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JANUARY 21, 2014
B. Lynn Ingram

UC Berkeley paleoclimatologist B. Lynn Ingram doesn't think recent news stories about California's drought have captured the seriousness of the situation. "This could potentially be the driest water year in 500 years," says Ingram, a professor of earth and planetary science and geography. Her research has taught her that droughts can go on for years, decades, even a century. 

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Embarrassing photo of '70s band From Mumbai to Menlo Park, Facebook is swamped with complaints about "inappropriate" posts. Rather than take them down, the social network has tapped the emotional intelligence of UC Berkeley psychologists, among other top minds, to resolve disputes over posts that don't clearly violate the company's community standards.

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Turkey with red skin and pink skin Turkey skin changes color - from red to blue to white - in response to chemical vapors. UC Berkeley bioengineers seized on this startling bit of biology to help them develop a new type of easy-to-read biosensor that can detect toxins or airborne pathogens. 

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J-School grad Tamara Keith takes her political savvy to the Games.

Vaccinations offered Thursday on drop-in basis.   

Pledges $500K to expand Berkeley's access and outreach programs, already a model.

Berkeley student part of online chat being held by Napolitano Jan. 28.

Cat-like electronic sensors help machines "see" and "feel."

A researcher explores their relationship, in the Berkeley Science Review.   
Record number of students seeking freshman admission. For students, faculty, staff, new online portal gathers all campus info in one place.

Nominations sought for annual awards.

Dan Farber says recent ban on new standards is a win for nobody. I School's Steve Weber talks about recent court ruling on NPR. (Audio) 
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