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Thanksgiving taste testers ate lots of pie to see if ancient recipes hold up

Thanksgiving means one thing: pie. And lots of it. The UC Berkeley Library scoured its collection of 900 cookbooks to find old recipes for Thanksgiving pies and then baked them and put them to the test. SEE ALSO: A thorough and ridiculous...Show More Summary

Notice: Mountain lion spotted near UC Berkeley

Although timid around humans, California big cats should be treated with caution Warning: UC Berkeley Police Department says that a mountain lion popped up near Lawrence Berkeley Lab Sunday night, briefly straying into a nearby parking...Show More Summary

Cornell Law Prof: I Never Thought The Free Speech Mob Would Come Me. Until They Did.

USA Today op-ed: My Pro-free Speech Views Made Me the Target of a Smear Campaign at Vassar College, by William Jacobson (Cornell): From UC Berkeley in the west to Middlebury College in the northeast, and at dozens of colleges and universities in between, we have seen speakers disrupted, shouted-down, shut-down...

An Amazing Microscopic Timelapse Showing the Remarkable Process of Squids Hatching to Life

4 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Evolutionary and developmental biologist Nipam H. Patel of the Patel Lab at UC Berkeley created “Squid: Coming to Life” an absolutely amazing microscopic timelapse capturing the formation of embryos inside eggs from which tiny baby squids emerge. This amazing cephalopodic birth is absolutely fascinating to watch. These are a series of images and videos of...

Map shows which SF neighborhoods gentrifying fastest

Tenderloin, Chinatown, and Bayview are at risk for rampant gentrification UC Berkeley’s Urban Displacement Project updated its regional gentrification map this week to show which California neighborhoods are hemorrhaging low-income households...Show More Summary

Detailed View of Immune Proteins Could Lead to New Pathogen-Defense Strategies

Biologists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley used cryo-EM to resolve the structure of a ring of proteins used by the immune system to summon support when under attack, providing new insight into potential strategies for protection from pathogens. Show More Summary

California's progressive policies don't hurt jobs, economy, study finds

Research from UC Berkeley's Center for Labor Research and Education measuring the impacts of numerous progressive California policies enacted over the last six years finds no negative effects on employment and economic growth.

California birds nesting a week earlier than they did a century ago

(University of California - Berkeley) An ongoing UC Berkeley survey of California birds and comparison with century-old data shows that many birds are adjusting their life styles to breed 5-12 days earlier to avoid warming that has occurred since the early 1900s. Show More Summary

Homeless UC Berkeley student lives in refurbished school bus

Khan transferred into UC Berkeley last year, only to find that he had to spend at least $13,984 for an on-campus dorm in a triple — about $1,500 per month.

Supercomputing speeds up deep learning training

(University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center) Researchers from UC Berkeley, UC Davis and TACC used Stampede2 to complete a 100-epoch ImageNet deep neural network training in 11 minutes -- the fastest time recorded to date. Show More Summary

UC Berkeley Students Build a Cool Chrome Extension to Identify Political Propaganda Twitter Bots

last weekHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Concerned about the proliferation of manipulated data and propaganda found on twitter, Ash Bhat and Rohan Phadte, a pair of 20 year old UC Berkeley students decided to put their computer science skills to use and created a Google Chrome extension called Botcheck.me. The app interacts with Twitter, giving users a clear option to identify...

Ultrafast magnetic reversal points the way toward speedy, low-power computer memory

Researchers at UC Berkeley and UC Riverside have developed a new, ultrafast method for electrically controlling magnetism in certain metals, a breakthrough that could lead to greatly increased performance and more energy-efficient computer memory and processing technologies.

UC Berkeley to tap academic funds to help bail out Memorial Stadium

Cash-strapped UC Berkeley will tap money used for academic programs to help pay off a massive debt from the remodeling of Memorial Stadium, Chancellor Carol Christ said Friday. Although the source of the bailout funding hasn’t been identified,...Show More Summary

Tuesday Lunchtime Links: SF Gym Water Chock Full Of Lead

UC Berkeley sports discrimination, death at jail, holiday markets. [ more › ]

Botcheck.me: a plugin that predicts whether a Twitter user is a bot

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Ash Bhat and Rohan Phadte are 20 year old UC Berkeley students who turned a machine learning class assignment into a browser plugin that tries to guess whether a given Twitter profile is associated with a bot or a human, and assigns a probability score that takes into account the possibility that a bot has human pilots who can take over at key junctures. (more…)

UC Berkeley student newspaper removes criticized cartoon

The independent student newspaper at UC Berkeley has removed an editorial cartoon from its website that critics including UC Berkeley’s chancellor called anti-semitic. The depiction of attorney Alan Dershowitz that gave him distorted...Show More Summary

Park Service cancels Black Panther legacy project at Cal amid conservative outcry

The National Park Service (NPS) pulled funding for a Black Panther Party legacy project to be undertaken at UC Berkeley, officials confirmed. The move comes amid outcry about from conservative organizations.

UC Berkeley Paper Apologizes, Retracts Anti-Semitic Cartoon

"As is clear in the outpouring of criticisms and condemnations by community members both in Berkeley and beyond, the cartoon was unacceptable..." [ more › ]

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