25068037_d7ec51c04eWe’d like to take the chance to make this public service announcement you may not have been aware of: It’s almost Halloween. That’s right, time to enjoy the winding down of midterms (just kidding, they never end), get your crazy out of the closet and wear it proud. Whether that’s slutty ______ (bat? barista? box?), your inner Potter nerd, an obscure reference or simply a clever nametag, this is a time for you to let it all out.

For freshman, who may not know what to expect from a college Halloween, or upperclassmen who have always been a little confused about what to do, we’re here to help. Here are a few reminders and suggestions from the Halloween veterans at the Clog: read more »


The fairly recent end to the California program that allowed hybrid car owners to drive solo in carpool lanes turned out to be a doozie. Other drivers complained that hybrid cars were clogging up the carpool lanes. Turns out, they were wrong.

According to researchers at UC Berkeley’s Institute of Transportations Studies, the hybrid carpool ban resulted in more congested traffic for all drivers. A new program is in the works to allow qualifying drivers back onto the carpool lanes.

Our very own astronomy professor here at Cal, Alex Filippenko, owns a Prius himself, and he commented, read more »


You probably find yourself asking some basic questions every couple of days. For instance, did I do my laundry? If so, where is that pesky left sock? Is that paper really due tomorrow? And of course, the kicker: sure, supernovae are cool and all that, but will obtain a 3-D image of a supernova that will tell us if the gas that is released is ejected symmetrically?

We don’t know about that left sock, but we’re happy to oblige you with the last question. The answer is yes. Astronomers at the Keck telescope on Mauna Kea (including Berkeley’s own beloved Alex Filippenko) recently observed read more »

Unlike the above video, the best theory for what causes this type of supernova requires two white dwarfs instead of one.

In a nutshell, UC Berkeley astronomers happened upon some data that classified a supernova (later creatively named SN2002bj) discovered in 2002 as Type II, which turns out to be pretty common, and realized the brightness and duration were closer to read more »

We walked into our last class of the week today, ready to relax and let the glory of Astronomy C10 (you know, that one class taught by like, the greatest professor ever) wash over us when we noticed that something was off. It seemed that our classmates had aged by a couple of decades since Wednesday!

We panicked, and looked around anxiously, thinking that this was some kind of sick demonstration by the mischievous Professor Filippenko to show the effects of cosmic time warps or something, but then we remembered that it was Homecoming week. And Homecoming means parents … and alumni. Everywhere.

We’re guessing that Filippenko’s entertaining and informative lectures got placed on some kind of “Berkeley treasures we need to show off while sugar mamas and daddies are here” list. In any case, the zany astronomer was in full form, talking about the planets, moons, and other spacey stuff. He even managed to work in a little spiel about global warming by using Venus as a vision of Earth’s possible overheated future. Hm … smart man, that Alex Filippenko.

Image Source: Jeffrey Silverman under Creative Commons

bobAlex Filippenko wins again for being a crazy, awesome dude, the Bear’s Lair prevails as Berkeley’s best bar, and Chez Panisse still owns everyone and their mother. Which of these does not belong?

You’ve voted (or turned up your nose and refused to have anything to do with the process — either way), and the results are out. The Best of Berkeley 2008 results are up, and everything that won really is just a flipflop shuffle from the Units.

But the real upset comes at the bottom of the campus category: the Daily Cal’s own arts editorial staff chose our blogging cohorts at the OTR over yours truly. Shock! Awe! Good on you, OTR. In the meanwhile, we’re just going to be in this here corner dabbing at our jealous tears with a lacy handkerchief.

Best of Berkeley 2008 [Daily Cal]