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Bacterial aphrodisiac sets off mating swarm in another organism

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:34:50 +0000

Choanoflagellates, one of the closest living relatives of animals, begin mass mating in response to a chemical signal from nearby bacteria

Drones help monitor health of giant sequoias

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:00:21 +0000

New multispectral cameras mounted on drones can rapidly and repeatedly monitor the health of trees and entire forests

Physicist Surjeet Rajendran shares $100,000 New Horizons Prize

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:13:32 +0000

The prize for early-career scientists was announced Dec. 4 at the Breakthrough Prize gala

During last period of global warming, Antarctica warmed 2 to 3 times more than planet average

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:30:03 +0000

The calculations are in line with estimates from most climate models, proving that these models do a good job of estimating past climatic conditions and, very likely, future conditions in an era of climate change and global warming

Institutional collapse, not guns and bombs, is most-cited cause of wildlife declines from war

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:34:52 +0000

Breakdowns in institutions, societies and economies during conflicts often prove lethal, according to a new study

Breakthrough Prize Symposium to feature world’s top scientists

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:27:58 +0000

Dec. 5 event at UCSF co-sponsored by UC Berkeley, Stanford

Asa Bradman appointed to National Organics Standards Board

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:17:38 +0000

Asa Bradman, an associate professor in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, has been appointed to the National Organic Standards Board.

Newly discovered salamander species, world’s smallest, already endangered

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:00:50 +0000

Minute salamanders from Oaxaca may disappear within 50 years, biologists say

Berkeley SETI turns Australian telescope on nearest exoplanet to Earth

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:02:32 +0000

The Parkes radio telescope in Australia is now part of the Breakthrough Listen project to find signals from extraterrestrial civilizations

Major advance in solar cells made from cheap, easy-to-use perovskite

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 22:12:03 +0000

Berkeley physicists boost efficiency of new material that holds promise as foundation for next-generation solar cells

Clean vehicle rebates benefit wealthy, white Californians, study finds

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Researchers cite complex reasons for why whiter, wealthier Californians benefit most from the state's program offering rebates for low-emission vehicles.

Study finds wide exposure to environmental toxics in cohort of pregnant women

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 22:23:32 +0000

First study in the U.S. to measure exposure to 59 toxic chemicals in pregnant women and their newborns

For more resilient cities, think small(er) and look to vacant lots

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Nicholas de Monchaux's data-driven new book, 'Local Code,' explores digitally tailored interventions for vacant public land in SF, LA, NY and Venice, Italy

Today only: ‘Vision & Light’ art exhibit

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:44:57 +0000

“Vision & Light: Extending the Senses,” an art exhibit featuring works of microscopy, multimedia, digital sound and sculpture created by artists and scientists, is on view today until 8:30 p.m. at the Energy Biosciences Building, 2151 Berkeley

Nuts about squirrels: A Q&A with Mikel Delgado

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:04:42 +0000

Mikel Delgado on her road from punk and pigeons to cats and squirrels

Breakthrough Listen to search for intelligent life around weird star

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:16:58 +0000

With new instruments on the Green Bank Telescope, UC Berkeley researchers look for intelligent signals from Tabby's star

Driving mosquito evolution to fight malaria

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:00:01 +0000

Combining insect repellents with insecticides could harness evolution to help fight malarial mosquitoes

New bacteria groups, stunning diversity discovered underground

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:00:37 +0000

A bacterial bonanza comes from reconstructing the genomes of microbes in sediment and groundwater samples from an aquifer in Colorado

Wildfire management vs. fire suppression benefits forest and watershed

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:45:55 +0000

Experiment in Yosemite National Park shows that wildfire management can produce an ecosystem more resilient to fire

Campus marks national Food Day with a week of activities

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:30:16 +0000

Food Day, a national event, is Oct. 24, but at Berkeley, a hub of food-related work, it lasts all week.