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Schrödinger’s Cat is Alive!

Look Out Schrödinger’s Cat, It’s a Trap! T-Shirt Hooray for science! Berkeley physicists have managed to probe the state of a quantum object without collapsing it – the equivalent of taking a peek at Schrödinger’s [...]

Gangnam Unplugged

(YouTube link) “Gangnam Style” works surprisingly well as a laid-back acoustic ditty. This performance is from the Berkeley group RaOn. -via Fark

Why America’s Top Colleges Offer Free Classes Online

Elite universities are throwing open their classrooms’ doors to anyone with an Internet connection—for free. Why are colleges offering free classes? They don’t want to be left behind in the digital revolution that has already transformed the way we consume news, music, and books. Stanford, Duke, Princeton, and Johns Hopkins are among the 16 universities that have [...]

The Secret to Raising Successful Children

Psst, parents! Want to raise happy and successful children? Put down that Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother book and land the helicopter parenting methods. Pyshcologist and author Madeline Levine tells us all about the [...]

Seaweed rains down over UK street

Berkeley residents were left perplexed when large amounts of seaweed started to rain down from the sky. Weather experts believe that a freak twister w…

Community Memory: World’s First BBS and … Online Troll?

Photo: Resource One Newsletter, Number 2, April 1974, via Mark Szapakowski Community Memory, the first public computerized bulletin board system was installed in Berkeley, California, in 1973, [...]

Raindrop Keeps Falling on a Hummingbird’s Head

Image: Victor M. Ortega Raindrops keep falling on its head And the hummingbird whose body seems too small to survive Nothin’ seems to matter Those raindrops are [...]

30 Famous People With Law Degrees

Law degree image via Shutterstock Second-guessing your career choice? You’re not alone. Even people who put themselves through many extra years of schooling sometimes end up changing their minds. That’s the case with many of these people, who ditched their law degrees in favor of other pursuits — quite successful ones at that. Authors 1. Washington Irving. The [...]

At the Libraries: Illustrators Remembering Maurice Sendak

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! Don’t you wish you could live near a pop-up library? * Maurice Sendak had a huge impact on children’s literature and art, and will be missed. Here are [...]

10 Excellent Bookstore Cats

Not all bookstores have cats: the big chains don’t have cats, and some mom and pop stores keep their cats at home, so if you are allergic to cats, you can still find a place to browse for reading material. But you’ll find resident cats in many independent bookstores because they are nice to curl [...]