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Birds, bees and other critters have scruples, and for good reason

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:23:47 +0000

Psychologists find examples of conscientiousness, such as working hard, paying attention to detail and striving to do the right thing, throughout the animal kingdom



Botanical Garden hosts giant bird’s nest built with natural fiber, digital tools

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Graduate students in architecture work with associate professor M. Paz Gutierrez aim big as they begin to unravel the elaborate construction secrets of the weaver bird



Microbiologist elected to National Academy of Sciences

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Mary Firestone, professor of soil microbiology, joins the most prestigious scientific society in the U.S.



Waves of lava seen in Io’s largest volcanic crater

Wed, 10 May 2017 18:30:05 +0000

Detailed infrared image of lava lake shows massive overturn of surface during three months' time



Study refutes findings behind challenge to Sierra Nevada forest restoration

Mon, 08 May 2017 20:57:44 +0000

The new research supports evidence that forests across the mountain range arer naturally much less dense than what's seen today



Walter Alvarez: A geologist ponders the improbability of life

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:18:22 +0000

In his new book, the originator of the theory that a comet or asteroid killed off the dinosaurs discusses the origins of life itself



Rare supernova discovery ushers in new era for cosmology

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:37:34 +0000

Gravitational lens reveals magnified Type Ia supernova from across the universe



New UC/Vox video series takes on climate change

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:24:02 +0000

Why are humans so bad at thinking about climate change? That provocative question opens the new series, Climate Lab, which looks at solutions to a daunting challenge



Device pulls water from dry air, powered only by the sun

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000

The key component is an extremely porous material called a metal-organic framework that absorbs 20 percent of its weight in water from low-humidity air



April 29-30 symposium explores mystery of dinosaurs’ death

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 21:51:56 +0000

Was it a comet or asteroid, volcanic eruptions, both or neither. Come find out.



Scientists join director at April 15 U.S. premiere of climate doc Tomorrow

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:00:49 +0000

Climate tipping points inspired upbeat documentary about climate change and efforts to fight it



West Coast rollout of updated ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warning system

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000

California was the first to try ShakeAlert in 2016. Now Washington and Oregon will be able to test what will become a fully integrated West Coast early warning system.



When human illness rises, the environment suffers, too

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 19:00:29 +0000

Sick people can also create health problems for the environment, as a new study of the fishing community around Kenya’s Lake Victoria shows






Renewable energy has robust future in much of Africa

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:00:08 +0000

Strategic siting of wind and solar farms can reduce need for fossil fuel and hydropower



Seven months after Rio Olympics, Zika continues to plague babies in urban slums

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:53:26 +0000

New research shows that risk to visitors to the Rio Olympics were low, but people who live there bear the brunt of the mosquito-borne virus



Hawaiian biodiversity has been declining for millions of years

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:30:18 +0000

Because of constantly shrinking land area, the older islands have been losing bird, insect and plant species for millions of years



EBI, Shell sign $25 million partnership to fund new energy tech research

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:58:14 +0000

UC Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute and Shell have entered into a five-year research agreement to spend up to $25 million over five years on fundamental research in the areas of global energy transition and new energy technology.



Berkeley engineers join $24 million push for craniofacial repair therapies

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:44:03 +0000

Berkeley joins six other California universities to treat and repair craniofacial disease and damage. The consortium has been awarded $12 million by the NIH, part of a larger $24 million effort to develop strategies for treating craniofacial defects, which affect millions of Americans.



Never-before-seen views of elk herds on an incredible journey

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 19:00:39 +0000

UC Berkeley professor Arthur Middleton teamed up with a photographer and an artist to follow — and film — elk herds as they migrate over steep mountain passes and ford treacherous river crossings in Yellowstone