University of California

Facebook’s nerds bested by Japan’s in the race to train AI

Facebook this summer announced a breakthrough in neural network training. Its researchers were able to fully train an image processing AI in one hour, using 256 GPUs. Not to be outdone a group of university researchers did it in 32 minutes with 1600 Skylake processors. And a week later a team in …

Artificial Intelligence

Engineers use deep learning to reconstruct holograms and improve optical microscopy

(<i>Nanowerk News</i>) A form of machine learning called deep learning is one of the key technologies behind recent advances in applications like real-time …

Machine Learning

California university receives trove of art from collector

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) --- Modern art rarely seen by the public will be displayed at the University of California, Irvine, after a collector donated …

Philippines

UC regents seek ways to expand financial support and speed graduation

University of California regents are looking at ways to make UC educations more affordable, including handing out grants for summer school and giving students multiyear financial aid commitments.<p>A recent survey found that the 10-campus UC system awards the most generous freshman financial aid of …

Education

Gene Discovery May Halt Worldwide Wheat Epidemic

University of California, Davis, researchers have identified a gene that enables resistance to a new devastating strain of stem rust, a fungal …

Biology

Russian Twitter accounts promoted Brexit

Most of the tweets encouraged people to vote for Brexit.<p>Russian Twitter accounts posted almost 45 000 messages about Brexit in the 48 hours around …

Brexit

This expert has a dire warning about not getting enough sleep - MarketWatch

Sleep expert Matthew Walker is not a fan of the expression “you can sleep when you’re dead.”<p>In fact, he calls it “mortally unwise advice.”<p>“Sleep is …

Sleep

Opinion: Rein in University of California spending on administrators, cheating low-wage workers

If you visit the University of California’s media page, you will see many stories about the work it is doing in such areas as technology and medical …

Social Justice

Google estimates 1.9 billion usernames are available on the black market

Research carried out by Google in association with the University of California, Berkeley has established that there are 1.9 billion usernames and …

Security

Brainwave Headsets Are Making Their Way Into Classrooms—For Meditation and Discipline

At first glance, the brochure for the Muse headset might look more like a religious leaflet than a technology instruction guide. There’s an image of …

Education

Essential Education: Charter schools push back at L.A. Unified and win some concessions

Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest:<p>Charter schools in L.A. got some, but not all, of the rule changes they wanted from the district.<br>• Cal State trustees took a public stand on standing up for "Dreamers."

Education

Member of the Week: Haipeng Li

Haipeng Li is the university librarian at the University of California, Merced in Merced, CA. Haipeng first joined ACRL in 1993 and is your ACRL …

Libraries

Dr. Lisa Shipley

Healthcare Champion is committed to improving women’s health and to the success of women in healthcare.<p>Dr. Lisa Shipley serves as Vice President and …

Lifestyle

49 'facts' about health we often believe that are misleading, inaccurate, or totally false

Carrots make you see in the dark. Don't swim after a meal or you'll cramp. Drink eight glasses of water a day for good health. No pesticides are allowed on organic foods.<p>These are just a few of the incorrect notions that we've all been told at one point or another.<p>But it's time to put an end to …

Science

Just More Evidence Women And Minorities Are Left Out Of VC Funding

A look at the last 12 months of funding announcements finds that it pays to be a white man with a degree from Stanford.<p>If you want to start a new company and be really well-funded and successful, the best strategy is to be a white male who graduated from Stanford. That sounds horribly insensitive, …

University of Southern California

This truly bizarre exploding star might be a zombie of sorts

It just keeps exploding.<p>One persistent tenet of poor science communication is the use of the word "baffled." Especially in the UK, where scientists are often called "boffins." <i>Boffins baffled by new discovery</i> just sounds too good <i>not</i> to put in a headline, amiright? But it really grinds scientists' …

Universe

Grads make more after attending these California colleges, federal data show

Trying to choose a college? The U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard offers some key insights to help you narrow down your choices.<p>Among …

California

Fellowship applications open for UC’s National Center for Free Speech

Starting today (Nov. 9), the University of California will accept applications from individuals interested in joining the inaugural group of fellows for its National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement in Washington, D.C. The fellowship program is the cornerstone of the university’s newly …

UC Berkeley

After PR nightmare, University of California system to open Free Speech Center

University of California President Janet Napolitano recently announced the opening of a free speech center in Washington D.C.<p>The goal of The National …

Censorship

These pink greenhouses generate electricity and improve plant growth

Each year, greenhouses use a monstrous 18,000,000 kWh of electricity just to grow our food. To put that in perspective, that’s equivalent to the amount of carbon emitted from driving around the world 391 times. Thankfully, researchers have developed new electricity-generating greenhouses that could …

Meditation

Is philanthropy driven by the human desire to cheat death?

In <i>Socialism for Millionaires</i> (1896), the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw quipped that a rich man "does not really care whether his money does …

Religion

NIH launches ‘Data Commons’ program to aid researchers

The National Institutes of Health is launching a four-year $9 million pilot program through which 13 organizations will receive funding to develop a …

Harvard Medical School

University Of California Scientists: ‘Camouflaged’ Aliens Live Among Us

According to scientists at the University of California, space aliens could be living on our planet as observers. Although there’s no concrete …

Aliens

Abelian anyons

What kinds of 'particles' are allowed by nature? The answer lies in the theory of quantum mechanics, which describes the microscopic world.<p>In a bid …

Quantum Mechanics

Turning Slow-Burn Environmental Crises Into News: Use Every Trick In the Book - 10th World Conference of Science Journalists, San Francisco 2017

Map of deforestation in the Amazon with pins marking geo-tagged news coverage. Click here for interactive version. <i>Credits: InfoAmazonia, TERRA-I,</i> …

Trump’s Dangerous Appointment to Key Civil Rights Position: Kenneth Marcus

×<p>Brandeis Center<p>Kenneth L. Marcus, Donald Trump's nominee for Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.<p>President …

Liberal View

Three San Diegans get judicial appointments

San Diego attorneys Edlene C. McKenzie and James E. Simmons Jr. have been appointed to the Superior Court bench by Gov. Jerry Brown.<p>The governor on …

Bachelor's Degree

Watch the Winners of the 2017 Dance Your Ph.D. Competition

From sea stars to mathematical braids, scientists translate their work into hot moves and killer choreography<p>Comment on this Story

Study refutes using anti-malaria drug to treat diabetes: Emphasizes importance of reproducibility in biomedical research

Emphasizes importance of reproducibility in biomedical research<p>A drug used to treat malaria does not, after all, create new insulin-producing cells, …

Research

CVS and Aetna eye competition from Amazon, but the real race is with UnitedHealth

As soon as news surfaced last week about the potential merger of CVS Health and Aetna, all eyes turned to the looming threat from Amazon.<p>The online retailer’s flirtation with the pharmacy business is a factor, no doubt. But many industry experts say CVS and Aetna have another huge competitor on …

Health Care