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The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus — envisioned as a “City of Learning” — was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world’s premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.

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A housing complex in Thailand with air conditioners. Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters

The global impact of air conditioning: big and getting bigger

Global temperatures are poised for another record-breaking year. As incomes rise around the world and global temperatures go up, the use of air conditioning is poised to increase dramatically.
Now what are you going to do with it? Neil Hall/Reuters

What explains Britain’s Brexit shocker?

UKIP's Nigel Farage and others blamed immigration for the desire to "leave." But the real subject of the referendum was a dismal economy that stopped working for most Brits.
Obama’s message while in Vietnam and Japan may be twofold. REUTERS

Obama’s trip to Vietnam and Japan isn’t just a friendly visit

Beneath the usual pomp and circumstance of Obama's weeklong visit to Asia lies a clear message for aggressors in the region. An East Asia expert from UC Berkeley reads between the lines.
Criminals who hide their computers shouldn’t go free. Computer criminal via shutterstock.com

Don’t let cybercriminals hide from the FBI

If a computer search would qualify for a warrant if its whereabouts were known, why should simply hiding its location make it legally unsearchable?
Organic farm, Alamar. Melanie Lukesh Reed/Flickr

Cuba’s sustainable agriculture at risk in U.S. thaw

Cuban farming is a model of agroecology -- growing food without heavy use of fossil fuel or chemicals. But closer relations with the U.S. could push Cuba back toward large-scale industrial farming.
A look at spending inequality suggests America is a bit more equal than we thought. Economic inequality via www.shutterstock.com

We’ve been measuring inequality wrong – here’s the real story

A new study on inequality analyzes the impact of fiscal policy, dramatically altering the standard view of rich and poor in America. It may also change how voters and candidates think about the issue.
Les migrations, animales et humaines, sont parties intégrantes de l'histoire de la vie. Counselling/Pixabay

Une nouvelle ère de migrations s’ouvre, et pas seulement pour les humains

Les migrations ne sont pas le propre de l’homme. Sur notre planète, les espèces circulent, notamment en raison des aléas du climat. Préparons-nous à accueillir les migrants du futur, bêtes et hommes.
Renewable energy developers choose sunny locations, which can be near protected lands. jsmoorman/flickr

Can we expand solar power dramatically without damaging protected lands?

Study shows that many of the utility-scale solar power plants in California have been placed near protected and environmentally sensitive lands.
A New Delhi laborer’s dirtied hands after work in a shoe factory. Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Safer chemicals would benefit both consumers and workers

Regulations are catching up with toxic chemicals we're exposed to as products' end users. But workers in un- or underregulated places are still at risk, even from chemicals designed to be "green."

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