Berkeley in the News Archive

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

1. Creative Solutions to Carbon Reduction
Science Today (California Academy of Sciences)

A study led by Berkeley environmental scientists has found that policies supporting sustainable cattle ranching practices in Brazil could ease the beef and food industry’s greenhouse gas impact and slow the rate of deforestation. Lead author Avery Cohn, an independent fellow at Berkeley's Energy Biosciences Institute and an environmental science, policy, and management alum, says: "There’s this notion that fighting climate change requires a stark tradeoff for emerging economies, that they must forego development to meet their emissions target. ... This paper suggests that there is a pathway where that compromise may not be needed." Other stories on this topic appeared in the Pacific Standard, eNews Park Forest, PhysOrg, Feedstuffs, and Science Codex. Full Story

2. KCBS In Depth: ‘Game Changing’ DNA-Editing Technology Booms In The Bay Area And Beyond
KCBS Radio

Molecular and cell biology professor Jennifer Doudna, executive director of UC's Innovative Genomics Initiative (IGI), is interviewed about her development of a genetic engineering technique called CRISPR/Cas9, or "DNA Scissors," widely recognized as a major breakthrough in the fight against hereditary diseases. Link to audio. Full Story

3. Three Weird Ways to Make Things Invisible
IEEE Spectrum

A story about developments in invisibility research discusses pioneering work by mechanical engineering professor Xiang Zhang. In 2008, he reported on his development of a metamaterial consisting of 30-nanometer-thick layers of silver interwoven in a fishnet pattern with 50-nm-thick layers of magnesium fluoride. A specific arrangement of structures gives the material a negative index of refraction, allowing it to bend light of a particular wavelength in unexpected directions. Since then, researchers have developed other "invisibility cloaks," and he says that in theory it’s possible to build cloaks for any sort of wave, including sound waves and heat waves. However, there are still problems to be solved. “You can make cloaks. The question is, can you scale them up? ... I wouldn’t say how long it will take. It’s not an easy task.” Full Story

4. Forum with Michael Krasny: What Lies Behind 'The ADHD Explosion'
KQED Radio

Public health professor Richard Scheffler and psychology professor Stephen Hinshaw discuss their new book, The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money, and Today’s Push for Performance. Link to audio forthcoming. Full Story

5. Here's Evidence That People Can Detect Lies Unconsciously
San Francisco Chronicle

Research co-authored by social psychologist Leanne ten Brinke, of Berkeley's business school, is described for its insight into lie detection. The study suggests that people have good instincts for detecting liars, but that they are subconscious and not readily accessed. "Although humans are poor lie detectors, evidence from primatology and neuroscience suggests that without conscious awareness, parts of the human brain can automatically detect deception, as can the brains of nonhuman primates," the researchers reported. Full Story

6. Tips complicate debate over minimum-wage increase
Sacramento Bee

Berkeley researchers found that municipal minimum-wage increases benefited employers through improved morale and reduced staff turnover, which saved the companies money. Full Story

7. The Fix Blog: Does small-government conservative ideology have racist roots? Academics offer a history lesson.
Washington Post Online

A commentary on race-oriented debates in the past week quotes law professor Ian Haney López, author of the book Dog Whistle Politics. Referring to racially charged comments by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, Professor López said: "[Bundy] is a window into the soul of modern conservatism. ... A demonization of minorities and a demonization of the government in modern conservatism — those are inextricably linked.” Full Story

8. Why Low-Income Kids Thrive in Salt Lake City
National Journal

Last summer, economists from Berkeley and Harvard named Salt Lake City one of the best places in the country for upward mobility, since low-income children there had some of the best chances of moving up the income ladder. Knowing that demographics and economic conditions were changing, social workers, educators, and community advocates viewed the study as a cautionary tale. Full Story

9. UC Berkeley opens new emergency operations center
San Francisco Business Times (*requires registration)

A new emergency operations center has opened on campus. Located in Warren Hall, in the northwest corner of campus, the command post will be used by university officials after an earthquake, power failure or other crisis. Full Story

10. Are San Francisco office tenants leasing up too much space?
San Francisco Business Times (*requires registration)

Ken Rosen, chairman of Berkeley's Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, addressed a real estate conference on Monday, weighing in on the San Francisco office market. While tech companies are the main driver, he said, landlords take on significant risks on growing or startup tenants. "When you’re leasing to these companies, you have to remember half of them are going to go out business." Full Story

11. Cheney: ‘The More Ruthless the Better’
New York Review of Books

Journalism professor Mark Danner writes about the controversial vice presidency of Dick Cheney, citing four books about him. This is the sixth in a series of articles. Full Story

12. Handel to Mozart to Morris in a Pastoral Tale of Love and Jealous Rage Mark Morris Stages ‘Acis and Galatea’
International New York Times (*requires registration)

The world premiere last Friday night of Mark Morris' setting of Handel's "Acis and Galatea" is reviewed. "Mr. Morris loves to use dance to illustrate music," the critic notes. "The results here prove, by turns, entertaining commentary, frivolous distractions and profound revelation." The program will be presented again in Boston in May and in New York in August. Full Story

13. In-N-Out Burger Hoax Near UC Berkeley Campus Fools, Saddens Students
CBS San Francisco Online

A mean prank was played on Berkeley students when a vacant storefront on Telegraph Avenue was draped with a banner announcing an In-N-Out Burger joint "coming soon." Disappointed fans of the chain are signing a petition to make the dream come true. Full Story

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