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Friday, 4 October 2013
1. Scientists Call for More Controlled Burns in West's Forests
Los Angeles Times
In a paper published in the journal Science, fire and forest ecologists, including Scott Stephens of UC Berkeley wrote, "Fire policy that focuses on suppression only delays the inevitable, promising more dangerous and destructive future forest fires." Full Story
2. Blog: Can quantum cryptography be the only secure communication?
San Francisco Chronicle
QSAlpha, a San Francisco based phone designer, is in the midst of building a heavily fortified smartphone using quantum cryptography that will be impervious to the snooping and identity theft of black hat hackers. Umesh Vazirani, director of UC-Berkeley’s Quantum Information and Computation Center, says that if developed correctly, quantum cryptographic techniques would be based on proofs that rely on established laws of physics and chemistry. Full Story
3. Expert on race: Be open to change
A noted professor and authority on race speaking in Seattle says the unconscious mind and unexamined institutional policies and practices keep racism alive.
John Powell, UC Bekeley’s professor of law speaks out about the profound anxiety, fears and worries facing the middle class that “the very idea of race is being remade right now, and we have to decide whether to be actively involved in the change process or let it play out on its own.” Full Story
4. Blog: Capitol Alert
California Supreme Court watchers can bask in legal analysis during a conference at Berkeley Law School today, co-hosted by the California Constitution Center. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and Associate Justice Kathryn Werdegar will speak. Full Story
5. Op-Ed: Afghan allies deserve help coming to U.S.
San Francisco Chronicle
Adrian Kinsella, a student at UC Berkeley’s School of Law, served in Afghanistan in 2010, and writes: "We have a moral obligation to fulfill our promises to allies of the Afghan Army that will place them somewhere safe. To do this we need fellow Americans to support legislation that would extend and improve the Special Immigrant Visa programs for our Iraqi and Afghan allies." Full Story