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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.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

1. Berkeley in the News will take a break Friday, September 30, resuming publication on Monday, October 3.

2. Monkey Cage: Strong words make treaties more effective. So is the Paris climate accord worded too flexibly?
Washington Post

International law professor Katerina Linos, author of The Democratic Foundations of Policy Diffusion, and co-author Tom Pegram of University College London, write about their study of the Paris Principles on national human rights institutions. The accord was a good case for assessing the effects that flexible language can have on compliance. Flexible language is the loosely phrased compromises common to agreements negotiated between numerous parties with different perspectives. The authors conclude: "As always, the devil is in the details."
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3. Op-Ed Column: Who's Really Older, Trump or Clinton?
New York Times (*requires registration)

When Donald Trump was asked in the presidential debate on Monday what he meant when he said that Hillary Clinton doesn't have a "presidential look," he answered: "She doesn't have the stamina. I said she doesn't have the stamina. And I don't believe she does have the stamina. To be president of this country, you need tremendous stamina." To social welfare professor Andrew Scharlach, a specialist in aging issues, that sounded like "a code for 'She's old! She's a woman! You know how old women are."
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4. 13.7 Cosmos & Culture Blog: Now And The Physics Of Time
NPR Online

In a commentary about his new book, Now -- The Physics of Time, physics professor Richard Muller reviews past and current thinking on the concept of time. He writes: "I think that only now can we finally understand the concept of now. In cosmology, we think of the expanding universe as the continuous creation of new space; the universe continues to grow as the space between galaxies increases. That recognition makes it plausible that in the ongoing expansion, the universe is creating not only new space but also new time. Each newly created moment is what we refer to as now. Let's call this the 'Now Hypothesis.'" For more on this, see our press release at Berkeley News.
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5. The insider's guide to Mill Valley Film Fest
San Francisco Chronicle

My Love Affair With the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond, a documentary about the brain research of integrative biology professor Marian Diamond, will be on the roster of the Mill Valley Film Festival, Oct. 6-16. The film is directed by Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg. For more on this, visit MVFF.
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