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Dementia patients may die sooner if family caregivers are mentally stressed

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:00:35 +0000

Family members' mental health linked to mortality of their loved ones with neurodegenerative diseases



Acorn woodpeckers enact their own ‘Game of Thrones’ among the oaks

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:02:24 +0000

Lightweight tracking tags allow detailed study of bird's social interactions



New gene-editing technique could drive out mosquito-borne disease

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:00:10 +0000

CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology can insert and spread genes designed to suppress wild insects, new study shows



On California, the drought and the ‘yuck factor’

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Professor David Sedlak says our urban water infrastructure needs a major upgrade to keep our cities thriving well into the future



Marine predators bulked up over eons to dominate their prey

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:00:51 +0000

In the constant evolutionary battle between predator and prey, one seemingly winning strategy is to get bigger over time so you can throw your weight around



Seasonal rain and snow trigger small quakes on California faults

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:19:48 +0000

Weight of rain and snow and subsequent summer rebound change stresses on state's faults, causing slight uptick in quakes



Dressmakers found to have needle-sharp 3D vision

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:00:14 +0000

The stereoscopic vision of seamstresses is superior to that of surgeons, researchers find



New evidence that all stars are born in pairs

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:00:39 +0000

Stars like our sun are always born with a sibling, astronomers say; in the case of our sun, that twin has long since vanished from the neighborhood



Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Here’s what you’ll see on Aug. 21

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:00:46 +0000

Megamovie project debuts simulator to show you what you'll see from any point in the United States



Cal’s main attraction? For nesting peregrines, it’s the Campanile

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Avid falconer Doug Bell, who has been monitoring the falcon pair, thinks hatchlings may be getting ready to fly soon



New guide to the Hayward Fault in UC Berkeley’s backyard

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Seismologist authors self-guided tour of fault and nearby buildings whose unique retrofits make them safer in an earthquake



Ph.D. student pioneers storytelling strategies for science communication

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:00:04 +0000

Sara Elshafie, who studies paleontology, learned from Pixar how to tell better stories about scientific research



Puberty hormones trigger changes in youthful learning

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:00:12 +0000

Brain study of mice has broad implications for the health and education of young girls



How X-rays helped to solve mystery of floating rocks

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:00:47 +0000

Michael Manga teams with Berkeley Lab scientists to understand why pumice floats (or sinks)



Expert on rip currents warns of dangers at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:28:34 +0000

Coastal oceanographer Francis Smith takes to the waves to demonstrate the dangers at California beaches



Birds, bees and other critters have scruples, and for good reason

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:23:47 +0000

Psychologists find examples of conscientiousness, such as working hard, paying attention to detail and striving to do the right thing, throughout the animal kingdom



Botanical Garden hosts giant bird’s nest built with natural fiber, digital tools

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Graduate students in architecture work with associate professor M. Paz Gutierrez aim big as they begin to unravel the elaborate construction secrets of the weaver bird



Microbiologist elected to National Academy of Sciences

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Mary Firestone, professor of soil microbiology, joins the most prestigious scientific society in the U.S.



Waves of lava seen in Io’s largest volcanic crater

Wed, 10 May 2017 18:30:05 +0000

Detailed infrared image of lava lake shows massive overturn of surface during three months' time



Study refutes findings behind challenge to Sierra Nevada forest restoration

Mon, 08 May 2017 20:57:44 +0000

The new research supports evidence that forests across the mountain range arer naturally much less dense than what's seen today