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News, Tiny Sheep: UC Berkeley Researchers Use Electricity to Herd Cells and, Potentially, Speed Up Healing

Tiny Sheep: UC Berkeley Researchers Use Electricity to Herd Cells and, Potentially, Speed Up Healing

Since the late 1700s, scientists have known that the water, salt, and ions that flow through the body conduct electricity, but its significance remained a mystery. The concept of "bioelectricity" inspired the story of Frankenstein and had for a while…
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Film, Anita: Speaking Truth to Power film review

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power film review

If not every reader of this space will remember Anita Hill, the law professor who briefly detoured Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court nomination by telling the nation he'd sexually harassed her, that seems like reason enough for UC Berkeley alumna and…
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Culture, Art Winter Arts: Dancing Robots, Drag Ballet, and More Naked Flesh Than You've Seen Since Summer

Winter Arts: Dancing Robots, Drag Ballet, and More Naked Flesh Than You've Seen Since Summer

This winter brings a barrage of dance focused on feminine feeling and flesh. Lest you fear this means soggy sap for the foggy months, rest assured that Bay Area stages will have plenty of chiseled fascia, ferocious emotion, and ruthless…
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Film, "At Berkeley": The History of the University, in Real Time

"At Berkeley": The History of the University, in Real Time

Now here's another of documentary maven Frederick Wiseman's thick slices of institutional life, and it's a doozy. The subject is America's most renowned public university, variously beleaguered by state budget cuts and a seemingly uneasy reflection on its legacy of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Free Speech

Free Speech

Robert Reich was named one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century by Time magazine, is the author of two bestselling books, and currently serves as a professor of public policy at UC Berkeley. But…
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Calendar, Night&Day Best of the New

Best of the New

Each year, the San Francisco Foundation accepts submissions of unpublished manuscripts from California natives and current residents; they then honor the authors of the most outstanding work with cash awards and permanent housing of their manuscripts in UC Berkeley's…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Untitled Bunnies, Corner of Haight & Laguna

Know Your Street Art: Untitled Bunnies, Corner of Haight & Laguna

Jeremy Fish says his bunny sculpture — the one that's stood for two years at the southwest corner of Haight and Laguna streets — is supposed to be both funny and creepy. The creepiness comes from the skull in the…
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News, Sucka Free City

Criminal Genius: Troubled Kids Become Successful Entrepreneurs

For those tired parents who are stashing away money to bail their punk-ass kid out of jail someday soon, they can take some comfort in knowing there may be a return on that hard-earned cash. A study conducted by researchers…
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News, Sucka Free City

Environmental Protection: New Research Says It's About Spin

Even here, at the Great Big Awakening or the Sortofpocalypse or whatever it is the Mayans have been dragged in to predicting, still we are divided as a culture. We're sure not getting closer to some kind of unity, and…
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News, Sucka Free City

Bug-Eyed: Visions of Sugarplums Will Dance Unmolested by Germs

One way to see the holidays is as a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with family and friends, to clasp hands and embrace and breathe in the warmth of the shared season. Another way to see the holidays is as a…
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Culture, Stage The Beasts Take Berkeley: Animal-Sized Desires Roar in Two New Plays

The Beasts Take Berkeley: Animal-Sized Desires Roar in Two New Plays

When you descend the steps of La Val's Subterranean for Impact Theatre's latest show, you aren't just entering a small black box theater in the basement of a UC Berkeley pizza joint. You're diving into "the mysteries of the dark…
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Calendar, Night&Day Deconstructing a Family Tragedy

Deconstructing a Family Tragedy

Marilyn Pittman came from what she considered a normal Midwestern family. Her parents had been married 50 years. Her dad was a World War II veteran, and her mom was a poet who’d edited her college yearbook. Pittman had become…
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Music, Hear This Trapeze Project: Show Preview

Trapeze Project: Show Preview

Trumpeter, singer, and songwriter Sarah Wilson majored in anthropology at UC Berkeley, but embraced the performing arts via Vermont's Bread and Puppet Theater. Changing her focus to music, Wilson relocated to New York, where she apprenticed with the eclectic "downtown"…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats: We Drink Coffee with 40x the Normal Caffeine

Fresh Eats: We Drink Coffee with 40x the Normal Caffeine

Thanks to radioactivity and government grants, the Bay Area has its share of mad scientists. One has done something useful: create coffee with 40 times the caffeine of regular drip. It's the creation of Funranium Labs' Phillip Broughton, who in…
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News, Sucka Free City Real women now stand up to pee

Real women now stand up to pee

In a women's bathroom near you, a growing army of ladies are pissing all over one of the world's last glass ceilings: peeing while standing. Pants on. No devices. No drips. Women know the problem well — public restroom and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Deconstructing a Family Tragedy

Deconstructing a Family Tragedy

Marilyn Pittman came from what she considered a normal Midwestern family. Her parents had been married 50 years. Her dad was a World War II veteran, and her mom was a poet who’d edited her college yearbook. Pittman had become…
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Culture, Artcap

Katherine Sherwood: "Healers from the Yelling Clinic"

Katherine Sherwood's characters are semi-abstract medical specialists with such names as Neuron Nurse, Mansur Healer, and Dr. Speech. Each one is depicted in a triptych, with a squarish painting at the top, a bigger painting for the midsection, and then…
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News, Sucka Free City

List: Saving journalism

San Francisco billionaire Warren Hellman announced he will fund a new nonprofit online news organization, created in conjunction with KQED, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and the Media Workers Guild, to cover the Bay Area. What innovative approaches…
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Calendar, Night&Day Straight Talk About Brain Slices

Straight Talk About Brain Slices

Most of the time, our brains are a big mystery. One minute, sparkly synaptic action urges our bodies to become one with the mid-'90s rhythms of La Bouche, and the next minute we’re sitting on the couch with a bucket…
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Calendar, Night&Day On the Erudite Air

On the Erudite Air

We know of ages when intellectual discourse was considered the height of fashion, and so it seems, after years of slacker-ennui and delirious self-gratification, we are hungry for something beyond the latest style of sneaker. Philosophy Talk, an hour-long radio…
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