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DECEMBER 2, 2014
Two people and mural Income inequality matters for everyone, but it matters differently for different groups of people, conclude the authors of a new UC Berkeley study. Researchers linked greater gaps in wealth to more deaths among black Americans and fewer deaths among white Americans. 

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Empathy graphic Greed is good. Competition is natural. War is inevitable. In political theory or popular culture, human nature is often portrayed as selfish and power-hungry. UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner challenges this notion and seeks to better understand why we evolved emotions like empathy, compassion and gratitude.

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Free speech sit-in

On Dec. 2, 1964, UC Berkeley students challenging a campus ban on political advocacy took over the administration building in what would be the apex of the Free Speech Movement. The sit-in ended the next day with 814 people arrested, the largest mass arrests in California history. The campus opened to student activism in early 1965 - and a national tradition of collegiate protest was born. 

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Student uses algorithms to unlock the secrets of dark energy.

Chemist Chris Chang pinpoints another of metal's critical roles in brain health.

Haas researcher shows it adds a layer of safety in a diverse workplace.

Rec Sports accepting donations for Goodwill Dec. 8-10. 

Women's basketball team hosts pre-game literacy event for kids tomorrow.

It's one of Scientific American's Top 10 world-changing ideas for 2014.

The real story behind Google tech initiative.

Students and state taxpayers face a choice, Claude Fischer says.

Wendy Schmidt engages students as Big Ideas guest lecturer.

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