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CRISPR toolbox expanded by protein that cuts RNA in two distinct ways

UC Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna, molecular biologist Robert Tijan and a team of researchers have expanded the role of the newly discovered CRISPR protein C2c2 that targets RNA instead of DNA.

Palestine, ‘safety’ and the UC Berkeley affair

The initial decision for Berkeley to cancel the course ‘Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis’ was located within the transparently self-serving but now widespread claim that any discussion of Palestinian human rights or Israeli violations of international law constitutes a threat to the ‘safety’ of Jewish students. Show More Summary

Edward Lofgren, UC physicist who worked on Manhattan Project, dies

Edward Lofgren, UC physicist who worked on Manhattan Project, dies In the pioneering days of physics, before World War II and before the atom bomb, a young man named Edward J. Lofgren arrived in Berkeley by bus from Los Angeles withShow More Summary

Trump and the Mean Streets of East Los Angeles

On the first day of class, I always inform my university students that I hold two PhDs. One from a premier research institution, UC Berkeley, and the other from one of the toughest neighborhoods in the country, East Los Angeles' Ramona Gardens housing project or Big Hazard projects (named after the notorious gang). Show More Summary

How Frustration Drives Squirrels to Find Creative Solutions to Unexpected Problems

6 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

KQED Science took a look at the fascinating research of Mikel Maria Delgado, a UC Berkeley researcher who studies the similarity between squirrels and humans. In one experiment, Delgado wanted to see how habit-driven squirrels reacted to frustrating circumstances such as not getting an expected reward or lack of access. What she learned is that […]

UC Berkeley reinstates Palestine class, rejecting pressure from pro-Israel groups

After an abrupt suspension last Tuesday, a college course about the decolonization of Palestine has earned a reprieve from the University of California on Monday. The campaign against the class was lead by the AMCHA Initiative, a pro-Israel advocacy group which has a long history of attempting to stifle discussion of the Israeli occupation on University of California campuses.

Fusing Age-Old Artistic Tradition With Cutting-Edge Technology

Kate Nichols is doing something very new—and very old. The former painter’s apprentice is the first artist-in-residence at the Alivisatos Lab, a nanoscience laboratory at UCBerkeley. She’s made art out of silver nanoparticles, compared Victorian mirror-making technology with today’s nanotechnology, and has grown cellulose from bacteria. Show More Summary

Egalitarianism versus Online Education

The Department of Justice has sent a letter to UC Berkeley threatening a lawsuit unless the university modifies all of its free online educational materials to meet conditions of accessibility. In response the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate...Show More Summary

Renovated Pac Heights William Wurster asks $7.25 million

This modern masterpiece is one of the best from the former dean of UC Berkeley's school of architecture Northern California's father of modernism, William Wurster, built many cherished homes in the Bay Area that feature his signature modernist designs. Show More Summary

UC Berkeley reinstates controversial course on history of Palestine

UC Berkeley has reinstated a course on the history of Palestine, just days after suspending it amid criticism that it fostered anti-Semitism and indoctrinated students against Israel. The university’s ethnic studies department has revised the original course description and syllabus, which aimed...

UC Berkeley's ban on Palestine course 'McCarthyist'

Students enrolled in the course demand that university administrators lift the suspension, calling it discriminatory.

Berkeley law school dean who resigned over sexual harassment allegations files discrimination suit

The former dean of UC Berkeley’s law school filed a lawsuit Thursday, accusing school officials of singling him out because of his race for a second investigation of sexual harassment allegations. In the federal discrimination suit filed in San Francisco, Sujit Choudhry said the UC system treated white...

25-Year-Old UC Berkeley Student Arrested In Teen's Dorm Rape Case

A 25-year-old student at UC Berkeley was arrested Wednesday, following an investigation into a sexual assault that took place earlier this month. [ more › ]

Former UC Berkeley Law School Dean Files a Lawsuit Because of Sexual Harassment Investigation

Sujit Choudhry, the former University of California at Berkeley Law School dean who was sued in March for sexual harassment has filed a suit against school officials alleging that he is being singled out because of his race. Read more...

Suspension of controversial Palestine class at UC Berkeley sparks debate

The university argued that the course, which studied Palestine ‘through the lens of settler colonialism’, was anti-Israel and antisemitic The University of California, Berkeley has suspended a course dedicated to studying Palestine “through the lens of settler colonialism”, sparking international debate about academic freedom. Show More Summary

Steve Birnbaum: U.S. national team defender, D.C. United goal scorer

In the final frantic moments Sunday, Steve Birnbaum was comfortably out of position. Birnbaum has started on the back line as far back as he can remember, filling prominent defensive roles for UC Berkeley, D.C. United and, on occasion over the past year, the U.S. national soccer team. Central defenders typically come forward for corner […]

Wednesday Morning Link Dump: Twitter's Fake News Fight

Curry on Kaepernick, UC Berkeley class suspended, "stingy" tech CEOs. [ more › ]

San Francisco and UC Berkeley to push on with smart transit

San Francisco is using the momentum from its failed Smart City Challenge bid to carry on developing smart transportation initiatives. According to the University of California, Berkeley website, the school is continuing its smart city collaboration with the city of San Francisco. Show More Summary

Researchers find climate change already playing major roles

A new study published today in the journal Science by researchers at UC Berkeley demonstrates that while the effects of future climate change will be significant, the social and economic impacts of our current climate today are often just as severe.

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