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Why UC Berkeley's Commencement Inspired more than just its Graduates

So many of us love the start of a new beginning. And so many more covet the end of a successful accomplishment. And so it was this shining Saturday in May, the day of the UC Berkeley Commencement, both the start of a new beginning and the end of a successful journey. Show More Summary

Are Manufacturing Jobs the New McJobs?

The ugly reality that people who work in manufacturing have witnessed for years has just been laid out for all to see in new research by the National Employment Law Project and the UC Berkeley Labor Center: Wages in the manufacturing sector have been pushed so low that 34% of all people who work in production are in households enrolled in public safety net programs.

2 moving lines in Sheryl Sandberg’s commencement speech will remind you not to take people in your life for granted

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gave a commencement speech at UC Berkeley on Saturday to the class of 2016. It's powerful and motivating, and you should read every word of it. But if you don't have time to read it all, you should at least...Show More Summary

To the Class of 2016: Build Resilience and Find Deeper Gratitude

This post is adapted from the author's UC Berkeley Commencement speech, delivered May 14, 2016. Thank you, Marie. And thank you esteemed members of the faculty, proud parents, devoted friends, squirming siblings. Congratulations to all...Show More Summary

UC Berkeley Wins #SleepRevolution Tour's Biggest Prize: A MetroNaps EnergyPod

The #SleepRevolution College Tour wrapped on Friday, after a whirlwind month of bringing sleep and wellness to college campuses across the country. But for one school, the revolution is only just beginning. UC Berkeley took home the tour's top prize on Saturday, winning a free MetroNaps EnergyPod, which ordinarily retails for $13,000 dollars. Show More Summary

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg delivers powerful words on husband's death - CNET

During a commencement address at UC Berkeley, the Facebook COO and "Lean In" author reflects on grief and resilience.

Facebook COO says receiving a Google internship is a 'disappointment' (FB, GOOG)

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gave a powerful speech on Saturday about resilience and loss. But just because the subject matter of her commencement speech at UC Berkeley was serious didn't mean she couldn't crack a few light-hearted jokes. One of those jokes came at the expense of Facebook's Silicon Valley rival, Google. Show More Summary

Sheryl Sandberg just spoke about her husband's death in public for the first time in an emotional speech (FB)

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gave an powerful speech at UC Berkeley's commencement on Saturday about resilience and loss. The speech addressed how Sandberg coped after her husband Dave Goldberg died unexpectedly in Mexico during a trip on May 1, 2015. "I have never spoken publicly about this before. Show More Summary

The best of Sheryl Sandberg's powerful UC Berkeley commencement speech about dealing with her husband's death

Sheryl Sandberg made an emotional appeal for resilience and gratitude in her commencement speech to Berkeley's Class of 2016, where she spoke about her husband's death publicly for the first time. Sandberg is the chief operating officer at Facebook and the author of "Lean In: Women, Work, and the...

College Grads Pay Up to 79 Percent of Income to Rent in SF

It doesn't take an economics degree to understand that's bad news Summer is nigh, and commencement weekend approaches for graduates at UC Berkeley and SFSU. University of San Francisco grads walked at the end of April, and Stanford grads will follow suit in June. Show More Summary

Friday Lunchtime Links: 'White Rights' Rally At UC Berkeley

Oakland's janky radios, HS election problems, art on Muni. [ more › ]

Robot Cockroaches Cooperate to Complete Tasks

2 weeks agoNews : Newsweek: US

In certain parts of central Africa, army ants team up to create inch-high tunnels that protect worker ants as they gather food for the colony. Such feats of cooperation have inspired researchers at UC Berkeley to create a new generation...Show More Summary

Color-Changing Threads Might One Day Turn Your T-Shirt Into a Screen

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Look around and count the number of screens surrounding you. You’ll probably run out of fingers before you’re done, but why stop there? Researchers at UC Berkeley have come up with a way to weave color-changing threads into fabrics, turning even garments into yet another display. Read more...

Mankind Doesn't Stand a Chance Now That Robotic Cockroaches Have Started Cooperating

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The scourge of puppies, babies, and robotic vacuums is no longer a problem for robotic cockroaches. Researchers at UC Berkeley have taught this pair of VelociRoACHes o cooperate and help each other tackle stairs using a tiny magnetic winch and old-fashioned teamwork. Read more...

Robot Roaches With Tiny Magnetic Winch Cooperate to Scale Steps

UC Berkeley's VelociRoACHes get magnetic grappling hooks to help them cooperatively climb over obstacles

Strengthening nuclear innovators – Bootcamp at Berkeley

The Nuclear Innovation Alliance, UC Berkeley and Third Way are partnering with universities, national labs, think tanks, the Department of Energy and corporations including Southern Co., Google, Transatomic, Terrestrial Energy, and TerraPower to offer the first Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp August 1-12 at the University of California, Berkeley. Show More Summary

Research Shows Anti-Sexual-Harassment Training Could Have Opposite Effect on Men

3 weeks agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

When men are guilty of sexual harassment — as they are alleged to have been in the last couple of months alone at places like UC Berkeley and Boston University, in the comedy communities in Chicago and L.A., in sports, in television broadcasting, and the list goes on — the ... More »

Rare Presidio Heights William Wurster Lands on Market for $7.9 Million

An uncommon treat in a standout neighborhood Here's a chance to nab a rare piece of property in Presidio Heights, a midcentury contemporary 1959 William Wurster. The former dean of the UC Berkeley Architecture is best known for designed UC Berkeley's Stern Hall and a slew of California residences. Show More Summary

UC Berkeley team builds ‘semantic atlas’ of the human brain

Voxel-based mapping reveals the brain regions that we use to think about relationships, self-identity and even abstract things like math and time. Can this finally dispel the notion that we only use 10% of our brains?

Mapping the thesaurus of the human brain

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) have used MRI data to create what they call a "semantic atlas," using vivid colors in multiple dimensions to show how the brain organizes language. The greater understanding...Show More Summary

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