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Berkeley anthropologist honored with 2017 Huxley Award

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000

Berkeley's Margaret Conkey is honored with one of anthropology's highest tributes.

Recording a thought’s fleeting trip through the brain

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:30:38 +0000

Berkeley researchers record from the surface of the brain to obtain best view yet of how prefrontal cortex coordinates our responses

Podcast: Bot Garden series explores the science of cannabis

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000

With recreational cannabis newly legal in California, the UC Botanical Garden has lined up a full roster of experts to discuss the latest research on the commercialization and use of the popular plant

With interspecies hybrids, it makes a difference who’s the dad and who’s the mom

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:30:48 +0000

New research from Berkeley looks at why some closely related species interbreed and produce viable young – like the mules and hinnies that come from the mating of horses and donkeys – while others don't

Podcast: Here’s what our recent quake sounded like

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000

Toppling tchotchkes and whining dogs were only some of the sounds from last week’s 4.4-magnitude earthquake on the Hayward Fault. Underground at UC Berkeley, seismic sensors captured the quake’s deep rumble

Largest recorded underwater volcanic eruption sheds light on deep-sea events

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 23:07:53 +0000

Seafloor eruption in 2012 produced a huge raft of pumice in the southern Pacific

SETI project homes in on strange ‘fast radio bursts’

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:55:21 +0000

Some bursts may be from advanced civilizations, but this one is likely immersed in the strong magnetic field of a massive black hole

Changing when we use energy to fit the ‘duck curve’

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 19:17:12 +0000

As more solar power comes online, the available energy peaks at midday, forcing Californians to shift their usage to take full advantage of renewables

Eclipse Megamovie project seeks public’s help analyzing 50,000 photos

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 17:00:38 +0000

Help make a better Megamovie by sorting through photos of the great total solar eclipse of 2017

Which came first: complex life or high atmospheric oxygen?

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 18:00:05 +0000

Deep ocean basalts record 3.5-billion-year history of oceanic and atmospheric oxygen levels

CRISPR put to work to save chocolate from devastation

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 23:29:29 +0000

UC Berkeley scientists are using new gene-editing tool to save cacao from climate change

Palm oil plantations fuel pigs that ruin Southeast Asian forests

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 21:47:43 +0000

Planting of palm oil plantations is a major cause of deforestation, but the palm seeds also support rising populations of forest-destroying wildlife like pigs and monkeys

Climate video series: Bees lead the way to farming’s future

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 16:15:36 +0000

Diversified farming can improve yields and limit the environmental damage of industrial agriculture and slash-and-burn farming

Deploying drones to follow the water

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:26:11 +0000

$2.2 million grant from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will allow high-tech monitoring of UC Natural Reserve System's wildland preserves

Climate video series: Are we like the whale in ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:47:55 +0000

Paleontologist Charles Marshall knows well the radical climate change Earth has experienced over hundreds of millions of years, but today's rapid change is more perilous - like freefall

Hot bodies are attractive

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:00:09 +0000

Physicists find that blackbody radiation from a warm object attracts polarizable objects

New grants to campus food and plant researchers

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:20:10 +0000

Grant will support research to create improve equitable access to healthy and affordable foods

Climate video series: Surviving the onslaught of invasive species

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:24:00 +0000

Rosemary Gillespie, director of the Essig Museum of Entomology, searches for clues to what makes islands resilient to invasive species

Tigers cling to survival in Sumatra’s increasingly fragmented forests

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:01:02 +0000

Deforestation threatens to erase recent conservation efforts to save endangered cats