It seems like the Lawrence Berkeley Lab is always getting in the news for something or other. Now, it’s for getting a pretty sweet cut out of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act pot—$7 million, to be vaguely precise. And this time the funding is for geothermal energy research.

“Now wait a minute, Clog,” you suspiciously ask. read more »


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Oh, Mark Yudof. You are not having a good year. First all the problems with the UC system, and now this. A cemetery in your own backyard.

Yes, you read that correctly. After the long conference about the California public education crisis, a crowd of protesters were so riled up that they journeyed all the way to Yudof’s Oakland Hills home and built a “mock cemetery” on the hillside. read more »


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2012 (the movie but also the year) is rapidly approaching, and with it comes the first of the doomsday predictions: It’s possible that one-third of all named dinosaur species never existed. Okay, so it’s a retroactive prophecy (and also a “wild guess”), but still kinda spooky.

UC Berkeley paleontologists, with all their badass technology and intelligence, recently published a paper that retroactively “wiped out two species of dome-headed dinosaur.” read more »


bat tongueHave you ever seen the crazy long tongues on bats and wondered what it would be like to get a blow job from them? Haha, yeah, … neither have we.

But male bats know. Just like with us homo sapiens (at least in porn), it’s common courtesy to go down, or up, as it may be with bats (how would that work hanging upside down?) before having sex, according to a new study in the journal PLoS ONE.

But unlike with us, it’s not all about pleasure. Oral sex in fruit bats may increase the chances of fertilization, kill bacteria on the penis or protect both parties from sexually transmitted diseases. We bet last last one would get a lot more girls to give head if it was true of humans as well.

It also helps the male last longer: “A positive relationship exists between the length of time that the female licked the male’s penis during copulation and the duration of copulation.”

Here’s the part where we try to work this into a Halloween theme. So this information is pretty creepy right? And we talked about bats. Well, we tried.

Image Source: Kyle Kesselring under Creative Commons
NSFW Science: Fruit Bat Fellatio [BoingBoing]
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It’s that time of year again: the holiday where people dress up in ridiculous costumes, hand out free food and stuff themselves. We’re talking about Chipotle Free Burrito Day of course.

“Come in on Halloween dressed like a Chipotle burrito, taco, bowl or salad and we’ll complete your costume with a FREE BURRITO. Saturday, October 31, 2009 6pm- closing.” read more »


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Berg Injury Lawyers have made a special Halloween offer to the Bay Area they may soon live to regret: free “Safe and Sober” cab rides. From 10 p.m. on Oct. 31 to 4 a.m. on Nov. 1, you and your drunk, promiscuously dressed friends can be anywhere from North Berkeley to Daly City and still have a way home.

For a free cab ride in Alameda, Oakland, or Berkeley, call Veterans Cab at (800) 281-4488. If you’re stranded within the city limits of San Francisco, call Luxor Cab at (415) 282-4141. In either case, be sure to mention that Berg Injury Lawyers is paying for your ride.

We’re not sure how this will all pan out considering the indefinite closure of the Bay Bridge. But hey, if a five-thousand-pound piece of steel can fall off of a bridge that underwent earthquake retrofits not six weeks ago, anything can happen.

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Free Cab Rides Home On Halloween Night SF|East Bay [funcheapSF]


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It’s Christmas come early at the Clog, boys and girls. Considering how long it’s been (read: over five months) since we last cleaned out our comment closet, we’ve got a veritable Santa’s bag of goodies this time around.

Where O where to begin? Perhaps an appetizer featuring unexpected “your mom” jokes? Or maybe you prefer to whet your taste with a tall glass of ummm-fair-enough?

OK, sorry, the allegory was starting to creep us out, too. read more »



The trailer above really captures the dramatic, spastic and somewhat incoherent film style of the documentary “Power Trip: Theatrically Berkeley,” by filmmaker Emio Tomeoni. The showing—Monday at the PFA—was attended by Tomeoni himself and an oddly boisterous crowd of twenty or so Berkeley residents in their forties.

The film claimed to be about Measure G, passed in 2006 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent in the city by 2050. According to the pamphlet handed out at the showing: “This film intended to follow Berkeley leadership from City Hall to the grass roots as they blaze a path to success, and set an example for the nation.” The only part of that statement that we could really agree with is the word “blaze.” read more »



Jonathan Safran Foer, author of one of the Clog’s favorite books, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” will be at the Multicultural Community Center (in the MLK Student Union Center) on Friday, Nov. 6.

He’s coming to promote his first nonfiction work, Eating Animals, a book about why people shouldn’t eat animals. It really seems to be a theme in Berkeley this year. Seriously, when’s Ingrid Newkirk gonna come and speak? read more »


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Research universities may sound boring, but you never know exactly what those crazy guys will be up to. Perhaps they will be teaching Argentinian ants to hate each other, for example.

That’s right, you heard correctly. Researchers from UC Berkeley have just figured out that certain chemical cues will cause normally friendly ants to turn on each other. They isolated the chemicals that promote fighting behavior and the ants attacked. “‘The enemy chemicals read more »


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