Imperial Valley News
Berkeley, California - Goldie Blumenstyk, who’s followed the world of colleges and universities for more than a quarter-century as a writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education, titled her new book American Higher Education in Crisis? What Everyone Needs to Know. A reader need only peek at the introduction to find her answer.
Berkeley, California - By the numbers, “contemporary terrorism is disproportionately Islamist,” writes Steven Fish, author of Are Muslims Distinctive? A Look at the Evidence. And many Muslims “express regret rather than revulsion over murder in the name of their faith,” he adds.
Berkeley, California - Archaeologists continue to debate the reasons for the collapse of many Central American cities and states, from Teotihuacan in Mexico to the Yucatan Maya, and climate change is considered one of the major causes.
Berkeley, California - Lentils probably aren’t going to knock bacon off the nation’s plates anytime soon. But “Lentil Underground,” a new book by a recent Ph.D. and ongoing researcher at UC Berkeley, makes the case that lentils - and similar legumes - could help restore American farmland and farmers whose soil and profits have been depleted by decades of industrial agriculture.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Together, obesity and Type 2 diabetes rank among our nation’s greatest health problem, and they largely result from what many call an “addiction” to sugar. But solving this problem is more complicated than solving drug addiction, because it requires reducing the drive to eat unhealthy foods without affecting the desire to eat healthy foods when hungry.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - It’s early afternoon on Friday, January 16. On the third floor of MIT’s Building 34, three classrooms are buzzing with excitement. This is the assigned home base for Team PuzzFeed, whose members are clustered at round tables, refreshing their laptop screens impatiently. They’re waiting for 1:17 p.m. - the slated start time for the 2015 MIT Mystery Hunt. “It’s up!” someone shouts, and the team cheers as the first puzzles load online.