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Enlarged spleen key to diving endurance of ‘sea nomads’

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:00:09 +0000

The Indonesian Bajau people spend much of their day underwater, and have adapted to long periods without air by developing spleens half again as large as those of non-diving groups

Imported bullfrogs likely kicked off state epidemic of frog-killing fungus

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:45:40 +0000

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology helps track down culprit behind fungus that has devastated frog populations throughout California

In ‘Gone City,’ geographer questions Silicon Valley’s boom times

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000

Geographer's new book deconstructs the Bay Area's remarkable journey from the Gold Rush to its dominance at the top of the tech world

Calaveras Dam fossil trove gives researchers greatest local find in decades

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:14:34 +0000

The quality and size of discovery paints a detailed picture of the Bay Area 20 million years ago

UC Berkeley’s massive egg collection helps project up for possible Webby

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 23:14:31 +0000

Voting is open until Thursday for a best-of-the-Internet Webby award

Drought alters microbiome of plants’ roots

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 23:00:19 +0000

Sorghum study shows drought shifts balance of root microbiome, a finding that could help scientists manipulate crops to withstand climate change

Berkeley ecologist selected as a lead author for IPCC report

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:00:44 +0000

Patrick Gonzalez will co-author a chapter in the report.

Start of most sensitive search yet for dark matter axion

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 23:16:08 +0000

Listening to the faint signals of axions was impossible until John Clarke invented a low-noise superconducting quantum amplifier

A ‘Deep Look’ into leeches’ comeback

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 19:45:00 +0000

Once widely used as a cure-all for an array of ailments, leeches are making a resurgence in the medical community just for being their blood-thirsty selves

Soaring through Peru: Berkeley student turns summer research into augmented reality app

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 19:24:19 +0000

Natalea Schager turned her drone curiosity into the summer research experience of a lifetime

Hubble peers through cosmic lens to capture most distant star ever seen

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 16:58:16 +0000

Gravitational lensing by sun-like star in massive cluster reveals blue supergiant from 9 billion light years away

From pollution cleanup to building houses, what can’t mushrooms do?

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 22:00:00 +0000

There are more than 5 million species of fungi, and each one likes a particular food — some like sawdust; others like plastic; some can even digest heavy metals

Ph.D. students learn how to tug at federal purse strings

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000

Students learned skills for communicating with policymakers to help secure research funding

Land degradation pushing planet towards sixth mass extinction

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000

A landmark new report shows the threats and costs from human misuse of lands

First large-scale nuclear reactor monitor will boost neutrino physics

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 13:00:20 +0000

Designed for non-proliferation monitoring, the Watchman project will test new technologies for next-generation neutrino detectors

Flash-in-the-pan supernovas explained

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 18:34:58 +0000

New observations confirm UC Berkeley model of unusual supernova created when stellar material collides with shell sloughed off earlier

Want to clean up the environment? Make credit easier to get

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:33:51 +0000

Research by Berkeley Haas professor Ross Levine also finds that companies go green not only for the sake of the environment, but because it offers benefits to the businesses themselves

Mars’ oceans formed early, possibly aided by massive volcanic eruptions

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:00:10 +0000

Oceans formed before and evolved along with Tharsis volcano, shaping climate history of Mars

Researchers create a protein ‘mat’ that can soak up pollution

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:00:37 +0000

The mats could one day be used in war zones to decontaminate chemical weapons.

How to make space molecules

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:00:42 +0000

Berkeley researchers demonstrate how complex hydrocarbons like pyrene can form around hot giant stars