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1 hr ago | Science Daily

Human faces are so variable because we evolved to look unique

Why are human faces so variable compared to other animals, from lizards and penguins to dogs and monkeys? Scientists analyzed human faces and the genes that code for facial features and found a high variability that could only be explained by selection for variable faces, probably because of the importance of social interactions in human relationships and the need for humans to be recognizable. The amazing variety of human faces - far greater than that of most other animals - is the result of evolutionary pressure to make each of us unique and easily recognizable.


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5 hrs ago | Freshnews

CHGT: Increasing Visibility Boosts 3D Printing Industry

In the latest example that 3D printing is fast becoming a mainstream phenomenon, one of the largest universities in the U.S. recently introduced an on-campus 3D printer where users can design and order 3D printed products on-site. The unveiling of the "Innovation Station" at the University of Texas at Austin is a favorable development for Changing Technologies, Inc. and subsidiary 6th Dimension Technologies as they continue developing the latest innovative concepts to customize the technology for the fast-growing multi-billion dollar industry.


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9 hrs ago | Hispanic Business

California and UC Berkeley Win $335,000 in U.S. EPA Grants to Help...

"UC Berkeley and DTSC are exploring innovative tools and technologies to make consumer products safer and more environmentally friendly," said Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "By promoting green chemistry during product design, companies can reduce costs, increase market opportunities and operate more sustainably."


Related Topix: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Chemistry, Science, Arts, Industrial Design (Product Design)

Mon Sep 15, 2014

Strange But True: Body position can affect mood

Q. How you feel can affect whether you're smiling or not. But how about the reverse? Can putting on a smile affect how you feel? A. Actually, "body position, postures, gestures and facial expressions can influence how we think, feel and even behave," reports the University of California, Berkeley, wellness letter.


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KCRA-TV Sacramento

Chasing paper: Addressing the college debt crisis



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Business Journal

University of California launches $250 million venture fund

Janet Napolitano is steering the University of California, a $24 bilion-a-year system that's crucial to the state's economic future. University of California will launch an independent fund to fuel investments in companies powered by its research, the university system announced Monday.


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Bay Area colleges invite prospective students to fall open houses

California State University, Monterey Bay is one of the many Bay Area colleges offering open houses for prospective students this fall. California State University, Monterey Bay is one of the many Bay Area colleges offering open houses for prospective students this fall.


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Sidecar raises $15M; Richard Branson chips in

Sidecar CEO Sunil Paul's company just raised $15 million to fuel nationwide expansion and more carpooling. Are on-demand rides a zero-sum game? Last week's revelation that Uber reaps 12 times as much revenue as Lyft and provided seven times more car rides left the impression that its rivals had nothing left to do but eat its dust.


CBS Local

App Developers Seek To Connect Smartphones And Devices With Earthquake Early-Warning System

In the wake of last month's quake in Napa, app developers are trying to step in to help build out the state's under-funded earthquake early-warning system. The good news is that California's earthquake early-warning system does work as was found out after the recent Napa quake.


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CBS Local

Earthquake Early-Warning Technology And Emergency Preparedness

Dr. Richard Allen, a UC Berkeley scientist, is weighing in on the success of earthquake early-warning technology in the wake of the recent Napa quake. Allen is director of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, which received a 5-second warning before the first waves of the Napa quake rolled through.

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Who Do You Need On Your Startup Team?

I moved from being an entrepreneur to teaching entrepreneurship at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University, Columbia University and Caltech after 21 years in 8 high-tech startups. My book The Four Steps to the Epiphany launched the Lean Startup movement.


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Digital Literacy Is the Key to the Future, But We Still Don't Know What It Means

The entrance to GitHub is the most Instagram-able lobby in tech. It's a recreation of the Oval Office , and the mimicry is spot-on but for the rug.


Related Topix: Instagram, iPod touch App, iPad App, iPhone and iPad App, iPhone App, Family, Kids, Computers, Science, Computer Science

The American Prospect

A Book for the People of Ferguson -- And Oppressed People Everywhere

Ferguson's population is two-thirds African American, but the mayor, almost all members of the city council and school board, and 95 percent of the police department is white, and in last year's municipal election only 7 percent of blacks came to the polls. Ross-perhaps the most influential community organizer in American history-had a successful career mobilizing people to challenge police brutality, fight segregation, and organize voter registration and voter turnout campaigns.


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Sun Sep 14, 2014

Holtville Tribune

Engineers aim to connect the world with ant-sized radios

A Stanford engineering team, in collaboration with researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, has built a radio the size of an ant, a device so energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna - no batteries required. Designed to compute, execute and relay commands, this tiny wireless chip costs pennies to fabricate - making it cheap enough to become the missing link between the Internet as we know it and the linked-together smart gadgets envisioned in the "Internet of Things."


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Berkeley Daily Planet

Let's Take It Again from the Top: Chancellor Dirks's second message on civility

UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent this message to the campus community today: Every fall for the last many years, we have issued statements concerning the virtue of civility on campus. This principle is one of several that Berkeley staff, students, faculty and alumni themselves developed and today regard as "fundamental to our mission of teaching, research and public service."


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'Neural Workaround' May Help Stave Off Dementia

Researchers have discovered a "neural workaround" in the human brain that can compensate for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer's disease. According to researchers at the University of California-Berkeley, the findings could help explain why some people with beta-amyloid deposits retain normal cognitive function while others develop dementia.


Related Topix: Alzheimer's, Health, Berkeley, CA

Go Local

GoLocalProv | News | A Look Back at: Media Experts Question Pollster's Dual Roles for Speaker and Media

The Dean of the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism echoed the criticism by outcast Democrats about the dual roles of Joe Fleming. For the past two election cycles, Fleming has served as political consultant for speaker of the House Gordon Fox and Television analyst and Pollster for WPRI-12.



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I think it is great if I have a device that will allow me to avoid traffic congestion. I just wonder if I would be able to avoid the congestion if everyone had the device.


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How prison threatens Blacks and Latinos at alarming rate

This isn't only a Black issue, but people of color continue to be disproportionately incarcerated, policed, and sentenced to death at significantly higher rates than their White counterparts. Racial disparities in the criminal justice system threaten communities of color by disenfranchising people of color by limiting voting rights, and denying equal access to employment, housing, public benefits, and education.

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