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Berkeley in the News is a daily selection of articles and commentaries in the news media that mention UC Berkeley. The views and opinions expressed in these articles do not necessarily reflect the official policies or positions of the campus.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

1. Oakland warehouse fire: 10 more victims named
East Bay Times (*requires registration)

As the death toll from Friday's tragic Ghost Ship warehouse fire mounts, two UC Berkeley-affiliates have been confirmed dead and at least two are still missing. Student Jennifer Morris, a junior from Foster City, and recent graduate David Cline, are among the confirmed victims, while students Griffin Sean Madden and Vanessa Plotkin are among those still missing. Another confirmed victim -- Chelsea Dolan was a community volunteer at the campus radio station, KALX. The massive fire broke out during an electronic dance party at the warehouse, and by Monday afternoon 36 bodies had been pulled from the rubble. At that point, 75 percent of the warehouse had been searched, but due to instability in the structure, further progress has been delayed. For more on this, see our story at Berkeley News, with updates to follow. Stories on this topic have appeared in hundreds of sources around the world, including the Daily Californian, San Francisco Chronicle, Berkeleyside, CBS SF Bay Area Online, Daily Mail (UK), New York Times, and KGO TV (link to video).
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2. Bernie Sanders challenges Trump, Dem establishment at UC Berkeley
San Francisco Chronicle (*requires registration)

Senator Bernie Sanders spoke to a capacity crowd at Zellerbach Hall on Friday afternoon, promoting his latest book, Our Revolution. Weighing in on what he thinks went awry in the election, and offering advice for how Democrats should respond to the election of Donald Trump, he said that he would not compromise on policy goals such as increasing voter access, fighting climate change, and repealing the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision on corporate campaign spending. "There are areas where I think there can be a compromise," he said. "There are areas where there can be no compromise." For more on this, see our story at Berkeley News (link to video). Broadcast stories aired on KRON TV and KNTV (link to videos), and on KPFA Radio (link to audio).
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3. This primate-inspired robot is a champion jumper
Washington Post (*requires registration)

A one-legged robot that can leap into the air and bounce off walls has been developed by researchers in electrical engineering and computer sciences professor Ronald Fearing's Biomimetic Millisystems Lab. Although it can't soar as high as impalas, kangaroos and other living beasts, the lead researcher doctoral robotics student Duncan Haldane says he hopes it will prove useful in search and rescue missions, where quickly leaping over rubble and maneuvering off walls could help save lives. The robot, called SALTO (for "saltatorial locomotion on terrain obstacles"), was inspired by a small nocturnal primate called a galago, or bushbaby, which can jump far with little windup. The robot is distinguished by a new metric called "vertical jumping agility," which is the height it can reach, divided by the amount of time it takes to complete one jump, and its success is a 56 percent improvement on that of the next springiest robot. Link to video. For more on this, see our press release at Berkeley News. Stories on this topic appeared in dozens of sources around the world, including MIT Technology Review, Reuters, Daily Mail, Bangkok Post (AFP), Live Science, CNET, and Inverse.
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4. A Bigger Economic Pie, but a Smaller Slice for Half of the U.S.
New York Times (*requires registration)

Roughly half of the U.S. population, including 117 million adults, "has been completely shut off from economic growth since the 1970s," a new study co-authored by Berkeley economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman has revealed. The study represents the most thorough analysis to date of how all kinds of income, from salaries to profit-sharing, fringe benefits, and food stamps are divided up among the U.S. population, and it builds on previous income inequality research by the same team, which includes Thomas Piketty of the Paris School of Economics.
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5. Can You Get Too Much Protein?
New York Times (*requires registration)

Speaking of the excessive amounts of protein consumed by most Americans, Dr. John E. Swartzberg, chairman of the editorial board of UC Berkeley's Wellness Letter, says: , "It's an experiment. ... No one can tell you the long-term effects, and that's what worries me as a physician. No one can tell you what the results are going to be in people's bodies 10 or 15 years later."
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