anderson have worked together for several years developing software that can design genetically engineered microbes to make specific chemicals. Show More Summary

The secret spotted hyenas of UC Berkeley

2 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

I found about the colony in a roundabout way. There wasn't a press release announcing its inception, nor were there any articles advertising its whereabouts. Read the rest

UC Berkeley Built A Parking Garage Right Where Its Students Play Field Hockey

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Athletes on the women's field hockey team at the University of California, Berkeley, are considering a lawsuit against the school for taking away their field to build a parking garage without providing a replacement. The field hockey...Show More Summary

One University's Attempt to Reduce Energy Waste at Work

If you work outside your home, chances are you don’t pay (directly) for the energy you use at work. At my place of work, the UC Berkeley campus, most employees never see – let alone pay – their energy bills. Of course, there are plenty reasons to be conscientious about energy consumption. read more

Dinner for ex-PUC chief Peevey nets $55,000 in gifts for UC Berkeley

More than $55,000 was donated to UC Berkeley in honor of former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey, who stepped down in December amid scandal.

Dinner for ex-PUC chief Peevey nets $55,000 in gifts for UC Berkeley

More than $55,000 was donated to UC Berkeley in honor of former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey, who stepped down in December amid scandal.

Geysers erupt because they’re all bendy inside

3 days agoHealth : The Checkup

You'll definitely want to check out the video above, because it features a loop-de-loop lab apparatus designed to spew water into the air. But it's more than just a twist on one of those science fair volcano models: The UC Berkeley earth sciences professor who designed it says it demonstrates the basic mechanics of geysers like Old Faithful.Read full article >>

UC Berkeley studies international education campus in Richmond

On the waterfront seven miles from UC Berkeley, the university owns what is now an isolated and somewhat ramshackle collection of storage facilities and labs. But Berkeley's chancellor envisions it as a future showcase for international education.

UC Berkeley’s Engineers Week #Fireside2020 – Innovation & Inclusion Panel 2/26

Engineers Week was created to connect students from disparate engineering departments, showcase the achievements of our 62+ student organizations, and highlight UC Berkeley’s commitment to promoting diversity and emotional engagement on campus. Show More Summary

The Secret To A Happy Marriage May Be In Your DNA

5 days agoNews : Huffington Post

The secret to a happy marriage seems to be a never-ending topic of discussion, but Robert Levenson, a psychology professor at UC Berkeley, is taking a closer look -- all the way to the cellular level, in fact. A new video from Fig. 1...Show More Summary

UC Berkeley student charged with sexual assault in frat: cop

A University of California Berkeley student has been charged with sexually assaulting his fraternity brother while he slept, police said.

Clean Energy Data Legislative Briefing In Sacramento

UC Berkeley and UCLA Schools of Law will be hosting a free legislative lunch briefing next Tuesday on expanding access in California to clean energy data, the subject of the Knowledge is Power report that the law schools released last month.  The energy data could include improved customer access to long-term usage patterns, utility statistics […]

Americans' ability to forgive, forget fibs depends on who tells them

Brian Williams, Bill Clinton, James Frey, Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio, Anthony Weiner, Edward Wasserman, Graduate School of Journalism UC Berkeley, Ian Leslie, Born Liars: Why We Can't Live Without Deceit, Robert Drechsel, Center for Journalism Ethics University of Wisconsin,...

Energizing visit to UC Berkeley’s Nuclear Engineering Department

On Feb 9, 2015, I had the opportunity to visit the faculty and students at the University of California Berkeley. Prof. Per Peterson invited me out to give a colloquium talk and to see some of the interesting work that his colleagues and students were doing in advanced nuclear technology. Show More Summary

Marco Pierre White's Gallery Exhibit; Bareburger Expands to DC

Plus, the deadline looms for the UC Berkeley's Food Fellowships. Food and Farming Journalism Fellowships LONDON— This month, the Little Black Gallery in London is hosting a show dedicated completely to chef Marco Pierre White's seminal...Show More Summary

Fear, Ridicule, Danger: Is It Safe to Be a Climate Scientist?

This is a guest post by Minda Berbeco cross-posted with permission from Live Science. Minda Berbeco is programs and policy director at the National Center for Science Education and visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology. Show More Summary

Snacking In-Between Sidewalks: Mapping Abundance of Wild Edibles in the Bay Area’s Food Deserts

Two UC Berkeley professors think weeds get a bad rap. In fact, they believe the “mountains” of wild edible plants growing between the Bay Area’s sidewalks can help solve food access problems in food deserts.

Report Shows Apache Spark Gaining Momentum

Folks in the Big Data and Hadoop communities have been getting 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

UC Berkeley program on human rights, war crimes wins $1-million grant

A UC Berkeley law school program that researches war crimes and other human rights violations around the world and seeks to aid victims has been awarded a $1-million grant by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Brown and Kashkari teams let down guard on 2014 contest

With the election nearly three months behind them, top aides to Gov. Jerry Brown and  his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, let down their guard Saturday at a postmortem organized by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studi...

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