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Renewable energy has robust future in much of Africa

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

(image) 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

(image) 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

(image) 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

(image) 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

(image) 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

(image) 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



$5.8 million grant helps expand radio telescope to study ‘cosmic dawn’

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:00:34 +0000

(image) Moore Foundation funding will boost study of epoch after first stars formed in the universe



Climate change has the potential to alter natural selection, study finds

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 22:51:36 +0000

(image) The study, published in the journal Science, indicates that changes in precipitation patterns influence natural selection worldwide



Woolly mammoths experienced a genomic meltdown just before extinction

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000

(image) The study warns that preserving a small group of isolated animals is not sufficient to stop the negative effects of inbreeding



How a butterfly builds its wings

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:05:04 +0000

(image) A new video from the California Academy of Sciences shows Berkeley scientists using time-lapse microscopy to show how butterfly wings develop their fragile structures and beautiful colors.



Megamovie project to crowdsource images of August solar eclipse

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:00:10 +0000

(image) Public asked to submit videos and photos to be stitched together to capture the rare full solar eclipse taking place on Aug. 21



Decision clears way for UC Berkeley patent on CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:24:39 +0000

(image) The ruling says that the inventions claimed in the pending U.S. patent application filed by the Doudna/Charpentier research group and those filed by the Broad Institute are separately patentable, moving the Doudna/Charpentier group’s application closer to issuance as a U.S. patent.



UC Berkeley, NASA looking for citizen scientists to help find Planet 9

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:00:28 +0000

(image) Volunteers needed to scan images of the sky to look for moving specks of light that could be a new planet or brown dwarf



Fossil record should help guide conservation in a changing world

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:28:15 +0000

(image) Writers, lawyers and policymakers as well as biologists and paleobiologists urge a focus on saving resilient ecosystems as well as species



$3.6 million from NIH to build better infectious disease surveillance

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 23:50:58 +0000

(image) Berkeley is leading a global project that will use big data to simulate and track infectious diseases around the world.



UC, CSU faculty send open letter to Trump on climate change

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:00:50 +0000

(image) More than 2,300 faculty from all disciplines urge action on climate change



Two postdocs receive fellowships to study exoplanets

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:58:01 +0000

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A chain reaction to spare the air

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 20:12:13 +0000

(image) Bakar Fellow Jeffrey Long, professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has devised a new material that can capture and release CO2 at a lower temperature and in a much greater volume than present-day technologies



Scientists unveil new form of matter: time crystals

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 16:30:57 +0000

(image) By repeatedly tweaking a group of ions, physicists make first example of a non-equilibrium material: a system that repeats in time, rather than space



Center for Built Environment, turning 20, helps shape building industry

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:58:48 +0000

(image) Its research offers building operators, managers and designers new tools to enhance energy efficiency, environmental quality and livability for residents and workers — from the open-office plan and the cubicle to multifamily structures