Inside the world’s safest house

Tucked in an unassuming neighborhood in a district two miles southwest of the UC Berkeley campus, the “world’s safest” house stands boldly. And so does Eugene Tssui, a Cal alumnus and the house’s architect. In the past 20 years, the pair has challenged conventional wisdom and defied architecture’s status quo. Buying
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TED Talk of the Day: the wandering mind

You know all that daydreaming you do? It could be making you unhappy — at least, that’s what Matt Killingsworth’s findings suggest. His Harvard doctoral research, which tracked the day-to-day emotions of 15,000 participants, found that a wandering mind causes unhappiness. What’s more is that it doesn’t matter what you’re thinking
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Playlist of the week: EDC jams

This Friday marks the start of The Electric Daisy Carnival festival in Las Vegas, where more than 300,000 electronic dance music enthusiasts will gather to rave in Sin City. Even if you couldn’t make it this year to see big names like Avicii, Hardwell, Calvin Harris and Knife Party perform
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4 reactions to ‘I go to Cal’

Most Cal students are back home right now. We will run into old friends, our parents’ old friends and new people at social events and work. If any of these people know we’re in college, they will certainly ask, “Where do you go to school?” We will proudly answer, “Cal.”
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5 p.m. BART: a commuter’s mission

Where would we be without BART? We would all be suffocating to death within the Berkeley bubble. Without BART, we wouldn’t be able to conveniently embark on our San Francisco explorations or adventure to other Bay Area destinations. But the story changes as soon as 5 p.m. rolls around — that’s
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App of the Week: Awesome New Tab Page

Name: Awesome New Tab Page Platform: Google Chrome Price: Free Mission: Enhance your New Tab page with ultimate customizability and power. Clog rating:  “Awesome, like you.” While the tagline is definitely high in flattery, the product certainly delivers. It falls into a category of extensions that people often overlook —
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Summer TV … or a lack thereof

Have you ever noticed how all our favorite TV shows seem out to get us? They lure us in with the promise of entertainment, all the while anticipating and plotting our academic downfall. It’s the work of evil geniuses, we swear. Okay, so we sound like a ridiculous new type
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