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Megamovie project to crowdsource images of August solar eclipse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






A chain reaction to spare the air

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

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

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

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



CRISPR research institute expands into agriculture, microbiology

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:15:22 +0000

Five year, $125 million investment in Innovative Genomics Institute will help improve global food security and the environment



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