sunday nightSunday Shout-Out picks out the week’s stories that simply slipped our minds.

With a new semester comes new classes that are always difficult to find. Knowing this, the fine people at this institution have come up with a much faster way to access your classes, campus maps and other goodies through your iPhone or — the far less superior and far more “overprivileged” – Android. Just type in http://m.berkeley.edu/courses/. [News Center]

Astronomers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory discovered read more »


9730353_f423df1396This story seems designed to necessitate stupid puns. We’ll spare you the jokes about greenhouses and blazing and cut to the chase: Licensed weed growers, according to a recent report, are speeding along global warming.

The study, conducted at our very own Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, took into account the substantial energy required to cultivate medical marijuana indoors –  about one percent of the nation’s overall supply and three percent of California’s — as well as the carbon dioxide produced as a result, which amounts to 17 million metric tons annually and which doesn’t even include the CO2 exhaled when people smoke.

To the untrained eye, these stats do look somewhat outrageous; and according to read more »


ok, different Academy … but you get the idea.

Unfamiliar with that particular acronym? O ye of little culture. ‘Tis none other than the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, to which exactly nine Berkeley professors were recently elected. Yeeeeahh boy.

Nearly as old as the nation we call home, the Academy’s official mish is to “cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honour, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.” Kinda broad, but we dig it. And of the 4,000 American Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members comprising the AAAS, 234 can currently be found at UC Berkeley.

The most recent nine inductees (of a total 229 that were announced this past Monday) are as follows: read more »


bill nye

In case you forgot (and if you have, then we applaud you on managing to escape the 90s nostalgia that, we imagine, continues to rage in dormitories everywhere), between 1993 and 1998 Bill Nye was a guy with a TV show on PBS. The theme song entailed a voice shouting “Bill!” over and over, interjected by three phrases: “science rules,” “inertia is a property of matter,” and “T minus seven seconds.”

Now, it looks like he has been snatched up in Cal’s science talons. By that, we mean he read more »


If you’re anything like us—which we’ll assume you are—you’ll be almost-literally-but-not-really-because-that-would-be-abuse-of-wording dying to go see a panel discussion on dark energy. AS IT SO HAPPENS, dear readers, you’re in luck!

Coincidentally, the Lawrence Berkeley Lab will be hosting just such a panel next Monday. Speakers include Saul Perlmutter, who heads the Supernova Cosmology Project, David Schlegel, the “principal investigator of Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS),” and Alexie Leauthaud, a Chamberlain Fellow at the lab.

Where: Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2015 Addison St.
When: Monday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Image Source: Balakov under Creative Commons
Dark Secrets: What  Science  Tells Us About the Hidden Universe [LBL]


moonraker

You science-y people will understand this–the rest of us will dream up outlandishly awesome but completely unfounded visions ofStar Wars”-esque laser battles. Brace yourselves: Particle accelerators are going micro, at least if the BELLA team at our trusty Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have anything to say about it. They’re working on condensing the gargantuan physics instruments into a “desktop” form that will shoot particles inches, not miles. Take what you will from this mumbo jumbo: read more »


Barack Obama has chosen Steven Chu, the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as the new energy secretary for the incoming administration.

Among Chu’s qualifications are such small-time stuff as, say, running the Energy Department’s oldest national laboratory, being a professor in physics and MCB, and winning something called the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997.

CNN points out some Democrats are worried he might not have enough political experience. Hah.

At least it’s better having no scientific knowledge in a position that kind of demands some. We’re looking at you, Texas.

Congratulations, Chu. We know with you as energy secretary, nothing will possibly go wrong. After all, doesn’t it kind of make sense to hire a physicist when you’re faced with an energy crisis?

Image Source: [BlackSide] under Creative Commons
Obama makes pick for energy chief, sources say [CNN]
Officials: Obama chooses energy, enviro posts [AP]