The world's top 10 research universities

A new ranking recognizes the best educational institutions.

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University of California, Berkeley University of California, Berkeley (Photo: chuckstock / Shutterstock)

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4. University of California, Berkeley

Sure, the place is well-known for having its fair share of folk rock and tie dye, but it's also a leader in science and technology. UC Berkeley scientists have discovered six chemical elements of the periodic table (californium, seaborgium, berkelium, einsteinium, fermium and lawrencium).

Yeah, you saw that: californium and berkelium. We looked it up, and the scientists who discovered it did indeed name them after their state and town. Talk about getting your name on the map; middle schoolers are going to have to memorize those words forever.

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