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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 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."
Myths and theories abound about how and why the zebra got its stripes. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

The riddle behind zebra stripes

There are a number of reasons why zebra's stripes are useful to a zebra. The key question is: could some of them benefit society?
A health worker dispenses albendazole tablets to a child on National Deworming Day in Kisumu, Kenya. Evidence Action, Courtesy of Photoshare

The positive impact of deworming in Kenyan schools: the evidence untangled

A re-analysis of research into deworming interventions at Kenyan schools has confirmed some findings and disputed others. However, it does not take away from the programme's effectiveness.
A sensor monitors carbon dioxide from the rooftop of the SF Exploratorium. Alexis Shusterman

Low-cost sensors track CO2 where it counts

Scientists build network of inexpensive air monitors to track emissions with fine-grained spatial detail – an alternative to satellites or pricey land-based CO2 monitors.
Many are ready to call it quits with the euro, but down that road lies nothing good. Reuters

Path to Grexit tragedy paved by political incompetence

An analysis conducted in 2007 showed how severe the consequences would be if a country left the euro. How have eurozone officials let it get this far?
The Kulluk, Shell’s Arctic offshore drilling platform, was grounded in 2013 after efforts by the US Coast Guard and tug vessel crews to move the vessel to a safe harbor during a winter storm. Zachary Painter/ US Coast Guard/

US permits Arctic drilling, but questions about safety remain

Shell is going back to the Arctic to explore offshore drilling, but the company and the Department of Interior are not using the best practices for avoiding the risk of a spill.
In the 1920s and 1930s crews surveyed much of California, collecting information about vegetation. This photo was taken in 1936 by Albert Wieslander. Marian Koshland Biosciences Library

California’s majestic trees are declining — a harbinger of future forests

Scientists in my native state of California were handed a gift: a trove of detailed information about the state’s forests taken during the 1920s and 1930s and digitized over the past 15 years. When we…
Here’s what’s on the agenda. POOL New/ Reuters

The State of the Union 2015 – a closer look at the president’s ‘ambitious agenda’

Editor’s note: “The state of the union is good,” and the attitude of President Barack Obama in his annual speech to Congress was upbeat. Good economic news and no more election campaigns were the backdrop…
How much longer will both flags fly over the Acropolis? Reuters

Grexit déjà vu: is Europe really ready to let its Grecians go?

For faithful followers of the European economy, it feels like déjà vu all over again. Turmoil in Greece is raising doubts about the country’s continued membership in the eurozone. The specter of a “Grexit…
The cost of a degree just keeps rising. Is it still worth it? Shutterstock

College grads still earn a premium — if they can find a good job

The early admissions deadlines for universities across the country have come and gone, and acceptance letters are on their way. But with the cost of a four-year college education rising an average of 5…
Closing the thousands of loopholes that riddle the US tax code is a rare area of bipartisan agreement in Congress. So why is it so hard to end them? Shutterstock

Tax loopholes draw bi-party fire but don’t expect them to vanish

The thousands of tax loopholes that litter the corporate tax code in the United States are frequent targets of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. Outgoing Republican Senator Tom Coburn released…
Eat greener greens, they’re better for the planet. thebittenword.com/flickr

Organic farming techniques are closing gap on conventional yields

The unintended consequences of our agricultural food system – polluted air and water, dead zones in coastal seas, soil erosion – have profound implications for human health and the environment. So more…

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