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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

How brightly colored spiders evolved on Hawaii again and again … and again

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:01:43 +0000

Stick spiders with similar traits live on different Hawaiian islands but aren't each other's closest relatives; they are a rare instance where a physical form has evolved separately on each island, according to a new study

Sinking land will exacerbate flooding from sea level rise in Bay Area

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 19:00:29 +0000

New satellite measurements show that areas around the Bay at risk of inundation could be twice earlier estimates

A way to grow plants with less water

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 18:04:17 +0000

Researchers at UC Berkeley have discovered a key protein that improves the efficiency of photosynthesis, reducing water use by 25 percent

Hidden ‘rock moisture’ may be key to tree survival during drought

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 17:59:19 +0000

Zone of weathered rock underlying the soil on hillsides holds reservoir of moisture critical for surviving water shortages

Berkeley, Amah Mutsun tribe excavate ancient practices to save animals, plants, land

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:11:43 +0000

Archaeologists and anthropologists are working with tribal stewards to help ensure the future of these lands, and the planet

Better planetary management though data science

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:32:58 +0000

Sol Hsiang discusses how data, analysis and computing can show us our future in a warming world, and lead us to take action to lessen the impact

Amateur astronomer captures rare first light from massive exploding star

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:00:54 +0000

It's the first observation of optical light from the shock breakout in a supernova explosion

Some black holes erase your past

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:30:17 +0000

Physicists argue that the world is deterministic, that your past and present uniquely determine your future, but this may not be true inside some types of black holes

Cockroach-inspired robot is no crash-test dummy

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:56:30 +0000

DASH robot mimics cockroach's ability to use the energy of its crash to propel itself up and over obstacles

Cheap, efficient cookstoves are small-tech solution with big payoff

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:30:27 +0000

Ashok Gadgil redesigned a simple technology, the wood cookstove, to help women in refugee camps in Darfur, Sudan

Increased UV from ozone depletion sterilizes trees

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:00:50 +0000

Evidence links volcanoes to Earth's largest mass extinction 252 million years ago

Connecting the dots between declining wildlife and human misery

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 19:45:40 +0000

Justin Brashares explores the social and cultural impacts of declining wildlife populations around the world, from fish to carnivores

Young planet hunters receive Pegasi b fellowships

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 23:16:33 +0000

Two incoming fellows and one departing Ph.D. will explore the diversity of exoplanets discovered since 1995

Super-resolution microscopy reveals fine detail of cellular mesh

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 23:35:34 +0000

Super-resolution microscopy reveals fine detail of cellular mesh underlying membrane

Artificial leaves to produce fuel on Earth and, one day, Mars

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 23:34:54 +0000

Chemist Peidong Yang is developing ways to convert sunlight, water and carbon directly into fuel, just as a leaf converts sunlight into food

Amid flu epidemic, more bad news about its spread

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:52:16 +0000

Just talking or breathing can transmit the virus, new study shows