Posted on October 27, 2013 - 10:52am
It may be that an ingredient that determines whether your marriage is bliss on earth or a living hell is in your genes. Weirder still, it’s the same gene for both.
Posted on October 24, 2013 - 5:28pm
In some fine arts circles, “entertainment” has become something of a dirty word. But at Cal Performances, one of the country’s top presenters of artistic productions, the notion of art as entertainment is wholeheartedly embraced.
Posted on October 23, 2013 - 3:32pm
Cal is replete with geniuses, of course, but it’s always gratifying when one is recognized as such. That happened today to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory physicist and “sound savior” Carl Haber, who has been named one of 2013’s MacArthur Genius Grant recipients.
Posted on October 23, 2013 - 3:22pm
Anxiety is running higher around California’s strawberry fields after a recent study linked the birth of smaller babies to the fumigant methyl bromide: Newborns whose mothers lived within three miles of fields treated with the fumigant weighed an average of 4 ounces less at birth.
But one of the Cal authors of the paper cautioned against leaping to conclusions, noting that the precise degree of the threat to humans has yet to be determined and that banning fumigants outright could risk decimating communities supported by the strawberry industry.
Posted on October 23, 2013 - 3:13pm
Posted on October 21, 2013 - 5:16pm
Feeling downtrodden and powerless? Take a tip from the bantam rooster. It may be the most diminutive of chickens, but it struts its stuff like a cassowary. When it strides the barnyard, all the other fowl give it a wide berth. And by practicing a similar swagger, you can achieve the same ends. By acting powerful you become, in effect – powerful.
Posted on October 21, 2013 - 4:37pm
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Posted on October 17, 2013 - 1:06pm
Allen Salkin has spent the majority of his career writing about the sometimes bizarre but always fascinating ins-and-outs of American culture. During his tenure at The New York Times, Salkin explored nearly every crevice of popular culture, from the Hollywood “Bling Ring” to Bernie Madoff’s beach house to the real-life adoption of Festivus—a fictional holiday featured in a 1997 episode of “Seinfeld.”
Posted on October 8, 2013 - 5:13pm
What’s the carbon footprint of a chicken leg? How many tons of CO2 were emitted during the making of your salsa? Have you considered the environmental consequences of your clove of garlic?
Posted on September 16, 2013 - 10:55pm
From Mount Diablo to the Sierras, a significant portion of California’s woodlands are going up in smoke. The impacts on humans are, of course, distressing. And as we’ve reported, the trend of bigger, hotter wildfires bodes to change the essential composition of California’s wildlands: Mixed coniferous forests are likely to contract, while grasslands, chaparral and oak woodlands will probably expand.
Posted on September 13, 2013 - 11:03am
Janet Napolitano may have earned the support of the UC Board of Regents, but at Berkeley, the Associated Students of the University of California are not so easily swayed.
Convening for their weekly meeting, the student senators of ASUC have offered their collective assessment of the UC system’s controversial new president. And, lo, the former Homeland Security chief has been found wanting.
Posted on September 12, 2013 - 12:42pm
Berkeley psychology professor Arthur Shimamura is unabashedly obsessed with cinema, but his day job is studying the brain. So, as both cineaste and scientist, it made sense to merge his livelihood with his passion.
Shimamura has coined the term “psychocinematics” to describe the cognitive aspects of the movie-going experience. He has a blog and a new book, Psychocinematics: Exploring Cognition at the Movies (Oxford University Press, 2013). For anyone who revels in the smell of popcorn and the roar of the Dolby sound system, it’s fascinating stuff.
Many things—from relationships to assembling IKEA furniture—are not as simple as they seem on the surface. Turns out that’s the case for marine volcanoes as well. Most island chain and seamount volcanoes are found at the juncture of oceanic tectonic plates, where subduction, meaning one plate plowing under another, makes it relatively easy for magma to vent upward.
Posted on September 10, 2013 - 2:36pm