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Cockroach-inspired robot is no crash-test dummy

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:56:30 +0000

DASH robot mimics cockroach's ability to use the energy of its crash to propel itself up and over obstacles

Cheap, efficient cookstoves are small-tech solution with big payoff

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:30:27 +0000

Ashok Gadgil redesigned a simple technology, the wood cookstove, to help women in refugee camps in Darfur, Sudan

Increased UV from ozone depletion sterilizes trees

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:00:50 +0000

Evidence links volcanoes to Earth's largest mass extinction 252 million years ago

Connecting the dots between declining wildlife and human misery

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 19:45:40 +0000

Justin Brashares explores the social and cultural impacts of declining wildlife populations around the world, from fish to carnivores

Young planet hunters receive Pegasi b fellowships

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 23:16:33 +0000

Two incoming fellows and one departing Ph.D. will explore the diversity of exoplanets discovered since 1995

Super-resolution microscopy reveals fine detail of cellular mesh

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 23:35:34 +0000

Super-resolution microscopy reveals fine detail of cellular mesh underlying membrane

Artificial leaves to produce fuel on Earth and, one day, Mars

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 23:34:54 +0000

Chemist Peidong Yang is developing ways to convert sunlight, water and carbon directly into fuel, just as a leaf converts sunlight into food

Amid flu epidemic, more bad news about its spread

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:52:16 +0000

Just talking or breathing can transmit the virus, new study shows

100 million dead trees in the Sierra are a massive risk for unpredictable wildfires

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:55:32 +0000

Trees killed by the drought have created potential fuel for future fires — and a big challenge for forest and safety managers

Berkeley anthropologist honored with 2017 Huxley Award

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000

Berkeley's Margaret Conkey is honored with one of anthropology's highest tributes.

Recording a thought’s fleeting trip through the brain

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:30:38 +0000

Berkeley researchers record from the surface of the brain to obtain best view yet of how prefrontal cortex coordinates our responses

Podcast: Bot Garden series explores the science of cannabis

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000

With recreational cannabis newly legal in California, the UC Botanical Garden has lined up a full roster of experts to discuss the latest research on the commercialization and use of the popular plant

With interspecies hybrids, it makes a difference who’s the dad and who’s the mom

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:30:48 +0000

New research from Berkeley looks at why some closely related species interbreed and produce viable young – like the mules and hinnies that come from the mating of horses and donkeys – while others don't

Podcast: Here’s what our recent quake sounded like

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000

Toppling tchotchkes and whining dogs were only some of the sounds from last week’s 4.4-magnitude earthquake on the Hayward Fault. Underground at UC Berkeley, seismic sensors captured the quake’s deep rumble

Largest recorded underwater volcanic eruption sheds light on deep-sea events

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 23:07:53 +0000

Seafloor eruption in 2012 produced a huge raft of pumice in the southern Pacific

SETI project homes in on strange ‘fast radio bursts’

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:55:21 +0000

Some bursts may be from advanced civilizations, but this one is likely immersed in the strong magnetic field of a massive black hole

Changing when we use energy to fit the ‘duck curve’

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 19:17:12 +0000

As more solar power comes online, the available energy peaks at midday, forcing Californians to shift their usage to take full advantage of renewables

Eclipse Megamovie project seeks public’s help analyzing 50,000 photos

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 17:00:38 +0000

Help make a better Megamovie by sorting through photos of the great total solar eclipse of 2017

Which came first: complex life or high atmospheric oxygen?

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 18:00:05 +0000

Deep ocean basalts record 3.5-billion-year history of oceanic and atmospheric oxygen levels