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Why the lights don’t dim when we blink

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:54 +0000

Study finds that blinking prompts eye muscles to keep our vision in line



Climate change could kill off parasites, destabilizing ecosystems

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:48:14 +0000

Mass parasite extinction could create more virulent disease or alter the food web



Noise pollution from fracking may harm human health

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000




Snails travel far and wide, spreading disease along the way

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:52:19 +0000

UC Berkeley-led study is the first to find genetic evidence for long-distance dispersal of disease-carrying snails



Learning to live without plastic

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:00:00 +0000

More than a dozen professors across a range of departments, from gender and women's studies to nuclear engineering, are working to incorporate content related to carbon neutrality, climate change and sustainability into their undergraduate course material.



Global warming hiatus disproved — again

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:00:21 +0000

Study confirms steady warming of oceans for past 45 years



Fast radio burst tied to distant dwarf galaxy and, perhaps, magnetar

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 18:00:13 +0000

First localization of mysterious bursts pinpoints galaxy 3 billion light years away



Turning up the thermostat in tropics shows promise for energy and comfort

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

Slightly upping office temperatures and equipping workers with smart fans can save significantly on energy costs while maintaining employee comfort



From a single genetic mutation, secrets of ‘boy in the bubble’ disease revealed

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 22:33:02 +0000

UC Berkeley was part of a research team that identified the cause of rare SCID case as a gene never before associated with the deadly immune system disorder



Two NASA satellites slated for 2017 launch will focus on edge of space

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:29:28 +0000

NASA’s ICON and GOLD missions will team up to observe Earth’s ionosphere and upper atmosphere



Quake-detection app captured nearly 400 temblors worldwide

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:05:46 +0000

In first 10 months, app provided data on earthquakes in Chile, Japan, China and Oklahoma



Conservationists widen toolkit for predator management

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 01:07:07 +0000

A new UC Berkeley study shows that many non-lethal methods of predator control can be highly effective in protecting livestock from predators and in turn, saving predators from people



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