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JULY 23, 2014
Charles Townes
An agile mind and love of physics led Berkeley's Charles Townes first to his most famous invention, the laser, and then to a Nobel Prize. Now he's turning 99, and on Monday the campus is throwing him a birthday party. In a story by Robert Sanders and a new video by Roxanne Makasdjian and Phil Ebiner, Townes talks about his life and the joy he still finds in physics.

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Sylvia Allegretto Before becoming a UC Berkeley economist, Sylvia Allegretto earned her living in low-wage jobs, including seven years waiting tables and tending bar. Her latest report documents the challenges faced by millions of "tipped workers," most of them women, for whom the minimum-wage law doesn't apply.

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Hipsters on campus Summer at UC Berkeley is in full swing, with enrollment once again topping 16,000, including 900 students who are studying abroad in such countries as Chile, Costa Rica, Spain, France, Ireland, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

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Shanna Farrell In California, it was illegal for most women to tend bar until the 1970s; and tiki bars kept their Asian bartenders hidden in the '30s. Those are among the strands of West Coast cocktail culture's rich social history that are being revealed, and preserved, by the Cocktail Project, a new initiative of UC Berkeley's Regional Oral History Office at the Bancroft Library.

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Tiny laser sensor heightens  sensitivity to explosives.

Hemoglobin-regulation gene came from breeding with now-extinct human relative.

Scientists create model to help preserve biodiversity. 
New walking tour shows off campus improvements.

Lower wattage, motion detectors, LEDs add up to better light and more sustainability.

KQED blog asks, 'Is dorm food the Bay Area's best dining-out deal?'

Baby raccoons, tiny fox kits, masses of butterflies-to-be add to the attractions. 
Block party celebrates placement of final beam atop new museum.

Berkeley a big part of UC's new initiative.
Scholars mark anniversary of disaster that led to long-contested mutiny convictions. 
Anthropologist tracks, exposes black market in human parts.

Professor and nuclear chemist was 64.

Chancellor Dirks takes on documentary about college costs.

Economics professor Yuriy Gorodnichenko  flew there a day before the disaster. 
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