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Walter Alvarez: A geologist ponders the improbability of life

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:18:22 +0000

(image) In his new book, the originator of the theory that a comet or asteroid killed off the dinosaurs discusses the origins of life itself



Rare supernova discovery ushers in new era for cosmology

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:37:34 +0000

(image) Gravitational lens reveals magnified Type Ia supernova from across the universe



New UC/Vox video series takes on climate change

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:24:02 +0000

(image) Why are humans so bad at thinking about climate change? That provocative question opens the new series, Climate Lab, which looks at solutions to a daunting challenge



Device pulls water from dry air, powered only by the sun

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000

(image) The key component is an extremely porous material called a metal-organic framework that absorbs 20 percent of its weight in water from low-humidity air



April 29-30 symposium explores mystery of dinosaurs’ death

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 21:51:56 +0000

(image) Was it a comet or asteroid, volcanic eruptions, both or neither. Come find out.



Scientists join director at April 15 U.S. premiere of climate doc Tomorrow

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:00:49 +0000

(image) Climate tipping points inspired upbeat documentary about climate change and efforts to fight it



West Coast rollout of updated ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warning system

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000

(image) California was the first to try ShakeAlert in 2016. Now Washington and Oregon will be able to test what will become a fully integrated West Coast early warning system.



When human illness rises, the environment suffers, too

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 19:00:29 +0000

(image) Sick people can also create health problems for the environment, as a new study of the fishing community around Kenya’s Lake Victoria shows



Yosemite documentary features Berkeley sequoia researchers

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:54:21 +0000

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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