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The Berkeley Wire: 01.12.12

UC Berkeley sees massive increase in freshman applications [East Bay Express]
Artist makes creatures so lifelike they are called “vegan taxidermy” [Chronicle]
Cal faculty help discover smallest solar system [Daily Cal]
West campus will be transformed for school district HQs [Oakland Tribune]
UC is either friendly or hostile to Jewish students, depending [J Weekly]
Berkeley Lab director wins prestigious Wolf Foundation prize [Berkeley Lab]
Berkeley Playhouse presents Pinocchio from Geppetto’s viewpoint [Chronicle]

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